Improvements, 2017 Onwards
Project Aims and Finance
After the enclosure was completed in 2016 we enjoyed the courts and learned, to our relief, that we could keep the windows and doors closed during the winter to limit the condensation that had previously occured when the outside temperature suddenly increased. The warm moist atmospheric air blown into the courts would produce huge amounts of condensation, making the cold walls and floors slippery. This situation would not have occured had we heated the building but this would have been very energy intensive. With the addition of the enclosure, these effects were much less pronounced leading to greatly reduced downtime. In order to further improve the situation we purchased two dessicant type dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air while we played. We also installed two patio heaters to directly heat the spectators and prevent them from getting cold during the coldest weather.
When funds permitted we decided to replace the strip lights, dating from 2003, with modern LED lighting and using the skills of Lewis Keates we re-rendered a long section of wall adjacent to the floor which had come loose.
The £5,000 cost of this work was covered by members of the Club.
Dehumidifiers and Patio Heaters
Dessicant dehumidifiers, which work when it's cold, keep the air dry during play and two patio heaters warm the coaches and spectators:
The new LED lights are noticibly brighter and better than the old flourecent stip-lights which had dimmed with age and were beginning to fail:
The left hand court, left hand wall render had begun to break up and was in need of repair: