People's Park, Grimsby: New Pavilion *

Client: North East Lincolnshire Council

A number of projects of varying sizes for North East Lincolnshire Council have recently been completed within the People's Park, situated on the outskirts of Grimsby. The park is of national significance and is included on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Despite the considerable amount of work to refurbish the landscape, the park still retains the original character designed by William Barron in the early 1890's .

The works included conservation, repair and new additions, running alongside the extensive refurbishment and enhancements to the lake and natural soft and hard landscaped elements which were undertaken by Golder Associates. The overall project was funded by the local authority and partly by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and involved a large amount of local community participation.

A new pavilion sited on the edge of the lake promontory occupies the centre of the park and forms a new focal point for park users and visitors. Kenny Brown was Lead Architect for the building aspects and carried out the detail design. The building contains a cafe, public toilets and park ranger facilities and forms a striking profile with its various pitched angular roofs. The building is clad in larch with roofs finished using cedar shingles. The pavilion is highly insulated using sheep's wool and is heated by means of a ground source heat pump. Security is achieved using a system of robust timber shutters which are integral to the design of the building envelope. The pavilion now provides much needed facilities and serves both the local community and park visitors.

The scheme was awarded the RICS Award for Community Benefit (Highly Commended).

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