Dual honours for The Oval pavilion portico, London
The new pavilion portico at The Oval receives dual honours
The new Members’ Pavilion portico at the Kia Oval has been awarded prizes in both the 2015 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) London Awards programme, and the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) Awards in the US.
In the RICS ceremony, the prestigious nomination saw the ground named alongside such international luminaries as the British Museum, the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport and the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. At the RICS awards ceremony, held at Lancaster Terrace in London on Thursday night, the Kia Oval received a ‘Highly Commended’ award, only coming behind the new British Museum World Conservation and Exhibition Centre.
At the CNU event, held on the same night in Dallas, Texas, the ground received a ‘Merit’ award, one of only two UK projects that was recognised. The extension was designed by Hugh Petter of ADAM Architecture and built by Bennett Construction. It added two new terraces and a new reception as well as repositioning the iconic Hobbs Gates directly opposite the Pavilion and a new entrance portico.
Surrey CCC Chief Executive Richard Gould said: “The new Pavilion extension has given the Kia Oval an iconic new front door in keeping with its place in cricketing history and the ground’s worldwide reputation. As well as that, the extension gave us the opportunity to turn the Pavilion into a superb facility for our Members, showcasing the club history and giving them an excellent view in very comfortable surroundings. Being honoured at these prestigious award ceremonies such as the RICS and CNU is a great tribute to the work done by the project team to deliver this complex project on time, on budget and to such a high specification.”
Hugh Petter, design director of ADAM Architecture, said “It is fantastic that this project has received such recognition. It is testament to the close relationship between the Club and its landlord, The Duchy of Cornwall, and to the excellent way in which the whole team has pulled together to deliver such an excellent project.”