We are investing in a new, modern leisure centre in Woolwich. This will replace the existing Waterfront Leisure Centre which is now over 30 years old and is becoming increasingly expensive to repair and maintain. The new leisure centre will be situated on the current site of Viscount House, next to General Gordon Square.

The Waterfront Leisure Centre will remain open until the new leisure centre is fully open. We are continuing to invest and maintain the Waterfront Leisure Centre in the interim.

Designing the new leisure centre

We want the new leisure centre to support both existing and future customers, and best meet the needs of our residents - so we have been gathering the views of as many people as possible on what facilities the new leisure centre should have.

The public consultation ran from Monday 28 January to Friday 22 February 2019. More than 2,300 people shared their views on the design on the new leisure centre through our online survey, focus groups, public workshops and with our community researchers.

We have now reviewed the feedback. There was overwhelming support for moving the leisure centre to Woolwich Town Centre as well as highlighting the need for it to be a community facility rather than just a leisure centre.

From this feedback three options were presented to Cabinet on 17 April 2019. Cabinet agreed for the design team to further develop two of the proposed options, both of which offer more or upgraded facilities than the current Waterfront Leisure Centre – you can read more in section 7 of the Cabinet report below.

Read the April 2019 Cabinet report

Next steps 

We have now appointed the design team for the project and are in the early stages of designing the new leisure centre.