Leisure centres to benefit from £3.5m investment programme

Published: Wednesday 6th August 14

Five of Wandsworth’s leisure centres are to benefit from a multi-million pound programme of investment, it has been announced.

The council will be funding £3.5m worth of improvements and refurbishments at the Balham, Latchmere, Putney, Tooting and Wandle leisure and recreation centres as part of a new seven year management contract.

The news comes shortly after £710,000 invested in new and improved facilities at the much-loved Tooting Common Lido was announced – including new space for workout and exercise classes plus new toilets and a first aid room.

As part of the new contract arrangements Balham leisure centre will benefit from an improved reception area, a bigger dance studio, new poolside sauna and steam rooms, full refurbishment of the wet changing village plus improvements to the weights room and the men’s and women’s changing rooms.

At Battersea’s Latchmere centre the fitness suite will be extended, the reception area will be upgraded and the dry changing rooms will be fully refurbished.

At Putney the village change area will be modernised and a new sauna will be installed in the health suite.

Tooting Leisure Centre will see its village changing area fully refurbished, with improved lockers and changing cubicles, improvements to the health suite including the sauna and steam rooms, full refurbishment of the dry changing rooms and upgrades to the fitness suite and “spin studio”.

And the Wandle will see remodelled and upgraded male and female changing rooms.

Under the seven year contract, which was won after a full and open tendering process by Places for People Leisure Management Limited, formerly known as DC Leisure, the council will receive an income of £22m.

Leisure spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “This is a great deal for the people who use our leisure centres and for the wider community.

“These five leisure centres, plus the Tooting Bec Lido will benefit from investment worth at least £4.2m in new and improved facilities in the years ahead.

“In return for this capital investment, the council will receive guaranteed income of £22m over seven years, which will help fund local services and help keep council tax bills low.”

Tim Hewett, Business Development Director for PfP Leisure says:

“We were delighted that we have been awarded this contract with Wandsworth Council. This is the third time we have been successful in winning the tender firstly in 2000, then 2006 and now in 2014.

“We are very proud to have had such a long standing relationship with the Council and our success is a testimony to the efforts made by our staff in producing a high quality service assisted greatly by the significant capital investment the Council and PfPL has put into the facilities over the years.  

“We look forward to working with the Council over the next seven years and seeing the benefits of the latest capital investment programme.”

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Recent comments

I reviewed the plans for balham leisure centre with interest and am very disappointed to see the crèche is being lost. This is a crucial service to local mums. I understand there is a plan to use the squash courts as a makeshift crèche however this is not an ideal situation. For starters where are the baby change facilities, refreshments for the children, where will you store and keep toys, how will you safeguard children to ensure no escapes with a single door, where will there be a quiet space for sleeping babies, where will buggies go? Also childrens parties will no longer have this space to use. I think that members should have been consulted on this change as without an adequate crèche many mums will not use the gym any longer.

1 September 2014

It would be a good idea to include in the improvements at Putney,the cleaning of dusty and rusty areas' of iron structural supports and peeling paintwork.
john w stanley

8 August 2014