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Olympic-size pool costing 31m opens in Hillingdon

Councillor Ray Puddifoot and Mayor Boris Johnson at the pool's opening
The Olympic-sized pool is the first such pool built in 45 years

A 50m Olympic-sized pool which cost £31m has been opened in west London, the first such pool to be built in the capital in 45 years.

The pool, in Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, in Uxbridge, was opened by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The complex includes an indoor sports centre, a restored open-air pool from the 1930s and an athletics stadium.

The London Development Agency, Sport England and the Heritage Lottery Fund also contributed towards the project.

Pool funding

Mr Johnson said: "I'm thrilled to welcome the first Olympic-sized swimming pool in London for nearly half a century.

"This outstanding, accessible sports complex is a real boost for everyone in the area."

Leader of Hillingdon Council Ray Puddifoot said: "We've taken the opportunity to develop a unique complex that gives people access to excellent, modern leisure facilities, as well as securing the long-term future of one our historical assets."

Hillingdon Council invested £26m with another £2m coming from the London Development Agency, £1.5m from National Lottery funding from Sport England and £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The work on the project began in 2006. The new complex includes the Olympic-sized indoor pool, shallow pools, a 100-station gym and a multi-use sports hall.

The last pool of Olympic dimensions in London was opened in 1964 at Crystal Palace.


Olympic-sized pool in Hillingdon

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