Waterfront leisure centre operators Greenwich Leisure Limited (trading as Better) and Greenwich Council have responded after a overhead pipe fell from the ceiling into the centre’s main pool last week.
The pool at Woolwich waterfront has since been closed and the statement reveals that full opening may not occur until summer. The statement says:
“The pool area at the centre is currently closed following an incident last weekend involving a section of ceiling pipe which came loose. The incident happened while the centre was closed, and no staff or members of the public were injured. The rest of the leisure centre is still open.
Following further investigation into the incident, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and GLL are discussing plans to bring forward the planned essential repair works through a phased approach.
Cllr Miranda Williams, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and the Third Sector, said: “The Waterfront Leisure Centre is now over 30 years old and as promised, we will invest £1.4million to make sure the facility is safe, up-to-date and fully operational while we build the new Woolwich Leisure Centre. Considering the incident at the weekend, it is necessary for us to begin those works immediately and ensure there is good-quality leisure centre provision for Woolwich residents.”
Mark Sesnan, CEO of GLL said: “We apologise to Waterfront Leisure Centre’s swimming customers for any inconvenience caused by the temporary closure of the pool hall. When finished, these maintenance works will improve the reliability of the pool hall facilities and the customer experience. The Waterfront is a popular facility greatly valued by the local community and we are committed to getting these works completed as soon as possible.”
Royal Borough of Greenwich and GLL are currently in discussion about how the repair works will be carried out and an estimated timeline. The aim is to have the whole of the pool area back in public use by summer 2020.
The Waterfront Leisure Centre will remain open until the new Woolwich Leisure Centre opens, which we expect to be complete in 2024. We are continuing to invest and maintain the Waterfront Leisure Centre in the interim.”