Doo’cot Cricket Pavilion and Shelter, Perth

The striking setting and impressive design of the Grade B listed Doo’cot Park pavilion in Perth combined with its historical significance created the perfect context for Forster to demonstrate their skills in heritage tiling.

The pavilion was designed by Smart, Stewart and Mitchell and built between 1924/1925. The Gannochy Trust was later founded in 1937 by Arthur, known as A K Bell, for charitable and public purposes as a direct result of his family’s successful distilling business.  In addition to the cricket ground A K built the innovative Gannochy housing estate between 1925 and 1932 to provide high quality rented accommodation for the people of Perth.

The Sandtoft Heritage Service provided an original specification for the contract.  Works to the cricket pavilion involved stripping the existing tile and retiling with Sandtoft Greenwood handmade clay pantiles.  Close attention to detail was required throughout but particularly to the facetted bell shaped tower.  Locally sourced larch bark timber was utilised to provide barge and fascia detailing.  Traditional lime mortar methods were adopted in keeping with the striking design.  All leadwork was replaced to meet the highest required standards.

“The cricket pavilion and shelter at Kincarrathie were built in the mid 1920s in an Arts and Crafts style and are listed grade B.  The original Bridgwater pantiles were at the end of their life after two very severe winters and it was decided to re-roof using Sandtoft’s handmade Greenwood tiles.  The two storey pavilion has a particularly complex roof with a large, octagonal, domed and bell-casted end surmounting a log-supported verandah overlooking the pitch.  The remainder of the building is liberally adorned with catslide roofs and dormers all set off with rustic larch bargeboards and cladding. Even the simple rectangular shelter has a complex, double curved, piended roof.  Forster Roofing dealt with all the many challenging construction details very well and difficult leadwork and timber cladding elements were expertly reinstated and/or brought up to date. They also made useful suggestions to improve the works many of which were adopted.  In short it was a good job.”

Andrew Driver – Conservation Architect with Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust

 

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