Poole Park Pavilion Refurbishment

Last news : 22nd January 2014

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The pavilion refurbishment is now complete, with sparkling new showers, kitchen and enlarged function room and a disabled access ramp.

This project aimed to provide modern user facilities whilst conserving and, where appropriate, re-creating certain elements of the original building to enhance its status as Poole’s only Victorian Pavilion.


The Pavilion (constructed in 1888) is Locally Listed as defined in the Local Plan; it lies within the Poole Park Conservation Area and is situated within a Park of Grade II status on English Heritage list of Parks & Gardens of National Importance.

The rear extension is of 1930’s origin and is typical of the era, being of unassuming simplistic design and housing public conveniences which were closed of the public some years ago; since then a large portion of the building has become surplus to requirements.

The area to both sides of the Pavilion was fenced in with a low picket fence at the time that the public conveniences were closed, principally to prevent youths loitering and kicking footballs against the building, all of which has led to significant damage to the building and to the roof tiling in particular. The fencing was originally intended as a temporary measure ahead of any future scheme to upgrade the building.

Use of the Pavilion

Poole Town Cricket Club uses the Pavilion; the club confirms that the basic requirement for playing accommodation for cricket at the level played by the club is to have:

Through the winter months it is primarily Poole Wheelers Cycling Club that use the Pavilion, with over 30 riders attending most evenings.  The cycle track is suitable for training and learning, but not for racing or trials which would involve the installation of barriers and signage.

Cycling at Poole Park is likely to be furthered by activities arranged through the Dorset Cycling Development Group in association with local groups and clubs.

Also using the building:

Project Details

Budget: £160,000

Funding: t.b.c.

Architects: ADP Architects, Sherborne

Main Contractor: Spetisbury Construction, Wimborne

Lead Officer Richard Nicholson  •  01202 261347  •  Email Richard

Download the layout for Green Road play area (pdf, 130kb)

The refurbishment plan