The Colin Atkinson Pavilion at The County Ground in Taunton has formed an important part of the Club’s history. It was built in the 1970s and originally accommodated dining facilities, management offices and the players’ changing rooms. However, following completion of the Andy Caddick Pavilion (also designed by LED Architects), the original facilities became redundant.
This provided an excellent opportunity to breath new life back into this iconic building and provide Somerset County Cricket Club with much needed additional spectator facilities.
The original building was completely gutted, including the careful removal of internal floors and walls. The roofscape was remodelled and integrated with a new first floor seating balcony and external staircases. Internally, the facilities now include a new extended banqueting room and bar area, a new ‘long room’ at first floor level with spectacular views across the ground to the church towers beyond, new commercial kitchen and servery, refurbished toilets and new reception with main staircase & lift.
The ‘new’ building has proved extremely successful for the Club, not only during match days, but also as a much needed conference facility within Taunton.
Key environmental benefits include:
- The re-use of an existing building structure
- Integral passive ventilation system with wind-catcher terminals
- High levels of natural daylight with solar shading to control summer heat gain & glare
- The use of recycled and/or recyclable materials wherever possible such as external laminate cladding, eco-sourced carpets
- Improved thermal insulation to meet current building regulation requirements
- Hi-efficiency replacement window / glazing system