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Dartmouth Park's pavilion reborn

Work has finally completed on Bryant Priest Newman Architects’ £900,000 pavilion for Dartmouth Park in West Bromwich

Working with artist David Patten, the practice landed the scheme back in July 2007.

The 475m2 green oak-clad structure, which replaces burned down Victorian refreshment rooms, houses a snack bar, events room, park ranger’s office and public toilets on the ground floor.

A walkway wraps ‘around and through’ the steel-frame building, leading to an observation platform at the top of a central four-storey tower.

The practice said the pavilion will host exhibitions and shows about the history of the park, adding: ‘Permanent displays could be carved into the timber walls of the woodland walk, reminiscent of the lovers’ pledges carved on to tree trunks within the park.’

The scheme was commissioned by Sandwell Council and was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the BIG Lottery fund.

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Project data

Architects: Bryant Priest Newman Architects (BPN)
Artist: David Patten
Location: Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich
Type Of Project: Community Pavilion
Structural Engineers: Complete Design Partnership (CDP)
Project Architects: Gavin Orton & Tom Doling
Design Team: BPN & David Patten (Lead consultants); PMP (Cost consultants); Bennett Williams (M&E engineers); CDP (Structural); SMBC (CDMC); LAS (landscape)                 
Client: Sandwell MBC
Funding: HLF / BIG Lottery funded
Tender date: October 2010
Start on site date: February 2011
Contract duration: 9 months
Gross internal floor area:475m² (this includes semi-external protected spaces such as screened walkways and entrance foyer, but excludes the viewing tower, circulation stair, roof terrace etc)
Form of contract and/or procurement: Traditional / ICD 05 contract
Total cost:  £900,000
M&E consultant: Bennett Williams
Quantity surveyor: PMP Consultants
Planning supervisor: Sandwell MBC
Lighting consultant: Bennett Williams
Main contractor: J. Harper & Sons (Leominster)

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Dartmouth Pavilion - West Bromwich

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