Bolton Old Links


A contemporary and fully accessible golf clubhouse for the prestigious Bolton Old Links Golf Club, North Manchester.

Bolton, Manchester
Bolton Old Links Golf Clubhouse
12,800 sqft
Construction Value:

C4 Projects undertook the initial feasibility and concept design process prior to preparing and submitting the relevant documentation for full planning permission. The Club is located within a dated and accessibly restrictive building.

The design proposal aims to move the clubhouse further up the hillside towards the golf course itself. The proposed Clubhouse will be a carved element which emerges from the terrain to adapt to the different levels of the site and provide a fully accessible facility to the public and private activities which take place at the Club.

With the relocation of the Clubhouse, the internal sports bar and social spaces will benefit from outstanding views across the golf course and rolling green countryside behind. Externally, the building will be treated with local stone on the lower levels which will create the appearance of a monolithic element carved out of the topography.

Timber clad walls will symbolise something more ethereal sitting on top of the local stone in the treetops. The playful placement of stone and glazing, solid and void, creates a lively yet sensitive façade treatment which provides privacy internally and reduces light pollution across the countryside externally.

The building is conceived as a modern and sympathetic reinterpretation of the architectural vernacular of the West Pennine Moors. It creates an exceptional design within its greenbelt location, responding positively to the context and landscape, and adding a distinctive piece of architecture to the town of Bolton.