Northstowe Phase 1 Sports Pavilion

An artists impression of the Northstowe Phase 1 sports pavilion.

Your Views

Plans for the first sports pavilion to serve residents in Northstowe have been created and we would like your views.

The sports pavilion will have a main hall where activities can be hosted with changing facilities for the outdoor sports pitches nearby.

The technical detail of the building is below. Architects drawings are also on this webpage to help you to envisage how the building would look, feel and work.

We are asking for your comments between 11 and 25 January. We will then take these into account before a planning application is submitted.

Throughout the design process we recognise the requirement for a high-quality building that recognises the requirement for energy efficiency / generation, ease of maintenance and a sustainable approach. But we need to balance these requirements against the amount of funding that is available.

The anticipated cost of the proposed building is more than the money provided by developers, required by the agreement with the Council. This is known as a section 106 agreement. Whilst we want to make the building work well for the community, we also need to ensure it can be delivered and is affordable.  The current design may change because of either feedback and/or budgetary constraints. 

Please send your comments to by 5pm on Monday 25 January.

You can also find out more by attending the Northstowe Community Forum at 7pm on Wednesday 20 January


The site for the new pavilion is to be accessed from Peppercorn Drive via an ancillary road routed through a new car park and will be situated adjacent to the naturalistic setting of Kingfisher Pond and the surrounding green space.

Bearing this setting in mind the general principle for the design of the building has been to maintain the naturalistic setting using high quality materials such as timber style cladding that respects the setting it is in. Key views across the site have been maintained and new tree and hedge planting will soften the building outline.

 an architects drawing showing the location of the Northstowe Phase 1 sports pavilion.

Accessing the site and parking

Pedestrian and bicycle access has been predominant in the access design thinking which means provision has been made for a central hub for cyclists with secure parking and routes out into the surrounding areas. In addition a public footpath will provide access through the site out to the sporting and leisure spaces and also a safe route from the nearby schools.

An architects site plan showing the location of the sports pavilion in Northstowe Phase 1, between kingfisher pond and the allotments.

Inside the building

The building itself has been designed to meet Sport England standards and will be fully accessible to users of all ages and abilities. In brief the single storey building provides the following:

• 6 Adult sized changing rooms with showers
• 3 Officials' changing rooms with showers
• Toilet Facilities
• Store rooms
• Kitchen
• Reception/office space
• Clubroom (sized to allow for a badminton court)

It is envisaged that the building’s design and facilities will enable multiple sports use including those that require a modest indoor space. The clubroom will provide an open well lit space with a large glazed elevation.

An architects drawing showing the internal layout of the rooms in the Northstowe Phase 1 Sports Pavilion. showing 6 changing rooms, a 'changing places' toilet, kitchen, office and club room.

Outside the building

As well as there being grassed areas and planting beds adjacent to the building there will be a paved area adjacent to the clubroom that will be suitable for outdoor social events associated with the various sports clubs that will use the pavilion.

 an architects drawing of the outside of the Northstowe phase 1 sports pavilion. it is an unremarkable single story structure.

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