Will the new pavilion be bigger than the existing one?
No. It will match the footprint of the existing, squared-off structure.
We have worked hard to make sure that the proposals are in keeping with the surroundings and minimise the visual impact on the pavilion's nieghbours.
Why is the design an oval shape?
It's really hard to get permission to build or extend buildings in London's green spaces.
The contour of the tarmac area around the old, tumble-down pavilion is oval. The new building will follow this contour, in keeping with the exiting hard-standing.
Who is it for?
The new Pavilion is a facility for the whole community including local schools, churches and sports organisations.
This is why we set up as a charity / not-for-profit organisation. 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.
All that we require is that our café generates enough income to pay for its operating expenses.
Why is a cafe part of the proposal?
Economic sustainability is a major concern as without sufficient income, the Pavilion would have to close.
All our major funders require that the new Pavilion is economically sustainable. That is, once it is built, the Pavilion will be able to generate enough income to pay for its operating expenses (including rent, insurance, maintenance and utilities). Providing free-to-use toilet facilities is a significant challenge, especially because Richmond Council has said it will not maintain toilets at Moormead Park. We have planned for the cafe operation at the Pavilion to generate a sustainable income to cover the Pavilion's operating expenses.
We have reviewed other pavilions in our borough including Kneller Gardens, Palewell Common, North Sheen and Radnor Gardens and have developed our plans by taking the best design ideas from each project. We know that pavilion cafes struggle to be viable in winter unless they have indoor seating and have designed our building accordingly.
Who do you think will visit the pavillion?
We have focused the design on serving members of the community with a 20-minute walk of Moormead Park.
The main impact of this is our decision not to offer changing facilities; we encourage local people to change at home and walk to the park.
We don't want to generate an increase in car traffic. By not designing the Pavilion to FA standard, we discourage the use of Moormead for league football matches as this would generate traffic from visiting away teams.
We encourage local children to walk to Moormead to play sports with their friends.
What other considerations have you built into the design?
As part of our consultation and planning we have tried to ensure that the new design will:
- Keep noise to a minimum.
- Enable usage of the park by members of the community that have not been able to use the park due to disability or lack of facilities.
- Have a positive impact on the local environment.