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Sports and Recreation Buildings

Front cover for Designation Listing Selection Guide: Sports and Recreation Buildings

Designation Listing Selection Guide

A guide to outline the selection criteria used when designating sports and recreation buildings.

This selection guide looks at individual buildings purpose-built for sport, such as real tennis courts and grandstands; mixed-use buildings such as drill halls and sports halls; at complexes such as race courses; and at structures designed for more popular recreational activities such as boating, swimming and golf. Buildings associated with field sports and hunting are also considered. Other sports and recreational activities have yet to leave their mark through permanent structures of architectural note, and thus are not considered here.

Many of the buildings in this guide have an affinity with considerations in the selection guides for Parks and Gardens (such as hunting lodges, boathouses and bowling greens), and for Entertainment and Culture and Commercial (particularly recreations associated with the pub such as boxing, skittles, cock-fighting and rifle shooting).

This is one of a series of guides which set out some of our approaches to designating buildings. Covering twenty broad categories of building types, they including historical overviews and special considerations for listing, plus select bibliographies. They are primarily intended to develop understanding of designated buildings and structures, and to offer insight into designation decision making.


  • Introduction and definitions
  • Historical summary
  • Specific considerations when considering sports and recreation buildings for designation
  • Select bibliography

Additional Information

  • Series: Guidance
  • Publication Status: Completed


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