Barnet leisure plans approved

Building plans for the proposed Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre and New Barnet Leisure Centre have been approved.

The £35 million investment by Barnet Council will see Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre redeveloped, creating a new facility, and a new leisure centre constructed in Victoria Recreation Ground to replace the existing Church Farm Leisure Centre. The Victoria Recreation Ground site will also be joined by a partnership library, relocated from the current East Barnet Library, from 2019.

Works for both sites will be carried out by Graham Construction, as part of an estimated £150 million contract to deliver infrastructure for Barnet. This comes as part of the council’s investment strategy, which will see £772 million of capital investment between 2016 and 2020 on vital infrastructure including three new schools, an additional Thameslink station, two community hubs, four business hubs, the council’s new offices, road and pavement investment, a new children’s home and the delivery of more than 600 homes over the next five years.

Councillor Sachin Rajput, Chairman of Adults and Safeguarding Committee, said: “Our £35 million investment in these brand new leisure centres is a sign of our ongoing commitment to encourage as many of our residents to take part in sport and physical activity. I am delighted approval has now been given and we can start work in building these new leisure centres which will serve our growing population for generations to come.”

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