In one of the most significant and romantic of Cricketing locations, new facilities utilising materials ands skills sourced from the surrounding area rejuvenate a much-loved old Pavilion.
Grade I Listed Register of Historic Parks & Gardens - Renovation and Extension
Its sporting heritage is proudly displayed on walls swathed in team photographs, accolades and notices. The ball-dented thatched-roof Pavilion is however now as well established and recognised as a backdrop to the estate’s flagship events. The wooden flooring of this modest little building, pocked by decades of to-and-fro wear from studded shoes, is as likely to play host to wedding celebrations and racing drivers as international captains.
On a pitch overshadowed by an enormous Cedar of Lebanon planted in 1756, cricket has been played here since the early eighteenth century when the first set of rules – now the oldest written cricketing laws in the world – were drafted. The existing Pavilion, located at the heart of an estate with a tradition of innovation and a sporting heritage famed well beyond its boundaries, is mostly unchanged since being built.
Visitors arrive at a new entrance on the south-west facade that is framed by a sculptural, wrapping of corten steel. Inside, skylights flood the internal space with light guiding visitors through the timber-clad link building. The architecture as a whole rests within the dialogue between the old and the new. At one end remains the existing Pavilion; its north-westerly elevation untouched. At the other sits its thatched modern counterpart that balances the facades.
From the key principle of retaining the historic and silhouette, a proposed extension nestles behind the Pavilion and references, extends and elaborates upon the existing. The material palette is paired back and refined to imbue the new development with the character of the Pavilion and the grounds.