Romford's new leisure centre to have 'futuristic' design
PUBLISHED: 11:21 29 June 2016 | UPDATED: 11:21 29 June 2016
The design for Romford's new leisure centre will be "futuristic", according to the chairman of a design company.
Work to prepare the site in Western Road which will include an ice rink, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fitness studios, began earlier this year.
Lee Smith, group chairman of the LSC Group, spoke to the Recorder about his thoughts of the design.
He said: “I would describe the look of it to be quite futuristic, a very modern looking building with plain lines made from 22in multi-wall polycarbonate thick sheets which is an insulating material.
“The idea was for it to look almost like an ice cube.”
The multi-million pound plans were first announced in May 2012, when Havering Council agreed a land-swap deal with supermarket chain Morrisons, exchanging the Western Road site with the former home of Romford Ice Arena, Rom Valley Way.
In September last year, both parties signed a contract agreeing the land swap would take place by April.
Plans for a new supermarket, which could create up to 300 new jobs, along with 65 houses and a petrol station on the Rom Way Valley site were agreed as part of the deal.
There are also plans for the outside of the building to be illuminated with LED lighting.
The LSC Group is to start working on the site later this year.
The project is due to be completed by 2018.
Mr Smith said: “I have been involved with the project on and off for about five years and the design has changed so we can give it the right look for the area and at the right cost.
“I think it’s going to be great when it’s finished.
“It has been a long time coming without a doubt and well thought about so it has not just been put together quickly.
“I think because of the time taken, it will be a great quality building.”