We have a strong track record in delivering sports facilities, often within highly constrained areas. We understand how to deliver our client’s brief whilst factoring in key considerations such as ecology, heritage and landscape.

Some of our successes

Benenden School appointed us to prepare and submit an application to construct a flood-lit all-weather pitch and pavilion. The School is located within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a Grade II Registered Park and Garden. We understood the importance of these national designations and engaged with the local planning authority throughout the site selection process to ensure they were supportive of the site from the outset. We undertook a Phase 1 Habitat Survey and Landscape and Visual Assessment, whose results fed into our design for the pitch. The application was submitted and approved under delegated powers.

Having worked with the Hurlingham Club for a number of years, we most recently provided planning advice on the redevelopment of their outdoor swimming pool, one of the most popular facilities at the Club. We advised on the construction of a replacement pool and children’s pool with associated changing rooms, café and sunbathing facilities, all of which lie within the setting of the Hurlingham Conservation Area and the Grade II* listed Club House.

Due to the sensitive nature of the site, the project involved extensive pre-application discussions with the local planning authority, the Greater London Authority, statutory consultees, plus local interest groups and residents.  We worked closely with Club officials and David Morley Architects to co-ordinate the submission of the planning application, paying particular attention to finding sustainable energy sources for the pool plant. The application was granted planning and conservation area consent.

If you need planning, ecology or landscape advice for new leisure or sport facilities, particularly on sensitive sites, please contact Jon Grantham, Peter Lawrence or Adrian Wikeley

Images: David Morley Architects