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McLaughlin scores with glowing pavilion

Above: a model of the glowing grille and changing units behind it - which 'seduced' the judges

Niall McLaughlin Architect has beaten Walters and Cohen, Alison Brookes, Arthur Collin and Sutton Griffin Morgan to win a competition for this new 'vandal and graffiti-proof ' £750,000 sports pavilion atHurlingham Park, west London.

The practice triumphed in the RIBA competition by proposing to knock down an existing graffiti-ridden grandstand and build a one-storey structure using the rubble for the podium. Judges including Rick Mather were won over with McLaughlin's idea to create walls of opalescent glass and loosely meshed security grilles, chosen because the wider the mesh, the less graffiti artists tend to try to attack the building. The building is intended to softly 'glow' from behind the mesh at night and the architect has chosen to cut down on costs by making each of the six dressing rooms individually heatable. Water for the shower systems is heated by solar gain as it is kept behind glass in the south-west wall.

The building will cater for rugby players and athletics track users and a planning application will be submitted later this month. It is hoped construction will start in January.

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