Uxbridge Lido ready to open

uxbridge lidoLB Hillingdon is giving residents the chance to try out the new Sports and Leisure Complex in Uxbridge this month, prior to its official opening in March.

The multi-million pound complex, which includes the first 50 metre Olympic-sized pool to be built in London for 40 years, opens exclusively to Hillingdon residents on February 22 and will be officially opened by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson on March 23.

The council’s own investment of £26m to build the complex was enhanced by funding of £2.025m from the London Development Agency, £1.5m Sport England and £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Construction and restoration works on the old Lido in Gatting Way, Uxbridge began in 2006 as part of the council’s commitment to providing first-class sporting facilities for local residents and will also provide training opportunities for aspiring athletes.

Amongst the facilities bringing the site firmly into the 21st century are new 50m indoor pool, shallow pools, a 100 station gym, a multi use sports hall, spin and dance studios, as well as a crèche, sauna and steam rooms, classroom facilities for courses and training, and a café.

The 1930’s open-air swimming pool, grandstands, cascades and entrance building have also been restored as part of the development. The pool, which is grade II listed, is the only remaining example of a 12-sided ‘star’ swimming pool in the country.

Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot said: ” We recognise that quality of life is important. This complex provides top class facilities that people of all ages and abilities will be able to enjoy. Along with the new Botwell Green Sports centre that will be opening in Hayes in a few months time, we really will have some of the best sports provision around and a legacy for future generations.”

 

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