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Little Knavesmire Sports Pavilion

Client: City of York Council
Architect: Philp Rickinson, PRA Architects
Builder: Transcore Ltd

The Hamilton Panthers Football Club previously occupied an historic but dilapidated air-observation building from World War II.  Its replacement provides all the basic requirements for football club at this modest local level – but includes a canteen/cafe which is also open to the general public and other groups such as the York Schools Cross Country Runners, the York Carers and the NHS – so the building has an important general role in locality.  The building is made with simple materials inside and out.  The interior is enlivened with the club colours yellow and blue. 

The building occupies a very conspicuous site at the edge of the open green space along the Tadcaster Road into the City.  By giving the roof a simple sculptural form, the designers have managed to make this essentially utilitarian building into an eye-catching building that relates very effectively to the landscape.

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