Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Abbey Leisure Centre opens

By James Renoux-Wood - Mon 16 March 2015, 4:40 pm

A 14 million leisure centre has opened in Barking.

The Abbey Leisure Centre

The facility, constructed by Willmott Dixon, opened on Monday (16 March), includes a six-lane 25m x 12.5m swimming pool and teaching pool, a 140-station gym, three studios catering for 70 classes a week, a cafe, a soft play facility and the borough’s first luxury spa.

Willmott Dixon's managing director, Chris Tredget, said: "The team at Willmott Dixon Construction is delighted to have constructed the new Abbey Leisure centre. The excellent quality of the finished building reflects the close working relationship with Barking and Dagenham and is an exemplar for future projects in the community."

An open weekend took place on 14 and 15 March for people to take a look around the site. An introductory joining fee of £10 is currently in place for new members. 

Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of the council and cabinet member for leisure, said: “My family and I were very impressed with the new Abbey Leisure Centre when we visited this weekend.   

“There can be no question that both our leisure centres are absolutely first class facilities offering fantastic value for money, and that they provide a great resource to the whole community – whether that’s a family, someone wanting to build muscle, lose weight or improve fitness.

“I know Becontree Heath has been hugely popular since it opened, and I am sure people will love the new Abbey Leisure Centre just as much. I believe our facilities rival that of any other London borough.” 

Create has commissioned Turner Prize nominated artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd to conceive a soft play centre as part of the leisure which opens this Thursday (19 March).

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