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This week Havering Council exclusively revealed to the Enquirer how they are looking at an innovative modular design as part of its plans to build a new leisure centre in the south of the borough.

This comes after recently making the commitment following the closure of Chafford Sports Centre in Rainham.

The modular design is flexible and quick to build and can house a variety of facilities from swimming pools to squash courts. These high quality buildings can also be constructed at lower costs than traditional builds.

This design was used to build Becontree Leisure Centre in Barking and Dagenham which has quickly become popular with users.

It has also been used to build the Sapphire Jubilee Community Centre at Collier Row.

Councillor Damian White, the Leader of Havering Council said: “In the same way we did for Hornchurch, we made a commitment that we will look at building a new leisure centre in the south of the borough following the closure of Chafford Sports Centre.

“I have therefore been out to see examples of some of the cutting-edge facilities both here in Havering and elsewhere that will replace Chafford. We are matching the requirements of the building with the land we think might be available and we are in the process right now of whittling down five sites to two which will be taken to detailed feasibility studies during the summer.

“Havering Council’s Cabinet will then have all the evidence to take the right decisions to improve the leisure facilities for the south of the Borough. All of that will be done by the autumn so we can look to get a great new centre open in 2020.”

Progress

The Council has already made good progress on the new Hornchurch Sports Centre with the foundations being dug following the ground breaking earlier this year.

When it opens in 2020 residents will see a 25m eight-lane swimming pool, a 20m wide learning and diving pool with movable floor to change the depth, a 100+ station health and fitness suite, three exercise studios and top-class changing facilities.

Hornchurch resident and user of Chafford Sports Centre Roger, told The Enquirer: “I was disappointed when Chafford sports centre closed but I understood the reasons why. I am really looking forward to seeing this new facility and thank the council for providing the area and its residents with a new facility. Sounds very exciting!”

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