Regeneration: Leyton Sports Ground


What is planned?

The Grade II Listed Victorian Cricket Pavilion building and the adjacent historic ‘tin hut’ are to be preserved and developed as a real food hub open to the public. The proposed project includes:

  • A food hall and café serving locally sourced food
  • A community and event space with demonstration kitchen
  • A regular food market selling quality local produce
  • A funded programme of learning and skills development including 88 volunteering opportunities, a primary school learning package, 3 apprenticeships, 2 Summer Schools and 8 Skills Awareness Days
  • Opportunities to celebrate and learn about the history of Leyton and the Sports Ground including a collaborative heritage artwork, oral history project and film, embedded interpretation, heritage talks, walks and guided tours and traditional craft demonstrations
  • An imaginative programme of culture, heritage, food and sport related activities including one-off and weekly events

What will happen when?

A second stage submission to secure the funding has been made to The National Heritage Lottery Fund. The outcome of this will be known by December 2019.

A planning application has also been submitted.

It is estimated that building conservation works will be completed by the summer of 2021.

Heritage and food related activities will start on the site in early 2020 in the lead up to the opening.

Working with you

We are helping residents and local businesses get involved in shaping the project to ensure that it meets the needs of the local community.

  • More than 500 people took part in the consultation, including 352 who completed the online survey. Our thanks go to them for sharing their views with us.
  • A public drop-in event to see the plans and speak to the project team took place on Monday 25 February 2019 at the ‘tin hut’.
  • Representatives from Lemon Drizzle Consultants did face to face surveys on site on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 January 2019 and held focus groups on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 February 2019

Look out for more ways to get involved in the project through volunteering, art workshops, the oral history project and more

The UK’s First ECB Urban Cricket Hub

We are joining forces with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to transform Leyton Sports Ground into a world-class cricket hub. This will play host to professional matches as well as provide local residents with even more opportunity to get involved with sport.

The first phase of the Urban Cricket Hub opened on Wednesday 26 June 2019.

The cricket hub was created in conjunction with ECB and Essex County Cricket Club, and will allow Waltham Forest to build on an already rich cricketing heritage in the borough. Essex Country Cricket once played at the ground so it was appropriate that England and Essex batting legend Graham Gooch was a keynote speaker on the day.

Waltham Forest is also the borough where the globally famous Dukes cricket ball is produced, used in all England’s home test matches.

This was the launch of the first phase of the scheme, delivered in just six months, with future phases including the creation of a real food hub.

Download the full report on the official opening.


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  • Leyton Food Hub Project Team - 07580 718 780
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