Plans to build a state of the art ice rink and leisure centre in Streatham have taken a giant leap forward. Lambeth Council’s planning committee agreed plans last week for a condemned car park in Brixton to be developed into a temporary ice rink.
The council owned car park in Pope’s Rd, is currently being demolished, and will now be turned into an ice rink for a maximum of three years, while the run down rink in Streatham is re-developed. This means that skaters will have a temporary facility so that there will be no break in their skating fun while the new rink is being built.
The new ice rink and leisure centre will form part of the multi million pound Streatham Hub scheme. A partnership project with Lambeth Council and Tesco, the scheme will transform Streatham, bringing with it a range of benefits including, a new state-of-the-art leisure centre and ice rink, 250 new homes, 600 jobs, a new Tesco store and parking for shoppers, residents, and leisure centre users. Providing a temporary ice rink will allow for a much-reduced construction period, which will cut down on disruption by at least two years, and bring forward regeneration benefits much quicker.
Construction for the temporary ice rink could begin as soon as the car park is fully demolished – and the new site should be open later this year.
Bringing an ice rink to an inner city area will bring skating and ice hockey to a whole new audience, along with new visitors to Brixton town centre. It will also provide an active use for the former car park site, while longer-term plans are considered.
Cllr. Sally Prentice, Lambeth Council cabinet member for regeneration said. “This is great news. The Streatham Hub is an exciting project and promises to deliver much needed modern leisure facilities for Streatham.
“We said all along that we wanted to make sure that skaters would have ice skating facilities throughout the duration of the project and we have stood by this promise. The former Pope’s Rd car park was the best available site in the borough for the temporary rink.”
A spokesperson from Spenhill – the wholly-owned regeneration subsidiary of Tesco said; “This is one of the most exciting regeneration projects in London. It will create hundreds of jobs and will see fantastic new leisure facilities built for the local community. We look forward to continuing our work with Lambeth Council”.