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Designer for new Finsbury Leisure Centre announced

PUBLISHED: 12:52 16 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:05 16 August 2016

Finsbury Leisure Centre, seen in an artist's impression by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, is one of the projects that will benefit from S106 cash (Picture: Islington Council/Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects)

Finsbury Leisure Centre, seen in an artist's impression by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, is one of the projects that will benefit from S106 cash (Picture: Islington Council/Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects)

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An Islington architect firm has won a competition to oversee the redevelopment of Finsbury Leisure Centre with the council.

Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, in Graham Street, came top in a five-strong shortlist with its “creative and forward thinking” design.

Islington Council said the redevelopment of the site, in Norman Street, will also deliver new council homes and improved public space, “alongside an exemplary civic building that will bring together leisure, childcare, healthcare, and energy under one roof”.

Housing leader Cllr Diarmaid Ward said: “We look forward to working with them and the local community to create new high-quality affordable homes and improved community facilities for Finsbury residents including a new leisure centre, GP practice, and nursery.

“Like the rest of London, Islington faces a housing crisis, with a huge shortage of affordable housing. Projects such as this are another opportunity to build new council homes and help meet the housing needs of local residents.”

For more information about the redevelopment, visit islington.gov.uk/stlukes

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