St George's Leisure Centre

The council is investing in a new leisure centre and housing facility that will be built on the site of St George’s Leisure Centre in Shadwell, providing more and better-quality leisure facilities alongside new homes for residents.  

Proposals for the new leisure centre include a 25m six lane pool, learner pool, fitness suite, and studios for group exercise such as yoga, HIIT, Zumba and Pilates. There will also be new changing facilities with better accessibility. 

The new homes will be genuinely affordable, and large enough for families. One in ten will be wheelchair accessible. 

This exciting development will provide residents with access to high-quality leisure facilities on their doorstep, whilst being sympathetic to the surrounding conservation area. 

This webpage will be kept up to date as the project progresses. 

For any further queries, please email 

Have your say

We are keen to hear from residents to help shape the redevelopment and so there are opportunities to share thoughts, experiences and ideas to inform the future of St George’s leisure, health and wellbeing service.

Past events

15 July 2023

An information stall was held at St George’s Fun Day to learn more about the council’s investment in St George’s new leisure centre and housing facility.

18 October 2023

Residents were invited to an engagement event which provided information about early demolition of the site.

12 December 2023 

Residents were invited to attend a consultation event at Raine's House in Wapping which provided information about the concept designs for the new leisure and wellbeing facility, homes and wider landscape improvement opportunities.

27 February 2024

Residents attended a consultation event at St George in the East Church which provided detailed designs for the new leisure and wellbeing facility and homes, as well as introducing the wider landscape improvement concepts, providing further opportunities for feedback.

Review these latest designs and provide your feedback by completing the survey.


Frequently asked questions

Where are my nearest council facilities? 

Other centres in the borough are open and available for use: 

Where can I take my child swimming/to learn how to swim whilst St George’s is being developed? 

There are swimming pools at:

How much will it cost to use St George’s facilities after the development?  

There will be a borough-wide pricing policy across all council-run centres. 

Why is the council building housing on the site? 

The average cost of renting a flat in Tower Hamlets is now more than the average household income. There are already more than 23,000 households on the housing register in need of an affordable home and more than 2,000 households are living in temporary accommodation. 

In response, the council is committed to providing 1,000 social homes a year across the borough. This development will deliver genuinely affordable homes that will include properties big enough for families, with the ambition for of one in ten to be wheelchair accessible. 

At just eight square miles, space to build in Tower Hamlets is in short supply. We’re making the most of land that we already own. 

Who will the new homes be for? 

They will be for families registered on the council’s housing register and will be allocated according to the council’s letting policy. The rent will be at a reduced level to make the homes affordable for those on lower incomes. 

When will we see more detailed proposals on the housing development? 

Initial consultation will set out much more information on where the new homes are likely to be located, the number of new homes, their size, etc. As the design progresses, more information will be shared with residents through a series of engagement events to be held locally.