Streatham has a new Tesco and its ice rink back

18 Nov 2013

The Streatham Hub development has opened for business today, with a new Tesco Extra store and a fantastic brand new Ice and Leisure Centre.

The Streatham Hub development has opened for business today, with a new Tesco Extra store and a fantastic brand new Ice and Leisure Centre.

Opening

The leader of Lambeth council, Cllr Lib Peck and  Streatham  MP, Chuka Umunna have toured the  leisure centre which opened to the public this morning  ( Monday,  November 18th)  less than two years since  Streatham’s iconic ice rink closed. 

The overall development also incorporates the new supermarket, over 250 new homes and will have provided almost a thousand jobs during the construction phase and afterwards, including over 300 at the Tesco, 71 of which have gone to long term, unemployed local people.

Cllr Peck said: “At last, Streatham has its ice rink back. I know how much this new rink and leisure centre means, not just to Streatham but to South London. It’s been a long and sometimes hard road to get here but worth the wait to have this first class centre which will give years of pleasure to so many people. What’s more it’s given a great boost to local jobs so all we need is the Redskins to win on Sunday at their coming home game, that’ll be the icing on the cake!”

Mr Umunna said: “This is great for Streatham’s regeneration and the new ice and leisure centre makes it even more of a destination which is good for all the small businesses here.  This is more than a fantastic new leisure centre, it’s created hundreds of jobs and  homes too but none of it would have been possible without  the smart, strategic partnership forged between Lambeth council and Tesco.”  

Following a tour of the leisure centre John Williams, Store Manager of the Tesco Extra, presented a £1000 cheque to Anne MacArthur from the Streatham Youth and Community Trust which provides a wide range of activities focusing on education and training, personal development, support for disadvantaged groups, sport and the arts for local young people.

Mr Williams said: ‘We have an exceptional team that has been working hard to get our new store ready for customers. We are thrilled to finally open our doors and be a part of the Streatham community. The fantastic new ice rink and leisure facility and our store will add new life to the area and a destination for people in the borough.’

Beth Tweddle MBE, the Dancing on Ice star and Olympic medallist will officially open Streatham’s new Ice and Leisure centre at a gala event on December 10th .

The £26m leisure centre project has been jointly funded by Lambeth Council and Tesco and provides:
•    An ice rink with 1,000  rink side seats for spectators, skaters, ice hockey players and officials
•    A six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool
•    A  four court sports hall
•    A 13-metre teaching pool
•    100 gym stations

For more information about the Streatham Hub please visit the website: www.tescostreatham.co.uk

Ends

Notes to Editors:

Streatham’s brand new ice and leisure centre opens on November 18th at the same time as the new Tesco superstore. The centre, which replaces the much loved Streatham ice rink that closed in 2011, will provide:

  • An ice rink with 1,000  rink side seats for spectators, skaters, ice hockey players and officials
  • A six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool
  • A  four court sports hall
  • A 13-metre teaching pool
  • 100 gym stations

The £26m project has been jointly funded by Lambeth Council and Tesco.  Tesco owned around 75% of the land needed to accommodate the development while LBL had 25% - the site of the leisure centre and old corporation yard. LBL has contributed pprox.. £19.42m and Tesco £6m to the leisure centre and ice rink.

The overall development incorporates the new supermarket, over 250 new homes and will have provided almost a thousand jobs during the construction phase and afterwards. 

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

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