Rugby club set for new £10M sports facility

17 October, 2016

Plans for the creation of a new £10 million sports facility have been submitted by the London Borough of Hounslow Council.

The facility would encourage outdoor grass roots sport and make it more accessible for young people living in the borough.

Leading independent management, design and construction consultancy Pick Everard has been appointed to deliver a range of services including design and project management on the proposed sports facility which would see a new clubhouse and pitches, with the relocation of Isleworth’s Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club (RFC).

Allan Cowie, regional director at Pick Everard, said: “These proposed new facilities will provide Grasshoppers RFC the opportunity to strengthen and grow their current rugby and netball specialisms.

“Developing the design with a contemporary feel was really important to the club and to the council. This is why we have created a simple and clean building form using crisp modern materials while also referencing the historic club colour scheme.

“The planning process to date has been challenging due to the shared use of the site with a proposed new free school but we are excited to be working on this leisure project for Hounslow Borough Council through our framework with them. This will be our 47th project under the framework.”

Pick Everard has played a key part in working towards securing planning permission for the new site. The proposed site would see improved changing rooms for male/female and junior/senior teams, a physiotherapy studio, gym, meeting rooms and offices, club shop, along with floodlighting which will allow evening use of the rugby and netball pitches.

New lighting technologies will mean that the overspill of light will be retained within the area of the pitches. Car parking spaces for 150 vehicles and cycle parking for 16 bikes will also be built as part of the project.

John Sharp, design director for Pick Everard, added: “We hope the project will further nurture the rugby club’s links with local schools, including Ashton House, Isleworth & Syon School and Gunnersbury Boys School and develop sports provision in the area.”

The sports ground site is designated as Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) which gives it similar status to Greenbelt land and means it must be conserved as a large open space.

The new location and improved facilities, encompassing three floodlit rugby pitches and three floodlit netball pitches, would also enable the club to be used by community groups and have greater capacity to allow use by additional schools.

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