IBI Group is designing the new Grangetown Pavilion as a response to the community’s desire for a multi-use outdoor and indoor space to transform an area that was in need of repair, and a new lease on life.
Designing a multi-use indoor and outdoor community space
IBI Group is designing the new Grangetown Pavilion as a response to the community’s desire for a multi-use outdoor and indoor space. It will transform an area that was previously susceptible to vandalism, antisocial behaviour and dilapidation.
Accommodation of the building consists of three large bookable spaces that will allow different activities to take place, a coffee shop that will be operated by the local community, a small office and accessible toilets. An external classroom has also been designed, to create an outdoor education space that links to the local school and garden activities.
Proposed building materials match the existing brickwork of the surrounding terraced houses and represent the English masonry garden wall that wraps the north and east façade, acting as a suitable boundary that creates an interaction with the existing Victorian park. Lime mortar in the brickwork matches the existing stonework on surrounding houses, and black timber cladding matches the timber boards. A folding roof echoes the terraced houses of the surrounding areas, and a zinc roof reflects in a modern way the slate roof from the surrounding houses. Bee, bird and bat bricks have been specified to create a hive for insects and animal activity, and to provide a nesting place.
The redevelopment of the green spaces includes areas for multiple community activities. These will be designed, constructed and installed according to Grange Pavilion community initiatives.
Surrounding wildlife areas will also have special plant species encouraged by the local bee experts that ensure Welsh Manuka Honey can be produced.
Integrated into the landscape design is a sustainable drainage system to support improved managing of water circulation. Rain gardens and swales system have also been designed for storing surface water and slowly releasing it.