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Many community clubs have to fundraise to

survive, so making these projects as small and economical as possible was vital. The solution? A modular design, which allows the pavilion to be constructed from five segments, each one small enough to fit onto a lorry. These modules can be brought in and assembled rapidly, so that the pavilion is ready to use within six weeks of approving an appropriate site. With so many established cricket clubs

full, economical pavilions like these give clubs the capacity to introduce more supply into the market, creating new opportunities for junior cricket.

innovative design Ruud Moonen, managing director of Moederschein Moonen Architects, flew in from The Netherlands to discuss the completion of the Willem-Alexander Sportpark in Schiedam. The project included artificial playing fields for football, basketball and hockey, and a collection of multipurpose buildings with space for indoor sports. The unique element of the Sportpark, however, is that it was constructed almost entirely on two gigantic concrete tables sitting atop a cover over a ground-level


motorway running through the city. The benefits of the project were myriad. The

construction of the motorway was received poorly by local residents, and the tunnel over which the park was built effectively concealed it from view entirely, while also replacing it with a vibrant and interesting sports space. Leisure space in the city was transferred to the new park, freeing up ground elsewhere for further residential endeavours. The entire project cost the Dutch government €650m, but the majority of this went towards the motorway itself. A major problem during planning and

construction was the mitigation of the wind on the playing fields. Since they were elevated seven metres off the ground and Schiedam is situated in a windy flat plain area of the Randstad, high winds were frequent and traditional surrounding fences would be unlikely to solve the problem. In collaboration with art company Dedots,

Moonen developed a unique solution that fitted over a kilometre of 6m high chain-link fencing that bordered the playing fields with small circular plastic ‘caps’ that locked onto each metal link. Hundreds of thousands of these caps in different colours were used to

create pixel-based artistic displays that are visible from long distances but also semi- transparent to nearby eyes. After a great deal of time invested in wind tunnel testing, the final arrangement was ‘wind absorbing’, manipulating air coming through the fences to reduce the impact of wind on the playing fields. The concrete platforms supporting the

playing fields extend over both sides of the motorway tunnel, supported by pillars that are used to enclose further multipurpose sports space. While the park’s initial focus was on pitch-based sports such as football and hockey, several local clubs are using the site for other sports and activities such as dance.

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