The Case Studies

Redevelopment of Walthamstow Greyhound Stadium


The Site History

Walthamstow Stadium in East London was a greyhound racing stadium which opened in 1933. Races were held five times a week with up to 5,000 spectators until it closed in 2008. Motorcycle Speedway was staged at the stadium in 1934 and 1949-1951. Stock car racing also took place in the stadium between 1962 and 1968.

The Entrance Range and the Tote Board are of Art Deco style and are Grade II listed. Neon lights were added to the signage in 1951 to illuminate them for the Coronation. The kennels were constructed in the 1930’s and comprise their own mini tote board which is also listed. In October 2012 the final go-ahead was given to redevelop the stadium for residential and commercial units.

The Project Overview

  • 294 new homes, including maisonettes, apartments and houses
  • Key amenities for residents, including a car park, cycle storage and recycling facilities
  • Facilities to benefit the wider community, including a pre-school, a café, a leisure facility and pocket allotments
  • Sensitive restoration and refurbishment of the Stadium’s Grade II listed Tote
  • building and former dog kennels. These will ultimately be brought into long term use for the whole community
  • Car charging points for electric hybrid cars

The Scope of Works

  • Removal, disconnection and abandonment of an electricity substation
  • Installation of two new electricity substations
  • Negotiation with Environment Agency to install 11kV electricity cables through a culvert
  • Procurement of new supplies of water, gas and electricity
  • Fitting of SMART Meters in all of the properties
  • Construction of a Combined Heat and Power centre (CHP)
  • The inclusion of a site wide Boosted Cold Water System

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The benefits Gattica brought to the project

Gattica’s knowledge of the disconnection process enabled the site to be cleared safely and efficiently prior to construction work. In order to obtain the most efficient and cost-effective new supplies for the site, Gattica’s understanding of the energy markets enabled them to procure the new substations using an IDNO (Independent Distribution Network Operator) ensuring the most effective solution for the contractor and the end users.

In addition, a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) centre was constructed which allows electricity to enter the CHP to heat water which is then used as the hot water supply and for the district heating. The use of a CHP negates the need for a boiler in each house, making the development more energy and cost efficient.

The use of a Boosted Cold Water system will allow all flows and pressures to the units to be controlled externally. Thereby giving the units a guaranteed and maintainable pressure.

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“I believe this proposal will provide a major boost for Walthamstow… and I am pleased the new development will preserve many of the
historic elements of the stadium.”

Boris Johnson
Lord Mayor of London

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“We will build 294 much needed high quality homes for people on a range of incomes. Our scheme will bring £50 million worth of investment into the borough, including £3.8 million to improve local leisure, education, health and transport facilities. This will preserve the architectural heritage of this iconic and historic site for the whole community.”

Andy Rowland
Land and Projects Director

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