35. Tennis Pavilion

Reflection on 2018

We work in a world of flux and shifting condition. Our deep-rooted values provide stability yet facilitates dynamic response to flux.’ – Manifesto, PAD studio


As PAD studio looks forward to new opportunities and goals in the New Year, we must also remember to pause and reflect back on the previous 12 months, remembering all that the practice has achieved in 2018.

You could say that 2018 was the year of the Pavilion! Our Canoe Lake Leisure Tennis Pavilion did very well in numerous awards this year, winning an RIBA Regional Award, RIBA Client of the Year Award and the Portsmouth Society Award for Best New Building. The project was also shortlisted for Architects Journal, World Architecture Festival (WAF), a regional finalist in the Civic Trust Award and finalist in two RICS Award categories. Since the Pavilion’s opening last summer, it has hosted two international tennis tournaments and contributed to an 800% increase of Canoe Lake Leisure’s membership. We are immensely proud to have seen this scheme embraced by its community and by the design world too.

This year has also seen the completion of Lane End, Chestnut Farm and our Solent project is nearly there also. We look forward to sharing the professional photos of these projects in the new year. It’s always a special moment when our designs are completed and begin their new life as someone’s home. 

We have recently secured planning for a new build house in the New Forest, due to start on site in the spring. Our Gardener’s Cottage project and Puffins house are taking shape on site in Hampshire and Cornwall respectively. Additionally, we have been commissioned to design a major new home in the London suburbs which will be submitted for planning in early 2019. Our work in other project sectors is expanding and we have been appointed by New Forest District Council to look at a local masterplan. We are working closely with a national charity to design their new archive building and our work on development housing in North London continues – phew, no wonder we are looking forward to a break!

The PAD studio team have been busy too; we were delighted (but not surprised) that Ben successfully completed his RIBA Part III exams in the summer, we welcomed Nancy to our team to look after marketing and office management and we have also had Amy interning with us as her studies allow. We will be welcoming new faces to the team in the New Year, but it is with sadness that we will be saying farewell to Darren this month, after over a decade working at PAD studio he has decided to pursue his academic work and own projects. Both myself and the team wish him every success and look forward to seeing him continue to follow his creative journey. 

With an eye looking towards 2019, it doesn’t seem to be showing signs of slowing down. It is a positive and exciting time for the studio with new and varied projects on the horizon and I look forward to another invigorating year at the helm of PAD studio.