£5.75m investment agreed for "historic" Clapton leisure centre
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Plans to invest £5.75million in a Clapton leisure centre have been given the green light, to fund much-needed repairs and refurbishment.
Recent surveys of Lower Clapton's King's Hall Leisure Centre have identified repairs needed to stabilise the building and to ensure its future in the borough.
At a cabinet meeting on July 26, councillors agreed to invest £3.1m for structural repairs and £2.65m to survey and develop plans for longer-term refurbishment of the building.
Hackney councillor Chris Kennedy, portfolio holder for leisure, said: said: “King’s Hall is an important social and historic landmark for the borough and a crucial part of Hackney’s fantastic leisure provision.
"The council has long recognised the impact that sport and physical activity can have on residents’ wellbeing.
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“We must ensure our leisure facilities continue to meet the demands and expectations of our community, especially with a growing population and reducing resources.”
King’s Hall is operated on behalf of the council by social enterprise charity Better. It offers a wide range of leisure facilities, including swimming pools, a gym and a sports hall.
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The news follows the June opening of the new Britannia Leisure Centre in Shoreditch which had more than 10,000 visitors in its first week.
The state-of-the-art new facility features five-a-side football pitches on its roof with panoramic views of London, a water flume, two first-class swimming pools, an 'introduction to water' pool, a splash pad, stunning fitness studios, squash courts and a sports hall.
Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville added: “We have shown our ambition with the opening of the new Britannia this summer, but we must meet the needs of residents in the east of the borough. All part of a network of facilities across the borough that we want to make as inclusive as possible.
“It is vital that we invest in the long-term future of King’s Hall so that leisure centre users can enjoy modern facilities for years to come, something we have been working to achieve alongside local councillors.”