Six months ahead of the Olympics our new Clapham Leisure Centre has opened to the public. Local young people took part in a special swimming gala and gymnastics display to celebrate the event on Friday 3 February. Some of the local young people helped Councillor Steve Reed, the Leader of Lambeth Council to unveil a special plaque to commemorate its opening.
Despite a time of severe spending cuts the high-quality facilities which will be run from the new highly-sustainable building have come at no cost to the public purse.
The new centre on Clapham Manor Street comes complete with a new six-lane 25-metre swimming pool with movable floor, 100-station fitness gym, a four-court sports hall and a dance and fitness studio. It is part of the same multi-award winning £80 million regeneration scheme that is also seeing a new library, medical centre and café developed on Clapham High Street.
The scheme is an innovative public, private partnership (PPP) with Cathedral Group and its partners United House. The leisure centre and the library are able to be provided at no cost to the public purse because of the sale of private residential development on both sites. New apartments are a key part of the scheme and 44 of them are affordable home delivered in partnership with Notting Hill Housing Group.
The new leisure centre is designed by LA Architects and was conceived and has been constructed following close consultation with the local community.