Following a £1.03m investment by Tower Hamlets Council, York Hall Swimming Pools in Bethnal Green were officially opened. Mayor Lutfur Rahman announced the pools reopening on July 20, ending a two year closure of the well loved pool and baths.
Councillors, representatives of leisure partner GLL and local hero athletes joined community club swimmers to celebrate the reopening of the pool hall – part of the Grade II listed historic York Hall Leisure Centre built in 1929.
Upgrades to the pool include the entire pool tank of the 33 metre pool having been replaced and retiled, keeping in style with the original 1920s design. New energy efficient lighting has been installed. An upgraded air handling system to reduce carbon usage and create a lighter, cleaner and brighter experience for customers. As well as this, an accessible hoist has been added to aid swimmers with mobility issues.
The pool hall upgrade is part of a £2.3m investment in public leisure in Tower Hamlets to support the health and wellbeing of all residents – tackling inequality and providing opportunity. Other facilities receiving upgrades include Mile End Leisure Centre, John Orwell Sports Centre and Whitechapel Leisure Centre.
Mayor Lutfur Rahman said ‘I am delighted that the doors to York Hall swimming pool have been reopened for the local community to enjoy. We are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of our residents and a network of modern, affordable and accessible leisure centres is a key part of this’.