Proposal for an extension to the existing Pavilion to improve changing facilities and increase space for functions.


The club’s existing facilities comprise the original 19th century Pavilion, a 1980’s extension housing 2 changing rooms, and a ‘temporary’ structure accommodating a tea pavilion and umpires changing area. With 3 senior teams, women’s team and youth teams, the 2 changing rooms are inadequate, and so the brief was to remove the tea pavilion and provide 4 additional changing rooms, a larger function room, while re-configuring the existing changing block. The new facilities would need to connect to the original pavilion, which houses the main bar area.


The solution was driven by the practical necessities of the brief, along with the site constraints and context. The changing rooms are at ground floor – giving direct access to the pitch – with the function room at first floor level. To meet the brief, the footprint of the first floor is larger than the ground floor, and, to ensure the overall height did not exceed the ridge of the original pavilion roof, the design developed into 2 cantilevered boxes over a simple changing block. The main box houses the function room, while the smaller box houses the ancillary accommodation and players viewing gallery, each angled to face the ‘square’.


The contemporary response was welcomed by the club and encouraged by the Local Planning Authority. As well as meeting the basic functional needs of the brief, the extension will also link through to the original building, via a stair and platform lift, making the building fully accessible – something the building currently lacks. This is a positive aspect for the club, and as well as meeting their current needs, will be a critical factor in allowing them to grow.