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Duchess of Cambridge opens the new leisure centre in Kensington London, United Kingdom

  • The Duchess presented with a gift from the Mayor of Kensington

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in partnership with GLL were proud hosts yesterday (Monday, 19 January), to Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who officially opened the new Kensington Leisure Centre to be operated by GLL, as well as the neighbouring Kensington Aldridge Academy Centre in the Royal Borough.

How did it start?

Back in 2011, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea decided to redevelop Kensington Leisure Centre as its expansive site gave them the rare opportunity to not only build a new leisure facility but also a much-needed secondary school – the first in North Kensington for a generation.


Build a new leisure facility but also a much-needed secondary school
Increase sports participation in the area
Regenerate North Kensington

Why is this project important?

Will change the life of many local people who will have access to top class facilities at an affordable price.

Project resources

The Kensington Leisure Centre is a result of a £29.4m cash injection from the Council. Both the academy and the leisure centre projects represent a £57.4m investment in the area and are part of the Council’s ongoing commitment to regenerating the north of the borough.

Project results

As a charitable social enterprise, GLL’s mission is to help get more people, more active, more often and as a non-profit organisation, we reinvest any financial surplus back into the service. As such, we are very proud to be able to offer top class facilities including new swimming pool, sports hall and squash courts, at an affordable price that is accessible to all of the community.

Project by:GLL

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Location: London, United Kingdom
Status: Ongoing
Impact: National
Submitted: 13 May 2015