Grange Pavilion

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

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The idea

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


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 are working 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 50 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.


It’s been five years since a group of Grangetown residents began talking about a café and a space for community activities in Grange Gardens. After thousands of volunteer hours talking to Grangetown residents, running events in the Grange Pavilion, and creating a partnership between the Grange Pavilion Project, Grangetown Community Action and Cardiff University’s Community Gateway, the Pavilion was temporarily renovated and re-opened at the 2016 Grangetown Festival.

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.

In February this year, we successfully bid for £50,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop architectural and business plans to fully redevelop the Grange Pavilion. This year’s Grangetown Festival saw the opening of the Hideout café led by a Grangetown-based business, offering great coffee, tea and regular chess club and culture café sessions.

Grange Pavilion

Planning the redevelopment of the Pavilion

This summer, 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.

A planning application, developed with Dan Benham Architect, IBI group, and CDF Planning, was submitted in October 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. The proposals will be available for planning consultation through Cardiff Council on their website search term 17/02590/MJR' or 'GRANGE BOWLS

All of this is only the beginning, and we still have a long way to go to secure all the funding and to get this up and running as a community-led facility. If successful, a community management board, which has started to form, 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. 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, 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 available for hire

Grange Pavilion is now available to hire for community and private meetings or events. The pavilion has kitchen and toilet facilities, a large meeting room and a further two smaller rooms.

For more information on availability and pricing, please contact us:

Download the guidance and booking form from 'related documents' above.

Community Gateway