The countdown to new, modern leisure facilities for Streatham has begun as workers moved in this week to begin work on the new temporary ice rink two miles up the road in Brixton.
Workers have set foot on the site in Pope’s Road, Brixton, to start preparing the land for the construction of the ice pad, which will be open for business early in the New Year.
Hoarding has been erected around the Pope’s Road site, and it is now a hive of activity with specialist contractors, surveyors, electricians and builders readying the ground in preparation for the rink’s construction.
Cllr Nigel Haselden, Cabinet Member for Regeneration for Lambeth Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see work finally start on the temporary ice rink as it signals the beginning of a tremendously exciting time for borough, and particularly for Streatham.
“It’s a real achievement that a regeneration project of this size is being accomplished despite the current national economic conditions, and it’s going to provide a significant boost by creating jobs. “
The start of the work to build the Brixton temporary ice rink is the first stage towards the realisation of a multi-million pound regeneration of Streatham. Preparation works will start in late August on the Streatham Hub site itself. The project aims to breathe new life in to the area and includes the building of a new ice rink, swimming and leisure centre, as well as new homes, jobs, and improved public transport.
Cllr Florence Nosegbe Cabinet Member for Culture and Sport added: “This brings us closer to the opening of much needed, state of the art, leisure facilities for Streatham.
We promised skaters that they would enjoy uninterrupted skating in the borough, while the replacement rink in Streatham was being constructed – and we are delivering on that promise.’’
This temporary ice rink in Brixton is due to open from January 2012 for around two and a half years and is being built to ensure that skaters continue to have access to local ice skating facilities while work takes place to build the new ice rink in Streatham. Brixton’s temporary rink will be a 56m x 26m ice pad, suitable for competitive games and figure skating. It will also include changing rooms, skate hire and boot change facilities, lockers, and viewing space for spectators. The site will also provide a drop off area in front of the building and some parking for rink users.
The relocation of the ice rink on a temporary basis to Brixton means that construction work for the Streatham Hub scheme is expected to be completed earlier than previous estimates and the opening of much needed leisure facilities will be the first priority.
Streatham Hub will provide top class leisure facilities for the whole community and breathe new life into this part of South London. This substantial investment will bring increased visitors and shoppers to the area, as well as up to 600 much needed jobs. In addition to a new ice rink, swimming and leisure centre, the scheme will provide:
- 250 new homes – 89 of which are earmarked for affordable housing
- up to 600 additional new jobs in Streatham
- an improved transport interchange – building a new bus terminal and creating improved transport links for pedestrians, train and bus users
- car parking facilities for 438 vehicles
- the replacement of a major sewer and improving other utilities in the immediate area
- general environmental improvements
- a major new Tesco store.
The council’s contribution to the leisure facilities is limited to £19.42 million with additional investment by Tesco. When completed the permanent ice rink will be part of Lambeth leisure services where previously it was in private ownership.