Burgess Park Community Sports Centre

Studio E Architects, London, 2006


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Canopied entrance to café to left, with changing-room block beyond  

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  • Canopied entrance to café to left, with changing-room block beyond     
  • South aspect across the park    
  • Earth mounding, with railings above south facade to right    
  • Southerly corridor/buffer space    
  • Integrated photovoltaics    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • South Elevation    
  • Exploded axonometric    

Community sports centre with changing spaces for 128 players, toilets, reception, and café

The sports centre is situated towards the east end of Burgess Park, between an all-weather pitch and a set of eight turf pitches. The client, London Borough of Southwark, required a robust building that could be used by the whole community.

The west side of the building merges into a long existing masonry wall. To the north and east the building is sheltered, using earth from the site and within the park. To the south it is open to the sun. The wall of the changing-room block has a low masonry plinth, then timber-framed laminated glass inclined at 60˚, with an integral horizontal band of photovoltaic.

The inclined wall fronts a buffer space, thermally cut off from the changing spaces by an insulated wall. This solar-warmed but otherwise unheated corridor gives access to the changing rooms. There are high-level windows in the inclined wall to vent it to avoid summer overheating.


  • Completed: 2006
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £1.1M
  • Funding: Football Foundation, Southwark Council, Clear Skies, London Development Agency, European Regional Development Fund, Aylesbury New Deal for Communities
  • Address: Burgess Park, Albany Road, Southwark, London, SE5 JW, United Kingdom

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