The Sports Pavilion at King George V Playing Fields has been a well loved and well used building for many years. In the past there have been several plans draw up to replace or extend the existing building. Much of this work historically has been done by Newick Sports Pavilion Charitable Trust (NSPCT), which has previously been known as the Sports Pavilion Committee before formally registering as a charity a few years ago. This body is made up of representatives from the various sports clubs and they lease the building from the owners (Newick Parish Council). Over many years volunteers from the NSPCT have worked really hard on various plans and options for the building but sadly the project has not come to fruition.
In June 2023 Newick Parish Council and the trustees of NSPCT agreed a new approach. Going forward the Parish Council (as owners of the building) will lead the project in collaboration with the trustees. This approach has not been tried in the past and it is hoped that the resources and access to finances that the Parish Council has, combined with the knowledge and commitment from the NSPCT will move this project forward.
In due course there will be a lot of fundraising and consultation opportunities, but the starting point was a survey to establish what users and residents would like to see. These surveys have now closed and and a summary of the results can be viewed here;
In addition to the surveys above, the Sports Clubs and other users were approached for a wish list for what they needed from the building.
Members of the Parish Council approached a number of local recently rebuilt or renovated Pavilions to gain advice from their experience. The undertook site visits and met with the management committees of local Pavilions
Newick Parish Council agreed the next step was to engage with a professional building surveyor to assess the existing building. Six local surveyors were approached for a quotation and proposal. The brief they were given was simple 'to give their opinion on the current building as it stands and to give a professional recommendation on it’s future'. Richard Clayson was appointed to complete the survey and his terms of engagement can be viewed here. The results of this building survey and his recommendations can be viewed here.