21 September 2010
Award-winning consultancy, WYG, has been appointed by London Borough of Lewisham to provide structural engineering expertise for Lewisham’s new £10.6m leisure facility.
The redevelopment will see the Victorian baths brought back to life with a part demolition and new build offering the latest leisure facilities to the local residents of Forest Hill. The new leisure centre will keep the existing frontage which will be refurbished to form the main entrance, whilst the new building will include a six lane 25-meter pool, a 16.7 meter learner pool, fitness gym, two studios, a community room and a café.
WYG will be involved in the analysis and design of the development throughout the estimated two-year project which is anticipated to start at the end of this year.
Tony Driscoll, Regional Director, WYG, said: “This is a technically challenging project with the added constraint of the retained Victorian frontage building, however our civil and structural engineers have been involved in many award-winning projects, including the recently completed Corby East Midlands International Pool, and are committed to providing excellent client services. This project is close to the hearts of the community and will be a delight to work on as we will be giving the residents of Forest Hill the replacement leisure centre they very much need.”
The pool was originally built in 1885 but was closed in 2006 due to health and safety concerns.
Councillor Chris Best, Cabinet Member for Community Services, Lewisham Council said: “It has been a real challenge trying to find a design that can accommodate the many different needs of the local community. An absolute priority has been to make sure the new facility is fully accessible to everyone who chooses to use it but we have also had to work within tight budget constraints as well as the restrictions placed on us by the size and shape of the site.”
The project is estimated to re-open in late 2012.
Caption: How the new £10.6m project will look from Dartmouth Road