Hackney’s West Reservoir Centre will undergo work to the tune of £1.5m to make it more accessible for children and adults alike, as part of Council efforts to rebuild a fairer and healthier Hackney as we emerge from the pandemic. 

New cycle parking, a space for land-based equipment to support triathlon training, additional showers, a new cafe and a pontoon pool tank for safer open water swimming are just some of the improvements that are set to be made to the popular watersports centre as part of the £1.5m funding injection, which was approved at Cabinet last week. 

The improvements, which will boost activities available to families, children and adults, follow the recent installation of power-generating solar panels on the centre’s roof as part of an initiative launched by Hackney Light and Power, the Council’s publicly-owned energy company. 

There will also be £500,000 spent on funding a learners pool at London Fields Lido for children and adults who are learning to swim, and £100,000 will pay for the replacement of floor tiles and the sports hall floor at Clissold Park Leisure Centre – as part of further measures given the green light this week.

Other improvements that will be made to the West Reservoir Centre include: 

  • The replacement of all pontoons to support safer and more controlled open water swimming
  • Cycle parking at the front of the main building
  • Transforming the existing cafe into a bar area for events
  • Outside showers for open water swimming
  • An external sauna and steam room 
  • A new entrance to the west side of the building through the existing foyer to leave the main pump room for events
  • New fencing to enable the east of the site to be locked at night
  • A new security fence behind the houses on the east of the reservoir

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