Mayor of London consults on Crystal Palace sports centre redevelopment

Out-Law News | 07 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm |

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched a consultation on plans to transform and improve the National Sports Centre in south London's Crystal Palace Park. 

Under the proposals the original Paxton axis to the front of the Grade II listed sports centre will be restored to improve the public space around the building. The interior will be redesigned to include a modernised health and fitness suite, a cafe, a climbing wall and link to outdoor terracing. The existing Olympic sized swimming pool will be preserved under the plans.

The centre was taken on by the mayor in 2012 as part of 670 hectares of public land transferred from the London Development Agency to the Greater London Authority. The mayor said in a statement that the plans for the centre had been designed to improve the wider park environment, which is managed by the London Borough of Bromley.

“This is an exciting opportunity to reclaim one of London’s greatest sporting assets to benefit the local community and beyond," said Johnson.

"Set within the stunning Crystal Palace Park, and extremely well-connected since the birth of London Overground, the regeneration of this historic site will ensure its lasting legacy as a visitor attraction and centre of sporting and educational excellence, creating much needed regeneration in the heart of south London,” Johnson said.

In addition to the consultation, a public exhibition will take place at the centre on 13 October.