New visitor centre for Gunnersbury Triangle

Thursday 18th October 2018

Children and families pond dipping at Gunnerbury TriangleChildren and families pond dipping at Gunnerbury Triangle

London Wildlife trust has exciting plans for a new and much-needed education and visitor centre at Gunnersbury Triangle, to support the many visitors who enjoy this very special wildlife oasis and the work of our staff and volunteers.

The new facilities will ensure that Gunnersbury Triangle remains an important asset to local residents, visitors, and the wildlife that makes a home within this very special nature reserve...

Located just across the road from Chiswick Park Underground Station on Bollo Lane, Gunnersbury Triangle opened to the public in 1985, having been saved from development by local campaigners, supported by London Wildlife Trust and the former Greater London Council. It is now a statutory Local Nature Reserve.

Gunnersbury Triangle is a popular reserve, enjoyed by large numbers of visitors and school groups. Owned by London Borough of Hounslow and managed by London Wildlife Trust, the reserve is cared for by a small onsite Trust staff team and a dedicated group of volunteers.

The new education and visitor centre will replace dilapidated, temporary units which have served the site for more than 30 years, and which are no longer fit-for-purpose. The new plan sees the visitor centre incorporated into a development of nine new homes, largely built on the grounds of a former scrapyard next to the nature reserve, and replacing the current cabins. These homes would be constructed as part of a joint venture between EcoWorld London and London Borough of Hounslow’s development vehicle, Lampton 360.

The new building will at its highest point be five stories high, and located so that only a marginal part of the reserve will receive any additional shading in early summer mornings.

We are confident that any impact on the wildlife or natural assets of the nature reserve will be negligible, and have advised on ensuring that the new development is as wildlife-friendly as possible. Green roofs and living walls are planned to be installed on the building.

The new facilities will ensure that Gunnersbury Triangle remains an important asset to local residents, visitors, and the wildlife that makes a home within this very special nature reserve. The Trust is very grateful to London Borough of Hounslow for their support in these new and exciting plans.

The planning application is currently with the local planning authority, London Borough of Ealing, for consideration. See https://pam.ealing.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?caseType=Application&keyVal=PGFUADJM02A00. The consultation deadline is 6th November 2018.

If permission is granted, work is likely to start in the first half of 2019. 

Children and families enjoy pond dipping at Gunnersbury Triangle

 

Children and families pond dipping at Gunnersbury Triangle with London Wildlife Trust