A major milestone was passed today in the delivery of the £28 million redevelopment of Moberly Sports Centre, with the successful water tank testing of two brand new swimming pools. The Centre features the first newly built swimming pools in Westminster since the Queen Mother Sport Centre opened in 1981.
The testing marked the completion of phase one of the Active Queen’s Park redevelopment, as the swimming pools get ready to open in Spring 2018.
The new swimming pools form part of the new state-of-the-art leisure centre for Queen’s Park. Facilities at the new Moberly Sports Centre will include a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool and dedicated learner pool with movable floor; a spa-sauna; an eight court sports hall with spectator seating; a boxing gym; a gymnastics and multi-use hall; a health and fitness suite and exercise and dance studios.
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 existing 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 fantastic news for local residents, from children stepping into the water for the first time to seasoned competitive swimmers.
“It’s clear this redevelopment is bringing a much-needed improvement of sport facilities to Queen’s Park.
“This new state-of-the-art venue is an important part of meeting our aim of encouraging people to make healthy choices around taking regular exercise. It will also help ensure our local sports teams can train in world class facilities.”