A MULTI-MILLION pound sports complex in Uxbridge, which includes the first Olympic-sized pool to be built in London for 40 years, will be officially opened by Boris Johnson today.
The Mayor of London will cut the ribbon at the Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, in Gatting Way, which has undergone a massive overhaul in the last four years.
Hillingdon Council's own investment of £26m to build the complex was enhanced by £2m from the London Development Agency, £1.5m from Sport England and £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Among the facilities on offer are a new 50m indoor pool, shallow pools, a 100 station gym, a multi use sports hall, spin and dance studios, as well as a crèche, sauna and steam rooms, classroom facilities for courses and training, and a café serving healthy food.
The 1930's open-air swimming pool, grandstands, cascades and entrance building has also been completely restored as part of the development.
The pool, which is grade II listed, is the only remaining example of a 12-sided 'star' swimming pool in the country.
The complex will offer residents and visitors a range of leisure opportunities, with Hillingdon residents benefiting from a 12% reduction on prices via their Hillingdon First card.
Households in Brearley Close, adjacent to the new development will also be receiving a special leisure voucher to the value of £250, in recognition of their support and patience while building works have been underway at the site.
Leader of Hillingdon Council, Councillor Ray Puddifoot said: "We recognise that quality of life is important to our residents and this complex provides top class facilities that people of all ages and abilities will be able to enjoy.
"Along with the new Botwell Green Sports centre that will be opening in Hayes in a few months time, we really will have some of the best sports provision around and a legacy for future generations."
The complex will be run on the council's behalf by the not-for-profit organisation Fusion Ltd.
Dan Reynolds, Fusion's Head of Sports and Community Development, said: "This is a fantastic time for sport and leisure in Hillingdon. The options are exciting, not only for the general public, who will now be able to experience what it's like for the Olympic Swimmers in the 50m pool, but for local school children and the swimming clubs in the area. "In addition to general swimming, a programme is being developed to provide opportunities for the community in water polo and triathlon".
Local sports clubs will also be running training sessions and competitions, and residents can book courts for badminton, table tennis, basketball and other indoor sports.