Firm restores fire-damaged clubhouse of historic Glasgow Golf Club

WILL Rudd Davidson has completed complex engineering work on the fire-damaged clubhouse belonging to the world’s ninth oldest golf club.

Glasgow Golf Club called on the restoration expertise of the firm to help realise its vision following a blaze in 2018 which devastated large sections of the three-storey building in Bearsden.

The firm undertook ‘extensive’ structural surveys on the remaining structure to salvage as much of the listed building as possible. The surveys shaped the overall restoration of the existing building – which included retention of all existing external stonework elevations, steel window lintels and internal load bearing masonry.

Will Rudd took on the additional challenge of dovetailing a new structure into an existing building and blending historic and modern materials together. Accessibility enhancements were also made to the existing building with the installation of passenger and catering lifts.

The completed clubhouse now includes a large, modern extension at the rear of the property, with a newly installed freestanding steel terrace where members can enjoy unrivalled views over the first tee.

MJ O’Shaughnessy, MD of Will Rudd Davidson Glasgow, said, “This was such a prestigious project to be involved in, with Glasgow Golf Club being one of the oldest golf clubs in the world and steeped in heritage. It involved extremely complex conservation engineering works and having both the temporary works and permanent works design in our remit, allowed us to bring the added value of our conservation experience and retain the main carcass of the existing building that could have collapsed otherwise.

“We are really pleased that club members can finally move out of their temporary accommodation and return to the grand setting of the clubhouse.”