Projects

South Holland Sports Facilities Strategies

South Holland District Council in Lincolnshire commissioned us last year to produce two complementary strategies. These are a playing pitch strategy covering the major pitch sports of cricket, hockey, football and the two rugby codes and a built facilities strategy covering all other facilities including sports halls, swimming pools, tennis courts and fitness centres. We are working on both...

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A New Leisure Centre in Woolwich

Built in 1984, the Waterfront Leisure Centre in Woolwich is one of the largest in London. It has two sports halls, four different water areas including a leisure pool with flume, squash courts and a large gym. However, it’s now showing its age. The Royal Borough of Greenwich is proposing to replace the Waterfront with a new, state-of-the-art centre as a centrepiece to the...

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Spelthorne Playing Pitch Strategy

We are currently working with Spelthorne Borough Council to draft a new playing pitch strategy linked to their new Local Plan. This will replace the old playing field assessment which dates from 2013. We are working closely with the council and their partners at Surrey Cricket, Middlesex FA, the RFU and England Hockey. We’ve also had some excellent involvement from local clubs...

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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

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 the future. Maidstone...

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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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Return Fixture 3 – Harlow Sports Strategy

Harlow in Essex has historically been at the forefront of leisure provision.  Way back in 1964 they built the first ever sports centre which was managed by George Torkildsen, the first ever recreation manager. George helped set up the Harlow Sports Trust which owned and operated the centre. In 2003 we worked with our friends at Nortoft on a sports, play and open spaces assessment for Harlow in...

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Return Fixture 2 – Newham Pitch Strategy

Back in 2014 we drafted a cricket facilities strategy for the London Borough of Newham.  We worked with Newham Council, the England and Wales Cricket Board and Essex County Cricket Board.  the project is regarded as an example of best practice by the ECB and has lead to real improvements on the ground. We’ve now been asked to work again with the council on a wider strategy looking at all...

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