Hackney,
08
February
2019
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14:23
Europe/London

Update on repair work after the Britannia Leisure Centre fire

The Britannia Leisure Centre remains closed after a fire in its health suite on Monday.

All customers were safely evacuated from the building, but the fire, which started at around 5.15pm, caused significant damage to the health suite and put the Centre’s electrical systems out of action.

Despite water and smoke damage to some other parts of the building, the pools, gym, studio, squash courts and sports hall were largely undamaged.

Repair, engineering and testing work to get the building’s systems operational again is well underway, with the Council expected to announce next week when the pools, gym, studio, squash courts and sports hall will reopen. 

Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability, & Community Services
We’re determined to get Britannia open again as quickly as possible for the community to use. As soon as we’ve completed full repairs and testing of all systems, as well as air quality monitoring inside the building, we’ll update residents and customers with a confirmed reopening date. 

The Council's health and safety team are also carrying out an investigation of the incident, supported by forensic investigators and a specialist leisure health and safety consultant, to help determine the cause of the fire and what action may need to be taken to minimise the risk of something like this happening again. We’d like to thank customers for their patience while we carry out this essential work.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability, & Community Services

All Britannia Leisure Centre members can use any other Better-run leisure centre in Hackney while the Leisure Centre remains closed.