Boris Johnson officially opened the new Hillingdon Leisure Centre.
Hillingdon Council’s new multi-million pound complex has been developed to provide excellent local sports facilities for all and training opportunities for aspiring athletes. It sits alongside a refurbished grade II listed open-air pool – Hillindon Lido – which remains the last example of a 12-sided ‘star’ outdoor swimming pool in the country.
The Mayor said: “I’m thrilled to welcome the first Olympic sized swimming pool in London for nearly half a century. This outstanding accessible sports complex is a real boost for everyone in the area whether you’re striving to be the next Mark Spitz or just trying to shift a few pounds and get healthier before the sun arrives.”
Hillingdon Council invested £26m to build the complex, which includes an indoor sports centre, restored 1930’s outdoor pool and athletics stadium. The council’s own £26m investment was enhanced by funding of £2m from the London Development Agency, £1.5m of National Lottery funding from Sport England and £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).