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The Hub, Regent's Park, London

The inside of a cafe in a park

About the Project

Project Information
  • Client: The Royal Parks
  • Principal designer: David Morley Architects
  • Principal contractor: Verry Construction
  • Contract value: 2.9 million

The Hub provides a place to meet, to watch, and most importantly, play sport. Built in Regent's Park in central London to replace outdated facilities, the building comprises a transparent circular cafe and viewing terraces which look out on renovated football and cricket pitches all around it.

A large proportion of the building is buried in the park landscape, helping its environmental performance, while beneath the sloping grass mound there is enough space for 300 people to get changed ready to play, along with toilet facilities which are open to the wider public. There are also changing facilities for referees and people with disabilities, plus spaces for alternative forms of exercise like yoga and tai chi.

The cafe with panoramic views is available for hire. All beneath an innovative roof structure which uses the principles of a bicycle wheel.

Developed through meetings with myriad sports and local authority representatives, the Hub has successfully attracted the local community, businesses and targeted groups such as the London Sports Forum for Disabled People and Paddington Development Trust use the park for outdoor sport once more.

The judges said: 'This is an elegant design, well-delivered, which is largely semi-buried in the park landscape, thereby giving excellent environmental credentials.'

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