Coniston Cricket Pavilion
Looking to replace their existing changing rooms with an exemplar building that responds to and makes use of its beautiful surroundings.
Coniston Cricket Club are looking to replace their existing decrepit changing rooms with an exemplar building that responds to and makes use of its beautiful surroundings. The proposals should also include thoughts about a second use for the structure, outside of the cricket season.
Our design for the club house is highly functional and contemporary, while at the same time looking towards traditional forms of construction. The design of the pavilion has been driven first and foremost by the requirements of a cricket club.
We propose to move the pavilion further up the ground so it overlooks the green, so that it makes best use of the sun path, and so that on arrival one sees the pavilion nestling under the dominant Coniston Fells.
We also propose that it could be assembled by anyone who can hold a power drill, to involve the community in its construction. Timber foundations, timber frame, straw bail insulation, pre-cut timber sheets and slats could all be used to good effect. We also propose a wildflower roof that echoes the surrounding fields, and could also capture water and funnel it in to the 5,000 litre water butts that sit at the rear of the building next to the PV array, and garage for lawnmowers, rollers, boundary flags and so on.
When not in use the Coniston Cricket Pavilion goes in to hibernation – sliding screens and folding panels lock the structure down to protect the building. When in use the screens slide apart to reveal a social space with uninterrupted views of the green, scoreboards, changing rooms and so on.
For a second use, a space set up to cater for nearly 30 people during games would seemingly be most suitable for groups of people to use. For that reason we are proposing that the changing rooms can transform into a dormitory that could sleep 11 people each. The list of potential uses could be endless – winter climbers, yoga retreats, school outings, birthday parties, meetings, presentations, talks, friends and family on holiday, cookery retreats, Scout trips, camping barns, etc.
Client: Coniston Cricket Club with Grizedale Arta
Location: Coniston, Cumbria
Construction cost: TBC