New London Architecture

New London Awards 2021 Winner - Southwark Park Pavilion


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The single-storey pavilion includes a small park office, public toilets and a café which provides both indoor and outdoor spaces for socialising, relaxing and eating. Reinforcing existing facilities while improving the day to day experience within the park, three wings extend out into the park, creating triple-aspect views across the Oval playing fields, the lake and the children’s play area. The curved white brick facades contrast with the surrounding planting and emphasises the movement and shadows of nearby trees.

Southwark Park is an important inner-city green space within which the pavilion sits gracefully, with an organic form derived from the curved geometry of the park’s historic pathways, the Oval playing fields, and the adjacent lake edge. 

The new pavilion will reinforce and support existing park functions creating a new focal point for the park adjacent to the playing fields, children’s playground, lake and art gallery. It is hoped that the pavilion will enhance appreciation of the park, extend the use of the park and invite more people to enjoy the park thereby promoting healthy lifestyles.

A rooftop PV array serves the pavilion’s ongoing energy needs, and bicycle storage encourages zero-carbon transport. The pavilion’s siting and curved form minimised impact on existing plant species. 

The green roof is planted with wildflower species, which will enhance local biodiversity and assist with rainwater attenuation. The new café, including external seating, is set within a sheltered area that allows casual social interactions to spill onto the lake edge, creating a vibrant destination that will secure the pavilion’s financial viability long term.

18 cycle stands onsite. The building contains no fossil fuel reliant energy systems and is operated entirely electrically, part supplied by rooftop PV panels. Fabric U-Values of the building are also better performing than the Part L requirements. 

High performance built fabric to reduce losses. An exposed concrete floor and internal blockwork increase thermal mass and thereby keep the internal climate of the building consistent throughout the seasons. Night-time cooling roof vents

Net Energy consumption = (Regulated and Unregulated) 258 kWh/m2.yr and Net Carbon emissions = 65.3 kgCO2/m2.yr

International Jury Quote

Lovely gem in a public space that is a delight to happen upon. 
Eleanor Sharpe

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Team Credits


Structural Engineer
Built Engineers

M&E / Sustainability Engineer
Landscape Architect
Kinnear Landscape Architects

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