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Seymour Leisure Centre Project

Keep up to date on the new proposed developments for Seymour Leisure Centre.

Published: 5 February 2021

Last updated: 16 July 2021


On 16 March 2021, the council held an update meeting where it was confirmed that the £25 million Capital Budget for this project remains unchanged and is secured for the refurbishment of Seymour Leisure 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 a better leisure centre 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 Melvyn Caplan, Deputy Leader and 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. Our aim is to start the formal planning process before the end of the year. The new options will explore opportunities and will be informed by local demand and aspirations to help guide this approach. Our aim is that the overall use of the building can be flexible and provide services that meet the needs of local residents.

The focus of the project will be to:                   

  • appoint a full professional team that can create an innovative and inspirational design for a newly refurbished and multi-service leisure centre
  • establish a new, permanent home for Marylebone Library, with multifunctional spaces
  • re-provide facilities, including large swimming pool with an area set aside for teaching, 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 fully accessible

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Key documents

Minutes of previous meetings and the presentation slides: