New Gurnell Leisure Centre Plan To Be Submitted

Council to consult on latest design early next year

An aerial view of the Gurnell site. Picture: Ealing Council


Campaigners Angry About New Gurnell Leisure Centre Plan

Gurnell Campaigners Look To Mayor for Support

Campaigners Celebrate Gurnell Decision

Mayor Says Gurnell Scheme Not Compliant With London Plan

Gurnell Leisure Centre Unlikely To Reopen

Residents Groups Unconvinced By Ealing's New Planning Policy

Hanwell Arts & Crafts House Faces Demolition

Sign up for our weekly Ealing newsletter

Comment on this story on the

December 7, 2023

Ealing Council has announced that it will be holding a public consultation early next year on a new proposal for rebuilt Gurnell Leisure Centre.

It has recently held a public engagement meeting at Perceval House at which more details have been released about what is to be proposed, The council says the latest plans have been drawn up with the help of the Gurnell Community Sounding Board. This includes resident groups which have been campaigning for a new centre as well as local ward councillors. Workshops have also been held with local sports groups.

The existing centre, which was built in the seventies, was closed during the first lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic and has never reopened.

An earlier application, which would have seen a new centre built along with 600 flats in buildings up to 17 storeys high, was refused planning permission in 2021.

The council ruled out refurbishing the centre and the Cabinet approved the principle of an outline scheme for a new centre incorporating a 50-metre pool and an expanded range of fitness and well-being facilities this February. Plans might include a climbing wall, immersive gaming room and a creche plus space for residents to hold children’s parties, or meetings.

The recent exhibition provided more details of what the final design might look like including the scaling down of the residential part of the development with only 200-300 flats now being proposed, 35% of which would be classed as affordable.

Proposed floor plan of the new centre. Picture: Ealing Council

The project would be funded by a mixture of borrowing, money taken from developers as a condition of being granted planning approval and profits from the housing scheme.

A public consultation will take place in the early part of next year with a planning application likely to be submitted during the Spring with a view to having a decision made by the Summer or the Autumn. This would allow work on the site to begin in Spring 2025 and the new centre to open in Spring 2027.

Save Gurnell campaign wins significant victory
Refurbishment of existing facilities has been ruled out. Picture: Save Gurnell

Dave Heathcock, head coach at Ealing Swimming Club and member of the sounding board, said: “It might not have all gone as fast as we hoped but since Gurnell closed in 2019 we have been through COVID and there has been other economic pressures – but it’s moving forward. We’re looking forward to this happening and remain hopeful that it will go smoothly for a 2026 opening.”

Councillor Polly Knewstub, the council’s cabinet member for thriving communities, added, “We look forward to delivering the top quality, energy efficient leisure centre Ealing deserves. As with our plans for an outdoor lido, we’ll make sure residents are involved at every stage. It’s so exciting that we can look forward to a leisure centre we can all be proud of.”

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.

Bookmark and Share