The Chairman's Message

From The Chairman

I know that the state and pace of progress of the main works of the construction is at the forefront of everyone's mind. Progress has been slow since December, and the Works have been further delayed in the New Year when we faced a number of technical challenges from the authorities on the piling works. However, I am pleased to report that the mini pile installation has been completed and we await the BA14 (completion of piling works) from Buildings Department (BD). We continue to monitor the consultants and contractor closely and are doing all we can to ensure the Works are carried out as expediently as possible. Pile Cap reinforcement has been completed, awaiting BA8 (consent) to concrete these. All subterranean works for Fire Services tank systems are in place and successfully tested by WSD. Superstructure applications are expected in May, after which, the steel structure will be delivered to site and we will see above ground works moving forward.

The waterproofing works on main building rooftop have been completed. The hoarding around the Pool has been reduced and the leaks have been repaired but we may have some soil erosion under the pool deck, the repair works to be carried out after the Easter holiday.

The Willow Room space on the first floor, will reopen at the end of April but will be limited to 30 people occupancy to comply with temporary fire escape requirements. In light of this, we will use the space for various functions and the Chinese Restaurant will remain operating on the 2nd floor for now. Fit out designs for the Long Room and Boundary Bar are in final stages of preparation and construction tenders issued in April.

On the sports front, most of the main winter seasons are drawing to a close. Congratulations to the Gap Ramblers who retained the Saturday League Championship Division 1 title. Our Women's B Hockey Team were crowned Division 3 Champions. HKCC Phoenix Netball defeated HKCC Dragons 26-25 in the Division 2 Netball Grand Final and the HKCC Demons were runners up Women's Premier League Final. HKCC Raiders Rugby team won the 2016-17 league title but were narrowly defeated in the Grand Final by USRC Tigers. And HKCC Ladies Bowls Team were winners of the Division 4 Triples league.

As you are aware, we appointed Kieran Hale on an interim basis in September 2016. At the time, I advised Members that we would carry out a further exercise to recruit a fulltime General Manager. To this end we have advertised the position and we will interview candidates in May. As the Interim GM was excluded from the initial recruitment round in 2016, I have invited him to submit his application for the full time position.

I wish you all a good summer and look forward to seeing you at the Club and also at the AGM in early June.


Gavin Erasmus