Work starts on Gunnersbury sports hub

Work to create one of the largest outdoor sporting facilities in London is now underway in Gunnersbury Park.

When complete, the sports hub will provide opportunities for partner organisations Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, University of West London, the London International School and leisure provider Better. It will include 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.

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 should open to the public in the near future.

The hub is due to be open to the public in summer of 2019 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.”