Housing specialist mæ architects has bagged planning permission for a trio of projects to revamp rundown sporting facilities in east London
Designed in collaboration with Kinnear Landscape Architects (KLA) and Stockley Associates, the three separate schemes in Leyton are part of the Olympic Games legacy plans and include new tennis courts, pavilions, public realm improvements and an urban beach.
The projects at Abbotts Park and Marsh Lane will be finished in time for the 2012 Games, with the scheme at Drapers Field following on later this year.
Marsh Lane: is a fragment of marsh disconnected by rail lines and the Leyton Relief Road from the River Lea and its marshes. This place is a forgotten semi-rural open space with rundown sports facilities, which has a neglected air. Landscape proposals include re-energised Play, Sport and Ecology. The two entrances to the Marsh are improved and the Lane reinstated. The Seymour Road entrance will house a new sports pavilion, basketball area and parking. The landscape of these areas will have a rural quality of gravel, timber fences and gates and pollarded willows. Within this
entrance area, the pavilion is the new gateway to Marsh Lane.
The pavilion is designed as two volumes in one building. A dark herringbone brickwork volume houses the changing rooms and a perforated light textured
brickwork volume houses the clubhouse. A zinc roof mediates the change in form and extends out to provide an entrance canopy. The pavilion is a demonstrably public building, with its entrance facing the site entrance from Seymour Road. The clubrooms and kitchen look out to the south affording a view out over the pitches. The clubroom opens onto a terrace to the south with a bench from which to view matches.
Abbotts Park: is a more formal ornamental London square overlooked by attractive villas. It has a strong Victorian planted framework and an existing attractive though rundown pavilion. It will have new tennis courts developed with the Lawn Tennis Association, play areas and an expanded and refurbished pavilion with community facilities. As part of the landscape remodelling, the pavilion will be better connected to the park with a new route in front of the park keeper’s room. The extensions to the building will allow for the internal layout to be reorganised, allowing for the addition of a community room at the north end, which will face towards the park. The pavilion has a new wrap of timber shoulders and zinc hat. This project subverts expected use of materials: i.e. timber deck on pavilion walls and concrete cladding as a decking material.
Drapers Field: forms a gateway between the Borough and the Olympic Park. It will have an urban beach for informal play and recreation, a synthetic turf pitch and refurbished sports pavilion. The pavilion has a new valance comprising a beach hut inspired canopy, on a boardwalk that reaches out to the park. An overlay of signage enlivens the other façades and modest internal remodelling helps improve the relationship of communal spaces to the outside.
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