An exciting community project presented an opportunity for Clague Architects to design a brand new regional centre for cycling excellence in Gravesend – the cyclopark. Completed in 2012, a long linear park in Gravesend had previously been earmarked by Kent County Council as a potential site for outdoor activities. Having won the commission through an invited competition, Clague proposed a visually stunning pavilion to become the cyclopark’s centre. The designs provide clear and direct lines of circulation throughout the park, with the pavilion at its core, creating fluidity of movement and a strong sense of cohesion. Cyclopark took first place in the 2014 Kent Design & Development Awards in the ‘Public Buildings – Community’ category.

We won Kent County Council’s competition to create an exciting outdoor space for activities in Gravesend.

A long, linear park had been created near Gravesend and had been reserved as an outdoor activity space, to include various forms of cycling, skate boarding, equestrian pursuits and walking.

Kent County Council required the services of an architectural firm with a strong grasp of the leisure industry to fulfil their goal of making the park a regional centre for cycling excellence, something we have experience in.

The focal point for visitors to the park is the striking pavilion, which is located within the core activity area. We conceived this area as a ‘street’, along which every visitor to the park will pass. The intention of the design was to provide clear and direct lines of circulation through the building and beyond, creating a fluidity of movement that adds to the sense of cohesion within the scheme, which is mirrored in the highly legible main structure.

Work on the park was completed in 2012