Moberly Sports Centre, the new state-of-the-art facility in Queen’s Park, has reached a significant milestone today, as a ceremonial brick was laid at the highest point of the construction site.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, Westminster City Council led the ceremony alongside representatives from Be, Westminster City Council's development partner and contractors Willmott Dixon Construction. The ceremony marks the next phase in the council’s Active Queen’s Park programme, which will introduce more opportunities for residents to make healthy choices around exercise and improve well-being.
The £28million redevelopment will offer larger facilities than the previous Moberly and current Jubilee sports centres combined and will significantly increase the total sports provision for the Queens Park area. New features include an eight-court sports hall with spectator seating complete with a championship basketball court; a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool and a dedicated teaching pool with movable floor; spa-sauna; boxing gym; multi-use gymnasium; a community activity space plus exercise and dance studios.
As well as a new and improved leisure centre, the Active Queen’s Park programme will see 155 new homes being built in the area, including 12 new affordable homes on the Jubilee site, in partnership with Be. Almost half of the homes, in a mix of apartments and townhouses, will be built around the Moberly Sports Centre. The first homes are on track to be completed by the end of autumn 2017 at Jubilee and by early 2018 at Moberly. Moberly Sports Centre is expected to be open by summer 2018.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, Westminster City Council, said: “Today marks an important step forward in the redevelopment of Moberly. It will bring a huge amount of opportunity to the area and will offer residents a great place to get fit and active. I want to thank everyone involved in the project to date and those who will continue to turn these exciting plans into a reality for our local community.”
Brian Brady, Managing Director of Be, said: “We are delighted to work with Westminster City Council on this landmark project which is contributing outstanding sport and leisure facilities for local people to enjoy and offers the exceptional opportunity of living in a high-quality home on the doorstep of Moberly Sports Centre.”
Melita Emanuel Carr, Team GB’s rising basketball star and former recipient of the Active Westminster Champion of the Future Award said: “Having grown up in Westminster, it’s brilliant to see the investment being made to bring such first-class facilities to the area and to give local residents the opportunity to make positive choices about how they get active. The exciting plans for Moberly Sports Centre show that it will be the perfect place to do this and help us to discover and develop future local talent.”
Jubilee Sports Centre remains open for residents to use while Moberly Sports Centre is being redeveloped.