Grange Pavilion

Transforming a closed bowls pavilion into a new social hub for the community.

Pavilion BLF pic

At the end of November 2018, Grange Pavilion closed to prepare for major redevelopment in 2019.

The site will be cordoned off in January and work to build a new and improved Grange Pavilion will begin in February.

Redevelopment

A new building will open early 2020, and contain three large rooms available to hire, a cafe, toilets and an office. In addition, there will be outdoor space to play, enjoy and grow fresh produce.

Grange Pavilion has been a partnership between Grange Pavilion Project, Grangetown Community Action and Cardiff University since 2014. We would like to thank everyone who has been involved with making the project a success and to all who have delivered and attended events at the Pavilion over the years, helping us make a case for community ownership and prove the need for an improved facility. We will help our current tenants find new homes so that their activities can continue next year and look forward to inviting them all back to the new Grange Pavilion in 2020.

Redevelopment of the Grange Pavilion has been made possible through funding by Big Lottery Fund Wales, Welsh Government Community Facilities Programme, Garfield Weston Foundation, ASDA Foundation, Cardiff Bay Rotary Club and support from many more. We would like to say a huge thank you to our funders and supporters.

For more information on Grange Pavilion, and the community- led Grange Pavilion CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation) please contact communitygateway@cardiff.ac.uk or call 029 20 870456

The idea

"We want to turn the now closed bowls pavilion into a revivified ‘social hub’ with a community café and garden." (Grangetown Resident)

Planning

Following a number of community consultations including an ideas picnic and workshops with local primary schools, Grange Pavilion Project and Grangetown Community Action, Cardiff University's Community Gateway has worked with with a number of partners to explore the potential of turning the derelict Bowls Pavilion into a community hub and café with community garden.

Since 2013, over 200 undergraduate architecture students, as well as students studying business and architecture master's programmes, have worked with Community Gateway to develop ideas for the building as part of their research and learning.

Progress

In 2012, residents of Grangetown in Cardiff proposed activating a vacant and rapidly deteriorating Bowls Pavilion and Bowls Green located in a popular local park. As Wales’ most ethnically diverse ward, ranked in the top 10% of deprived areas in the country, residents describe Grangetown’s strength as its diversity and sense of community, but highlight a lack of common spaces, a lack of park amenities, a lack of green spaces in land-locked schools, and litter as key barriers.

A partnership between residents' groups Grange Pavilion Project, Grangetown Community Action and Cardiff University was formalised in 2014 to test resident-led ideas for use of the Grange Pavilion and Green.

Securing a temporary license in 2016 enabled pilot use of the Grange Pavilion and Green by over 3,000 residents. Since then, regular activities suggested by Grangetown residents, such as Homework clubs, a Youth Forum, ESOL classes, a community garden, mental health peer support, a Tech café, arts therapy, the Friends and Neighbours group, cricket and football training with peer mentoring, and play sessions, as well as one off and annual events including a Community Iftar, a Winter Fayre, and Love Grangetown, have helped bring the Pavilion to life.

The launch of over 150 initiatives on site include outdoor activities and green initiatives including environmental crowd-sensing, after-school gardening, a pollinator garden, sports mentoring and creative workshops in partnership with RSPB Cymru, Pollen8Cymru, Urban Buzz, Federation of City Farms and Gardens, Eggseeds, Grow Cardiff, Cardiff Youth Service, Hafal, Sport Wales, Welsh Athletics, C3SC, South Wales Police and Fire Service, Innovate Trust, Run Wales, and National Museum Wales.

Development of the green and grounds remains at the heart of residents' aims of improved green spaces for physical activities, education and events. Co-produced landscape proposals include surface drainage raingardens; an outdoor classroom and planters for school and community use; an orchard; a ‘Welsh Manuka’ pollinator garden developed with Cardiff University pharmacists; enhanced biodiversity for improved air, soil, water and noise quality in an industrially polluted landscape; and a green for community activities.

In June 2018, Grange Pavilion Project registered with the Charity Commission as a Charity Incorporated Organisation and expanded its membership to include RSPB Cymru, Cardiff Bay Rotary Club, Cardiff and Vale College and Taff Housing.  Also in 2018, the partnership secured £1.17m capital funding from Big Lottery Fund CAT 2 Programme, Welsh Government Community Facilities Programme, Garfield Weston Foundation, Cardiff Bay Rotary Club and Asda Foundation to redevelop the Pavilion building under a 99-year Community Asset Transfer.

We still need your help, and the project is still very much open to anyone who would like to get involved. If you have any skills, expertise, or time to offer us, please do get in touch!  In particular, we would welcome further support in facilities management, gardening and landscaping, business development, legal advisory services, finances, community fund-raising, communications and marketing, volunteering at regular or pop-up events and activities, and anything else you can offer. If we successfully fundraise for the development of the Pavilion, we will also welcome any interest from craftspeople, suppliers, and local businesses who would be interested in finding out more about being involved in the construction phase.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the many hundreds of you who have been involved, volunteered, led activities, and shared your ideas and visions for the Grange Pavilion, and to those who have donated funds or services to the Pavilion, including Cardiff Bay Rotary Club, IKEA, Cardiff Council Neighbourhood Partnerships Fund and Cardiff and Vale College.

If you’d like to find out more or get involved in any way, contact the Community Gateway team at communitygateway@cardiff.ac.uk, stop by the Pavilion on a Monday to speak to Ali Abdi, Community Gateway partnerships and facilities manager, and stop into the Hideout Café at the Pavilion to grab a great coffee/tea and to see what’s been going on so far in the Pavilion.

Grange Pavilion

Planning the redevelopment of the Pavilion

In the summer of 2017, using the feedback and ideas Grangetown residents have shared over the past five years, we submitted the second stage of the Big Lottery Fund bid and applications to several other funders, to help realise the vision of a long term community-led facility.

Community Gateway and partners worked collaboratively with Dan Benham Architect, IBI group, and CDF Planning on the planning application proposing the complete renovation of the Pavilion and a one-storey addition at the east edge of the Bowls Green, creating a facility with a café, three bookable spaces, toilets accessible to park users, and community gardening plots around a green.

In February 2018 we were absolutely thrilled to learn that the second stage of The Big Lottery Fund bid was successful and the project has received £1,072,692 to rebuild Grange Pavilion in Grange Gardens. The result of the build will be a multi-functional community facility that will provide opportunities for education, training, health promotion and enterprise development, with a café, office and meeting spaces. There are also plans to improve the existing grounds to create an accessible green space and an orchard and pollinator garden.

A community management board has now been formed and will take on a 99 year lease under a Community Asset Transfer, with handover support from Cardiff University.

We still need your help, and the project is still very much open to anyone who would like to get involved. If you have any skills, expertise, or time to offer us, please do get in touch.  In particular, we would welcome further support in facilities management, gardening and landscaping, business development, legal advisory services, finances, community fund-raising, communications and marketing, volunteering at regular or pop-up events and activities, and anything else you can offer. We would also welcome any interest from craftspeople, suppliers, and local businesses who would be interested in finding out more about being involved in the construction phase.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to the many hundreds of you who have been involved, volunteered, led activities, and shared your ideas and visions for the Grange Pavilion, and to those who have donated funds or services to the Grange Pavilion, including Cardiff Bay Rotary Club, IKEA, Cardiff Council Neighbourhood Partnerships Fund and Cardiff and Vale College.

If you’d like to find out more or get involved in any way, contact the Community Gateway team at communitygateway@cardiff.ac.uk, or stop by the Pavilion on a Monday to speak to Ali Abdi, Community Gateway Partnerships and Facilities Manager.

Community Gateway