The dwellings in Belle Vue Terrace, which form the backdrop to Belle Vue Park, are predominantly characterised by buff yellow brick with red capping, and grey slate rooflines. The proposed front section of the building has been designed to reflect these materials.
Large windows have been proposed to the front of the building, to increase natural light, and to increase the views between the building and the bowling green. There will also be a green free-standing canopy (glazed) to the front, to replicate the same transition between the building and the bowling green, as the existing situation.
It is noted that some recent feedback has suggested a “red” roof, to replicate the original part of the pavilion. Others have suggested red roof tiles, similar to the buildings at Albert Road Primary School and St Augustine's Parish Hall. A tiled roof type generally needs to be significantly steeper. This can be up to 35 degrees with some manufacturers and tile types. Currently the mono pitch roof proposed on the front section of the building is 12 degrees. The proposed roof has been deliberately designed to reflect the relatively shallow pitch of the existing building, but also to enable views across the top of building to the Church, as existing. A steeper pitched roof would not look appropriate in this sensitive location in the park and would result in the building being taller.Further, it was considered that the existing red corrugated roofline has had many years of wear and tear – it is well-weathered, and a new red roof may look stark in the landscape.
Further, the existing red roof is only limited to a small expanse on the original block, and therefore it was concluded that it may look too extensive on the proposed current design. Grey has been chosen for the main building element, which is more appropriate, and will reflect the character of the conservation area.
With regards to the rear section of the building, this section has been designed into the landscape and changing topography. It will have a green roof, which will enhance how the building looks when viewed from the higher levels within the park, and also provide ecological and biodiverse habitat for birds, butterflies and insects. The walls for the north eastern element will be finished in dark green smooth render.