Koru wins £870,000 contract for cricket clubhouse

New development will secure future of Burnopfield Cricket Club as former site is used for housing

Peter Dawson Dixon The new clubhouse at Burnopfield Cricket Club
The new clubhouse at Burnopfield Cricket Club

A Gateshead construction firm has helped secure the future of one of the region’s oldest cricket clubs after winning an £870,000 contract to build a new clubhouse.

Burnopfield Cricket Club is well-known in the North East as the place where legendary England batsman Colin Milburn - otherwise known as the Burnopfield Basher - and renowned spin bowler Jim McConnon honed their skills.

Having been based at its orginal ground on Lilac Crescent since 1875, the club was approached in early 2010 by Barratt and David Wilson about the viability of moving, enabling a 60-plot housing development to be built on the site of the old pitch and surrounding areas.

The club agreed to proceed and once planning consent was achieved, accepted the offer, with the aim of securing a sustainable future through the creation of new grounds at Front Street, Hobson, featuring a new clubhouse which would bring in additional room hire and function income.

Koru Property Services Ltd won the tender for the work, bringing the project in on budget and allocating extra staff in order to ensure the club - which overlooks the Derwent Valley - was ready for the start of the new cricket season.

Established in 2002 by Mark Taylor, who has a background in major national construction plcs, Koru Property Services was set up with the aim of providing a cost-effective but professional alternative for delivering small, medium-sized and major construction projects.

The company has expanded year-on-year, developing a reputation for both new build and refurbishment projects for a wide array of clients.

The business is now a fully integrated design and construction firm, which brought all its processes under one roof to provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for work of all sizes.

Koru currently employs 48 people and recorded a 2014 turnover of more than £10m. Projected revenues for 2015 amount to £12.5m

Chris Nunn, business development manager at Koru Property Services, said: “The Burnopfield project has been a success due to the collaborative working from all involved from inception through to handing over the finished site”.

The new clubhouse facilities are open to the general public and include a fully licensed bar, a large function room which is available for hire, and a separate club bar with picturesque views.

Martin Oswell, chairman of Burnopfield Cricket Club said: “The committee and all our members could not be happier with not only a fabulous new pitch but a clubhouse we all can be proud of, thanks to Koru.”

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