£384m North London community scheme approved
November 14, 2018 – Planners at the London Borough of Hackney have approved plans for a new swimming pool, school and housing scheme next to Shoreditch Park.
Morgan Sindall has sealed a pre-construction service agreement for the first phase of the ambitious £384m mixed-use community development.
The scheme will still need to be rubber-stamped by the GLA before work can progress with the first phase new leisure centre.
This large three-storey building, designed by architect FaulknerBrowns, will include swimming pools, sports halls and two rooftop tennis courts and two five-a-side pitches.
Once the leisure complex is finished Morgan Sindall will build a new academy on the site of the current Britannia Leisure Centre site and car park. It will cater for 900 students plus 200 six formers.
Later phases of the landmark scheme will include six residential blocks rising from four to 24 storeys containing nearly 500 flats mainly for sale. These will help to finance the earlier phase.
Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, said: “Hackney needs improved leisure provision, hundreds of more school places and thousands of new homes. Our proposals help deliver on all of these. I’m very proud that, despite ongoing government cuts to our funding, our Council is finding innovative ways to keep investing in our communities.
“The current leisure centre simply doesn’t deliver the standard of provision or access that Hackney’s diverse communities expect, need and deserve now and in the future. The new centre will be better in almost every way and preserves many of the family-friendly elements we know that people value.”