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Feature on Oakington Pavilion

This building was designed in late 2006 and formally opened in June 2008 by local M.P. the Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley. The architect was Neil Cook of CHS Architects, and the main contractor was C.J. Murfitt Ltd.

The building features fair-faced blockwork internally, and an open roof to the main hall, supported on steel rafters and purlins, with an interesting outlook onto the sports field through the glazed side gable.

Some former residents of the village caused some delay to the construction; these were several Bronze-Age skeletons buried under the site, and they had to be examined by the County Archaeology Team before the foundations could be laid.

The design of the foundation was carefully considered in order to minimise disturbance to the burial site. There are known to be several more in the vicinity, and future developments will need to take account of the historic importance of the site.

The grand opening incorporated a village fete theme, with many local residents joining in to celebrate many years of hard work and fundraising. The building stands as a testament to the dedication of the team of volunteers who brought into being a useful and attractive building on a restricted budget.

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