Osterley Sports Centre

Client: Imperial College London and Ealing Gurdwara

Location: Osterley, Middlesex

Project: Indoor and Outdoor Sports and Banqueting Centre

Project Value: Approximately £3 million

Status: Not continuing

The site consisted of squash courts and changing rooms, all in need of significant repair and modification, for football and cricket pitches. It was situated close to the new QPR training facilities and was in an area of Metropolitan Open Land.

The Gurdwara approached us to design a new sports facility, with banqueting spaces to replace the dilapidated existing facilities and create a valuable local amenity. The facilities required were initially several multi-use games pitches suitable for professional hockey, tennis courts, cricket pitches, rugby pitches, and Kabaddi courts. This expanded when Imperial College London became a co-client to swimming pool, gym, rugby pitches, treatment rooms, and indoor cricket school.

Being in Metropolitan Open Land was the largest challenge, normally curtailing development. The additional challenge was designing with two clients who had different reasons for development; the Gurdwara was looking for a local amenity, whereas ICL wanted to amalgamate its disparate sporting facilities into one. Both clients wanted a separate entrance and branding.

We negotiated the design between the interested parties, the cricket school, and the cricket clubs to provide a masterplan. Despite the MOL issue, Ealing Council were hugely supportive of the project and worked with us to finalise a plan ready for submission. Unfortunately, the joint venture partnership dissolved and the project, therefore, became unviable.

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