About Coniston Interview
Like most rural places the development of Coniston doesn’t follow a masterplan, but happens around individual and often private development initiatives. In Coniston most of them are related to the tourism industry.
The initiative for the new Cricket Pavilion tries to address how new developments in the village can be thought from a community perspective and how different clubs and organisations can be involved in thinking and building facilities that support their interests, but also the village as a shared and connected place.
Coniston is not short of local amenities. For a village of around 700 it has a remarkable number of clubs and spaces and facilities.
This includes a primary and secondary school, the Parish Church, the Sports and Social Club with football/rugby and gym facilities, St. Andrew’s Youth Centre and the Coniston Institute. All amenities are used, and all hire out space for groups and special events.
The site of the club is within the village, which historically developed along individual farms and buildings mainly along two roads. Coniston is still intercepted by open fields with surrounding dry stone walls and the Cricket Club site boarders fields on three sides and is visually and physically closely connected to its surrounding landscape. The view from the field is stunning and captures the images and qualities which make the Lake District such a popular destination for holidays and short breaks.