Together, Hounslow and Ealing Councils have been successful in an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for funding to restore the Park and the Museum.
Gunnersbury is jointly owned and run by Hounslow and Ealing councils and recognised by many as one of the most important parks in the country.
The aim is to refurbish Gunnersbury to enable the whole community to enjoy participating in heritage, arts and culture, wildlife, events, sports and other recreational opportunities in a high quality environment.
The unique combination of buildings and landscape will be conserved, removing them from the at risk register's and refurbishing them for sustainable uses that secure the significance and value of the whole estate for the future.
There will be a focus will be on an enhanced museum, whose rich collections will inspire learning and creativity and promote a better understanding of local heritage, including the importance of Gunnersbury.
In March 2014 we submitted planning and listed building consents for the works to the park, listed features, large mansion, café and carriage block. We have now been granted planning permission and listed building consents for the works. Work is expected to start in earnest in the Autumn of 2015.
Gunnersbury sports hub
Plans for the next phase of a multimillion pound overhaul of Gunnersbury Park and Museum will be unveiled for public consultation by Hounslow and Ealing councils this month.
The focus is a £10m state-of-the-art sports hub, including floodlit tennis courts, artificial multi-sport pitches, grass pitches and an outdoor gym. These will be complemented with indoor sports halls and modern changing rooms to provide year round facilities for residents of the two adjoining boroughs and for major London events.
The next round of public consultation begins with public meetings in the Terrace Room of the Small Mansion at Gunnersbury:
7pm on Thursday 23 July 2015; and
7pm, Tuesday 8 September
Open to all local residents and stakeholders, the meetings will provide the latest plans which have been developed since the earlier rounds of consultation. AFLS+P, the Architects leading on the design of the building will be presenting the proposals for the sports phase and will be on hand to answer any questions about the proposals directly together with representatives from both councils. For details of the meetings, please contact Sam O Neill at ONeillS@ealing.gov.uk
The plans will also be on display on this website and in the Park over the summer.
What’s in the park?
The two Gunnersbury Park mansions are set within a beautiful 75 hectare (186 acre) Grade 2* registered landscape of exceptional mature trees, open grass spaces and historic buildings including an Orangery, ‘Princess Amelia’s’ Bath house, Gothic Ruins and the Stables. Gunnersbury Park House (the Large Mansion) is the home of the local history museum for the boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow.
To the west of the mansions is a round pond and close to this is a café (open all year round), a mid-18th century Temple and Italian garden, a large children’s play area and an 18 hole pitch and putt golf course open in the summer months. The car park, accessed from Popes Lane, is adjacent the walled garden now housing Capel Manor College. Nearby there is a bowling green and a huge open field and pitches for football, cricket and rugby. To the south is the Potomac Lake with its woodland walks, bluebells in the spring and a hidden Gothic style boat house.
Public toilets are located at the museum (open during museum opening hours) and adjacent to the café, available during cafe opening hours.
The large mansion in Gunnersbury Park is an historic (Grade ll* listed) Regency house which once belonged to the Rothschild family. It still retains a suite of grand reception rooms designed by Sydney Smirke in 1835-6 and a servants’ wing containing the magnificent original Victorian kitchens.
Since 1929 the Large Mansion has also been the home to Gunnersbury Park Museum, the local history museum for the London boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow.
It is currently closed while restoration work is carried out and is expected to reopen in 2017.
The need for a regeneration project
Gunnersbury is a well loved park, of national significance. English Heritage, the government’s adviser on the historic environment, has registered Gunnersbury as Grade 2* putting it in the top 30 per cent of registered parks in the country. There are also 22 listed buildings on the site.
Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum
The purpose of the Friends of Gunnersbury Park and Museum is to preserve and improve the park, with its varied landscape, its sports, leisure and recreational activities and its historic buildings, together with the Museum. For more information on the Friends please see their website.
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