At the club's 75 anniversary a major project was launched to replace the roof on the club HQ and thus secure it as a base for caving in South Wales for the foreseeable future. This is a major undertaking that will involve the club in fund raising and planning activities for the at least the remainder of this decade. 

Roof Replacement - Savings

November 2018 update

Following the pre-application advice from Brecon Beacons National Park, which indicated that retention of 1 of the 6 chimneys would be unacceptable, we have now revised the design and submitted a new proposal and drawings showing retention of 4 of 6 chimneys. This is in line with their previous advice. BBNP have now confirmed that this is more acceptable. On the basis of that advice we will be initiating the preparation of a planning application in the near future.

We have had a site visit and extensive preliminary discussions with Wooten George, our fund raising consultant, and are now awaiting a
proposal from them.

We have contacted Taliesin, a heritage roof design and construct company, to prepare detailed costing of a number of design options and assumptions. This will help inform the solution decision making and fund raising. We await their response.

October 2018 update

There has been significant progress by the SWCC roof working group. 

The roof working group met on 5th Oct 2018 and will now meet on a monthly basis ahead of the committee meetings. 

We have received the preliminary bat report which identified the presence of bats in No 10 loft. This is an important document and is required to support building regulations compliance and also any planning application.   

We have reviewed the wording of the response to our previous pre app planning submission in detail and will be exploring the interpretation of that advice with the Brecon Beacons National Park especially with regard to the retention / removal of the chimneys. 

We are planning to engage Taliesin on an Early Contactor Involvement (ECI) contract. The scope of work will be to provide a number of costed options based on both our existing design, and also on an alternative design. This approach does not commit us to Taliesin as a contractor and will be followed by an open tender process for the detailed design and construction at the appropriate time. 

We hope that the results of further discussions with BPNP, together with the costed proposals, will give us the flexibility to make an informed and practical decision with respect to delivering a solution which is not only cost effective but which is also aesthetically acceptable.    

We are in early discussions with a professional fund raising company, Wootton George. They will carry out some initial scoping work for us and we can then make some decisions about how we carry this forward.

March 2018 update

January 2018 update

Planning: We have submitted a pre-planning application to the Brecon Beacons National Park who have indicated that their preference is for the chimneys to remain. This is a non binding and without prejudice opinion was made on the basis of drawings and photographs supplied by us showing the HQ with, and without, the chimneys. There was no site visit. Whether we accept this opinion is up to us but may in part be dependant on the cost.

Design & Construction: We now have a very robust design which has been produced by a structural engineering company and also discussed with a Welsh based construction company who specialise in heritage roofs. They have visited Penwyllt, inspected the roof internally and had preliminary discussions with us. They have taken away the proposed design with a view to coming back to us early in 2018 with an indicative cost. I must stress that at this stage the design is not final. It has been produced as a basis for discussion and to  enable us to get some idea of the likely construction methodology, constraints and costs. 

Financials: The ring fenced roof fund currently has a balance of just under £22K with a likely annual transfer of a further £10K from the club's operating account due in January. As described in the prospectus there is planned giving scheme where by members can commit to a periodic standing order of any amount the chose direct to the ring fenced roof fund. As soon as we have a better idea of the costs we will be raising the profile of this and other the fund raising 'opportunities'. 

Paul Meredith

New Roof Sub Committee

The Beautiful Adventure

A major film of the exploration history and journey through Dan yr Ogof has been made and published by Antonia and Andy Freem. It involved 15 trips with well over 30 SWCC cavers and is a high quality informative 65 minute documentary that is fascinating viewing for those who have or have not been able to visit the entire cave, including for example the diver only Battle of Britain Series, Cascade Series, Mostest and Far North.  

This unique record is on sale for just £5.00, with proceeds going to the SWCC H.Q. Roof Fund.

Copies will be available for purchase from the publications cupboard, or by mail order directly from Andy