Mayor of London funding for redevelopment of skate space

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has awarded Long Live Southbank and the Southbank Centre a community growth and development grant of £700,000 to develop the Queen Elizabeth Hall Undercroft as an extended skate space and inclusive new children and young people’s creative education centre. The Undercroft, an internationally renowned

skate space on London’s South Bank, will receive the grant as part of the Mayor of London’s £70m Good Growth Fund, which drives investments in community growth and

development across the capital. The upcoming reconfiguration of the existing

Undercroft sees an extension of the skate space, including improvements to lighting and a restoration of original 1960s banks and concrete paving. A new educational centre will sit alongside this, enabling children and young people to engage in wide-ranging learning and creative activities curated by Southbank Centre. Supporters say the collaborative

development will benefit local residents and wider communities, including visitors to London and the capital’s cultural landscape as

a whole. The funding grant builds on the joint crowdfunding campaign for this space launched by Long Live Southbank and the Southbank Centre in June last year, which has seen support from the international skateboarding community, the general public, businesses and philanthropists. “I am using this funding to challenge

preconceptions about how regeneration takes place. I want to give all Londoners – regardless of background – the opportunity to be actively involved in their city and have more places to live, learn, work and play,” said Khan.

New Brinnington Sports and Leisure Centre officially opens

A new multi-million pound sports and leisure centre has officially opened in Brinnington. The £7m Brinnington Park Leisure Complex,

developed through investment from Stockport Council, will be operated by Life Leisure, replacing the old Lapwing facility which closed its doors in late February. Facilities in the new centre include a gym, an aerobics studio, boxing gym, four court sports hall and an outdoor 3G football pitch. In addition to general gym training and studio classes the centre will provide a weekly programme of activities and will be home to numerous local sports clubs. “I’m positive that local people will be able to

enjoy high quality and affordable facilities. I’d like to thank the local ward councillors, Council officers and partners for remaining focussed and persistent on delivering Brinnington’s master plan and subsequent regeneration – this will enhance an already great community and place to live,” said councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s cabinet for communities and housing at the opening. The centre was developed to programme and to budget by Willmott Dixon. 7

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