Plans for a £1.6 million face lift to the historic Seymour Leisure Centre
The Seymour Leisure Centre is set for a refurbishment that will introduce upgraded modern facilities seamlessly into the historic site, as a public consultation opens on how to spend £1.6 million of investment. The consultation will listen to people’s views on plans for new services and improvements for a location steeped in the history of UK sports.
The current Seymour Leisure Centre was built as the modern incarnation of what is amongst the first public bath houses in the country, which opened on the site in 1849. This bath house was developed and rebuilt over time until it was eventually replaced by the current building – which celebrates its 80th birthday this year.
This refurbishment work forms part of a programme of investment worth £9m at sites across Westminster by our contractor, Everyone Active. At the Seymour, new facilities will potentially include a Hot Yoga studio, a group cycling studio, a new exercise studio, plus the refurbishment of the existing health suite to include hot beds and an expansion of the current gym area. This will be combined with a general update to the changing rooms.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Sports, Leisure and Community, Westminster City Council, welcomed to consultation, saying:
“Seymour Leisure Centre is a fantastic location with a history of providing London with a healthy place to train and relax. It’s a place steeped in sporting history, from offering one of the UK’s first bath houses over 165 years ago to hosting the recent launch of Team GB’s Olympic kit. We aim for this refurbishment to be sympathetic to this amazing heritage whilst introducing the most up-to-date facilities and supporting all Westminster residents in making healthy choices around being more active.
“We’re keen to listen to everyone’s views and help ensure the site continues as one of the UK’s longest serving sports centres.”