The Pavilion is now open! Practical completion was achieved towards the end of February and since then the local community partnership have enjoyed a very healthy level of success – so much so that an extension project is already being mooted!
The Pavilion is sited on Ashbourne Recreation Ground and enjoys expansive views of the playing fields for which it serves. The building is open all year round to serve the community of Ashbourne via the provision of 4no. changing rooms, umpire/ referee changing facilities, a kitchen, a bar and a good sized clubroom which opens out onto a large terrace overlooking the grounds. The changing rooms all meet national cricket and football team standards as defined by the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Football Foundation, both of which were key funders and stakeholders.
FPCR provided architectural services for all RIBA Stages of work from concept design through to construction, including taking on the roles of Principal Designer and Contract Administrator. We also engaged with public consultation which ultimately led to the choice of materials used in the design. The design was developed by working closely with the local community partnership that took over ownership of the site from the Derbyshire Dales District Council through a lease agreement.
The project was constructed during the COVID pandemic and as such experienced some challenges due to supplier shortages. FPCR worked closely with the contractor, Enrok Construction Ltd, to find alternative solutions to the issues faced. We are both very pleased with the final result!
The Pavilion is already playing a key role in the local community. Over the Jubilee weekend celebrations, a new memorial plaque , designed by FPCR, was unveiled.