The checklist has been compiled from overlapping opinions, ideas, suggestions and demands during the three preparatory community workshops in 2012 and a series of interviews with individuals from Coniston.
The documentation of the workshops is available on the timeline.
What is a local material?
Here is a list compiled during one of the workshops:
- Visible typical materials: dry stone walls, slate (green and dressed), painted wood, hordings, …. plastic.
- Invisible ones include mastic, expansion foam, double glazed units, UPC and copper.
- Local non typical materials range from corrugated iron, wood cladding, plastic panels, roofing felt to concrete.
As local historical materials following were listed: wooden sheds, thatched bracken, shingles, wattle and daub, leaded windows, oak frames and pottery.
Which brings us to the category “experimental” materials, such as tatami mats, SIP panels, patched earth, straw bale, paper, green walls and roofs, sheep wool and willow.
And moss and gabions.
The design should allow for the structure to be self-built by the Cricket Club and the community.
Any new scheme needs to provide for enough storage space for the machines kept to maintain the green, for the home team’s cricket equipment and gear and for anything else that needs to be packed away when the pavilion is used for something else.
You can never have enough storage space!
An important local motivations for inviting other professionals to join the process is to learn about new green technologies. These should be easy to install, simple to maintain and efficient in their output. The new building and its construction process should be a low energy structure, eco-friendly and sustainable.
New concepts and applications are welcome.
Why do so many support a different development of the Cricket Pavilion?
It comes down to what the village wants to identify with. And Coniston is strongly identified with Lake District beauty and looks. There is a strong sense that the community wants to think of itself – and others to think of them – as being innovative and “thinking outside the box”, and thus not confirming general assumptions about rural traditions and stereotypes.
The budget is the budget, and everyone fears designs which promise to be on budget but will ultimately push the costs through the roof.
It is in the region of £70,000
The idea that sets this competition apart from other Cricket Pavilion redevelopments is to integrate a source for income into the building and its concept.
With Coniston being both a popular tourist destination and a lively community, a new programme/function can cater for either or both.
One idea would be to have the pavilion as a holiday let during the “off-season”.
Either catering for couples or small groups to enjoy the special setting and views and the innovative designs of the pavilion.,/p>
Other ideas involve more communal facilities all year around, such as a bath house or observatory.
The unique nature of the site might attract cricket aficionados from elsewhere, and some of the pay could be in cricket lessons and coaching or a public presentation at Coniston Institute (by the cricket celebs who will be coming).
Payment can be in return for a contribution to local life.
The Cricket Club grounds are already a popular site for Friendlies, and clubs from elsewhere appreciate its unique setting.
The new pavilion and its two uses should embrace this setting and the value it adds to the site.
What does a Cricket Pavilion look like?
Opinions are splitting already.
To some it might be obvious that the new structure will reassemble what we think is a traditional cricket pavilion, a one storey symmetrical wooden structure with a central gable and covered veranda and steps towards the cricket field.
Others imagine something very different and surprising looking, something that says innovative and different.
Others don’t mind.
A discussion about aesthetics is often not a good starting point for having a constructive public debate, as it ultimately comes down to personal taste.
The scheme contains many more aspects and functions to be discussed and resolved and the looks are one of them.
Cricket is its very own sport and has some emblematic objects to facilitate it, such as the scoring board and a clock.
For guidelines to changing rooms and club houses also visit Sport Englands‘s website
The project is community led.
The discussion and development is open to the whole community and the Cricket Club will be actively involved in constructing and running the new building.
The new design must function as a cricket pavilion, with a basic infrastructure consisting of two changing rooms: one for the home team and one for the guest team. Each changing room should have its own shower and toilet facilities.
The toilet should also be accessible to visitors of both genders.
A communal area should provide shelter and social space and kitchen facilities.
The current pavilion has two changing rooms with very simple tea making facilities and two outdoor toilets, one for gents and one for women.
The club requires sufficient storage for outfits and gear and the equipment to maintain the site.
The transformation from Cricket Pavilion to Second Use must be practical and expedient.
The income generated from a second use for the Cricket Pavilion should not take business from other public amenities, which mainly provide and raise some extra income from hiring out rooms for community activities such as music and sports.
The community or club do not need another bar.