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Heathcoat Cricket Club - Construction

Heathcoat Cricket Club

A visual image of how the new clubhouse will look

A visual image of the new clubhouse set into the glorious National Trust surroundings at Knightshayes

The existing building constructed in the 1920s

Foundations and substructure underway

The timber cut from the National Trust land being cut and formed by Wooden Ways

The timber cut from the National Trust land being cut and formed by Wooden Ways

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

The timber shell being constructed

Cladding now being added to the timber structure and works beginning on the roof

Working in the dry

Roof tiles going on, windows and doors installed.

Internal partitioning finished and new wood-burning stove installed!

Nearing completion

Nearing completion

Nearing completion

Nearing completion

Heathcoat CC

Macdonald Design were approached by Heathcoat CC, based within the National Trust site of Knightshayes in Tiverton, Devon, redesign their new cricket pavilion. The design process has been very detailed because of the stringent criteria set  out for the development of new buildings on any National Trust land. In 2008 a proposal was put to the National Trust Panel to replace the building with a large contemporary design. Following lengthy consultation, the Panel rejected the design on the grounds of scale and its design style. The project was dormant until the summer of 2010 when Macdonald Design were approached to produce a design that was sympathetic to the setting and the history of the site whilst incorporating all of the required Governing Body (ECB) requirements. The original clubhouse, which was constructed in 1928 and added to at various intervals over the intervening 80 years, was in a desperate state of repair.

After an exhaustive design process, a scheme was generated which fits harmoniously within the site and looks to match the existing feel of the pavilion whilst catering to the needs of a modern day cricket club and also the stringent guidelines set by the ECB imposed on any new pavilion design. The ECB guidelines must be adhered to because if not, then there will be no chance of receiving their support or funding.

A design was put to the National Trust Panel just before Christmas 2011, with a new timber construction design that mirrored the original as much as possible. The design was unreservedly approved by all with special mention to the outstanding design merit and also, a point noted that this design should be used as an example of good practice for cricket pavilion design on National Trust land.

Macdonald Design had proposed using National Ltd who had recently completed the outstanding projects at Ashtead and Chipstead but in a further twist the National Trust offered the use of timber cut from the grounds of Knightshayes and they would supply it free of charge. See the video here of the trees being felled and cut on Knightshayes land by East Devon Tree company. Using a local timber frame contractor (Wooden Ways) the project team have developed an outstanding building with a truly unique story – a new pavilion, designed to meet contemporary needs but constructed using centuries old techniques using timber which had been growing on the site for over 100 years!

The project has now been approved by the National Trust, has Planning Permission and Building Control approval and is fully funded with help from Viridor and the ECB. The project costs are set at just short of £500,000. The works commenced on 12th September and will be completed by the end of March 2013. The club are now searching out the final funding which will allow the fixtures and fittings to be upgraded (such as the furniture) to suit a building of this quality.

* LINK TO THE ITV NEWS VIDEO ABOUT THE PROJECT *
ECB NATWEST CRICKET FORCE VIDEO ABOUT THE PROJECT INCLUDING SOME COMPLIMENTARY WORDS FROM MIKE GATTING

The links for the blog are below:

BLOG ONE – GETTING DESIGN APPROVAL
BLOG TWO – GROUNDWORKS AND FIRST PHASE CONSTRUCTION
BLOG THREE – PROCUREMENT AND PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
BLOG FOUR – A STUNNING BUILDING BEGINS TO EMERGE
BLOG FIVE – WORKING IN THE DRY

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