After many years of planning, the new Heston Pools and Fitness facility in Hounslow opened to the public.
Discussions about the £13.5m project – a collaboration between operator Fusion Lifestyle and the London Borough of Hounslow – first began in a decade ago in 2012. They explored ways to replace the Heston Pool, which dated way back to the 1930s, and was therefore coming to the end of its functional life.
The council-funded centre opened early this year, as contractor Morgan Sindall finished plans from Studio E Architects.
The new structure has been built on the old Heston Pool site. The project involved the creation of a number of facilities including a 25m main pool, a learner pool, health suites, a 100-station gym, two dance studios, a café and wet and dry changing facilities. The plan also included exterior landscaping and the building of a new car park.
“The new centre provides a wide range of modern facilities and is something residents can be proud of,” Councillor Ed Mayne, cabinet member for public health and leisure at Hounslow Council.
“It is a major project that we have been working hard to get off the ground and it is great news for not only Heston but for the whole of the borough.”
Cllr Ajmer Grewal, cabinet member for leisure at the London Borough of Hounslow, said: “This appointment brings the much-needed new leisure centre another step closer. I’m looking forward to working with all contractors to create the best leisure provision we can for the benefit of the community with new, modern facilities.”
John Homer, Morgan Sindall’s managing director for the south of England and South Wales, said: “Morgan Sindall is well versed in constructing high-quality community leisure facilities on time, on budget and with the help of the right sub-contractors.”
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The weekend celebration to mark the opening also included was face painting for the youngsters and the chance for football fans to meet Brentford FC players Manny Onariase and Nathan Fox and take part in a skills session.
Deputy council leader Amrit Mann said: "It was great to see so many people here, lots of families and many using the facilities for the first time and from what I saw and heard, they’re coming back!
“Many people will remember the old centre and I’m sure everyone will agree the new Heston Pools & Fitness is a massive improvement.
“This is the last step in the modernisation of our leisure centres, and I hope residents will enjoy using it for years to come.”
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