Consultant and S&P Architects appointed to a propose feasibility study for proposed Thames Gateway development

Capita Symonds Consulting and S&P Architects have been appointed to complete a feasibility study for a proposed community sport and wellbeing hub at Thurrock in the Thames Gateway.

The project will provide clients, Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation and Thurrock Council, with a clear recommendation on how best to proceed with the development of the new community sports facilities, focussing on the feasibility of delivering a financially sustainable solution that will provide long-term benefits for the local community.

The team will be seeking the views of a broad range of user groups and stakeholders throughout the study.

The programme will also investigate options for the future provision of increased and improved football facilities in the local Borough to meet a significant existing shortfall.

Cllr Garry Hague, Thurrock Council's Cabinet member for Regeneration, said: "Improving sports and leisure facilities and opportunities is one of the key elements of the Council's regeneration programme.

"The progression of this consultation for a new sports and leisure hub, which may located over more than one site, is a significant step.

"In consultation with residents, local sports clubs and other interested parties it will look at a range of potential site options considering issues such as access and transport, existing facility deficits, the patterns of growth across the borough, financial viability and sustainability, and future demand.

The prize at stake is the potential to secure excellent and exciting new sports and leisure facilities for our residents, and which are appropriate for the needs of our growing communities."