We’re building a state-of-the-art new leisure centre, a much-needed new secondary school and hundreds of new homes – including those for genuinely affordable social rent and shared ownership – near Shoreditch Park.
The new buildings will replace the existing Britannia Leisure Centre, former asphalt tennis courts and a showroom used by developer Anthology to market homes at the Hoxton Press development. The existing leisure centre won’t close until the new one is open.
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The existing Britannia Leisure Centre is becoming increasingly expensive to maintain, regularly needs patching up or sections temporarily closing, and has facilities which are outdated.
We’re determined to provide high-quality leisure facilities for local people, so we’re investing in a new centre that will provide modern and better facilities for our residents for years to come.
There are also not enough available school places in Hackney to meet demand, which is why we’re building a new school for the City of London Academy Shoreditch Park – which is already open on a temporary site – to move into.
The new building will provide excellent facilities for 1,140 pupils to help meet the needs of our growing borough.
We’re also building hundreds of new homes – including for genuinely affordable social rent and shared ownership – to provide a permanent home for some of the 13,000 families on our housing waiting list and help pay for the new leisure centre and school.
We don’t receive any direct Government funding to build Council housing or new leisure centres, nor enough to build the high-quality school our students deserve.
A new leisure centre
Designed with local people and users, it will include the following facilities:
- six-lane, 25m main pool with moveable floor
- 20m x 10m training pool with moveable floor
- leisure water – for children and families – with water features and a flume
- café and toilets (also serving Shoreditch Park)
- six-court sports hall
- crèche and soft play area
- sauna and steam room
- fitness suite, spin studio and flexible studio spaces
- 4 squash courts
- 2 five-a-side pitches
- 2 tennis/netball courts
A new secondary school
The permanent home for The City of London Academy Shoreditch Park, it will provide 1,140 much-needed places for students aged 11-18.
The City of London Academy Trust has an outstanding track record in the borough, with 89% of students at The City Academy Hackney achieving five or more A*–C grades at GCSE level.
It’s one of the top schools in the country for pupil progress. The new school will continue to use Hackney’s existing admissions policy, based on distance from the school, and will not be selective.
Genuinely affordable homes
We’re building 93 new homes as part of the first phase of the development – nearly 90% of which will be for genuinely affordable social rent and shared ownership, with the rest for outright sale to help pay for them.
These will be in 2 blocks of 5 and 16 storeys. The homes for social rent will be allocated to those most in need on the Council’s housing waiting list, while those for shared ownership will be marketed to people living and working in Hackney first through the Council’s in-house Hackney Sales team.
We’ll work closely with Shoreditch Park Primary School to minimise disruption when we start building these homes next year.
The second phase of the project – which has outline planning permission for the scale and principles of the development, but will require a further planning application to agree areas like the appearance and internal layout of buildings and landscaping – would see 388 homes for outright sale built to help pay for the leisure centre, school and genuinely affordable homes.
Further information about this phase will be released in due course.
Better public spaces
Around the new facilities we’ll also create a new public square with seating, space for community events, and a new entrance to Shoreditch Park.
We’ll improve walking and cycling routes – as well as creating more than 1,000 new cycle parking spaces.
And to help bees, birds and bats find places to call home, we’ll also plant lots of wildlife-friendly trees and plants to provide a greater variety of habitats and food sources.
The masterplan for the whole project was led by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, including the housing, school and public open space. Specialist leisure architects FaulknerBrowns designed the new leisure centre.
Construction of the new leisure centre and school is being carried out by Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure. The contract for the leisure centre construction was signed on 29 May 2019, and its total value is £53,795,878,70. The contract for the school construction was signed on 16 July 2019, and its total value is £43,700,039.
We are in the process of appointing a construction partner to build the homes in the first phase.
If you live locally, you can contact Morgan Sindall’s Community Investment Manager, Dalia Islam, on 07976 587 990 or firstname.lastname@example.org to ask any questions or find out detailed information about construction. Morgan Sindall’s Hackney Britannia project website has the latest detailed construction information.
Detailed planning permission for the first phase of the project, and outline planning permission for the second phase, was granted in 2018.
Construction of the new leisure centre began in spring 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2021.
Once the new leisure centre is open, we’ll demolish the existing Britannia Leisure Centre.
Construction of the new school began in summer 2019, and is expected to be completed in 2021, when the City of London Academy Shoreditch Park will move from its current temporary location.
Construction of the first phase of new homes – with nearly 90% for genuinely affordable social rent and shared ownership – will begin in 2020, and is expected to be completed in 2022.
We’ll be doing everything we can to ensure that the construction of these new facilities causes as little disruption as possible to local people, although we’ll have to make some changes for safety.
Deliveries to the site have to follow strict routes. Detailed information is available on our contractor Morgan Sindall’s Hackney Britannia project website.
Pitfield Street is partially closed to non-construction vehicles during the construction works, with only cycling and walking routes kept open. Hyde Road is one-way westbound to vehicles, with parking bays suspended. Cyclists can continue to use the Quietway. All construction vehicles will be restricted to 5mph in these streets.
Following your feedback, we’ve also:
- installed a temporary ramped pedestrian crossing at the junction of Hyde Road and Northport Street to help leisure centre users and other residents cross the road
- adapted the layout of the cycle lanes to allow easier access for cargo and larger bikes
- ensured construction site traffic marshals hold traffic, including cyclists and pedestrians, when construction vehicles arrive, using both barriers and stop signs
- installed new signage, particularly for pedestrians, to better signpost new crossing points
To keep noise down, we’ll use quieter construction methods, such as boring piles rather than driving them, and we’ll manufacture as many materials off-site as possible.
We’ll also use screens to shield the local area from any particularly noisy work. And to control dust levels, we’ll dampen down the work with water if there’s a risk of dust.
Morgan Sindall’s working hours are:
- Monday to Friday: 8am – 6pm
- Saturday: 8am – 1pm
- Sunday and Bank Holidays: closed
All site operatives will arrive on site between 7.30–8am but will not start work until 8am. Site operatives will stop at 6pm and will leave site by 6.30pm, once they have cleaned up and changed.
Deliveries won’t take place before 8am or after 6pm.