Shakespeare Park Improvements

Shakespeare Park - Improvement & Development

Braunstone Town Council has ambitious proposals to make improvements to the sporting, recreation and play facilities at Shakespeare Park, off Avon Road, Braunstone Town.

The proposals include:

  1. Demolition of the existing Bowls Clubhouse and Football Changing Rooms
  2. Building of a new multi-sports Clubhouse between the Bowling Green, Tennis Courts and Recreation Ground
  3. Extension and improvements to the existing Car Park
  4. Improvements to the play equipment and safety surfaces, including installation of sensory play equipment
  5. Improvements to the Tennis Courts

Background to the Project

Sports Pavilion


The current Sports Pavilion, which contains the Bowling Clubhouse and Football Changing Rooms, is in disrepair and no longer fit for use, the Clubhouse is predominantly constructed using wood.   There is no heating and windows don’t open.   There is no disabled access to the Bowling Clubhouse. To make changes to the existing Pavilion would be an inefficient use of resources since the main structure is nearing the end of its life.

The Existing Pavilion is an inefficient use of space.   The Club Room and Kitchen are too small for the number of pitches on the Bowling Green and there are separate changing and toilet facilities for the Bowling Club and Football Club, the Bowling season being April to October and Football Season August to April.   Since bowling and football don’t take place every day, in the couple of months both clubs overlap there is the ability to schedule use of the new facility to avoid clashes.

Tennis Courts / PlaygroundPlayground

Both the Playground and Tennis Courts are well used by the local community, however, there has been no significant investment in the facilities on this site for over 10 years.   Modern technologies produces long lasting, vandal poof, yet attractive play equipment and safety surfaces.   Installing new safety surfaces at the Playground and Tennis Courts will not only improve safety, it will also reduce maintenance costs while improving the visual appearance.   In addition, Braunstone Town only has traditional play equipment at its parks, there are a variety of sensory play equipment available which allows for play for all ages and abilities and in particular those physically unable to use traditional play equipment such as swings and slides, installing such equipment at an existing playground allows for the family and friends to enjoy play and recreation together.

Summary of Proposals

The proposals involve building a brand new single storey Pavilion to cater for the sports which use the Park (i.e. Bowling, Football and Tennis).   The location of the new building is between the Bowling Green, Tennis Courts and Recreation Field (to the rear of Shakespeare Drive).   The building will make more efficient use of the floor space by providing a single clubroom, kitchen, changing room and storage facilities for all sporting teams using the park.

WP 000193Once the new Pavilion is operational, the existing Pavilion, adjacent to the Tennis Courts and car park (to the rear of Avon Road) will be demolished and the Car Park extended.   The surface will be replaced and parking spaces lined out.  Provision will also be made for cycle rails to which cycles can be secured.   

During the construction of the New Pavilion, demolition of the existing Pavilion and extension of the Car Park, a secure compound for the construction equipment and materials will be operational behind the playground and tennis courts.  Once completed, this area will be opened for use as a pentanque pitch.

It is proposed that during the improvements, new safety surfaces and new play equipment, including the provision of Sensory Play Equipment, will be installed at the Playground, which will be closed for the duration of the installation of the equipment (anticipated to be no more than 2 months).

The perimeter fence, safety surface and nets on the Tennis Courts will be renewed.

The current timescales are for work to commence Summer 2018 and to be completed by Autumn 2019.   Construction and delivery vehicles will be directed to and from Braunstone Lane via Shakespeare Drive, this is a small scale construction project and large amounts of vehicular movement is not anticipated.   Works on the site will take place during the working week and during the day.


A residents consultation was held in September 2016 and details of that consultation are available on the consultation page for the project

Tender for Site Improvements and Pavilion Construction

TENDERS ARE INVITED from suitably experienced contractors to carry out site improvement works and the construction of a new sports pavilion at Shakespeare Park from July/August 2018 (with expected completion in 2019):

· to undertake site preparations,

· erection of new sports pavilion,

· installation of services, fixtures and fittings for new pavilion,

· improvements and extension to existing car & cycle park and associated lighting

· provision of new petanque pitch,

· demolition of existing pavilion and stores,

· site clearance.

The specification, requirements, drawings and tender documents are available by clicking here or from HSSP Architects Ltd on 01664 563 288 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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