First seat and last tile gets put into place

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Cllr Melvin Wallace with Willmott Dixon Construction and Fercon Seating
Published: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Romford Leisure Centre, which is uniquely designed with the ice-rink above the swimming pool and only the third complex of its kind in the UK, had a little help with its construction from local Councillors.

Early this week, Councillor Roger Ramsey, Leader of the Council, placed the last tile in the 25m eight-lane lane main pool. Cllr Ramsey was joined by other Cabinet members, Willmott Dixon Construction and partners. There is also be a 15 x 8m learner pool and sauna and steam rooms, which completes the facilities on the ground floor.

Above the pool where the ice-rink sits, also had a key milestone, with the first seat being installed by Councillor Melvin Wallace, Cabinet Member for Culture and Community Engagement.

Havering Council Cabinet members also had a sneak preview of the fitness area with two studios.

The borough’s biggest leisure facility is due to be completed early next year. Due to immense interest on social media about leisure centres across the borough, Havering Council will be holding a Twitter Chat on Friday (27 October) to answer all questions regarding leisure centres. Join in from 2.30pm to 3.30pm using #HaveringTalks.

Cllr Ramsey, said:

“I’m pleased with how far the development has come. The new leisure centre is looking amazing with contemporary facilities and will be a brilliant facility for all across the borough.

“We’re looking forward to a successful completion and opening next year so that everyone can start to benefit from one of our biggest investments to date.”

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.