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Plans to replace Hornchurch Sports Centre with ‘state of the art’ facility revealed to the public

PUBLISHED: 18:00 02 October 2017

An artist's impression of what the proposed new Hornchurch Sports Centre will look like. Photo: Havering Council/Everyone Active/GT3 Architects

An artist's impression of what the proposed new Hornchurch Sports Centre will look like. Photo: Havering Council/Everyone Active/GT3 Architects

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Plans for a “state of the art” new sports centre to replace the current Hornchurch Sports Centre have been unveiled by Havering Council.

The council, in partnership with the sports and leisure management operator SLM which manages Havering’s leisure centres, are proposing to build a new Hornchurch Sports Centre to replace the existing building in Harrow Lodge Park.

The new centre would be built where the current overflow car park stands to the right of the sport’s centre’s entry road, and will offer an eight-lane 25m swimming pool, a much larger diving pool with a movable floor that will also serve as a children’s pool, four tennis courts and an expanded gym.

The current centre would remain open until the new one is finished.

Upon completion, work would begin on demolishing the current sports centre and paving that area over to form a new car park providing 300 spaces – currently there are just under 200 available at the site.

It is hoped that work on the new centre can start in March next year, with a provisional opening date of December 2019.

The new gym would be operated by Everyone Active, who also maintain the soon to be completed Romford leisure centre as well as the one in Central Park.

Speaking at the first of three public engagement events that allowed residents to come and discuss the plans, Steve Cox, Everyone Active area contract manager, told the Recorder: “It’s a really exciting time, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re really happy with the number of people we’ve had in to look at the plans.

“I think some people were quite anxious about coming to see what the new plans look like, but they’ve left reassured – and who wouldn’t be?

“It will be a state of the art sport centre on people’s doorsteps.”

The sessions, which displayed detailed floor plans of the two-floor building, were held in a function room at the current Harrow Lodge sports centre.

The existing swimming pool and associated facilities were opened in 1956, while the sports hall was built in 1987.

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