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Praise for Lambeth Council’s Clapham One scheme at MJ Achievement Awards 2012

A major regeneration scheme that has seen a brand new 21st century Leisure Centre opened in Clapham ahead of the Olympics has been praised at a national awards ceremony.

The Clapham One scheme, which was led by Lambeth Council with its partners Cathedral Group PLC and United House, was highly commended on Thursday, June 21 at the national MJ Achievement Awards in both the ‘Public Private Partnerships’ and ‘Community Investor of the Year’ categories. 

The new multi-million pound Clapham Leisure Centre on Clapham Manor Street offers high quality but affordable 21st century sports facilities in the heart of Clapham.

The £80m scheme also features a new public library on Clapham High Street which opens on July 2, medical centre and cafe, as well as affordable housing developed in partnership with Notting Hill Housing Group.

The facilities have come at no cost to the public purse, as they were funded by the sale of private residential development on both sites.

Clapham Leisure Centre comes complete with a new six-lane 25-metre swimming pool, 100-station fitness gym, four-court sports hall and dance and fitness studio.

It threw open its doors to the public in February, six months ahead of the start of the Olympics.

Cllr Lib Peck, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategic Housing, said: “There is huge competition for these awards. To be highly commended for partnership working and investing in our community is a great achievement.

“The real story is the fact that Lambeth has been able to deliver a stunning new public library, a one-stop-shop health centre and a state-of-the-art leisure centre at no cost to the local taxpayer.”

When they shortlisted the project for the MJ Awards, the judges in the Public Private Partnerships category, said  “…this was an impressive project which has regenerated the centre of Clapham at no cost to the public purse.

“The design is superb, the benefits to the community are obvious, and the funding model paid for the public buildings from the private development profits is an excellent example of the public and private sectors working positively together.”

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