Westminster Council is progressing plans to transform local 1930s Grade II-listed Seymour Leisure Centre into a bustling community hub.
After extensive consultation with local residents and users of the facility, the Council has appointed Make architects and submitted a planning application at the end of March 2023 to deliver the £40 million proposals.
Retaining the building’s distinctive art deco character, the proposals include:
- A new permanent home for Marylebone Library on the ground floor, with dedicated space for children and families. Additional space on the first floor will include IT facilities and quiet spaces for reading and reflection.
- Retaining the dimensions of the swimming pool, both length and width.
- Refurbishment of wet changing area, with separate male and female facilities as well as family provision and private shower cubicles.
- Deck level access to the swimming pool to enhance accessibility and appeal to wider user groups.
- Upgraded climbing centre, and a new and expanded soft play area, with additional space for buggy parking.
- A new, open plan, modernised and purpose-built gym, with a new cooling system, as well as new studio space, spin equipment and space for classes.
- A community café, at the heart of the library area on the ground floor.
- A brand new flexible, bookable community space for local groups to access.
- New flooring to the five-court sports hall, to improve accessibility and welcome wheelchair users.
The centre is expected to be closed for two years during refurbishment, and – subject to planning – is expected to start on site in 2024 and re-open in 2026.
You can keep up to date by following Westminster Council’s Seymour Leisure Centre project page, and check out the planning application online here.