Leisure Centres

Mayor cutting the ribbon with Saxon Crown, Fusion and Ceinwen Giles who lead off the Olympic torch in Lewisham one year ago

Glass Mill Leisure Centre

Formal opening on Friday 19 July 2013

I was delighted to join the team for the formal opening of the Glass Mill - our wonderful brand new leisure centre in the centre of Lewisham.

The glass panels have been carefully installed and are a stunning feature for this landmark building.

The planning application for the redevelopment of the site was agreed in September 2009. Barratt's are providing eight buildings ranging in height from five to 24 storeys arranged across the site generally rising in height from the west to the east. Overall there will be 788 residential flats and houses which includes up to 186 much needed affordable homes.

The Leisure Centre is located at the eastern end of the site in a two storey curved building that would wrap around to meet the residential elements. The design has been well thought out and works really well transforming the local area.

The leisure facility measures approximately 66m wide at its widest point, approximately 75m deep and is 9.8m high at the main entrance and 12.5m high along the Loampit Vale frontage.

On the ground floor the leisure facility provides a large double height entrance lobby, a café run by Rhubarb and Custard with some seating facing onto the corner of Cornmill Gardens (for both leisure users and the general public), a crèche, office/reception areas, changing facilities, an eight lane swimming pool (25m) and a smaller teaching pool (20m x 8m).

The teaching pool has full height curtain walling to enable the pool to be fully enclosed and shielded from public view for use by sensitive groups.

A secondary entrance is available at the rear from Cornmill Gardens and another from the car park. A fitness suite is positioned on the first floor along with dance/aerobic studios a healthy living suite with treatment rooms and further changing rooms. The climbing wall extends from the ground to first floor level as will the spectator seating for 300 people which is great to view the main pool.

Downham Health & Leisure Centre

July 2013

I was delighted to see so many local people taking advantage of the outstanding new facilities at Downham Health and Leisure Centre. Helping residents stay active is so important and I am committed to ensuring everyone in the borough of Lewisham has access to affordable leisure.

The refurbishment includes the brand new gym environment with help onhand from the highly trained team to understand and respond to local needs in terms of wellness.

The Ready Steady Go instructors are available to teach users how to use the new quipment quickly and easily.

Wavelengths Leisure Centre

Step into the new gym

Great visit to see the state of the art 80 station gym, a new group exercise studio, an indoor cycle studio and brand new café.

These extensive site renovations represent a significant investment by Lewisham Council in partnership with sport and leisure management charity, Fusion Lifestyle, who manage Wavelengths Leisure Centre.

Still to come are improvements to the leisure pool and changing facilities, an additional group exercise studio, brand new health suite with sauna and steam room as well as a soft play zone for children.

I really hope local residents will come along and see this fantastic new facility in the heart of Deptford. The benefits to local people of the financial investment the Council has made in this leisure centre are clear to see. The areas that have been developed so far are first class, and I look forward to seeing the completed project.”

The opening of the new facilities comes at an ideal time, as recent participation figures from Fusion Lifestyle centres in Lewisham, show a significant increase in site visits as a legacy of this summer’s Olympic Games. During the two weeks of the Olympics, there was a 26.5% increase in visits to Fusion Lifestyle leisure centres (compared to the same dates last year) indicating that local people have been inspired by the Games to take get more active.

Wavelengths Leisure Centre is managed by Fusion Lifestyle, a registered charity, which aims to provide sport and leisure facilities for all members of the community at accessible prices. Memberships for the leisure centre are on sale now, with great redevelopment offers available.

For more information on membership, opening times and facilities visit http://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/Wavelengths_Leisure_Centre/home

Forest Hill Pools

Formal opening September 2012

I chaired the Forest Hill Pools Steering Group to bring to fruition this wonderful facility combining the old with the new.

Roberts Limbrick Architects designed this suberb leisure centre which was constructed by Willmott Dixon. The landscaped area has been extended along Dartmouth Road to enable markets and other events.

Forest Hill Pools is a community facility offering a 25m main pool and 17m learner pool, state of the art fitness studios and a community room for hire.

We had a wonderful opening of Forest Hill Pools and here are the Lewisham Council photos Forest Hill celebrates.