Building Bridges in Stonebridge

1 February 2019

Bridge Park residents could see a new community hub on their doorstep if the revised proposals for the site are approved by Brent Council this month.

An enhanced proposal to replace the old leisure centre with a new community hub - including new leisure facilities, business space, a large community hall, accommodation for Brent's older residents and much more for the community - will be put to the council's cabinet on 11February.

The improved plans, which take on board feedback from a wide ranging consultation with residents in 2017, now seek to deliver a better environment, with modern flexible community facilities, affordable work spaces, jobs and much better leisure facilities

Subject to getting the necessary planning and legal approvals, the New Bridge Park Centre will contain:

  • More than double the originally allocated community space - which will include meeting rooms and flexibility for other functions

  • A modern enterprise space to support local businesses and jobs

  • Up to 104 new homes to help vulnerable residents live independently

  • A swimming pool - now with 6 lanes

  • Additional space for a 'clip and climb' climbing wall

  • A bigger car park - now with 72 spaces

  • A larger gym with at least 80 stations and the ability to divide the space to create a separate gym to meet local needs

  • 4 court sports hall

  • Toning suite

  • Consultation rooms

  • Children's soft play area & party room

  • Sauna and steam rooms

  • Studios

  • Changing facilities

  • Café

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Culture & Leisure, said: "We know that Bridge Park is much loved and we now need to build bridges and work together to create something new and really special which caters for the needs of all of the residents in the Bridge Park and the wider Stonebridge area.

"We've taken into account residents' feedback and the council is now proposing to deliver much more than a replacement leisure centre. We want to deliver a modern community hub that offers much more than was originally asked for. These revised plans include double the amount of community space, more affordable work spaces and much better leisure facilities.

"It is only by working together that we will be able to create this community hub and provide much more for residents."

If approved, the council is keen to get residents involved in the detailed planning stage to finalise the specification for the community spaces. To view draft concepts and for more information visit www.brent.gov.uk/bridgepark