Have your say on new state of the art sports facility

Release Date: 25 April 2017

Residents are invited to have their say on the detailed designs of a new Sports Building that will be at the heart of the new Richmond Education and Enterprise Campus.

Building work is already well underway on the creation of new buildings for The Richmond upon Thames School (RTS) and purpose-built accommodation for Clarendon Special Needs School. Work on Richmond upon Thames College’s new main building will start later this year followed by the construction of Haymarket’s new “tech hub” and digital media incubator.

As part of the development, outline Planning Permission has already been granted for a new Sports Building. The facility will be jointly run by both the College and RTS. It will feature: two sports halls, an activity studio, sports and fitness gym and a sports lab.

Richmond College and RTS are now consulting on proposals for the ‘Reserved Matters’ stage of Planning for this building. This consultation will consider external elevations, landscaping, parking, materials and construction access.

In addition, the partnership is keen to hear from residents their views on how the new Sports Building can benefit the local community.

It is hoped that the construction of the Sports Building would commence in January 2019.

Kelly Dooley, Headteacher of The Richmond upon Thames School, said:

“We have worked hard to design a Sports Building that we believe will be world-class, offering state-of-the-art facilities. We hope it will become a focus of sporting achievement for all the young people educated at the College and RTS.

“We also hope that the building will benefit the wider community and, in time the facilities will be available to local groups and organisations.”

Robin Ghurbhurun, Principal of Richmond upon Thames College, added:

“I am delighted that Richmond upon Thames College and RTS will work collaboratively on operating the new specialist sports facilities on the existing Egerton Road site. The College is a keen advocate of promoting well-being and healthy living and these new specialist facilities with the latest equipment will benefit all students, either as part of studying sports courses or for recreational purposes, as well as all staff working on the campus. The new high-tech facilities will also be available for public use and will provide valuable amenities to the local community.”

To have your say, visit the REEC webpage, or attend an open evening on Wednesday 3 May from 6 to 8.30pm at Richmond upon Thames College.

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Elinor Firth on 020 8487 5159.

Reference: P184/17

Updated: 28 April 2017