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Seymour Centre Project

We are undertaking an improvement project at Seymour Centre. This investment in the centre will provide new and improved modern facilities for visitors to the centre to enjoy, including a new home for Marylebone Library and mixed-use spaces and services, all while maintaining the building’s distinctive art deco character and architectural features.

Update from Public Meeting held on Tuesday 18 January 2022

We were delighted to have over 60 participants join our meeting about the future of the Seymour Centre. If you were unable to attend and want to watch the presentation together with the recording of the meeting please do so on the links below.

View the presentation:

Watch a recording of the session:

Update on Proposed Refurbishment of Seymour Centre

We recently carried out a consultation into what improvements people would like to see delivered at Seymour Centre.

Thank you to everyone who was able to fill out the questionnaire and took the time, to give us feedback on the refurbishment project at Seymour Centre.

We are delighted to have received over 600 responses and we are now looking at the feedback and thoroughly analysing the data.

Background

On 16 March 2021, the council held a meeting where it was confirmed that the £25 million Capital Budget for this project remains unchanged and is secured for the refurbishment of Seymour Centre.

The approach, however, needs to be adapted to respond to a post COVID-19 environment and as such we need to revisit previous proposals with this in mind.

The past year has brought significant change to our services, in particular our leisure centres, with long periods of mandated closures, changes in demand and increased restrictions that have presented both operational and financial challenges. Our most immediate priority has been the reopening of leisure centres and libraries following the national lockdowns. A range of priority work to ensure adherence to government safety and access guidelines to keep the community safe has also been undertaken.  

The council is committed to delivering high-quality community spaces and services. We remain committed to taking this major project forward, to incorporate a new library and to provide better leisure and wider services for the local community.

The delivery of this project remains a priority for us and is endorsed by three Cabinet­­­ Members:

  • Councillor Paul Swaddle, Cabinet Member for Finance and Smart City
  • Councillor James Spencer, Cabinet Member for City Management
  • Councillor Tim Barnes, Cabinet Member for Young People and Learning

Using the hard work undertaken to date, the team will now explore options for the building which we will consult widely on. We have held an initial meeting with the planners to talk about the history of the building and how it can be brought up to 21st century standards.  The meeting was very positive and we will be giving feedback about this at the public meeting in January. Our aim is that the overall use of the building will be flexible and provide services that meet the needs of local residents.

The focus of the project

  • establish a new, permanent home for Marylebone Library, with multifunctional and flexible spaces
  • re-provide facilities, including swimming pool with an area set aside for teaching, a sports hall, fitness suite (gym) and studios
  • include our cleaner and greener aspirations of becoming a net zero carbon organisation, in line with our City for All strategy
  • capture improvements that can be made to the surrounding space around the building as well as investment in the building
  • ensure the building is energy efficient and work towards reducing council emissions in line with our net zero carbon target
  • ensure the building is fully accessible

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Historic images of Seymour Centre

These Image have been sourced by Make architects from Westminster Archives as part of their research, understanding the building, it’s construction and the history of Seymour Centre and how the building has changed over the years. The images below show the initial construction, the opening ceremony, and a play being watched by a group of school children, just one of the many uses the leisure centre has seen over the years.

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A black and white photo of the building site at the start of construction of the Seymour Leisure Centre.
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A black and white photo of the lord mayor opening the Seymour Leisure Centre in the 1930s
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A black and white photo of a few hundred school children watching a play at seymour leisure centre