The new Arbour Park Community Sports Facility has been named best new non-league ground for 2016-17 by football magazine Groundtastic.
Officers from Slough Borough Council were joined by representatives from Slough Urban Renewal, Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure, and Slough Town FC at Arbour Park yesterday to receive the official award.
Groundtastic described Arbour Park as an outstanding candidate and praised the facility for its ‘pleasingly individualistic appearance’ and ‘strong visual continuity.’
The £8.4million Arbour Park facility is one of a series of projects from Slough Urban Renewal (SUR) - a groundbreaking partnership between the council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd delivering major community benefits including new housing, leisure facilities and schools.
Phase one of the Arbour Park project reached completion in August 2016, delivering new football stands, a FIFA accredited 3G pitch and a four court sports hall for nearby St Joseph’s school.
The second phase of construction work is nearing completion and will provide further room for spectators and disabled fans, as well as hospitality facilities in the main stand.
The completed second phase will be handed over to the council in May, ready for an official summer opening.
Councillor Sohail Munawar, leader of the council, said: “It’s fantastic news that Arbour Park has been recognised.
“It’s a tremendous asset for our community and now sets the high standards we are aiming toward for our new leisure centre and refurbished ice arena.”
Andy Howell, SUR general manager added: “It’s fantastic that Arbour Park has won this award and we are looking forward to delivering the completed sports facility in the summer for all the community.”
For more information on hiring the facility, please contact Kam Bhatti on 01753 477376.