Bumper visitor numbers at new Britannia Leisure Centre

The new Britannia Leisure Centre welcomed nearly 400,000 visitors in its first six months of operation, a quarter of a million more than the old centre in the same period in 2019.

Built as part of the wider Britannia project, the incredible new state-of-the-art leisure centre boasts rooftop pitches with panoramic views, two first-class swimming pools, a leisure water area with flume, a gym, stunning fitness studios and a cafe and toilets that also serve Shoreditch Park.

Membership rates are now more than double the old Leisure Centre, and have reached over 5,000 members.

A total of 391,044 visits were made to the new centre between July and December 2021, compared to 149,671 at the old centre in the same period in 2019, representing an increase of 161%, despite the ongoing impact of the pandemic.

The activity programme at Britannia is also expanding - with more fitness classes by the week, a new programme established in partnership with the Black Swimming Association to teach water safety to underrepresented groups, and free physical activity sessions for over 50s among the many weekly sessions on offer.

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure

I’m thrilled so many people are using the amazing new facilities at the Britannia Leisure Centre, with bumper visitor numbers showing how popular it is with the local community.

We’re running more and more classes each week - so that we can widen participation as much as possible and get people experiencing the physical and mental health benefits of being active.

Cllr Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure

The whole team at Better are proud to be working in partnership with Hackney Council to offer some of the capital's best public leisure facilities at Britannia Leisure Centre.

As a charitable social enterprise we exist to activate local communities with a focus on improving health and wellbeing.

We are looking forward to a busy summer and welcoming even more customers through the door.

Katie Foulger, Hackney Partnership Manager, Better

The new leisure centre centre was delivered directly by Hackney Council through its in-house, not-for-profit building programme – part of the wider Britannia project that also includes a brand new secondary school for the City of London Academy Shoreditch Park, and hundreds of new homes, including homes for genuinely affordable social rent and shared ownership.

To book a visit to the Britannia Leisure Centre, visit: https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/london/hackney/britannia-leisure-centre