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Reed Watts creates a wooden cricket pavilion in Richmond upon Thames




British architecture studio Reed Watts has created a wooden clubhouse for an amateur cricket team in London’s Bushy Park, which is both modern and familiar in design.

The sports pavilion was built to provide changing facilities and social areas Teddington Cricket Club, which has been located in Bushy Park – a Royal Park next to Hampton Court Palace in Richmond upon Thames, in south-west London since 1863.

Teddington Cricket Club in Bushy Park
The Teddington Cricket Club pavilion is located in Bushy Park

Reed Watts designed the building to replace the club’s previous clubhouse in a pair of prefabricated huts built in WWII.

The studio wanted the new Teddington Cricket Club pavilion to reference these former buildings and respect the scenic location in the Royal Park.

Teddington Cricket Club clubhouse
The clubhouse is for an amateur cricket team

“The core concept fulfilled the dual mission of club and land owner to create a discreet yet recognizable building that preserves the beautiful surroundings of the Bushy Park, while doubling the floor space of the current club building,” explains Reed Watts’ co-founder Jim Reed, who describes himself as a local and “reluctant part-time cricket player” who is often roped into playing for the team.

“We wanted to design a decidedly modern structure, but also one that created a sense of familiarity that would put users and park visitors at ease,” he told Dezeen.

“The new building works better for spectators and players alike, offering better views and facilities while referring to the shape of the previous clubhouse, formed of two Nissen huts.”

Cricket pavilion in London
The club house has three different elements

The clubhouse consists of two black sloping roof structures – one with a clock and the other with a scoreboard – connected by a flat roof section clad in natural colored wood.

“We kept the shape simple, with few decorations,” said Reed. “The focus is on the activity, in this case cricket – the players, referees, clock and scoreboard.”

“These are easily discernible against the pavilion’s tranquil wooden backdrop,” he added. “It is known without pastiche.”

Bar in the Teddington Cricket Club
A bar offers a view over the cricket ground

The central area, along with the smaller sloping roof structure, contains the club’s public areas, designed to be used by the local community.

This block contains a bar and cafe with large windows overlooking the field, as well as restrooms, the club office and the jury table. A roof terrace on top of the flat roof provides additional viewing space for spectators.

The second sloped-roof block contains four hanging rooms for players and one for game officials, as well as storage areas for equipment.

Cricket pavilion with roof terrace
The pavilion has a roof terrace

The structure combines a wooden frame with a structurally insulated panel (SIP) system of walls made of wood, and is clad with larch colored black for the pitched roof structures.

It also has a geothermal heat pump, water storage tanks and green roofs that help reduce the building’s environmental impact.

According to the studio, this wooden finish is designed to soften the look of the building in the park.

Changing room in cricket club
The cricket club has five changing rooms

“Finding a suitable language to respond to Bushy Park’s mature landscape was key,” explains Reed.

“The strong shape of the clubhouse is softened by the Siberian larch cladding, which helps to nestle the building against the backdrop of mature trees,” he continued. “The L-shaped plan also covers the double cricket fields – with each flank facing one field – and is used to hide the training nets at the rear.”

Cricket pavilion in London park
The pavilion is designed to be sympathetic to its location in a Royal Park

Overall, Reed Watts wanted to create a building that was modern, but still clearly recognizable as a cricket clubhouse.

“There seemed to be an expectation that new pavilions would be reproductions of Edwardian buildings with little or no sense of place,” said Reed.

“Before we got involved, this was what the club envisioned – white render, red tiles and a dovecote – a common typology,” he continued.

“We didn’t think this represented the club’s ambitions or values ​​and certainly did little to address the landscaping setting. While the new building hints at historic forms, the layout and minimal detailing are decidedly modern.”

Cricket pavilion
The pavilion is used by Teddington Cricket Club and the local community

London-based architecture studio Reed Watts was founded in 2015 by Reed and Matt Watts. The studio previously designed a set of wooden-paneled modular sleeping capsules as temporary accommodation for London homeless people.

Photography is by Ben Tynegate.

Project credits:

Client: Teddington Cricket Club
Architect: Reed Watts Architects
Project Manager: CA Peter Lawrence, Stallworthy
Landscape architect: Colvin and Moggeridge
Planning consultant: Reed Watts Architects
Structural Engineer: Evolve
1000 & E advisor; Baystar
Quantity surveyor: Peter Lawrence, Stallworthy
Chief Designer: Reed Watts Architects
BREEAM advisor: JAW
Ecology: LUC
Nursery: Canopy Consultancy
Main contractor: GPF Lewis

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