Projects

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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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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Return Fixture 1 – Waverley Playing Pitch Strategy

It’s always gratifying when a client asks us back. So we are pleased to be working on a review of Waverley Borough Council’s playing pitch strategy – we completed the original strategy back in 2012.  One of the joys of this study was the variety of good, solid, old fashioned cricket pavilions across the area. The current project will follow the newer (2013) Sport England...

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A Home Fixture at Brentwood

One of the joys/hassles of working as consultants is that we  travel to many different parts of the country.  So it’s a rare event when we work locally.  Last year Tony led our strategy work for Bedford where he lives and this year Jim is leading on a Open Space and Sport Assessment for Brentwood Borough Council.  He can walk to meetings in the town hall! We’ve been commissioned...

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Waveney Playing Pitch Assessment

We have been working during the summer in Waveney, the most easterly local authority area in England.  This area includes the rural towns of Beccles and Bungay, the attractive seaside town of Southwold and the main settlement of Lowestoft. We’ve been commissioned to carry out a playing pitch assessment using the new Sport England methodology which replaces “Towards a Level Playing...

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