Harlow Cricket Club has a fantastic reputation for promotion and playing of cricket. Their existing facilities include two pitches and associated cricket nets supported by a pavilion that was rapidly disintegrating. The club boast a thriving youth section that is ever-increasing and the club were struggling to manage this growth in their current pavilion. The club, therefore, worked closely with Sport England and the ECB to put together a new 4-changing room cricket pavilion design that would also provide an enlarged clubroom and supporting bar and kitchen facilities. The clubhouse would be situated at a new site location in between the two new pitches. A new car park and access will also be constructed as part of the project in order to better support the building and to reduce local disturbances to the adjoining close.
The scheme was put together in 2014 and received formal planning approval that year. The successful design then went forward to a competitive tender process but the prices received were well in excess of the available budget. Sports Clubhouses were approached, following the tender process, to review the plans to date and to work with the club on a turnkey basis to see if the pavilion and associated works could be constructed within the available budget. Following detailed consultation, design review and an extensive value engineering process, a final price was agreed that tied in with the finance available and Sports Clubhouses were formally contracted to undertake construction works.
The new pavilion is constructed in between the two existing cricket pitches with a new access road and car park accessed off Marigolds. The new car parking is a porous, permeable hard surface that will minimise any rain water overflow. New boundary treatments and fencing also help provide an attractive external appearance. The pavilion itself is clad in a dark-stained timber and red tiling that matches the local Harlow architectural style. The building is constructed off a screw pile foundation system that is very environmentally friendly as it involves very little muckaway, no concreting and very little damage to the existing soil. The main clubroom space includes a raised ceiling that provides fantastic volume and character to this community area. Sliding doors provide access to the playing fields on both sides of the pavilion and excellent viewing of the matches from inside the clubroom.