Cambridge 2000: Paget Road: Pavilion, King George V Memorial Playing Field

Description: Paget Road: Pavilion, King George V Memorial Playing Field
Date built: 1950s; 2009
Architect: 5th Studio
Paget Road: Pavilion, King George V Memorial Playing Field (5th Studio) map for Paget Road: Pavilion, King George V Memorial Playing Field
Date photograph taken: 01 Dec 2009 (Alternative map: Google map)

The pavilion was originally built in the 1950s alongside playing fields, all in memory of King George V (who died in 1936). Over the years the building, as with other similar public buildings, suffered from vandalism.

In 2006, 5th Studio were commissioned to refurbish and extend the building. At the same time, a separate block of changing rooms was added to the side (to the right of the photo). The green steel mesh over most of the windows is an attempt to discourage the vandals.

Although the front is only partially covered, the entire back side is covered in this mesh, as is the entire block of changing rooms. This is rather shocking to see, especially given its strong visual presence, but perhaps it was necessary to design it this way.

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