Merton Sea Cadet Corps Hall, Mitcham, London by Godsmark Architecture
Work has completed on the new home for the combined Mitcham and Wimbledon Sea Cadet Cadet Corps
Designed by Godsmark Architecture, the scheme ‘condenses’ two rundown facilities into a single unit on the Corps’ leafy site in Mitcham, South London. The cadets’ former Wimbledon site is set to be developed into housing to generate income for the new building in Mitcham.
The 1,150m² project, developed with MWL Developments, overlooks Mitcham Common to one side and the local recreation ground on the other.
According to the architects, the open, green surroundings amplifying the “identification of the building as a ship”, suspended in open water. The architects however, have chosen to interpret the building’s context to that of a “pavilion in a park”.
The architects have “given the building a nautical feel”
The majority of the Corps’ accommodation is on the first floor, to enhance views over their surroundings and maximise ‘transparency across the site’, at the request of the local planning authority. The facilities include classrooms, offices, a command point and a multi-functional bar and main hall which can be hired by the public to provide additional income for the Corps.
The architects have ‘given the building a nautical feel’ by incorporating porthole windows and using metal cladding to evoke shipping language. The practice describe the ward room as ‘interpreted as a prow’.