In our last news post we announced that BYSA had taken on the lease of the former Sit Perpetuum Lodge, Bisley, with the express purpose of renovating it into a modern, state-of-the-art clubhouse, with a comprehensive array of facilities, dedicated to the support of young shooters.
Fully aware how interested our members are to know what these plans are, not to mention the general shooting community, we plan to keep you all updated on the progress of the project via this blog.
So, without further ado, here is a first look at the plans for the new clubhouse.
When deciding what facilities the clubhouse would provide and designing the layout, within the limited space available, we had to consider the specific priorities and needs of the various groups that the clubhouse is primarily intended to support.
One thing that was quickly evident from speaking to our members, affiliates, and from market research, was that while all the facilities a young shooter needs are available at Bisley, they are often spread across multiple providers. This makes participating in shooting logistically more difficult, particularly for those who are unfamiliar with Bisley, but typically also requires an individual to have multiple memberships which increases costs unnecessarily. There is no ‘one-stop-shop’ designed to cater specifically to young shooters, and so that became our primary goal … to provide all the key facilities a young shooter would need to be able to participate in the sport, all under one roof.
In addition to providing a facility which enables individual young shooters participate in the sport, we also wanted to develop a facility that could be used by as many groups as possible, such as: Universities, Cadet Units, Schools and Scouts. Partly because making the facility useable by as many people as possible ultimately helps more young shooters, which benefits the sport, but also maximises occupancy. This will both minimise the cost to the individual, making shooting at Bisley as affordable as we possibly can, while also making the facility itself more economically viable. There would be little point in us developing the facility if it is unable to support itself and youth shooting in the long-term.
With all these considerations in mind the type of facility we will be providing is most closely modelled on a youth hostel.
The key facilities that will be included on the ground floor are:
- Two dormitories with accommodation for up to 21 people (more on this later)
- Self-catering kitchen, with multiple ovens & hobs (more on this later)
- Separate male & female ablutions
- Section 1 Armoury with electronic key fob entry system (more on this later)
- Living/common area
We will go into more detail on each of these areas over the coming weeks … look forward to next week’s blog when we will reveal the plans for the first floor. In the meantime, a ground floor plan and some 3D renders are viewable below.
Note: Specifics such as furniture layouts and colour schemes etc are for illustrative purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the final internal layout of any fittings. The software used to generate the plan and renders has a limited number of options and these plans/renders represent the best ‘close fit’ to what we intend.