Work to create one of the largest outdoor sporting facilities in London is now underway in Gunnersbury Park.
Published: Monday, 11th June 2018
Work to create one of the largest outdoor sporting facilities in London is now underway in Gunnersbury Park - meaning local people will soon have access to a huge range of activities to help them maintain a fit and active lifestyle.
Ealing and Hounslow Councils welcomed partners from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, University of West London, the London International School and local leisure provider Better on Thursday 7 June, to get the first look at the beginning of the work on the facilities.
When complete, the sports hub will provide opportunities for these organisations to utilise top class facilities for the benefit of the community. It will feature a multi-use sports centre with changing rooms, a gym and two external floodlit artificial grass pitches.
Natural grass cricket and football pitches and brand new tennis courts are also on their way, meaning that residents will have access to top quality indoor and outdoor sports facilities year-round.
Over the last year exciting improvements have also been carried out to the park’s grounds and historical buildings as part of the wider project. The newly renovated Gunnersbury Park Museum is set to open its doors to the public in the near future. The museum will provide a brilliant source of local history for residents and be a valuable learning resource for local schools.
The hub is due to be open to the public in summer of next year and is part of the Gunnersbury Regeneration Project, which is jointly delivered by Ealing and Hounslow Councils.
The not-for-profit Gunnersbury Community Interest Company (CIC) has taken over responsibilities for the day-to-day operations of the park and museum on behalf of Ealing and Hounslow Councils. It is responsible for overseeing the park’s educational, leisure and cultural opportunities, including the sports hub, following completion next year.
Leader of Ealing Council Julian Bell said:
“When complete next year, the brand new sports hub at Gunnersbury Park will be one of the largest in the whole of London and will provide opportunities for residents of all ages and backgrounds to take part in sports and activities. We are committed to providing local people access to a wide range of sports in order to stay active and healthy.”
Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran said:
“Whether you want to play football, cricket or tennis, use the gym or enjoy a walk in a wonderful green space, Gunnersbury Park will provide fantastic facilities to take part in sports and activities for residents of all ages and backgrounds.”
David Bowler, Chief Executive of Gunnersbury Estate (2026) Community Interest Company, said:
"It's fantastic to see this continued investment in facilities at Gunnersbury for the local community. The new sports hub will complement the exciting range of opportunities we're developing across the site for recreation, learning, creativity and wellbeing."
Lee Doyle CEO of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust said:
“It has been a longstanding ambition of the Trust to help regenerate Gunnersbury Park’s sports facilities, so it is fantastic to see the project progress. We will offer a comprehensive range of opportunities for all ages and abilities, including an education programme linked to sport.
“Inspiring facilities coupled with coaches, volunteers and management staff across all project partners present a brilliant opportunity for surrounding communities to become actively involved”.
Richard Parker, ISL UK Schools’ Principal said:
“This is a really exciting moment for the International School of London as this project will transform the sports programme at our school. Few schools in London can offer their students access to such state of the art facilities.”