Garden Lodges create bespoke bowls pavilion

As well as building garden rooms and living annexes Garden Lodges also design and build commercial buildings. In this article they share details of a recent project to design a large bowls pavilion / community centre.

Garden Lodges have started work on an exciting new bowls pavilion and community building in the village of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire. The 89 square meter bowls pavilion has been specifically designed for the club by Garden Lodges to enhance their facilities and benefit the local community.

Garden Lodges were contacted in November 2015 for an initial survey to gauge the suitability of the site for the project, after which initial designs were developed closely with the club. Garden Lodges prides itself on putting the customer first and truly understanding how the building will be used by various groups. The clients had specific design requests which Garden Lodges have met, such as creating a structure to take up to 80 people, including tilt and turn windows to optimise viewing from inside the pavilion and creating a lengthy open interior space used for games of carpet bowls.

Garden Lodges Bowls Pavilion 1

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Designing a Unique Structure

With a width of 4 meters and length of 22.3 meters, the amount of space available in the main room is only made possible by the bespoke timber framing system, which reinforces the structure against through lateral loading. Using a combination of 12x roof trusses intersected by 7x portal frames, the structure is afforded great stability.

Upon this structure rests the pitched roof comprised of 40x Garden Lodges Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs), each manufactured individually for the pavilion at the Garden Lodges production facility in Bedfordshire. The roof will be finished in concrete pantile tiles and black plastic rainwater guttering.

Garden Lodges Bowls Pavilion 3


35 concrete pads sunk into the ground at 750mm deep will keep the light weight SIPs structure well anchored to the ground. Each concrete pad is topped with a dense concrete block which can take up to 7 N/mm2 of load. This pad foundation system supports a ring beam and suspended timber floor with a ventilation gap to eradicate possible rising damp issues.

Garden Lodges Bowls Pavilion 2Garden Lodges Bowls Pavilion 5

Achieving Sustainability through Energy Efficiency

“One of our biggest challenges for this build was sustainability. By law, the pavilion has to meet government standards for energy performance, outlined in Building Regulations Part L2. As a leading garden building company and SIPs builder, we are committed to supporting the UK Government’s initiative on sustainability, so for the pavilion we are adding extra insulation in the floor and roof. This will reduce the carbon footprint of the pavilion and contribute towards a more sustainable way of building.”

The pavilion will be built using Garden Lodges SIPs in the floor, walls and roof, significantly increasing the insulating properties of the building and therefore reducing the amount of thermal transmittance through the structure.

Garden Lodges SIPs are well within the stated government U Value limits for the amount of heat loss from a building, as shown below:

Garden Lodges Bowls Pavilion 6

5 Design Facts

  1. The pavilion measures 22.3 meters in length and has an area of over 80 square meters.
  2. A bespoke timber framing system allows for the large amount of open space in the main room through lateral transmission.
  3. The pavilion is designed for year-round use with easy access for disabled people throughout and can hold up to 80 people at any one time.
  4. The main room features tilt and turn windows to optimise viewing from inside the pavilion.
  5. 35 concrete pads support the weight of building.

Keep Up-to-Date Online

Garden Lodges have created a microsite dedicated to this unique build: View the progress of Sharnbrook Bowls Pavilion on the blog and discover how this fascinating Garden Lodges design truly comes to life. Please note, visits to the site are permitted by appointment only due to health and safety as works are currently in progress.

To learn more about Garden Lodges visit their website or give them a call on 0800 043 4821


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