15 April 2013,

Milestone reached in first swimming pool for West Norwood

The building of a new £14.2million leisure and health centre in West Norwood is entering its final stage with a 'topping out' ceremony held at the site, on April 16 to mark the completion of the outer shell of the building. It is on schedule to open in late spring next year.

Once finished, it will form a hat-trick of new swimming pools delivered by Lambeth council in the borough in just over two years. One in Clapham opened in February last year while another that is part of the Streatham Hub development, consisting of an ice rink, 250 homes and a superstore, is due to open in November.

The West Norwood development is being built on the site of the former Norwood Hall, which was demolished last summer and had not been used since 1997. The one to four-storey building will consist of a 25m pool, fitness suite with 100 work stations and dance studio, local GP practice, dentistry services, a Lambeth council customer service point and community room. The new building is built into the natural slope of the site to make sure it sits comfortably in its surroundings.

Councillor Jackie Meldrum said: “This will make a huge difference to the people who live and work in West Norwood. Aside from the health benefits they will be able to take from having a sports centre so close to home, we hope to see benefits to trade and local businesses from those using the centre.”

West Norwood residents were consulted on what the new ‘joint-services’ centre should include and overwhelmingly requested better health, leisure and community facilities.

Chairman of West Norwood Business Club John Price said the centre would be a welcome addition to the area. Mr Price, who is also owner of Portico Gallery on Knight’s Hill, said:  “West Norwood is in need of health and leisure facilities and we hope the centre will provide a boost to shops and businesses as well as the wider community.

“We’re pleased the council is on schedule in delivering the building and involved local people in their planning.”