Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion, Portsmouth

A true local success story

Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion
Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion Credit: Nigel Rigden

PAD Studio for Canoe Lake Leisure
Contract value: £1.1m,
GIA: 322 m²
Cost per m²: £3,416

This building serves as a clubhouse for the tennis courts that sit on either side of it. The original brief – to replace a sad, single storey pitch-roofed building – was expanded and all money needed was raised by local donors to benefit the community. The finished structure includes communal spaces, a rooftop club room and a terrace.

  • Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion
    Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion Credit: Nigel Rigden
  • Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion
    Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion Credit: Richard Chivers
  • Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion
    Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion Credit: Richard Chivers
  • Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion
    Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion Credit: Nigel Rigden
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It is a delightful example of contemporary architecture with its benefits of light and openness.  It sits on a tight site next to a path which attracts vandals and consequently the building is extremely secure, yet it is delightfully open both inside and on the upper floor. This has been achieved by dividing the building into a sturdy brick base acting as a plinth to a delicate first floor clubroom, and terrace with butterfly roof.  Every part of it has been carefully considered with no compromise on the materials – whether German brick or huge frameless corner windows. The pavilion is a true local success story.

Regional Client of the Year, sponsored by Tobermore

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