WORK has started on the second phase of the multi-million pound Close House golf and hotel development near Heddon-on-the-Wall in Northumberland.
The £2.5m state-of-the-art clubhouse will feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows with panoramic views across the golf course and Tyne Valley, as well as one of the many lakes in the grounds.
It will be clad in ancient stone sourced from the existing estate to ensure it remains in keeping with Grade II-listed buildings in the area.
Keeping business in the region was a priority for Sage founder and North East entrepreneur Graham Wylie, who purchased the site in 2004 from Newcastle University.
“It has always been my vision at Close House to create a premier golfing venue in the North East,” he said. “And with the championship golf course and clubhouse due for completion by spring 2011, our aim is to bring business to the North East from around the UK and beyond.
“We are delighted to have appointed Morgan Ashurst as the contractors for the clubhouse project; their portfolio speaks volumes for the quality we are striving to achieve at Close House.”
Morgan Ashurst, which has local offices in Belmont Business Park, Durham, is a leading full service construction business with a strong track record in the North East.
“We are thrilled to be chosen to construct such a flagship leisure development here in the North East,” said Duncan Kidd, Morgan Ashurst operations manager.
“We have a proven track record in delivering high quality leisure facilities. We will be using all this experience to help us deliver the best possible facilities for Close House Golf Club.
“As a local company, we are committed to spreading the benefits of our construction projects. For this reason, we will be using local suppliers and trades people whenever possible.”
Approximately 60 jobs will be created throughout the project, from the construction of the building through to employment of staff when the new clubhouse and championship Colt Course opens in 2011.
The championship golf course has been designed by Scott Macpherson and named the Colt Course as a tribute to famous golf course architect Harry Colt. The Golf Academy and Custom Fit Centre will open in June 2011 and will consist of 10 indoor and 10 outdoor bays, a 100-metre grass tee area and a specialist short game area including practice bunkers and a USGA specification putting green.