“We are delighted to share our proposal for the regenerated facilities at India Gardens,” says Mavji Dhanji Jadva Vekaria, President of SKLPC (UK). “The local area will benefit immensely from this fantastic new sports centre which everyone can use including local schools and the local community.”
The SKLPC (UK) is proud to reveal its proposal for a new Sports and Community Centre in Ealing, located on their site on West End Road. The proposal comes following extensive consultation with the London Borough of Ealing, Sports England and the local community. The development of the centre which will be known as India Gardens, will see the centre transformed into a new state of the art centre for sporting excellence which can accommodate competitions at national level. The centre will be open to all ages drawn from members of the public and the SKLPC community where they can enjoy an extensive range of sports and recreation facilities.
The proposals have been developed in detail with various sports bodies and local organisations which include the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Football Association (FA), Badminton England and many more. The resultant discussions have helped develop the brief for the new centre, bringing the various sports facilities up to date within the requirements at both local and national level. The centre will replace the existing worn out sport pitches, buildings and substandard support facilities.
The main sports that have been identified as lacking in the local area and suitable for the new centre include cricket, football and badminton although the facilities will provide for many other sports besides. There will be a strong focus on exercise and team sports and the centre will promote the use by sports clubs from across the local boroughs as well as from the SKLPC community. The facilities will also be open to local schools for general sports and physical education as well as summer camps and competitions.
The philosophy of the project is all about healthy living and healthy lifestyle built on a solid community base. As well as the provision of the sports facilities, the café will serve healthy foods and there will be teaching and health education sessions about diet, exercise and community living.
The submitted proposals include superior sports facilities made up of the new exterior sports pitches, multi- purpose halls, gymnasium and exercise studios, changing rooms, kitchens, cafeteria and club rooms within an impressive new building and extensive landscaped grounds.
The large and well-equipped gymnasium will include male and female sessions at allotted times and help to promote a proactive approach to health and fitness, as well as the fitness centre offering local schools the chance to make use of these facilities and build stronger sporting programs which encourage a health and fitness focus from a young age.
The Trustees of the SKLPC have presented their proposals to the local residents who shared their concerns about issues relating to traffic, parking and noise onto neighbouring houses. The trustees and their team of designers have addressed these concerns directly and the final design will massively reduce noise concerns and provide a large carpark for the users of the building.
The scheme has been submitted for full planning consent and approval is expected to be given by the London Borough of Ealing in Autumn 2018. Work is hoped to commence on site by Autumn 2019 with a completion and opening date scheduled for Summer 2022. This will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of SKLPC in the UK.
“The India Gardens project is much more than about sport,” says Kanji Hirani, trustee of SKLPC (UK) “Not only are we planning to make India Gardens a place for sporting excellence it will also provide a centre where the Community can unite in a carefully designed hub for generations to come.”