Wedmore Bowls.

The Isle of Wedmore Bowls Club is situated to the West of Wedmore adjacent to public playing fields and tennis courts. The former clubhouse was a timber prefabricated building situated adjacent to an outdoor bowling green.

The club obtained lottery funding on the basis of a two rink indoor facility linked with a replacement clubhouse. However it soon became apparent that the designed scheme was inherently too expensive.

The SCD Partnership was appointed after a competitive interview . The practice felt they could both lower the cost of the proposed building by better design, whilst at the same time creating a more modern architectural statement in place of the traditional tiled, pitched roof and brick clubhouse proposed.

The resultant building has done just that. All of the required facilities have been retained but within a smaller gross area. The rationalisation of the buildings form and structure has meant a more efficient and economic building. In spite of the sensitive location in open countryside it sits well in the landscape and relates well in terms of scale to the outdoor green. The open nature of the club room and its position between both outdoor and indoor greens works well.

The bowlers themselves undertook to carry out the internal decorations and fitting out of the changing rooms, bar and kitchen. With much co-operation between all parties the project was successfully completed on budget.