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Troubled leisure centre reopens
Swimming pool
The facility first opened more than five years ago
A troubled sports centre in east London which ran millions of pounds over budget has finally reopened.

Clissold Leisure Centre first opened late in May 2002 but closed 18 months later when "severe design faults" in the building were identified.

Repairs to the roof and other work took the total cost of the facility in Stoke Newington from £21m to £45m, but the council did recoup some of the costs.

The centre reopened to the public on Saturday morning.

After opening 18 months late, the swimming, health and fitness centre was closed for essential maintenance work in November 2004.

Top priority

It had already cost more than the original £7m budget - later replaced with a £21m scheme - and there had been numerous problems with the design.

Windows had to be changed to stop people looking in and the power supply was affected by water, either from condensation or leaks.

An investigation revealed the building had "severe design faults" and the council subsequently received an out of court settlement from architects and contractors.

This helped fund £13m worth of work which included a new roof, a toddler pool, improved access for people with disabilities, improvements to the reception area and crèche.

Hackney Council's Kim Wright said: "Getting Clissold Leisure Centre reopened for Hackney residents has been a top priority for the council."



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