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ROTHERWICK PLAYING FIELDS.
The existing pavilion has character and traditionally rural in design. It lies within a conservation area. Structurally it is basically in a sound condition, but the internal finishes are old and dated.
However, the main deficit is lack of suitable facilities for present day team sports. The changing rooms are far too small by today’s standard and there is no referees’ changing room – which is required for either football or rugby.
There are showers, but these are too small and suitable toilets must be available for the teams in addition to the public using the clubroom.
The recreation ground has a cricket square and can support one winter team sport. This was previously football, but this has become less popular recently and a local rugby team are looking to play here. This factor is important if future grant funding can be obtained.
In the south west corner there is also a tennis court with fence boundary. At the eastern end there is a well-provided children play area within a fence boundary. Although car parking is off the lane along the east boundary, this is insufficient.
I would recommend forming a new gravel self-draining car park just to the north of the children’s play to serve families and sportsman using the extended pavilion if the redevelopment proceeds.
The playing fields were bought back by the Parish Council in 1952 with support from the National Playing Fields Association, so after over 50 years it is important they remain as active playing fields for future generations.
The pavilion itself was built in early 1900s but the exact date is not known. I would guess during the 1930s. It is a locally listed building but with no protective status afforded to Nationally listed buildings – of which there are many in the Parish.
The playing fields lie within a Conservation Area
The new changing rooms have been designed to comply with current spatial standards required by Sport England and the Rugby Football Union.
Generally the bench space required for each player is 400 deep x 500mm width. However, for rugby players, this has to be increased to 650mm width. A minimum of 17-18 spaces needs to be created for each team to allow for substitutes – even at the lowest playing standards.
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For practical reasons the corner spaces are excluded, so the plan indicates how the spaces are allocated.
There must be a minimum provision of four showers per team together with two WCs and two wh basins. For diversity reasons the changing rooms are suitable for both female and male teams on an equal basis.
There must also be a Referee’s room with its own shower and toilet, suitable for up to three officials for one match. This may seem excessive to some people, but it does allow for modern day standards to be suitable for many years to come.
The RFU are a valuable source of grant income for facilities such as these to spread the playing of rugby of all ages and both sexes throughout the country.
Cricket is still equally important and blends well with the rugby season. By default, the changing facilities are going to be suitable for a team of 11 players. The extra space is useful and needed for cricket bags, especially when players now have their own equipment carried in large ‘coffins’ to contain bat, pads, gloves & helmet.
This has moved on substantially in the last 20 years and most players carry this basic equipment. So, the Pavilion can be in use throughout the summer and winter season.
The Clubroom is important and the spacious kitchen could be adapted to be at the same level. Internal toilet facilities should be provided so two toilets are accessed off the Clubroom – one is a disabled toilet.
By raising the floor level of the changing rooms we can eliminate problem with the floor and create a raised platform outside the entrance door, which could assist easier access to the Clubroom via the side sliding doors.
New kitchen units could be provided including space for hw cylinders. The floor level can be raised here to align with the Clubroom floor. The external door could be raised and external steps provided or omitted altogether.
New windows would be provided with improved openings from the clubroom under the verandah.
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The main extensions are to the east and west, by enlarging the changing rooms and extending the thatch roof in each direction, keeping the central gable projection above the verandah.
This maintains the character of the ‘cricket pavilion’. There would also be extensions to the north on the east and west side either side of the gabled kitchen projection.
It would be too complicated structurally to combine a new thatch roof with existing in these areas. Instead, a flat roof can be formed with lantern rooflight.
This would provide both natural lighting and ventilation to the showers. It would also enable SVP and mechanical ventilation ducts to project through the roof and not through the thatch.
I have introduced a clock on the front gable
Having read the survey report prepared for the Parish Council, I agree with the general summary that the building is suitable for refurbishment and there are many good reasons not to lose this attractive facility. Having first visited it in 2006 there is now a need to spend some money on upgrade and refurbishment, together with general maintenance measures.
I am also recommending cutting down some of the closest trees to facilitate the extension and maintain the lifespan of the thatch – by ensuring leaves do not cause a problem and there is adequate wind passing over to dry the thatch. This was also recommended in the survey report.
In addition to the RFU, other grant funders could include Veolia – if in the right location – and other Trusts. Hampshire Playing fields Association would also give a grant of approximately £3k. Whilst this may not be substantial their support is most crucial.
You could also apply to Hook District Council for some section 106 Developer’s contributions. This could only come after formal planning permission has been granted. Your own Parish Council contribution is most valuable and will assist in match funding.
MICHAEL WEAKLEY ASSOCIATES February 2016
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