The development of a new £14.2 million joint service centre in Norwood has moved a step closer with the signing of the Norwood Pledge – a commitment to the local community from Lambeth Council and Lambeth NHS to deliver a new state of the art health and leisure centre. Local MP Tessa Jowell was invited to an event on Friday March 20, to view plans of the new facilities.
With sustainability at the heart of this project, the scheme will house a state-of-the-art customer service centre and health and well being facilities, including a 25 metre swimming pool, a health and fitness suite with 100 work-stations and a dance studio. There will also be a GP and dental services on site, and access to community meeting venues. The building will also be a showcase for eco-friendly building practices and design, energy efficiency, biodiversity and nature conservation, transport and waste management.
Additionally, it will provide access to a huge range of council services including housing, council tax, benefits and parking services.
The Norwood Pledge was signed on behalf of the council by Councillor Lib Peck, cabinet member for housing and regeneration and Lambeth Council deputy leader, Councillor Jackie Meldrum, as well as partners from NHS Lambeth.
The scheme is being delivered in partnership with NHS Lambeth, and Building Better Health, and has involved extensive and wide ranging consultation with local people and businesses – their feedback forms the core of this development.
Susan de Swarte, Norwood Forum chair and member of the project’s community reference group, commented: “This new development will bring much needed health and leisure facilities for West Norwood’s communities and is a fantastic achievement by the council. They have made sure that local people have been fully involved in the consultation process to ensure that this new scheme fits our needs”.
Councillor Lib Peck, Lambeth Council cabinet member for housing and regeneration said: “This is a huge project that will bring enormous benefits and much needed facilities for local communities. Their views have been vital in both the design and extent of this scheme, and when the centre is completed and opened, they will benefit from excellent facilities that are close to hand and accessible to all”.