Gunnersbury Park sports facility – Councils sign agreement with University of West London

Gunnersbury Park is entering a new era as ambitious plans for brand new sports and leisure facilities take an important step forward.

Published: Tuesday, 13th February 2018

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, Prof Peter John, Vice Chancellor of University of West London, Cllr Julian Bell, Leader of Ealing Council

Gunnersbury Park is entering a new era as ambitious plans for brand new sports and leisure facilities take an important step forward.  A key partner in the delivery of these sports facilities is the University of West London, which has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow.

These sports and leisure facilities are part of the wider Gunnersbury Regeneration Project, a £50m project to transform the Large Mansion, museum, sports provision, historic park landscape and other buildings in Gunnersbury Park in time for the 100th anniversary of the public park in 2026.

The scheme, a joint project with Ealing and Hounslow, is expected to cost £13.8m in total and is benefitting from a contribution of £2m from the University of West London, so that their students can enjoy these state of the art facilities.

Work to create the Gunnersbury Park sports hub will mean local people and students will soon be able to take their pick from a huge range of activities to help them get moving and stay healthy and active.
 
The hub will boast a multi-use sports centre and gym, two external floodlit artificial grass pitches, new tennis courts, cricket and football pitches, providing year-round access to top quality indoor and outdoor facilities for residents and students.

The two councils and the University will collaborate as partners in the Gunnersbury Park leisure complex to enable this project to be delivered.

 Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran said:

“We are delighted to sign this Memorandum of Understanding with the University of West London.  This is a very positive step towards ensuring that we provide a world class facility that all can enjoy and supports the council’s aim to promote active, healthier communities and enhance our wonderful green spaces for the enjoyment of all.” 

Leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell said:

"This Memorandum of Understanding signed with Hounslow Council and the University of West London underlines our continuing commitment to delivering the Gunnersbury Sports Project. Ultimately it is about securing first-class facilities for the benefit of communities across the borough. Gunnersbury Park is undergoing a hugely positive transformation which will see not only brand new sports facilities, but also wonderful historical buildings opening their doors soon. We are also delighted to welcome Lovebox and Citadel Festivals this summer which will further enhance the park’s excellent record of hosting high-profile events.”

Vice Chancellor of the University of West London, Professor Peter John said:

“This new sports facility is an excellent example of the strong partnership that exists between the University and its boroughs.  The memorandum of understanding is also a huge step forward and forms part of the anchoring strategy that is central to the University’s strategic ambitions.”

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