The Pavilion Project is a not-for–profit, community-led organisation which is working with Winchester City Council and award-winning Winchester architect AR Design to replace the dilapidated cricket pavilion and scoring hut at North Walls Recreation Ground with one architecturally distinctive pavilion, serving both cricket pitches. The Pavilion Project has the support of local community group Hyde900.
The pitches at North Walls are the best public-access cricket facilities in Winchester; and unique in that they serve the needs of not just one cricket club, rather many cricket clubs from across the district that regard this location as their “home” ground. Whilst this new building will be first and foremost a cricket pavilion - designed to meet ECB guidelines - there is an opportunity for a new pavilion to have additional uses. Other sports groups have shown a keen interest in, and support for, our plans; and a new pavilion could be used by community groups for non-sporting activities, too. The current pavilion stands empty and unused for a large part of the year – even during the cricket season – and the new facility could be a useful asset for local, and wider, community purposes.
Winchester City Council already has allocated funds to build a “like for like” pavilion. The Pavilion Project’s vision is to raise funds, and seek grants, to double the Council’s allocated budget. This will enable us to provide an enhanced, modern, accessible and sustainable facility. Approval to fundraise was granted by the Town Forum in September.
The target date for a new pavilion is early summer 2019.
Please help us make our vision a reality and donate via the MyDonate link above, and - if you’re shopping - please use the EasyFundraising link, too. Many thanks!
"I remember playing cricket many times at North Walls, and even then the pavilion was in a very sorry state! The proposed plans for a replacement are absolutely fantastic; such a unique design for a cricket pavilion - it will be quite something. I’m sure this new building will encourage more cricket to be played at this wonderful location, providing a new lease of life for local cricket at all levels. I really do hope the fundraising is successful.”
- Jimmy Adams, Hampshire CC
"The Winchester Town Forum are delighted The Pavilion Project, supported by Hyde900, has brought forward these exciting proposals for the cricket pavilion. We welcome the prospect of working in partnership on this and wish the team every success with their fundraising.”
- Councillor Anne Weir, Chair of Winchester Town Forum