Mabley Green Sports Changing Facility — London

LB Hackney and Design for London

Design for London started working with LB Hackney in 2008 to develop a masterplan for Hackney Marshes and Mabley Green, forming part of the Olympic Fringe Delivery Programme. A key part was the provision of a new building which provided changing facilities for six full-size grass football pitches and a new all-weather pitch on Mabley Green. These make up part of the largest group of ‘grass roots’ football pitches available to the local community in Europe.

Design for London invited 5th Studio to collaborate with a supplier of modular buildings to produce a design which met the requirements of Sport England and the Football Association in the provision of 4 team changing rooms and ancillary facilities, and also a high quality robust building with a strong relationship to its park setting.

The proposal set the pavilion as one of a series of objects in the park, which includes a climbing rock, and has smooth engineering brick laid to a bond at low level with textured brick at high level. The pitch of the planted green roof offers a green plane, a continuation of the green, to be read from the top of the park. A scattering of ‘sunpipes’ bring natural light deep into the plan, requiring only one window to the office and allowing the brick texture to provide a monolithic and yet civic ‘architecture of defence’.

The building was delivered under budget and was opened in July 2011



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