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Harrow School

In recent months we’ve been working with the prestigious Harrow School (Winston Churchill’s alma mater) on development of their proposed new sports facilities.   The school is making a multi-million pound investment in its PE and extra-curricular facilities and wishes this to also benefit the wider community.  The school is seeking planning permission for the detailed...

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Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company: We advised Ford Motor Company in relation to the possible redevelopment of its Sports and Social Club in Newbury Park, Redbridge. There have been long-running proposals to provide housing on the site, based upon an assessment in the Redbridge Playing Pitch Strategy, but subject to detailed feasibility studies. Some work was undertaken previously, but it was insufficient to...

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St, George’s Academy, Sleaford – Swimming Pool

St. George’s Academy, Sleaford: We are supporting the Academy to develop a swimming pool project. The commission involved undertaking a detailed needs assessment using Sport England’s ‘Assessing Needs and Opportunities Guidance’, producing a business plan to demonstrate the financial viability of the operation and assisting the Academy with the planning application  

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Sports Facilities in Maidstone. A Strategy for the Future

For the past months we’ve been working in the heart of the Garden of England looking to secure sports and leisure provision in Maidstone. We are working with the borough council on an assessment of indoor and outdoor leisure provision, Once again this is linked to the local plan and is to senure that there are sufficient, high quality facilities to meet the needs of the borough now and in...

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Great Cornard Sports Centre

When one thinks of a leisure or sports centre there’s a temptation to envisage the large, high profile centres such as XCel in Surrey and the Brentwood Centre in Essex.  However, for many people their local sports centre is situated at the nearby secondary school.  These dual use centres provide many grass roots clubs with the base for activity in a no-frills and cost-effective manner. ...

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Runnymede – More than Magna Carta

Runnymede in Surrey is world famous at the site chosen by King John to sign the Magna Carta in 1215.   It’s also the home of a go ahead local authority, Runnymede Borough Council, who are committed to the development of high quality leisure facilities. We are working with RBC on a playing pitch strategy linked to the local plan. This is to ensure that there are sufficient playing fields...

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Elmbridge Revisited

Back in 2013 we worked with Elmbridge Borough Council to refresh their playing pitch strategy.   This lead to a number of improved and developed facilities including the new football hub at the XCel Leisure Centre in  Walton on Thames.  They’ve now appointed us to produce an updated strategy to guide provision over the coming years. Elmbridge is one of the most attractive places in the...

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Shepway Sports Facilities Strategy

We are currently working with Shepway District Council in southeast Kent on a sports facilities strategy linked to their Local Plan. Shepway includes Folkestone, Hythe and Lydd and boasts some of the highest quality landscapes in the country. These range from the English Channel coast to the North Kent Downs and the sparsh beauty of Romney Marshes. We are advising on provision of both indoor and...

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An Olympic Legacy of Participation?

The Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 are generally accepted to have been a great success as a sporting event. However, the original pitch to the International Olympic Committee was that not only would the events be well organised,  there would also be a “lasting legacy” of increased participation in sport and physical activity across the country. As a result of...

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Open Space and Playing Pitch Assessments at Blaby and Cotswold

We have spent last winter and the early part of 2015 working with Blaby District Council in Leicestershire and Cotswold District Council in Gloucestershire on playing pitch and open space assessments.   In common with many local authorities they are currently updating their Local Plans.  In line with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) this includes the generation of local standards...

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