Building on National Trust Land – Working in the Dry


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BUILDING ON NATIONAL TRUST LAND
Heathcoat Cricket Club, Tiverton, Devon

WORKING IN THE DRY

See this Cricket pavilion built from storm damaged trees on ITV Westcountry.

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In the previous blog, we expressed our excitement and appreciation for the manner in which the traditional structure has been formed. But, now that the flesh has been applied to the bones of the building the final form is really taking shape.

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Interior spaces and rooms are starting to take on their finished scale. The club is now starting to take ownership of what it is going to deliver cricket from the site.

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The overriding feeling is one of excitement and satisfaction that no compromises have been made with any of the internal spaces. The size of the bar and kitchen are much more appropriate for the various different activities that the club generates through the previous building. The clubroom itself is twice the size and yet because the beautiful beamed roof structure the previous atmosphere and intimacy is still in evidence.

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Most importantly the whole ground will be visible from any position of the bar and clubroom whereas previously if you sat at either end only half the ground would be visible. Club members here already have been reported as having staked a claim for one position at the bar or other. From a programme point of view, the project is a couple of days ahead of schedule which is a remarkable achievement considering the horrendous weather conditions which is down in part to several influencing factors. The design process has been well-coordinated and precise, the commitment of all those working on its construction has been ensured as many of those employed on the project are club members and cashflow has been maintained thanks to the ECB’s quick turnaround of grant valuations.

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The club are now focusing on a final funding drive to ensure that the new clubhouse opens, it will boast new furniture and fittings rather than need to re-use the old stoned furnishings. If you would like to learn more or contribute towards this project and help the final push then please contact Andy Macdonald on 0203 397 2227.

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How the clubhouse is expected to look

Building on National Trust Land – A Stunning Building Begins to Emerge


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BUILDING ON NATIONAL TRUST LAND
Heathcoat Cricket Club, Tiverton, Devon

A STUNNING BUILDING BEGINS TO EMERGE

With a final push just before Christmas the building fabricators Wooden Ways erected all of the timber structure. It soon became apparent that this was going to be very much more than just a sporting clubhouse. The sheer size of the main timber flitch beams and main posts as well as the beautiful roof structure will ensure that this will became a landmark project for both the National Trust and the ECB. But, most importantly, its size and scale sits beautifully within the Knightshayes ground.

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It is always interesting to first view a structure as it starts to come alive but for all those who attended the pre-Christmas site meeting it was genuinely exhilarating. The representation from the National Trust were enthused and delighted by the presence the building already has. The materials that have been used and the traditional skills and standards of craftsmanship that had been employed.

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The interior clubroom space with the exposed beams and roof structure will be dramatic enough but the large uninterrupted visitors of their ground and the stunning Devon countryside which is a backdrop to the ground, will make this one of the finest cricket viewing experiences in this country. Heathcoat has always been a wonderful ground to play at and it will now have a clubhouse that will be worthy of the location.

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Macdonald Design have worked on the creation of many sports buildings but they do end up being quite formulaic employing the use of standard building materials and generating interest through careful use of detail. But, to be involved working with very natural products cut and shaped in a traditional way is incredibly exciting. The mix of natural twists in the traditional beams link to the precision cutting and interlocking of the structure reminds you of the skills that were honed over centuries before the days of mass production and building systems. Such is the strength of the core structure it was able to self-support without needing to employ screws, bolts, glue or any additional braces.

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