Work to replace Atherton leisure centre underway

Groundbreaking at the new Atherton Leisure Centre Liam O’Malley (assistant development manager, Sher

Groundbreaking at the new Atherton Leisure Centre Liam OMalley (assistant development manager, Sherrygreen Homes), Cllr Conor McAuley ( executive member for regeneration), Lee Walsh (operations manager, Mulalley & Company Limited), Sir Robin Wales (mayor of Newham), Martin Taylor (development director, Sherrygreen Homes), Cllr Ian Corbertt (executive member for infrastructure and environment) and Cllr Lester Hudson (deputy mayor) - Credit: Archant

Building work is underway to rebuild the Atherton Leisure Centre in Stratford.

The old building is being replaced by a £14.7 million modernised centre incorporating two community swimming pools, a state-of-the-art gym and fitness studios.

The new leisure centre will use the latest technology to convert waste heat into electrity.

Other environmentally-friendly initiatives include a roof which not only harvests rainwater but also forms a “living” surface covered in recycled soil, providing a habitat for plants and wildlife,

Mayor Sir Robin Wales said the new centre would enable people of all ages and abilities to “get active and stay healthy”.

Director of building contractors Mulalley, Eamon O’Malley, who learnt to swim at the old facilty, added: “This new leisure centre will be a credit to Newham.”

Newham council decided to replace the old sports centre due to high maintenance costs and levels of asbestos.

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The new centre is expected to open in autumn next year

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