A Brighton cricket membership desires so as to add a balcony to its pavilion, modernise its altering rooms and make its clubhouse accessible for folks with disabilities.
St Peter’s Cricket Membership, which is predicated by the Preston Park velodrome, has leased the Victorian pavilion for simply over 130 years.
The membership stated: “The prevailing membership home is circa 132 years previous and is not match for goal as a clubhouse. It is just too small to accommodate an in depth and rising membership.
“It’s underused outdoors the cricket season (and) might be mistaken for an empty and obsolescent constructing.”
The membership desires to construct a two-storey extension in the back of the constructing to the basement and floor ground. It stated that from the entrance it would nonetheless seem like a single-storey constructing.
The membership leases the pavilion from Brighton and Hove Metropolis Council and submitted a planning software to the council final month after consulting neighbours.
It stated: “The world proposed for the extension of the clubhouse fronting Preston Drove doesn’t have an energetic frontage and comprises storage areas and entry for council upkeep tools (which will probably be retained) however is in any other case not used and is an eyesore with garbage and discarded gadgets strewn across the web site.
“The constructing doesn’t present the required services to be compliant with nationwide sporting organisation pointers (ie, Sport England and the ECB) and importantly will not be disabled compliant, which signifies that the membership’s capability to attraction to incapacity and different gender teams is severely constrained.
“The constructing is just too slender to perform correctly, doesn’t have disabled entry or bathrooms, the altering rooms are too small and don’t present an sufficient variety of bathrooms and showers, no compartmentalisation between men and women and restricted house for social gatherings and occasions.”
The modifications are aimed toward placing proper the issues and the membership stated: “We have now consulted with Sport England and adopted their pointers so far as attainable within the design, so that all the above limitations are addressed and that the constructing is accessible and meets the necessities of a various group of customers.
“Aside from minor refurbishment over time, the bodily construction and structure has remained largely unchanged for over 100 years and is not match for goal as a multi-use constructing.
“A situation survey undertaken in 2020 revealed the necessity for an in depth restore and upkeep works programme.
“The clubhouse is in energetic use for less than 5 months in the course of the cricket season between April to September and is essentially dormant for the rest of the yr which makes the constructing a goal for vandalism and unsocial behaviour.”
The pavilion was inbuilt 1887 and has been occupied by the 138-year-old cricket membership since 1889. It desires the modifications to respect the constructing’s heritage.
Members have turned to DK Architects, in Hove, for assist with their plans which embrace open the pavilion to the biking and triathlon golf equipment that use the velodrome.
And so they hope to encourage para-cycling and wheelchair athletes in addition to permitting the broader neighborhood to deal with the constructing as a hub.
The cricket membership has about 85 grownup and 240 youth members and fields males’s and girls’s groups. The colts embrace dozens of women.
The membership added: “The final word aim is to make the constructing engaging and totally practical for all kinds of occasions, together with social occasions, contributing to it being a very sustainable and all-year-round facility.”
A close to neighbour, whose particulars have been redacted by the council on its web site, despatched a letter of assist and praised the membership for consulting neighbours.
The neighbour stated: “We totally assist this improvement which is able to flip a fairly sorry wanting constructing into one thing extra nice to take a look at and can tidy up the grounds surrounding it.
“It can additionally present a helpful native facility.”
The planning software might be discovered by trying to find BH2021/00289 on the council’s website.