£800,000 revamp of St George’s Leisure Centre

A much loved leisure centre in Tower Hamlets has been given a new lease of life after an £800,000 refurbishment.

St George’s Leisure Centre in Shadwell has been given the makeover thanks to works funded by Tower Hamlets Council and leisure partner Better.

A structural survey highlighted the swimming pool was nearing the end of its operational life, and the council chose to invest in the pool to ensure residents would have access to a good quality swimming pool for the future.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said: “We have listened to the views of residents and pool users and decided to invest in this important community facility.

“I want to give residents more options to develop healthy lifestyles and enjoy their free time. That is why I am investing in St George’s Leisure Centre.”

The refurbishment has resulted in new windows, replacement of the pool plant systems, improvements to the customer journey at reception, as well as major interior and exterior repair works.

With the support of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the council has also replaced the diving boards, allowing the centre to develop a diving programme.

As well as benefiting from the major centre investments users can take advantage of programmed activities including gymnastics and group exercise classes in the new studio.

Councillors were invited to have a tour of the new facility this week which included meeting school children from St Paul’s Primary School who put on a dazzling display of gymnastics and watching youngsters from Harry Gosling School Primary School trying out water polo in the improved pool.

Cllr Rania Khan, lead member for Culture added: “This is a fantastic investment and will benefit residents by giving them a much improved swimming pool and access to a dance studio and a variety of classes. It is a great addition to the borough’s leisure provision.”

July 6, 2012