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Work on Romford Leisure Centre’s vast ice rink and two swimming pools draws to a close

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 October 2017

Cllr Melvin Wallace (right, in a Romford Raiders jersey) was given a tour of the new Romford Leisure Centre last week. Picture: Havering Council

Cllr Melvin Wallace (right, in a Romford Raiders jersey) was given a tour of the new Romford Leisure Centre last week. Picture: Havering Council

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The borough’s keen figure skaters and high-divers have a lot to be excited about, as the multi-million pound development of Romford’s new leisure centre comes ever closer to completion.

The completed ice rink, just awaiting ice. Picture: Havering Council The completed ice rink, just awaiting ice. Picture: Havering Council

More than a year on since the first foundations were laid at the Western Road construction site, the multi-storey £25m development is well on track to be finished by April next year.

Last week, Councillor Melvin Wallace, cabinet member for culture & customer access, was joined by representatives from Everyone Active and Willmott Dixon Construction for a tour of the ongoing works as the new centre nears completion.

Councillor Wallace was extremely impressed by what he saw, and claimed the work showed the council was totally committed to improving the health and wellbeing of communities across the borough.

“We are delivering this by investing in sporting and leisure facilities across the borough,” he said.

Work on the Romford Leisure Centre's two new pools is almost complete, with tiling due to be completed later this month. Picture: Havering Council. Work on the Romford Leisure Centre's two new pools is almost complete, with tiling due to be completed later this month. Picture: Havering Council.

“The modern facilities will make sure residents have the best service when attending the leisure centres.

“We are eagerly awaiting the opening of Romford and Hornchurch Leisure Centres and all the new facilities for everyone to enjoy.

“Sporting investment in Havering is an important aspect of the council’s plans to ensure residents remain healthy and happy, and I encourage all residents to make full use of these facilities when available.”

The ice rink structure, which will have capacity for more than 1,200 skaters and will be one of East London’s main ice rinks, is now finished.

Work on the Romford Leisure Centre's two new pools is almost complete, with tiling due to be completed later this month. Photo: Havering Council. Work on the Romford Leisure Centre's two new pools is almost complete, with tiling due to be completed later this month. Photo: Havering Council.

The cavernous room is just awaiting ice slabs, which will be laid down in December.

And if anyone was nervous about the quality of the new ice rink, there is no need to fear – the work is being completed by the same company responsible for the award-winning ice rink at Somerset House in central London

Both the centre’s main 25-metre, eight-lane pool and the 15x8m learner pool are also in the process of being tiled, with the last tile scheduled to be installed later this month.

Other facilities on offer will include a fully equipped fitness suite with approximately 100 stations, dance and spinning studios, a sauna and steam room and a cafe area.

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