Grange Pavilion

Project Details: 

Client: Cardiff University 
Start Date: February 2019 
Completion Date: February 2020
Value: £1.5m  
Type: New Build
Form of Contract: NEC Short Form 


Project Summary:

Working with Cardiff University's Community Gateway Team, BECT has redeveloped the former derelict bowls pavilion into a community hub, cafe, and gardens.  The project is a result of an exciting community-led partnership initiative to build a new high-quality facility on the grounds with increased space and improved accessibility.

Back in 2012 residents of Grangetown in Cardiff proposed activating the vacant and rapidly deteriorating bowls pavilion and bowls green located in a popular local park.  As Wales' most ethnically diverse ward, ranked in the top 10% of the deprived areas in the country, residents described Grangetown's strength as its diversity and sense of community but highlighted a lack of common spaces, a lack of green spaces in landlocked schools, and litter as key barriers.  Over 200 undergraduate Cardiff University architecture students, as well as students studying business and masters' programmes, have worked with Community Gateway to develop ideas for the building as part of their research and learning. 

The previously vacant bowls pavilion has been redeveloped into a top-quality facility with affordable space for hire, a community focussed cafe offering employment and training opportunities to local young people, outdoor gardening and growing opportunities and much needed public amenities in Grange Gardens.  The redevelopment of Grange Pavilion will enable residents to plan and run the community activities for free, increase wellbeing and deliver a self- sustaining facility led by the community for the community. 


Project Teams: 

Architect: IBI Group
Engineer: Mann Williams 
M&E Consultant: Holloway Partnership 
Form of Contract: NEC Short Form