Grand re-opening for revamped leisure centres

Published: 18 September 2015

A re-opening ceremony has marked the £3.5m refurbishment of five of the borough’s leisure centres.

Representatives from Wandsworth Council and its contractor People for Places Leisure went along to one of the centres, Latchmere Leisure Centre in Battersea, to celebrate the improvements and tour the new-look centre.

The improvements were carried out as part of a new five year management contract awarded by the council to People for Places.

Latchmere’s fitness  suite has been extended and the reception and the village and dry changing rooms fully refurbished.

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

Balham leisure centre has 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.

Tooting Leisure Centre’s village changing area has been 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 has been  remodelled with upgraded male and female and accessible changing rooms.

The council’s leisure and culture spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said the £3.5m spent on  improvements show the council’s commitment to giving residents the best possible facilities.

“PfP Leisure have also shown tremendous commitment to improving the council’s leisure centres by investing money in equipping and fitting out the improved facilities.  All these improvements have been delivered on time and on budget.

“This investment is having the desired result. Wandsworth’s facilities are amongst the best used in the country with over 3.4 million visits per year.”

An independent Quest review has recently graded Roehampton, Wandle, Tooting and Balham Leisure Centres as ‘good’, while Latchmere and Putney have been upgraded to ‘excellent’, which puts them amongst the top scoring sites in the UK.

For more about the borough’s leisure centres, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/leisurecentres.