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Indoor Cricket Centre, Warwickshire CCC

Edgbaston, Birmingham

Indoor Cricket Centre, Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Description

Although the building's west elevation fronts the Pershore Road, the centre is accessed from within the cricket club site, through the main gate and parking area. The building entrance faces the car-park and leads to a triple-height reception area.

The main hall occupies most of the ground floor to the west. The remaining ground floor accommodation comprises offices and an equipment shop. These are sited in a 13m deep section running across the front of the building. All the remaining facilities - changing rooms, toilets, seminar room and bar - are in two storeys above this front section, forming a three-storey pavilion between the cricket hall and the car park.

With the 2,740m2 building area accommodated on a footprint of 57.5m x 36m, the concentration of ancillary facilities in the front block leaves most of the ground floor and the building volume clear for the practice nets. Within this 41m x 32m hall, the nets can be retracted to form either two areas for 6-a-side or one large hall to English Cricket Board standards.

The stairs are sited in the glazed corners at the front of the building. There is also access by lift. The front elevation is mostly glazed, whilst the side elevations have white-coated scalloped steel cladding. The roof structure comprises clear-span steel trusses that incorporate glazed northlights. Fabric louvre blinds admit natural light to the hall and pavilion, whilst diffusing direct sunlight. The roof's white-coated steel inner lining promotes internal reflectivity.