A PLAN to bring new life to a Grade II listed building has been submitted.

An application has been submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to retile the roof of the Malshanger Sports and Social Club, in Malshanger Lane, Oakley.

The building was constructed as a purpose-built squash court with boiler house and storage in the 1930s, as part of an extension to an earlier two-storey brick. Features included hanging clay tiles to the first floor, under a hipped plain clay tile roof.

However, over the years, the roof surface has become weathered and aged and a complete overhaul of the roof is required to ensure the longevity of the structure.

The design statement of the proposal read: “To improve the sustainability of the building, insulation, where appropriate, will be installed within the roof, at rafter level.”

“It is therefore proposed to strip back the flat roof covering entirely, renew the deck in ply wood and install a new dark grey finish glass reinforced resin cover on up to 120mm depth of PIR insulation.

“The drainage will remain unchanged though the lead chutes will be renewed and gutters decoratively refurbished.”

It is believed that these works are needed to make sure the building is weather tight and up to a safe standard of use.

The proposal put forward by Mursell & Company (Newbury) Ltd believes by carrying out this “essential” work it will help with the functionality of the squash court and held secure the long-term future of the building.

The planning statement added: “The proposed retiling and roof refurbishment works are deemed to be of an essential nature and are necessary to ensure the long-term protection of the roof structure and internal finishes.”

For more information and to comment, go to planning.basingstoke.gov.uk and search for the code 18/02553/LBC.