Riverview Lounge, Aldeburgh Yacht Club
Following three years of fundraising, committee members of Aldeburgh Yacht Club approached Needhams to act as their principal contractor to construct an extension to their clubhouse. This would provide a new lounge area that would showcase the spectacular views over the River Alde.
The design also includes an extension to the bar area and a spacious new office for the club secretary and his administration team. An external stair to provide access to the look-out room on the roof (the “bridge”) was also installed.
The client had to work to a strict budget. Needhams produced budget costings at the design stage which ensured there were minimal adjustments needed to produce the final account.
KLH Architects and MLM structural Engineers were the project designers. The foundation works were relatively complex and expensive. 25 metre deep concrete piles had to be driven into the ground and capped with reinforced concrete beams and walls to raise the floor level more than 2 metres above the ground.
Part of the original clubhouse was demolished. A weatherproof, secure, temporary screen was constructed at the start of the works and left in place until the extension was almost finished. This allowed the clubhouse, and most importantly the bar, to be used as normal, throughout the works.
The principal feature of the works are the superb floor to ceiling fully glazed aluminium screens. The front screen features large sliding doors that allow fresh air into the lounge. Members are protected from falling out of the doors by a balustrade constructed of glass supported by a bottom fixed metal channel.
The newly created Riverview lounge was officially opened by television presenter Bill Turnbull in the presence of the Mayor of Aldeburgh and The Commodore of Aldeburgh Yacht Club on 20th August 2017.