Havering fighting fit with leisure regeneration
Havering residents can look forward to new and improved leisure centres across the borough. It’s all beginning to take shape and here’s what’s happening and where.
Romford Leisure Centre – opening early next year
Last week Councillor Melvin Wallace, Cabinet Member for Culture and Customer Access, along with Everyone Active and Willmott Dixon Construction, visited the multi-million-pound development - Romford Leisure Centre, as the works draw closer to completion.
The ice rink structure, which will be one of East London’s main ice rinks, is complete and is currently awaiting the ice slabs which will be laid down in December. Both pools are also being tiled with the last tile going in later this month.
Did you know?
The company that builds the ice rink at Somerset House in London, is the same company working on your local ice rink?
The ice is built-up using 5mm of water which is frozen and then painted white. After this another 5mm of water is added and frozen. At this stage the markings and logos are painted on before the final 25mm of water is added and frozen which completes the total ice build-up of 35mm… So you literally will be skating on thin ice.
The new Leisure Centre will include:
- Two pools: a 25m, eight-lane main pool, and a 15 x 8m learner pool
- New ice rink with capacity for more than 1,200 skaters
- Fitness Suite (100 Stations approximately)
- Large Dance Studio
- Spinning Studio
- Sauna and Steam
- Café Area
Central Park Leisure Centre – official opening of gym extension this weekend
The official opening of Central Park Leisure Centre’s newly refurbished gym takes place this weekend (Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, 10am – 4pm).
Havering Council and Everyone Active invite residents to visit the centre and enjoy two days of free fitness fun.
Residents will be able to use the centre free-of-charge across the weekend and will be available for over-16s to use from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Across the weekend, there will also be a number of pre-bookable gym classes on offer, including 30-minute personal training sessions and High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) programmes.
There will also be free family fun sessions in the pool from 2pm to 3pm on both days, along with a bouncy castle, face painting and soft play area in the sports hall.
The refurbishment of Central Park Leisure Centre follows significant investment made by Havering Council and Everyone Active. The gym has been extended and now boasts more than 140 pieces of equipment, including specialist strength and functional kit.
Book here: 01708 382820 or visit www.everyoneactive.com
Hornchurch Leisure Centre – opening December 2019
This week, Havering Council plans officially unveiled the proposed plans for the new Hornchurch Leisure Centre.
Public engagement sessions were held at the centre this week where residents and key stakeholders discussed the proposed plans.
The new centre will be built on the car park of the current sports centre which will allow the Sports Centre to remain open whilst the works take place. When completed, work to demolish the existing centre will begin which means an extra 100 spaces.
Hornchurch Leisure Centre will include:
- 25m eight-lane pool
- 20m x 15m learner and diving pool with an adjustable floor to change the depth of the water
- 150 station health and fitness gym
- Four badminton court sports hall
- Two new studios which can be used for cardio activities
- Sauna and steam room
- New car park
Noak Hill Sports Complex
Noak Hill Sports Complex facilities are now open to all, with exciting offers, children’s party programme and new activity programmes available for local residents.
This facility includes:
- Full size 3G artificial pitch
- Multi-use games area with four floodlit tennis courts which can also be used for netball, basketball and five-a-side football
- New Sport Pavilion
- Two indoor sports halls
- New changing rooms
- Havering Disabled Sports Association Clubhouse
- New café and bar
- Physiotherapy room
Councillor Melvin Wallace, Cabinet Member for Culture & Customer Access said:
“We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our communities and we are delivering this by investing in sporting and leisure facilities across the borough. The modern facilities will make sure residents have the best service when attending the leisure centres.
“We are eagerly awaiting the opening of Romford and Hornchurch Leisure Centres and all the new facilities for everyone to enjoy. In Romford, we have all seen the sapphire structure come together which brightens up the Town Centre.
“Sporting investment in Havering is an important aspect of the council’s plans to ensure residents remain healthy and happy, and I encourage all residents to make full use of these facilities when available.”