• London Borough of Lambeth

    A feasibility study reviewed the under-utilisation of a recreation ground in Lambeth. The grounds were to be upgraded as part of a Building Schools for the Future project. The existing playing fields had an excessive crossfall and drained badly. They had an ineffective drainage outfall and the clients’ requirements were to establish higher quality facilities which would also allow more intensive usage. Changing rooms were inadequate and Chris Rogers produced a Condition Report with proposals to upgrade them to achieve the Sport England guideline provision. The topographical survey and earthworks cut and fill balancing was carried out by the Sports Construction Consultancy.

    Extensive retaining walls were designed, drainage attenuation measures were incorporated to satisfy the Environment Agency and a Tree Survey commissioned to integrate the layout into the existing arboricultural circumstances. Our Agronomist designed the drainage system and topsoil improvement measures.

    Cricket nets were incorporated, replacing some that had become dilapidated and flights of steps and DDA improvement measures incorporated.

    There was a great deal of localised public opposition to the project but with the help of a number of public meetings, Planning Permission was eventually obtained.