A stunning new £25m leisure and community centre is set to open in New Addington on Friday (3 January).
The multi-million-pound development is the latest step in a major regeneration project which will radically transform the western side of Central Parade.
The modern leisure centre, with extended sports and leisure facilities, includes a 25-metre, six-lane main swimming pool and a learning pool, an extensive fitness suite, sport halls and multi-purpose activity studios – hosting all the latest branded classes. The on-site cafe will provide much needed post workout refreshments!
The new development also offers flexible spaces that can be enjoyed by the local community, including two halls with capacity for around 300 people, with a kitchen, bar, and storage rooms.
In addition eight much-needed family homes will be built, fronting onto Chertsey Crescent.
The project has created more than 75 jobs for Croydon residents. It has also been home Wilmott Dixon’s first Building Lives Academy, which aims to upskill young people in Croydon and provide them with a foot in the door to the construction industry.
The leisure centre development is a key part of the council’s extensive regeneration plans for New Addington. Planning permission has been granted for a brand new community centre in Fieldway, combining the existing Fieldway Family Centre and the Timebridge Community Centre. A new free school for children with special educational needs is also planned to open on the Timebridge site in 2021.
Residents have been consulted on further proposals, including a new wellbeing centre, improved open space in front of the new leisure centre, new homes and shops. Their feedback will inform future plans for the area.
“This is a stunning new centre with first-class facilities for everyone in New Addington to enjoy and be proud of. It will make a huge difference to our local community, helping them to keep fit and stay healthy while giving them a new venue to enjoy with family and friends.”
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport
David Hughes, Partnership Manager at GLL added: “GLL are delighted to be taking our BETTER branded leisure offer to New Addington. We have already established a fantastic partnership with Croydon Council and are looking forward to showcasing the new centre to our existing and new customers throughout January.”