DBC 09-05

Legendary ITV sports anchor cuts the ribbon on new Desborough Bowls Club

Sorbon Estates, the commercial arm of Buckinghamshire-based Shanly Group, announces that the Desborough Bowls Club (DBC) has officially opened its new grounds at Green Lane, Maidenhead with acclaimed sports presenter Steve Rider cutting the ribbon to the new multi-million-pound centre.

Developed by Sorbon Estates to deliver international competition-standard facilities and including an eight-rink indoor green, six-rink outdoor green, a purpose-built clubhouse and generous parking, the launch marks a major milestone in the club's history and cements Maidenhead's position as a national and international centre for the sport.

Sorbon Estates has worked with the DBC for many years to plan, design and construct the new centre of bowls excellence, with Sorbon Estates identifying and purchasing the Green Lane site after an extensive search to find a suitable alternative location for the club as part of a turnkey scheme.

CHQ Architects was appointed by Sorbon Estates to meet the requirements and specification of Desborough Bowls Club. Once the design was agreed a planning application was prepared and submitted to RBWM. Sorbon Estates appointed and project managed Wren Construction for the build.

Tamra Booth, Managing Director at Sorbon Estates, said, "After working closely with the Desborough Bowls Club over many years, we are thrilled to see Steve Rider cut the ribbon on Green Lane today. The new centre offers state-of-the-art facilities and significant parking, broadening access to the sport of bowls and meaning the club can be a real focal point of the community. It was a significant occasion made even more special by the attendance of Steve, a real legend of English sport."

John Bucknell of Desborough Bowls Club said: "This ceremony was the culmination of a very successful partnership with Sorbon Estates and marks the next chapter in the club's long history. I am extremely excited to be a part of a club that has such history but is now able to perform on the world stage. We look forward to many more successful years at our new home."

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