A Northamptonshire company has handed over the keys to a much-anticipated second pavilion which marks a historic turning point for Cropredy cricket club near Banbury.
Scotts of Thrapston, specialists in the manufacture and installation of bespoke timber framed buildings, is behind the new pavilion which has been created for Cropredy Cricket Club.
The club, based in Williamscot Road, was formed in 1927 and has been based at its current home since 1995. It boasts excellent facilities, including a purpose-built score box, practice nets, full pitch covers and site screens.
After a lengthy two-year planning process and continued in-depth consultation with Cherwell District Council, full planning permission was granted in January 2018. Working closely with consulting structural engineers, M&E engineers and energy assessors, Scotts has produced a high-performing tailor-made building.
The club worked closely with Scotts’ in-house architect and design manager, Bryn Lee, to create a building that will meet all the club’s future needs.
Peter Cooling, Chairman of Cropredy Cricket Club, said: “A little over five years ago, we began our first conversations about the feasibility of a second ground and changing facilities adjacent to our existing ground.
“I don’t believe any of us involved in those initial conversations would have foreseen or even dared to dream that we would have ended up with the state-of-the-art facilities that we now have. The new pavilion massively exceeds what we first envisaged and will provide cricket and social facilities that will be the envy of clubs for miles around.
“We now have additional capacity and facilities to provide cricket for the village of Cropredy and surrounding areas that will enable us to continue our growth and our aim to be both the Premier and stand out village club in North Oxfordshire and beyond.”
Bryn Lee, from Scotts, said: “Scotts of Thrapston has designed, engineered, manufactured and installed the pavilion providing a club room, with kitchen and bar facilities, new changing rooms with showers, an umpire and officials’ changing room and large raised verandah for watching the game in play. We are delighted to hand over the keys to a project that will bring a real benefit to the local community.”
The building is designed as a ‘hybrid’, using a traditional panelised timber frame with a cantilevered glulam beam supporting the main roof structure in the club room, to create a natural aesthetic and volume.
The superstructure was manufactured in-house at Scotts’ factory in Thrapston and was delivered to the Cropredy grounds in kit form being craned into place on site. All machining and plate connections were carried out in-house by Scotts’ joiners to millimetre accuracy prior to assembly.
Han van Reen, New 2nd Ground and Pavilion Project Manager, has been involved since the beginning and commented: “The experience and ‘handholding’ during the whole of the project resulted in something remarkably beautiful as regards cricket club pavilions.
“It not only looks great but holds all the elements a cricket pavilion should have, such as a perfect position to view not only one game on the new ground but actually two games at once. It enables us to play all ‘home’ games at home – something we could not do for our third team since 2015.
“This allows Cropredy Cricket Club to engage in festival cricket, tournaments, finals days and the like, where we can accommodate cricket in any format. With the support of many we have been able to build something remarkable!”
Cropredy Cricket Club is grateful for the assistance from all of the official bodies involved in the project along the way:
The EA and 3 Counties Flood Risk Assessment
Historic England and Cotswold Archaeology
Ecology Survey through Turnstone Ecology
Arboriculture Impact Assessment through Nicholsons
Cherwell District Council
Oxford County Council