£5.75m investment agreed for cherished Clapton leisure centre
The future of Clapton’s King’s Hall Leisure Centre is looking brighter after an investment of £5.75million for repairs and to develop plans for a potential long-term refurbishment was agreed.
Recent surveys of the Lower Clapton Road leisure centre have identified that repairs are required to stabilise the building and allow it to continue to operate safely in the future.
Councillors agreed at Monday night’s Cabinet meeting to give the green light to plans to invest £3.1m for structural repairs, as well as £2.65m to carry out surveys and develop plans for potential longer-term refurbishment of the building.
King’s Hall, which is operated on behalf of the Council by social enterprise charity Better, offers a wide range of leisure facilities, including swimming pools, a gym and a sports hall.
King’s Hall is an important social and historic landmark for the borough and a crucial part of Hackney’s fantastic leisure provision. The Council has long recognised the impact that sport and physical activity can have on residents’ wellbeing.
We must ensure our leisure facilities continue to meet the demands and expectations of our community, especially with a growing population and reducing resources.