The framework of the redeveloped Moberly Sports Centre – using more than 1,000 tonnes of steel - was formally revealed today at a ceremony that marked the start of the next phase of the centre’s construction. Westminster City Council’s Lord Mayor Cllr Steve Summers laid a stone to mark the occasion, alongside representatives of the site’s developer, Prime Place.
The £28 million redevelopment of Moberly Sports Centre features the first newly built swimming pool in Westminster since the Queen Mother Sport Centre opened in 1981.
Plans are set for the redeveloped Active Queen’s Park that will allow residents to use the centre from Spring 2018. Facilities at the new Moberly Sports Centre will include a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool and dedicated learner pool with movable floor; spa-sauna; eight-court sports hall with spectator seating; boxing gym; gymnastics and multi-use hall plus an exercise and dance studio
This milestone marks the next step in plans to introduce new opportunities for residents to make healthy choices around exercise. The new leisure centre will offer larger facilities than the previous Moberly and current Jubilee sports centres combined. As part of the redevelopment, a free-to-use outdoor gym and upgraded floodlit multi-use games area in Queen’s Park Gardens has been installed, along with a new synthetic pitch at St. Augustine’s School, which replaces the pitch at Moberly.
The Active Queen’s Park programme includes the development of 155 new homes and facilities for the area, including 12 new affordable homes on the Jubilee site, in partnership with Prime Place. 71 of the homes will be built around the Moberly Sports Centre. Construction work will start shortly on the apartments and townhouses, and the first homes will be complete by the end of 2017.
Over the coming months, the Jubilee Sports Centre is remaining open whilst Moberly is redeveloped. Once the New Moberly Sports Centre is opened, work will begin on a new community sports facility to replace the Jubilee Sports Centre.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, Westminster City Council, said:
“This is an important step in completing a centre that’s going to bring some world class training facilities to Westminster.
“This redevelopment will bring much-needed improvement of sport facilities to Queen’s Park and give people more options when it comes to making healthy choices around exercise.
“Seeing the building take shape is testament to the Lord Mayor’s commitment to the scheme as he was responsible for approving the project.”
Brian Brady, Managing Director of the site’s developer Prime Place, said:
“We are delighted with how the new health and fitness centre is progressing on site.
“This is a very valuable partnership with Westminster City Council in which the provision of high quality homes by Prime Place is funding the new state-of-the-art facilities, providing a clear benefit to the people of Westminster and our customers on their doorstep.”