We submitted a full planning application last week to Aylesbury Vale District Council for a new sports and community pavilion in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. The village is currently a hive of activity, as construction is underway on a couple of residential developments to deliver in the region of 500 new dwellings over the next few years.
Section 106 money from the developers is helping to finance a number of community infrastructure projects, which includes the provision of new sports and community facilities. Haddenham Parish Council appointed us to design and project manage the construction of a pavilion building next to new football pitches.
Our design for the building has taken into account the proximity of new houses, in keeping a low eaves height to the front to reduce the massing of the building. The part green sedum / part standing seam zinc roof has PV panels incorporated into the design. There’s a central glazed lobby space which splits the wings of the building into social and sports. Two changing rooms with showers are included, together with a large function space for indoor sports and activities.
The principle of the pavilion development was established at outline planning stage, but we are hopeful that full planning permission will be granted shortly by the Local Authority so that construction can begin this summer.
Over the summer, PCMS Design has been working on a local project for Chinnor Rugby Club, which is based in Thame, South Oxfordshire.
The club has teams of all ages that play in both local and national leagues. There is a clubhouse building that acts not only as a team pavilion, but also has a popular bar and two function rooms which are hired out for events and functions. However, the managing committee had a real desire to improve the clubhouse to create a new welcoming entrance and stairway, a larger refurbished kitchen and also space for a club shop and store room.
The PCMS Design solution was a two-storey front extension which incorporated a new steel and glass staircase alongside an impressive entrance with double height windows and modern glazed entrance doors. As well as taking the club through the design and planning process, we carried out the contract administration and made regular visits to site to check on the progress of the construction firm, Classic Builders (Watlington) Ltd.
Ready just in time for the 2016 Autumn season, the clubhouse is now eminently presentable for visitors and club members and the new kitchen has already enabled the catering offer to be expanded.
Club President John Ashfield said: “Thanks to PCMS Design and all their design and project management experience, we now have a much improved clubhouse. Alex and his team were invaluable in helping us see our project through to completion on time and within budget.”
As the extension and improvement project at Chinnor Rugby Football Club that we designed and are managing reaches the half way point, we visited site to see the concrete stairs being installed with the assistance of a mobile crane. Part of the existing roof had to be removed to allow the stairs to be lifted in. This will be replaced shortly, and the extended areas will have aluminium roof sheeting fitted.
Building works have also progressed well on the interior of the building, with both electricians and plumbers busy on the heating pipework, refurbished WCs and the new, larger kitchen.
And whilst all the building work has been going on, the Club has still managed to operate as usual with adult pre-season team training sessions, touch rugby and even the hosting some functions for sponsors and members.
The extension and improvements are due to be completed by September.
PCMS is delighted that planning permission has been granted by South Oxfordshire District Council for a high profile community project in the Oxfordshire town of Chinnor.
The scheme is to replace an old sports and social pavilion – which is in a very bad state of repair – with a modern purpose built facility. The construction site is on the edge of a large playing field area which has football pitches and tennis courts.