- Client Name:
- Carlisle Cricket Club
- Flood restoration works - £475,000
New Club House - £2.2M
New Club House, Carlisle Cricket Club, Carlisle, Cumbria
Following the disastrous events of Storm Desmond in December 2015, Architects Plus were asked to coordinate reinstatement works to the existing building and to investigate the potential for a new, flood resilient, cricket facility on the site that would incorporate a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for the English Cricket Board.
The site lies within the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site and the Stanwix Conservation Area. It is immediately adjacent to the River Eden and lies within a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The proposals had to address the delicate balance between the new development and the protection of the existing environment.
Proposals were developed for an entirely new clubhouse in a more elevated position to resist potential flooding. In efforts to secure planning approval, a full archaeological investigation was carried out, which revealed a previously un-recorded Roman Bath House with notable features of historical importance. This new discovery, broadcast widely in the local news, has resulted in further official review as to whether a visitor centre for the Roman bath house would be supported. The project is being further progressed by Architects Plus with the involvement of Carlisle City Council.