Wavelengths reopens

Wavelengths Leisure Centre and Library have reopened.

As well as the existing library and swimming pool, the new facility now includes a second, brand-new 25-metre swimming pool, fully refurbished gym, health suite, dance studio, changing facilities, new reception and entrance foyer.

Work on the new pool in Deptford began in April 2007 with Lewisham Council investing 4.2 million pounds in redeveloping and upgrading the Centre. The Leisure Centre and Library have been closed since May 2008 to allow for refurbishment to take place and for the new pool to be integrated into the existing facility.

The Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, marked the occasion by taking a plunge in the new pool. He said:

"This is a very exciting day for Lewisham. I can't believe it was only last year that I was swimming in our new leisure centre in Downham. Today, I'm here in Deptford, swimming in yet another fantastic new facility. It's a real tribute to the hard work and energy of everybody involved.

"It seems like only yesterday we made the decision to add this extension to the existing leisure pool - part of a series of improvements and
developments that we have planned for the borough's swimming and leisure
facilities over the next few years. Now this project's finished, I can't wait to have a swim in our next new pool in Loampit Vale in the centre of Lewisham!"

As well as offering improved facilities for local residents, the new 6-lane pool at Deptford will be used by the borough's schools.

Other improvements at the Leisure Centre include:

*Redesign of the reception providing an open-plan foyer leading up to the Leisure Centre and Library.
*Automatic doors at the front entrance to enable visitors to
enter the building more easily.
*Four new changing rooms.
*A spectator's area.
*A changing room for use by people with disabilities.
*A fully refurbished gym, health suite, dance studio.
*New changing cubicles including a baby-changing facility.

Wavelengths Leisure Centre and Library is a Lewisham Council facility managed by Parkwood Leisure.

Opening hours are:
Mon-Fri 8am-10pm and
Sat-Sun 9am-6pm.