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Pad Studio reveals designs for £850k tennis pavilion

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Hampshire’s Pad Studio has submitted plans for this tennis pavilion on the coast at Canoe Lake, Portsmouth

The 322m2 pavilion is part of wider plans to upgrade the leisure facilities on the seafront where four new all-weather tennis courts have already been completed and the area’s 12 existing grass courts are being refurbished.

The existing tennis pavilion on the site has been derelict for a number of years and the new £850,000 building will provide a new home for the local tennis club.

The scheme features masonry walls, large windows, a first floor viewing gallery and a ‘butterfly’ roof.

The project is set to complete in 2017.


The architect’s view

‘The pavilion’s textured masonry ground floor roots the building, reflects its urban setting and presents a hardwearing façade to this exposed site. Large openings allow views into and through the building from the public footpath towards the grass courts; enabling a visual connection to be established across the wider site. All glazing at ground floor has the ability to be secured from vandalism through finely detailed mesh shutters which slide into recessed brick pockets.

‘The pavilion first floor viewing gallery is set against mature trees to the south of the site and designed to be as unobtrusive, transparent and delicate as possible. A slim butterfly roof floats above the largely glazed first floor, reducing the buildings mass and creating covered outdoor seating space. Slender structure, cladding details and partially reflective finishes play with light and shadow, further reducing the impact of the pavilions first floor whilst emphasising the striking roof line. An extensive first floor terrace bordered by native planting maximises views of the tennis courts to the Pavilion’s east and west.’


Project data

Location Canoe Lake, Portsmouth
Type of project tennis pavilion
Client Canoe Lake Leisure
Architect Pad Studio
Structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan
M&E consultant Mesh Energy
Quantity surveyor
Planning supervisor FPS
Main contractor TBC
Funding private
Tender date November 2015
Start on site date April 2016
Completion date February 2017
Contract duration 9-12 months
Gross internal floor area 322m2
Form of contract and/or procurement D+B Management Contracting
Total cost £850,000

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