A brand new leisure centre that incorporates a GP surgery, dental school and council service centre will open by the end of the month.
West Norwood Health & Leisure Centre in Devane Way, West Norwood is a joint project by Lambeth Council, Kings Health Partners and Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and has cost £14.2 million.
The leisure centre – including a 25 metre swimming pool, fitness suite with more than 100 work stations and dance studio – will officially open to the public on Monday 28 July, along with an outdoor playground for children.
The GP and dental surgeries are due to open in August, with students starting work in the dental school in September. There is also space in the centre available for hire by residents and community groups.
Cllr Jane Edbrooke, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, said: “We are thrilled to announce the opening of our third new leisure centre for Lambeth and it’s fantastic news that the centre is open in time for the summer.
“We listened to what people wanted and needed in West Norwood and have worked hard with our health partners, leisure centre providers and building contractors to get this impressive and vitally important facility open.
“The centre is all about making it easier for people to manage their health and wellbeing.
“With all these services in one place it’s a real hub for local residents; parents will be able to visit their GP while their kids have a swimming lesson and people can get a quick dental check-up or a new parking permit from the council’s customer service centre before using the gym.”
The swimming pool will initially open with reduced hours – from 12pm to 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm at the weekend for the first two weeks – and swimming lessons will start from Friday August 1.
The gym opening times will be 6.30am to 10pm during the week and 8am to 6pm at weekends. Group exercise classes will being on Monday August 4 but can be booked from opening day on July 28.
The Maurice Wohl dental academy – part of Kings College London dental institute – and the Knights Hill GP surgery will be moving into the building from their current premises from mid-August.