Manchester City Council’s refurbishment of facilities at the Princess Road playing fields have been filed for planning permission.
The project involves the erection of a two-storey extension to Hough End Leisure Centre to include sports field changing facilities, a café, flexible social rooms and gym space, following the demolition of the existing changing pavilion building.
Also included in the 15-acre scheme are the introduction of two 3G pitches and associated lighting and fencing, along with a 67-space car park and 100-space overflow car park.
ISG has submitted the plans on behalf of Manchester City Council, while the scheme’s architect is Ellis Williams.
The majority of the Hough End Sports Village site is taken up by playing fields, with the eastern edge adjacent to Princess Road seeing the introduction of the leisure centre and improved parking for the playing fields in 2015. The leisure centre is operated by Greenwich Leisure Services for the city council.
At present, the phasing plan is that the pitches will be completed before the building. They will be serviced until that point by the six temporary changing cabins at Broughton Park Rugby Club, which support the existing football pitches, until the new facilities are completed.
In March, Greater Manchester Combined Authority secured £78m to retrofit existing public sector buildings as part of the Government’s decarbonisation plan. MCC secured £19m of that, with Hough End one of 11 locations in line to benefit.