Plans for revamped Walter Gidney Pavilion reach council planners

How the remodelled pavilion could look

How the remodelled pavilion could look - Credit: Archant

AN ambitious plan to redevelop Soham’s “outdated” Walter Gidney Pavilion finally reached planners at East Cambridgeshire District Council this week.

Various schemes to redevelop the pavilion have been discussed over the last three years but, until this week, none had made it to the planning stage.

Under the new set of plans, drawn up by architects Saunders Boston, the 1960s built rear extension of the pavilion, in Fountain Lane, is to be demolished and replaced with an expanded facility.

The historic pavilion itself, parts of which date back to the 19th century, is to be renovated and access to parking improved.

The building is not listed but does fall within Soham’s protected conservation area.

Architects called the building’s facilities “outdated”, leaving it “underused” by the community.

The new extension and renovations will see increase car parking and cycle facilities, a new function room and council chamber, new toilets, kitchens, a foyer and storage space.

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Saunders Boston told East Cambridgeshire District Council: “The proposals look to remodel and improve the existing building and facilities whilst providing a new purpose built extension.

“The completed building will continue to provide local community groups with a series of multi-purpose spaces where they can pursue their varied interests but within a modernised surrounding. It is also hoped that the completed facility will make it more attractive and easier to let for private functions. This should increase revenue for the town council.”

Back in March, Soham councillors unanimously approved a presentation given by Cambridge-based architects Saunders Boston where it outlined its vision for the £1.25 million redevelopment.

A decision on the plans is expected within the next 12 weeks. To view the plans, or to have a say, visit