The project to replace the derelict Norwood Hall with a £35m joint Leisure Centre, Health Centre and Customer Centre is going forward to the next stage following agreement to the funding last month. Tessa Jowell MP and local councillors have campaigned hard for the last couple of years to get the project this far.
Architects are working on plans for a 25m swimming pool, 100 station gym, dance studio and community meeting rooms and are working closely with a group of local people on the design. A public consultation event is being planned for December before the outline planning application is submitted early in 2010.
One of the local GP surgeries and local dentists are keen to move into the brand new Health Centre. Some clinics that take place in hospitals will also move to the Norwood Hall Centre which is likely to have for example its own blood test clinic.
The Customer Centre will be a smaller version of the one at Olive Morris House on Brixton Hill. So West Norwood people can have a local place to go for a wide range of Lambeth services.
The plans for Norwood Hall were developed as part of the Norwood masterplan and involved hundreds of local residents .If you want to know more contact the team directly :
Norwood Hall is located on Devane Way, opposite West Norwood station. It is difficult to say exactly when the Centre will be open but it should be ready by the Olympics in 2012.