£800,000 revamp of St George’s Leisure
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
July 6, 2012