The first major milestone in the multi-million pound Streatham Hub regeneration scheme has been reached this week, with the completion of the new bus stand that will serve the development when it opens.
Located next to Streatham Railway Station, it includes a specially designed welfare facility for staff and drivers as well as eight bus stands.
Transport for London (TfL) buses will now be able to relocate their operations, from the temporary facilities provided alongside the United Reform Church, to the new stand next to the railway line.
Initially, TfL intend to use the facility for parking buses between journeys but passengers will soon be able to get on and off buses here as well.
When completed in late 2013, the Streatham Hub development will include a full-size ice rink, modern leisure centre, including a swimming pool, 250 new homes, and a Tesco store on Streatham High Road.
Cllr Lib Peck, Cabinet Member for Regeneration on Lambeth Council, said: “After so many years planning it’s fantastic that the Streatham Hub scheme is now starting to take shape.
“Despite the unpredictably wet weather over the summer, work is progressing well and the new buildings are starting to rise from the ground, which is great to see.
“As well as the new ice rink, pool and leisure centre in Streatham, 2012 has seen the opening of the new fantastic Clapham Leisure Centre and Clapham Library, and work has just started on new leisure and health facilities in West Norwood.
“In the midst of a recession this is a huge achievement. It adds up to the biggest expansion of leisure provision in the borough’s history and a fantastic sporting legacy for Lambeth for the 2012 Games.”
This substantial investment by Lambeth and project partners Tesco and Vinci Construction UK will bring increased visitors and shoppers to the south of Streatham, as well as up to 600 new jobs.
The Streatham Hub includes:
o a full-size ice rink, with around 1,000 seats for spectators
o a modern leisure centre, including a swimming pool
o 250 new homes, including affordable homes
o a Tesco store on Streatham High Road near to Streatham Station.
Lambeth’s contribution to the new leisure centre, ice rink and swimming pool is limited to £19.42m with additional investment by Tesco.
When completed the permanent ice rink will be part of Lambeth leisure services – previously it was in private ownership.
The next big milestone will be the external completion of the new leisure centre and ice rink in August 2013.
The building will then be ‘fitted-out’ ahead of a scheduled opening to the public towards the end of 2013.