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North London Leisure Centre Gets Sport England Upgrade

Pellings was appointed by the London Borough of Islington to provide Interior Design, CDM-C, and Employer's Agent services (space planning and achieving Sport England compliance) on the upgrade of facilities at Sobell Leisure Centre in North London. The Centre is situated in the heart of Islington, minutes away from Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, and boasts a sports hall, Junior/Gallery Gym, exercise studios, squash courts and ice rink.

Pellings' brief was to remodel the existing space within the 1970's Leisure Centre to encourage wider participation in sport in the local area, increase membership within the 13-19 year old age group, and make the Centre more accessible for disabled and disadvantaged members of the community by bringing the centre up to Sport England and Part M requirements.

The scope of works comprised the refurbishment of the junior gym to include a sprint track, part-refurbishment and expansion of the Gallery Gym to provide a boxing facility, remodelling of existing changing rooms, and refurbishment of meeting rooms. An unused shower/store area was also refurbished to provide a new accessible changing places unit comprising an adjustable table, ceiling track hoist, washdown facility and accessible toilets.

The completed refurbishment has provided a state-of-the-art facility fit for use by all members of the local community. The Sport England transformation has not only dramatically improved the centre's facilities, but has also created an 'urban space' which, along with newly introduced youth fitness classes such as 'Boxfit', should help to increase the centre's appeal to young people.

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