We've been on quite a journey!
As regular users of Moormead Park, we just couldn't understand why the park pavilion is in such disrepair and there are no loos in the park. So we started speaking to people and realised that no one quite had it in their brief. Moormead Community & Sports Pavilion was set up as a charity dedicated to the project. Our mission is to oversee the design, planning and delivery of a new pavilion.
Speaking to the council, park users, neighbours and local residents it quickly became apparent that the new pavilion will need to:
- Offer facilities that extend use of the park to the whole community
- Be open year-round
- Provide storage for the sports clubs who use the park
- Cater for people who live close by
- Be financially sustainable after it is opened, including covering the costs of keeping loos open
- Be financed through grants and donations
- Minimise the negative effects on neighbours
- Improve the local environment
An FAQs page sets out the considerations that are built into the design.
So where are we now?
What happens next?
Right now, we are conducting environmental surveys essential to the planning process. We aim to complete this work and make the submission in February.
Background to the project
The Pavilion in Moormead Park, St Margarets has been neglected for many years and is currently unusable. The structure is unsafe and is beyond repair - a simple refurbishment is not an option.
Moormead Community & Sports Pavilion (Moormead CSP) is a registered charity (number 1179951) working in partnership with the local community to transform the current eyesore into a new facility that will enhance our beautiful park and can be enjoyed by the whole community.
|The existing structure||Artist's implression of proposed new pavilion|
Moormead CSP’s vision is for a Pavilion focused on serving local residents i.e. members of the community within a 20‑minute walk of Moormead Park. We will encourage the shared use of the Pavilion by a broad range of people across the neighbourhood, including schools, churches and organisations focused on junior sport. We want to support existing park users as well as members of the community who have previously been unable to use the park due to a disability or lack of facilities (e.g. toilets).
The Pavilion café will provide refreshments and toilet facilities for park users during opening hours, throughout the year; it will not apply for a licence to sell alcohol. There will be indoor seating as well as a convenient kiosk to collect a drink or snacks while playing with children, walking the dog or watching your child’s sports team at the weekend.
There will be equipment storage for junior sports organisations, encouraging more outdoor activities for our young people. The Pavilion will also support the St Margarets Fair on Fair Day.
We estimate that regeneration of the Pavilion will cost £500,000 to complete. We are raising funds from our local community and applying for grants from organisations such as the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Sport England Community Investment Fund, Big Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Plans for the new Pavilion are focused on improving facilities for the local community, which is why we set up as a charity / not-for-profit organisation. All that we require is that our café generates enough income to pay for its operating expenses. We have no pressure to commercialise the Pavilion; we will not borrow money and we will never have any shareholders that require a financial return on their investment. This will allow us to focus on charitable objectives, not commercial ones.