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SPORTS PAVILION GEOFFREY HUGHES ATHLETICS GROUND

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: SPORTS PAVILION GEOFFREY HUGHES ATHLETICS GROUND

List entry Number: 1021934

Location

SPORTS PAVILION GEOFFREY HUGHES ATHLETICS GROUND, MATHER AVENUE

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County:

District: Liverpool

District Type: Metropolitan Authority

Parish:

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 02-Dec-1997

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 466557

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Details

SJ 38 NE LIVERPOOL MATHER AVENUE (South West side)

392/7/10034 Sports Pavillion, Geoffrey Hughes Athletics Ground

II

Pavilion in three sections, with men's changing rooms, clubhouse bar and cafe, cricket pavilion and grandstand. 1961-3 by Gerald Beech for the University of Liverpool. Reinforced concrete with some brick cross walls; tile hanging to changing rooms (south-west face renewed), the clubhouse mostly glazed. Flat roofs with timber soffits. The three elements linked by covered timber bridges at first floor level, each with steps that continue the handrail of the bridge as a strong horizontal feature that extends also to the cricket pavilion. This last has steps to either side. The changing rooms are set over ground floor equipment room and workshop. The clubhouse with ground floor store, first floor bar, second floor cafe and third floor office and tank room. Changing rooms with continuous clerestory glazing and rooflights, and the clubhouse with continuous full-height glazing, all set in steel frame of square units with pairs of toplights. Particular features are the lack of corner mullions and the strong horizontal provided by the bold timber handrails inside the bar and cafe. Grandstand comprises three long concrete steps with rear handrail, supported on concrete column foundations. A plaque on the side of the clubhouse records that 'THESE GROUNDS WERE PRESENTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL FOR THE RECREATIONAL USE OF STUDENTS IN MEMORY OF GEOFFREY HUGHES WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN FRANCE IN AUGUST 1918 AGED 33. THIS PAVILION RECEIVED A CLASS 1 CIVIC TRUST AWARD I 1963 THE YEAR OF ITS COMPLETION'. This elegant little building relates well to the pond and copse close by. Gerald Beech was a lecturer in architecture at Liverpool University, and his close attention to every detail of the brief and of the ensuing inter-relation of horizontals and verticals is remarkable. It was praised by the Architects' Journal as 'a building on which rather more than the usual amount of thought and imagination has been spent'. (Architects' Journal: 13 March 1963: 577-82; Architect and Building News: 28 November 1962@ 787-92)

Listing NGR: SJ3957987332

Selected Sources

Books and journals
'Architect and Building News' in 28 November, (1962), 787-92
'Architects Journal' in 13 March, (1963), 577-82

National Grid Reference: SJ 39579 87332

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