Canoe Lake Leisure Pavilion

Leisure Development: Canoe Lake Leisure Pavilion
Products used: Roller Shutter Lintels
Architect: PAD Studio
Sub-Contractor: Charter Global Ltd via Rice Projects

RIBA South Award 2018

RIBA South West Client of the Year Award 2018

The Canoe Lake Leisure Pavilion is a true local success story for the seaside town community. The act of philanthropy from local benefactors helped to raise £1.1 million for a new building that serves as a clubhouse for the tennis courts that sit on either side of it. The finished structure includes communal spaces, a rooftop club room and a terrace replacing the former ordinary single storey pitched roof building.


The clubhouse sits on a tight awkward site and positioned beside a public path targeted by vandals. Charter Global were briefed by the client for a security solution to protect against intruders and vandalism, whilst not distorting the contemporary architecture with its benefits of light and openness.

Portsmouth & District Lawn Tennis Association required the building to be functional ahead of the upcoming Wimbledon tennis pre-qualifiers. Charter Global needed to integrate their shutter system in line with the project build schedule and required a lintel supplier to meet critical deadlines.


Charter Global contacted Keystone Lintels for an innovative roller shutter lintel design for their ‘Integr8 shutter system’ concealed within the fabric of the building. Keystone’s technical team worked closely with Charter Global to develop sixteen unique roller shutter lintels for the brick base ground floor which acts as a plinth to the delicate glassy first floor.

The lintel design incorporated the small role zones of the perforated lath shutter. The perforated lath allows for privacy when the shutters are lowered, without affecting the natural light to enter spaces. The roller shutter lintels were supplied and installed with removable guides and flexible posts. The unobtrusive design helps to create open space for visitors when the shutters are raised.

The Keystone roller shutter lintel addresses the standard areas of lintel design, such as load-bearings, damp proofing, and thermal bridging. All the roller shutter lintels are supplied with a fully insulated box and removable panel to allow access to the roller shutter for maintenance. Custom made designs such as those for curved and arched windows are also available.