Throughout the venue’s re-development the team has lead a partnership of key organisations to secure an Olympic legacy in Essex. The team has created unique partnerships with The Salvation Army, The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Government Olympic executive and Visit Essex as well as borough, district and city councils across Essex (especially Castle Point Borough Council), all with the same goal of preserving this inspirational Olympic legacy.
However it was in 2010 when planning permission was given for The Salvation Army land to be used, firstly for the Olympic Games and now for the developments that the legacy began. This land is of great significance to The Salvation Army as it was here, in 1891, that the land was purchased by William Booth and saw the start of his vision for Hadleigh Farm. The role of Hadleigh Farm changed slightly after the Second World War, and during the 1950’s, the farm helped to train former youth offenders and boys on probation. In 1990, the Hadleigh Training Centre was opened on the site of, and in conjunction with, the farm. The centre works with local authorities to train people with special educational needs in contemporary subjects such as IT skills, carpentry, and life skills.
The project plans were influenced and supported by a number of partners such as Natural England who helped advise how best to manage an environmentally sensitive area for increased recreation.
Sport England, British Cycling, EU Intereg and Veolia all were generous financial supporters as well as providing technical detail throughout the planning stage of the project.