The refurbishment is aimed at making the building an exciting venue for sports clubs and societies while also attracting students onto the sports pitches to come and support the University’s competitive teams.
We also hope it will be used by our academic departments and sections and the local community.
The President of the Students’ Union, Nashwa Alsakka, said: “It is exciting to see the space refurbished right in time for students returning to the Colchester Campus! I look forward to it becoming an area where sports teams can hang out in between matches and for supporters to have a warm place to support from.”
Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said: “This is a very special building, an awesome venue and I really hope it will be well used by everyone.”
Visit or book the Pavilion
The Pavilion will be operating as a café on Wednesdays from 12pm to 4pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. The whole University community is welcome.
The Pavilion is also bookable through Event Essex at other times.
More about the Sports Pavilion
With their designs for the Sports Pavilion at the University of Essex, Meunier and Gasson in essence created a small cluster of multi-faceted buildings, one if which is 100% glazed. The Pavilion is located amongst the Wivenhoe Park sports pitches with 270-degree views across the parkland, rather than as traditional along the side of a major pitch with a single orientation.
This innovative design anticipates the Burrell Museum in Glasgow, one of Scotland’s most iconic 20th-century buildings. The triangular plan is inspired by the three elements of the project, men’s changing rooms, women’s changing rooms, and social space. With extraordinary attention to detail, the architects also designed diamond-shaped tables especially for the Pavilion, sliding glazed panels, and a courtyard to use the outside space when the weather permitted it. The Pavilion is a striking building that invites you in and then draws you out, whatever the time of day.