Following extensive fire in September 2018 which consumed more than half of Highbury Leisure Centre, its operator Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) approached Martin Arnold Ltd on behalf of London Borough of Islington with the task to remodel internally and restore the centre.

The scope included creation of pool side viewing gallery, redesign of wet changing rooms and design of new roof covering including centrally located roof light as well as outline interior design. Externally – the former roof scape and general appearance was to be restored and proposed facing materials were to match existing.

  • Client

    Greenwich Leisure Ltd

  • Contractor

    KJ Evans

  • Contract Value

    £3,700,000

  • Duration

    2 years 6 months

  • Address

    Highbury Crescent, Highbury, London

After securing planning approval in January 2020, MA was approached by the main contractor, KJ Evans Electrical Ltd, in order to provide technical design, coordination of MEP and structural proposals and statutory approvals.

The site is located within Highbury Fields which forms part of Metropolitan Open Space, has been designated as Local Site of Importance for Nature Conservation and falls within Highbury Fields Conservation Area. It was therefore important to have balanced approach to design and management of construction.

The Centre was fully re-open in April 2021.

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