Brixton Recreation Centre

Brixton Recreation Centre

Client Requirements
Constructed in the 1980s, Brixton Recreation Centre required significant improvements within a fixed budget to modernise, upgrade, and extend provision for the local community. The rationale to support the refurbishment was that better facilities would raise levels of participation and increase income to provide financial sustainability.

“The refurbishment has made a huge difference, resulting in an exceptional improvement in the fabric of the building…”

Createability worked with Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) to create a realistic and achievable schedule for the work required. The entire programme was 35 weeks during which, apart from an initial period, the majority of the centre remained open to the public, thus minimising loss of revenue. Ongoing works were safely carried out in planned zones secured from public access.

The areas remodelled and upgraded included works to the ground floor to provide an operation reception area, café and crèche and two areas were improved on the floor above. Children’s activities were upgraded; soft play and a play structure were added. In the pool area, new team and wet side changing were created, along with poolside showers and steam and sauna rooms. The top two floors were dedicated to fitness.

Construction phase
Mathew Boardman, GLL’s Regional Manager for the Lambeth Partnership says, “This was a major project and the logistics of moving activities around so the centre could remain open was a concern in terms of site security. This was partly because of the number of subcontractors involved and also because the building was being used by the public with ongoing phased openings of the renewed areas. However, such concerns proved to be unfounded. Createability’s on site communication was particularly good and as a result no real problems arose.”


“The refurbishment has made a huge difference, resulting in an exceptional improvement in the fabric of the building, which has created a totally different and very positive ambiance. To date we have met income and participation targets.”


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  • Client: Brixton Leisure Centre
  • Contract Value: £2.85m