Location: Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire Designations: Conservation Area, Listed Park Client: Canoe Lake Leisure Value: £1.2m Completion: 2017 Sector: Public and Leisure Photography: Nigel Rigden; Richard Chivers Collaborators: Grey Matter Concrete; Rice Projects; Darc Studio Canoe Lake Leisure have invested considerable time and money in the new tennis facilities on Southsea Common. PAD studio designed a new Pavilion to provide a permanent base for the Tennis Club, and space to host a wide range of sports and community classes for all ages throughout the year. This building is intended to be a beacon not only for Tennis, but for the community and for Southsea who have eagerly embraced the facility. The building’s brick ground floor provides a robust base that is carved away to reveal views into the building and through to the courts beyond. The viewing gallery is set against mature trees and designed to be unobtrusive, transparent and delicate. A gull wing roof floats above the largely glazed first floor, reducing the building’s mass and creating covered outdoor seating with views of the courts, historic Southsea Common, and the seafront and boating lake beyond. Vandalism is a persistent problem in this area, However, security measures to resist anti-social behaviour are intentionally discreet – hoping instead that the building will engender civic pride and be self-regulating. All glazing at ground floor can be secured through sliding mesh shutters which glide into recessed brick pockets; in the dark, the perforated finish makes the building glow from within, improving security along the public footpath.