A brand new ice rink has opened in the heart of Brixton this week, in time for the Christmas school holidays.
The new temporary Brixton Ice Centre, next door to Brixton Recreation Centre, will be open for the next two and a half years while a brand new permanent ice rink is constructed in Streatham.
It will host competitive ice hockey matches and will be the temporary new home to one of the country’s oldest ice hockey teams, Streatham Redskins, as well as The Werewolves, an ice hockey club for young people with special educational needs, and ice dance practice and public skating.
Cllr Nigel Haselden and Cllr Florence Nosegbe from Lambeth Council joined young hockey players from Streatham Youth Ice Hockey Club to cut a ribbon and try out the new facilities for the first time on Monday.
Cllr Nigel Haselden, Cabinet for Regeneration on Lambeth Council, said:
“With Streatham Ice Arena closing its doors for the final time, I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to bring a temporary rink to Brixton, so Lambeth residents can continue to skate in the borough without interruption until the permanent new rink opens in Streatham in around two years time.
“To make this happen in the current economic climate has been a real achievement and means that Streatham Redskins will continue to be based and compete in Lambeth, which is fantastic. The temporary relocation is a great opportunity for Brixton residents to experience what’s on offer at the rink and for Brixton businesses to reach out to new visitors to the town centre.”
“I’m sure the Brixton Ice Rink will become a real home away from home for the Redskins, the Werewolves and all the other regular ice skaters in the borough until they return to the new ice rink in Streatham in 2013.” Nearby Streatham Ice Arena, which is privately owned, has fallen into disrepair and is closing its doors this month after 81 years.
To ensure there is ‘continuity of ice skating’ in the borough, the council struck a deal with developer Tesco to open the temporary Brixton Rink while a new Leisure and Ice Centre and housing development is built in Streatham. The Brixton Ice Rink has been paid for by Tesco. Work on the multi-million pound Streatham regeneration scheme has already started and is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
Cllr Florence Nosegbe, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the 2012 Games, added: “These are really exciting times for leisure in Lambeth – as well as skating in Brixton and construction work starting on a new ice rink and leisure centre in Streatham, we have the new Clapham Leisure Centre opening next year, and we’ve recently invested fantastic floodlit tennis courts on Clapham Common and we are also building a new skatepark. This investment all adds up to the biggest expansion of provision in the borough’s history and a fantastic sporting legacy for Lambeth for the 2012 Games.”
The Brixton Ice Centre is being operated by Planet Ice, the UK’s largest leisure ice rink provider.
It will feature:
- 56m x 26m ice pad, suitable for competitive games and figure skating
- changing rooms
- skate hire and boot change facilities, including lockers
- enough viewing space to accommodate up to 400 spectators
- car parking and a drop off area in front of the building
- a temporary car park for Brixton Market Traders.
For details on the rink’s opening times see www.brixtonicerink.co.uk
The council has created a new temporary car park in Brixton for the duration of the temporary ice rink’s existence on the corner of Buckner Road and Porden Road. This is also opening this week.
The Streatham Hub development will breathe new life into Streatham and provide world class leisure facilities for the whole community. This substantial investment by Tesco and the council will bring increased visitors and shoppers to the south of Streatham, as well as up to 600 new jobs. The Streatham Hub includes:
- a full-size ice rink
- a modern leisure centre, including a swimming pool
- 250 new homes, including affordable homes
- a Tesco store on Streatham High Road near to Streatham Station.
For more see www.lambeth.gov.uk/streathamhub