Forest Hill pool approved

With work on a new pool in central Lewisham well-underway, Lewisham Council has approved plans to renovate Forest Hill pool with the aim of opening in 2012.

The approved plans replaced a previous scheme that would have involved demolition of the existing building - an idea that met with fierce local resistance.

A Lewisham Council press release confirms:

A new 2-pool leisure and fitness centre, to replace Forest Hill Pools on Dartmouth Road, was approved by Lewisham Council Planning Committee on 22 July 2010.

The facility is Lewisham’s fourth new leisure centre development to be approved in recent years. A new leisure complex was opened in Downham in 2007, and an additional 25-metre pool was opened at Wavelengths Leisure Centre in Deptford in 2008. A third leisure centre is currently being built in Lewisham Town Centre to replace the leisure facility at Ladywell.

A building contractor for the development is expected to be appointed before the end of the year and the Council aims to have the new leisure centre in public use by late-2012.

This new planning application for Forest Hill allows for the alteration, part demolition and refurbishment of the existing Forest Hill Pools building to provide a new pool and leisure centre behind the existing Victorian frontage which will be retained. The existing frontage will be refurbished to form the main entrance and reception to the building as well as providing a changing area on the first floor.

The majority of the facilities will be provided in the proposed modern additions. Facilities in the new building will include a 25-metre pool, a 16.7-metre learner pool, fitness gym, 2 studios, community room and a café. The new development will include facilities and access for those people with disabilities.

There will be disabled parking, bicycle and motorcycle parking and a drop-off area for vehicles. A new “pocket park” is also to be landscaped around the new building and extended along Dartmouth Road to provide a public open space.

22 comments:

TJ said...

Sorry I thought Lewisham had no money for anything, have they found a few million or in an old suit of the mayor or something??

Brockley Nick said...

Surely the point is that they need to make savings in order to pay for important projects like this?

Mezzer said...

So pleased to see a heritage project like this approved.

It's a lovely building.

Tressillian James (nee TJ) said...

Ok as someone is using my moniker, the (original) TJ will now go back to Tressillian James.

I know Nick wanted us to stop using 'Anon' but you'd think people could come up with their own names..

Brockley Nick said...

Ah, I thought it was you!

Hugh said...

'well-underway'?

Brockley Nick said...

@Hugh - yep. Land cleared, piling and other foundation work commenced, tower crane in place.

Anonymous said...

'Well-underway' vs 'well under way'?

Danja said...

Someone sack the subbie.

Brockley Nick said...

hyphen's fine. Apparently underway should be two words, but frankly I am relaxed about that one. It should be "underway". The English language needs to catch up on that front.

Danja said...

Someone ought to warn Bullock that most wells are not big enough to swim in.

Danja said...

Someone ought to warn Bullock that most wells are not big enough to swim in.

Brockley Nick said...

Apparently, the English language has indeed caught up!

http://bit.ly/b71B3d

Brockley Nick said...

You can pretty-much do what you like with hyphens - there are no hard-and-fast rules ;)

Libraries before wet people said...

Apropos discussion on how libraries are outdated as you can buy your own books, the following webiste indicates the cost of buidling your own swimming pool is only £14 000 http://www.goldenc.com/faq.cfm
Surely those with larger gardens and i'm thinking in Manor Avenue for instance could just build their own, why does the council in an age of austerity feel able to build swimming pools at all?

Sorry Tressillian James I will think up something else although presume your actual name isn't Tressilian!

squawk said...

I'm an over-user of hyphens myself, though on re-reading I sometimes wonder why I've used one. The word 'well' does seem to invite the addition of a hyphen immediately afterwards.

I don't like 'underway' though.

PS are any other BC readers being entertained this summer by a flock of parakeets that has taken up residence towards the Brockley Road end of Tressilian/Brakespears? Very green and very loud.

Green and pleasant? said...

Am I correct in thinking this building has only been saved by local residents and Bulldozer Bullock didn't get his own way?

If so thank you local residents for sticking your head above the parapet and having the courage of your own convictions. Fortunately, very fine convictions too.

Rum said...

Perhaps he thought it wasn't fit for modern swimming

Bored and tired said...

The overuse of hyphens irritates me. Well does nor require a hyphen after it. Nor do -ly words.

Hugh said...

You wonder whether the Council will consider teachng people to swim once this umpteenth pool opens. The policy appears to be: give them pools and make them free if you want. But for God's sake keep them all splashing around and generally unable to do a width. Why is that, you might wonder.

Hugh said...

It should have been 'well underway'. I wasn't asking about the word 'underway'.

London Builders said...

Too right. Bring in a swimming pool: bring in swimming lessons. If you’re going to give people the chance to stay healthy you need to give them the kit to do it with. Good to see an old building put to new use though.

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