Pavilion project update – January 2024

Since our last update, the Task & Finish group (T&FG) has concluded and gives us two directions to take forward this coming year. Two new T&FGs have been set up; one focusing on the detailed costings and the technical issues that need to be planned to move forward, and the second a Pavilion T&FG to pull together plans to finalise the budget to cover the plans. A number of Battle residents and those that would use the Pavilion in the future have joined three councillors to consider fundraising and grant applications. Both of these T&FGs are aiming to get to the point where the New Pavilion build will start in the coming financial year. Please get in touch [] if you have any thoughts, ideas or would like to be involved in this project in any way.

Pavilion Plan

Pavilion Project update August 2023

We are delighted to report that much of the funding is now in place: the Council has agreed £200,000 from its local Community Infrastructure Levy; and Rother District Council has granted up to £400,000 of its Strategic Community Infrastructure Levy towards this popular project. The Council is in the process of making an application to the Football Foundation for the remaining funds. Following the elections in May 2023, the new Council has formed a Pavilion Plan Task & Finish Group to further develop the draft Plan prior to the commencement of the project. The Group comprises four Councillors and three key stakeholders from the community. At its inaugural meeting, the ‘need’ for the improved facilities was outlined and discussed in detail. It was highlighted that, alongside meeting the needs of the sports groups using the recreation ground, ways in which the re-development might attract new businesses and groups to Battle and the desirability of being able to provide refreshments and new meeting areas to residents and visitors had been considered. The importance of a sustainable building in terms of materials used and energy efficiency had also been incorporated into the design. The Task & Finish Group aim to complete the updated Pavilion Plan within the next two months and, once approved by Council, will be shared with residents.

Pavilion update October 2022

As many of you will know, the Council has allowed a local resident to rent part of the Pavilion to provide for a refreshment Kiosk.  This has proved extremely popular and has added to the Council’s desire to ensure the existing poor facilities are improved for sports groups, residents and visitors to the recreation ground. We have submitted a second expression of interest to Rother District Council for Community Infrastructure Levy(CIL) funds and the results of this will not be known until March 2023.  The Council has committed £110,000 from its own CIL funds and has a professional fund raiser assisting with applications to other sources of grant. Due to the period of time since inviting tenders for the rebuild of the Pavilion, and the changes following the Covid pandemic, Council has agreed to re-tender for the scheme. A full Pavilion Plan is currently being prepared for consideration by Council. An option to tax has been submitted which will allow for reclaim of the VAT element of the repairs.  This will require VAT to be added to any charges for the hire of the Pavilion for a period of 20 years. The Council will endeavour to ensure information on the project is available at the site in due course.

Results from Pavilion Consultation

Results from residents’ questionnaire about a new changing Pavilion, including meeting room and café at Battle Recreation Ground

Battle Recreation Ground (the Rec) is a focal point for residents for exercise, leisure and simply enjoying nature. Battle Town Council, in partnership with local organisations, is continually upgrading the leisure offer on site for residents. Recent developments include a health pathway and a cycle skills area. Other facilities on the Rec include two football pitches, tennis courts, pétanque terrain, a multi use games area, and a children’s fort, amongst others.

The Council now wishes to move on with stage 2 of it’s plan to complete the required facilities on the Rec. The development of a new Pavilion to replace the existing building, will offer changing and toilets for football teams and other sports users, a clubroom for both local organisations’ meetings and for new activities, such as a junior chess club, yoga and other aerobic sessions, and a café for users of the site.

The café is a much-requested facility amongst local residents, and has been for many years. It will provide a social meeting point for people using the pathway and cycle skills area, whether cycling, walking, or running – alone or with friends or family. The Pavilion will also provide storage below the changing area to store bikes for cycle training, football goals and other equipment. The Football Foundation has already earmarked the Pavilion as a priority project in the Rother Football Facility Plan, due to the use by the Battle Town Football Club teams as a home ground since 2005. It is expected that the majority of the funding will come from external sources.

In March 2021 Battle Town Council ran a consultation with a questionnaire for residents to seek their views on a new pavilion. The results can be found below.

Architect’s Drawing of the Proposed Pavilion

Documents for the tender of Pavilion demolition and re-build

Tender Qualification Questionnaire – Pavilion


Pavilion Tender Pricing Schedule detailed

Pavilion Tender Pricing Schedule – Summary

Pavilion Tender Certificate

Pavilion tender – Canvassing document

Pavilion Form of Tender Instruction

Construction Notes – 5744-Battle Rec Pavilion

Café design




5744-20-Battle Rec Pav- Construction Notes