On Your Marks!

Further series of events announced!

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A future plan for Crystal Palace
National Sports Centre

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About On Your Marks!

The Mayor wants to ensure that Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is fit for the future. A team of architects, designers, enthusiasts and specialists has been assembled to come up with a plan.

The iconic building within Crystal Palace Park has been host to an impressive sporting heritage. Records were set. Medals were clinched. Legends were born. It was the home of the international London Athletics Grand Prix for nearly 60 years. FA cup finals and motor races were amongst the high profile events that put Crystal Palace firmly on the sporting map.

Whilst these major events now take place at newer iconic venues such as Wembley Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Crystal Palace National Sports Centre continues to host an array of sports events such as the London Youth Games, an annual triathlon and national championships for a number of sports as well as school sports days and events for the local community.

The Centre provides a large programme of community sport and leisure, delivered by Better Leisure, with over 2,400 children learning to swim and over 700,000 visitors using the facilities each year.

The facilities have seen better days and significant investment is needed to keep the Centre running. But changes can be made to transform the Centre into a hub for leisure and sport that works for the whole community. In 2019 the Mayor will set out a plan for the Centre’s future. The Centre might look slightly different - but its record of providing a space for sports and recreation, health and well-being, that meets the needs of both sports communities and local people will be secured.

We want you to help us shape a training plan for the Centre’s comeback. Gym goers, Saturday swimmers, Sunday strollers, aspiring athletes, daredevil divers. Help the Centre achieve a new personal best.

Why 'On Your Marks!' ?

We recognise that there has been a lot of discussion and work exploring the Centre before now. However, with a future plan for the Centre being developed, now is the time to make sure your voice is heard.

On Your Marks...

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The Story So Far

The Mayor wants London to be the most socially integrated and active city in the world and sport has great power to bring people together and to improve lives.

Significant investment has been made in the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in recent years to sustain the current operation. But to ensure it has a sustainable future, which delivers a range of sports across a range of participation pathways, it needs a new approach.

Work has begun to plan for a sustainable long-term future for the Centre; one which retains the Centre’s ability to support a wide range of sporting facilities and activity and helps improve the environment in Crystal Palace Park.

The first step in developing this new plan has involved a review of the role the NSC plays in London’s sports facility provision. This has looked at local and regional sports facilities, assessing the supply and demand, scale and quality. It has also explored future predicted trends for participation in different sports.

This work has confirmed the need for a range of facilities at the Centre that support:

  • sports at a range of levels
  • events of varying scales
  • accessible health and leisure facilities that meet the needs of local communities.

Crucially the Centre needs investment to sustain its future and to maximise new and existing activity. The next stage of work beginning now and taking place over the next 6 months will seek to develop a sustainable plan that helps deliver this ambition for the Centre.

In parallel, Bromley Council are developing a regeneration plan for the park, providing a great opportunity to bring about lasting change. A Crystal Palace Park Trust has been formed to manage and improve the park as a whole for the community and park users.

You can find more information here about the Regeneration Projects for Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Further series of events announced!


Do you want to help shape the future plan for the Sports Centre?

There are various ways in which you can get involved across the remainder of 2018; from completing the online questionnaire to attending the series of community events, workshops and focus groups at the Sports Centre.

You can find below a list of all the activities so far confirmed. Click on each individual event for more information and for instructions on how to note your attendance.

Trialling the Design Options!

Further series of events announced!

You're invited to participate in one of four new interactive sessions that will explore the initial masterplan design options developed by our team.

These facilitated events will include presentations of draft options identified by our design team, as well as a range of interactive activities inviting participants to offer constructive feedback, helping to shape their final development.

There are four events taking place in October. Please note that the same content will be shared and discussed at each of these sessions.

Click on the buttons below to learn more and register your attendance at the events.

Trialling the Design Options

Session 1 of 4

Wed 10th October, 6.30-8.30pm

Trialling the Design Options

Session 2 of 4

Thu 11th October, 7-9pm

Trialling the Design Options

Session 3 of 4

(Clubs & Coaches)

Tue 16th October, 6.30-8.30pm

Trialling the Design Options

Session 4 of 4

(Clubs & Coaches)

Wed 17th October, 7-9pm

Show us the ropes!

Look out for the On Your Marks! Pop-up Information Post in the reception of the Centre across the rest of 2018.

This will provide up-to-date information on events and will be asking what you think could be done to help the Centre achieve a new personal best.

Previous Engagement Stages

Coached by Community!

The Coached by the Community series of events included two Pop-up engagement events and four facilitated workshops, where the public were invited to participate in activities to help inform a future plan for the Centre.

These sessions were developed to allow the community to support the On Your Marks! team to better understand current usage, existing assets, important values and key priorities for the Centre.

We are in the process of finalising the reporting from this stage of the consultation process and will share a summary of engagement and outcomes once this is ready in the coming weeks.

Answer by Wed 3rd October to

help shape the next stage of the project


Let's get the ball rolling!

The On Your Marks! team want to ensure that the voice of a wide range of users and the local community is at the heart of the future plan for the Centre.

In order to get the ball rolling, we need you to complete our short questionnaire examining your experiences of the Centre, and what you believe could be improved to help it reach a new personal best.

Launch the Questionnaire

Our team will be packaging all received questionnaire responses on Wednesday 3rd October, so that these can be best used to develop the next stage of the project.

We have already had a large number of responses but there is still time to share your views.

The questionnaire will remain open to new submissions beyond this date, and additional responses will be included within the final engagement reporting.

A new online consultation process will launch on Wednesday 10th October, to accompany the new workshop series.

By completing the questionnaire, you consent to the information being shared with the Mayor of London, the commissioned project team and at a public forum event in the December 2018.

Some areas of the data will be anonymised, indicated throughout the questionnaire when so.

If you are providing data relating to another person, please check that they are OK with you providing this information.

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Project Team

The Mayor of London has carefully assembled a team with specific expertise for this project to maximise the opportunities it could offer to the local and wider community.

Meet the On Your Marks! team

Hawkins\Brown is at the forefront of British architecture and masterplanning. They are an internationally-renowned practice of over 280 employees. They are the AJ Architecture Practice of the Year 2016 and 2017, BD Infrastructure Architect of the Year 2016 and their work with Grade II listed Hackney Town Hall was commended in the Civic Trust Awards 2018. In 2014 they were shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize for Park Hill, Europe’s largest Grade II* listed building, and have been shortlisted for Masterplanning & Public Realm Architect of the year in 2017.

Hawkins\Brown will be the architect and lead designer of the On Your Marks! team. They will use their experience in managing multidisciplinary teams, engaging multiple stakeholders and consulting diverse communities to structure and manage the future plan for the Sports Centre.

Continuum Sport and Leisure Ltd (Continuum) has notable experience of working within the public, private and voluntary sectors of sport and leisure. Established in 2001, their experience spans: sports facilities strategies; playing pitch strategies; open space strategies; options appraisals; feasibility studies; business planning; service and contract reviews; funding applications; project and programme management and sport and physical activity strategy development.

Continuum will use this experience to help the wider project team determine an overall sporting vision and strategy for the On Your Marks! project'.

Pidgin Perfect are experts at delivering and supporting creative engagement strategies. They have a well established track record of working with citizen stakeholders to deliver innovative strategies which respond to the contextual qualities of place through dialogue and intervention. Pidgin Perfect provoke conversation and uncover unique citizen knowledge, enabling people to make meaningful contributions to a constructive dialogue.

Pidgin Perfect are responsible for the development of the community engagement strategy across the On Your Marks! project.

Turley provide a combined planning and specialist built heritage service which recognises complex and varied planning considerations alongside the climate of development within London and local boroughs.

Turley will work with the On Your Marks! team to provide planning inputs for the future plan for the Sports Centre.

Kinnear Landscape Architects are at the cutting edge of developing new ideas and research. They passionately believe in progressing a conceptual approach to the Art of Landscape Architecture. The development of new ideas and research has always been a significant aim, in parallel to the importance of high quality design. They have extensive experience of working within London and, crucially, in Crystal palace Park, to achieve innovative design solutions in the public realm. Over the past four years, the practice has had an active and ongoing involvement in the park to deliver the Crystal palace Regeneration Plan.

Kinnear Landscape Architects bring their wealth of detailed local knowledge to the On Your Marks! team.

Mott MacDonald are a global engineering, management and development consultancy focused on guiding its clients through many of the planet’s most intricate challenges. They have 25 years of sports and leisure project experience covering new build, refurbishment, and extension, and have an unrivalled database of cost information to inform feasibility decision-making.

The Mott MacDonald team will bring their world-leading experience from UK and global projects, including the redevelopment of Twickenham Stadium and the new Wembley Stadium.


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