- South Gloucestershire Council
- 250 M2
Quattro were appointed by South Gloucestershire Council to design a pavilion containing a Café and Community Room within the historic setting of Page Park.
A unique challenge was the heritage asset of the Park, having both Edwardian and Victorian architecture and grounds as well as a history of diversity and inclusion at the heart of a multicultural society in Bristol.
A further challenge was how to place a modern facility into the grounds of an established park and landscape, which through design, ensured security. At the same time, we were tasked with providing facilities requiring modern servicing and adaptability, as a multi-use facility for the community.
A final challenge was delivering this project to a tight budget, whilst using materials that would be both vandal proof and also reflective of the council’s passion for sustainable architecture.
The design process required close community participation with The Friends of Page Park, a voluntary group of local residents, who monitored each stage of the design development. The Friends were instrumental in procuring the major investment from the Heritage Lottery Project fund.
Our first step, in overcoming the challenge, was to set up stakeholder and Community Consultation. This allowed us to fully understand the public’s requirements, in terms of a park café and community centre and it also facilitated consultation with the Council’s own parks and facilities team, ensuring the best outcomes for this community centred project.
Our Design Team also engaged with designers of the Sensory Garden and wider park operations, to ensure that the building and landscaping supported the needs of all user groups.
In terms of design, we have emphasised natural light with tall areas of glazing and vertical timber cladding, mirroring the sylvan setting. An inverted butterfly roof brings in daylight, maximising light but at the same time, reducing the visual impact on the park.
The footprint is rationalised through a multi-use design strategy, allowing flexibility and adaptability of available space, facilitating Café functions, community groups and educational spaces within one space. Greater flexibility is possible in that this one space can also be sub-divided.
Our low maintenance, robust and vandal proof design was delivered through the use of timber and stone facing; this is durable and ensures that the building captures the vernacular of the park.