The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association has sold its headquarters, BIGGA House, and has moved to office space in a nearby business park while it looks at options for a permanent home.
Due to ambitious expansion plans by Depho Estates, the owners of Aldwark Manor Golf and Spa Resort, BIGGA has sold the property that it has occupied for the last 22 years. In the short term, new office space has been secured in nearby Easingwold, with the funds generated by the sale of the house reserved as the association explores options for accommodating its staff team in a way that better suits modern working practices.
In addition to BIGGA’s Membership Services, Learning & Development, Commercial and Communications departments, BIGGA House was also home to the Greenkeepers Training Committee, the BIGGA Library, and it recently took on stewardship of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects’ Resource Library.
Opened in 1998, BIGGA House was part-funded through a subscription scheme, whereby members were invited to ‘buy a brick’.
A spokesman for BIGGA said: “BIGGA wishes Depho Estates the best of luck in its ambitions for Aldwark Manor. We thank everyone associated with the estate and the local area for being such welcoming hosts to those BIGGA staff, members and delegates from across the golf industry who have visited BIGGA House over last 22 years.”
BIGGA’s new address and telephone number, can be found at www.bigga.org.uk.