Decision details

Relocation of Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes




That Cabinet approve:


1)    The relocation of HOAC and other facilities to a new site at Broadwater Lake, Harefield, and the purchase of the land at Broadwater Lake (outlined in red on the site plan included in this report) to facilitate this at the cost set out in the report plus Stamp Duty.


2)    The capital release of £1,311k, inclusive of the reallocation of previously released project funding, from the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre Reprovision budget for project costs including the land purchase and associated fees, the reappointment of MACE (RIBA Stages 2 & 3+) to provide Multi-Disciplinary Consultancy services at the Broadwater Lake facility, additional surveys including Specialist Ecology and Planning Consultants at Broadwater Site and for internal project management fees.


3)    The facility will be named as Hillingdon Water Sports and Activity Centre (HWSAC) as a working title. HOAC and others will be a tenant of the facility.


4)    The extension of agreement with HS2 for the continuous funding of the project.


5)    Delegation of all future decisions regarding this project to the Cabinet Member for Property, Highways and Transport and the Cabinet Member for Finance, in conjunction with the Corporate Director of Place.


Reasons for decision


In light of the new HS2 viaduct and railway being built over the existing site of the Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre (HOAC), Cabinet agreed to the purchase of land at Broadwater Lake, Harefield as a suitable new site for a state-of-the-art water sports and outdoor activity centre in the Borough, where the Hillingdon HOAC would continue to operate from. Cabinet also agreed to continue the Professional Services Contract to manage the project from the initial design stages through to procurement and construction and the continued funding of the project via HS2 Ltd. The Leader of the Council welcomed the decision.


Alternative options considered and rejected


Cabinet had considered alternative sites to use, but these were considered either not possible or unfeasible following discussions with relevant parties.


Relevant Select Committee

Property, Highways & Transport

Expiry date for any scrutiny call-in / date decision can be implemented (if no call-in)

5pm, Friday 24 June 2022

Officer(s) to action

Michael Naughton


Place Directorate



Whilst the Cabinet's decisions above are always made public, the officer report relating to this matter is not because it was considered in the private part of the meeting and contained information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information) and the public interest in withholding the information outweighed the public interest in disclosing it in accordance with Section 100(A) and paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 (A) to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


Publication date: 17/06/2022

Date of decision: 16/06/2022

Decided at meeting: 16/06/2022 - CABINET

Effective from: 25/06/2022

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