New Pavilion portico and foreground at The Oval Cricket Ground, London
The new Pavilion portico at The Oval Cricket Ground has transformed the entrance and forecourt area, previously occupied by turnstiles and concessions. At the front, the Hobbs Gate designed by Louis de Siossons have been placed on the axis with the new portico. The portico features column capitals modelled upon the Prince of Wales's three feather badge, to symbolise the new formal entrance to the home of Surrey Cricket Club which shares the royal three feather badge. Urns surmount the gate piers, their design is based on the design of that which holds the ashes of the bails that were burned at the end of the fateful 1882 match. Further models of this urn appear on the railing on either side (which double up as additional gates on match days) and on top of the main portico.
Winner of Georgian Group Architectural Awards 2013 Commendation in the category of New Building in the Classical Tradition, RICS London Awards 2015 received Highly Commended award in Tourism & Leisure category, and the US Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Awards, Merit award.
Commissioned by Surrey County Cricket Club
Designed by Hugh Petter
Main Contractor Bennett Construction
Contract Value £2 million
Completed in 2013