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A new indoor cricket school for south west London's most famous cricket club, the Spencer Club in Earlsfield.
The project achieved planning permission in January 2018 and starts construction in Autumn 2018.
In January 2018 the Spencer Club secured planning permission for a new indoor cricket net, replacing the current members-built facility.
The new building will boast state of the art training facilities for this highly successful cricket club. The new building not only provides indoor training provision but also forms a sight-screen for the main cricket field.
Studio Octopi have worked closely with the club to ensure that the new building addressed the issues and needs of the entire club. With the Spencer Club boasting 6 separate sports branches; cricket, tennis, lacrosse, netball, hockey and squash; the team was careful to ensure that the new building works for the whole club. The 340 sq m building will provide two adult nets or three junior nets along with areas for padding-up, a viewing gallery and technical review area.
Expanding on the rich history of cricket pavilions throughout England, the design creates a considered linear backdrop to the cricket field. With the ambition to create an architecture that is calm and finessed, the indoor cricket net explores the practice’s preoccupation of craftsmanship and contextual design. With no windows, in keeping with best practice guidance, the building is clad in dark timber, allowing it to act as a sight-screen for white ball games. A bespoke rail runs around the building, supporting the white sight-screens for games played with pink and red balls. This rail also marks a change in the rhythm and width of the cladding boards; subtly lightening the building as it reaches to touch the sky in the open playing field. Two large hinged doors along the pitch side elevation connect the indoor spaces with the field of play.