Lewisham’s Glass Mill Leisure Centre won the award for ‘Best Built Project – Community Scale’ at last night’s London Planning Awards.
The prize was given to the newly built leisure centre due to its design, ingenuity and the positive impact it had on the area.
Explaining their rationale for giving the award to Glass Mill, London Planning Awards organisers said: “The Glass Mill Leisure Centre, in Lewisham. Submitted by LA Architects, with Barrat East London, Oelikaan Construction and the London Borough of Lewisham. The scheme provides a state of the art community leisure centre surrounded by a new park and a significantly improved public realm. Its quirky elevation was developed with local artists and the name of the centre was chosen through a community competition. Judges praised the project for its transformational impact on the wider area, benefits to the local community, design and ingenuity.”
The annual London Planning Awards are run by the Mayor and London First, The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and London Councils, and are set up to reward some of London’s best building projects.
Chief executive of London, First Baroness Jo Valentine said: “Our winners demonstrate what is possible when we work together to create great buildings, places and neighbourhoods.”
The £20 million flagship leisure centre, which first opened its doors on 10 June 2013, has been popular with the local residents providing many leisure activities for those that live in the borough.
The Glass Mill features a wide range of up-to-date facilities and equipment. As well as a regional competition-standard 8-lane swimming pool with seating for 300 spectators, it has a 20m training pool, a 100-station gym, a climbing wall, a crèche and two studios offering a program of classes.