After 34 years of use, Lee Valley Ice Centre is nearing the end of its operational life and will have to close.
This would mean the end of ice activities in east London unless a replacement is developed. Lee Valley Ice Centre is one of the most popular ice-skating venues in the UK.
It is open seven days a week, for up to 19 hours a day, and has around 279,000 visits a year. A third of these are from Waltham Forest and Hackney, with the rest from across London and the wider region.
What is planned?
- Two Olympic-sized ice rinks, doubling overall capacity to 557,000 visits per year and offering skating, ice dance, ice hockey, curling, speed skating and room for 800 spectators
- A new gym, exercise studio, public café acting as a setting-off point for walkers, runners and cyclists, and community spaces open to everyone
- Transformed landscape and new planting around the ice centre, which would increase wildlife and open up access to the surrounding green spaces
- A high quality, attractive and sustainably designed building, which would be a vast improvement on the current centre, with innovative use of energy and water
- Fewer car parking spaces and increased bicycle parking to encourage sustainable travel and reduce traffic pollution
- Provide connections to Leyton Marshes
The new facility will:
- Generate up to 45 additional operational employment opportunities, with half of newly created operational jobs expected to be filled by Waltham Forest and Hackney residents.
- The construction of the new facility will create up to 20 full time equivalent jobs.
- Boost the local economy, through additional visitor spending of £1.5 million each year, compared to a like for like single pad replacement.
Planning application reference number 194162 has been submitted:
- Phased demolition of the existing building and erection of a new community twin pad ice centre, including changing rooms, gym including exercise studio, café and service areas. Amendments to the existing car parking area to provide integrated swales, landscape and biodiversity enhancements.
- Information only: Ice centre to comprise: 8,417sqm GIA (D2 Use Class), maximum height of 10.5m; Two x 30m x 60m Olympic-sized ice pads; 500 seating capacity and additional 300 spectator standing; 100 station fitness centre; ice garage and plant room; 155 car parking spaces and coach drop off; 110 cycle spaces; 143 new tree planting, oxbow lake enhancements
Lee Valley Ice Centre Planning Statement
- Download Planning Statement Appendices Part 1
- Download Planning Statement Appendices Part 2
- Download Planning Statement Appendices Part 3
- Download Planning Statement Appendices Part 4
- Download Planning Statement Appendices Part 5
- Download Planning Statement Executive Summary
- Download the Lee Valley Ice Centre Planning Statement
Lee Valley Twin Pad Ice Centre Socio-Economic Impact by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Lee Valley Ice Centre and wider Park enhancements by LDA Design
Lee Valley Ice Centre construction logistic plan
Lee Valley Ice Centre Design and Access Statement
- Download the Design and Access Statement pages 1 to 18
- Download the Design and Access Statement pages 19 to 40
- Download the Design and Access Statement pages 41 to 60
- Download the Design and Access Statement pages 61 to 80
- Download the Design and Access Statement pages 81 to 100
- Download the Design and Access Statement pages 101 to 112
- Download the Design and Access Statement pages 113 to 130
- Download the Design and Access Statement pages 131 to 150
What happens when
- Thursday 20 August 2020: Planning Committee preview of the scheme from 7pm. This meeting was open to the public. Watch the meeting.
- Tuesday 6 October 2020: Planning Committee meeting approves the application subject to conditions being agreed. Watch the meeting live.
Keeping you informed
- Download Leyton email newsletter 27 November 2020
- Download Leytonstone email newsletter 10 October 2020
- Download Waltham Forest Council Media Release 8 October 2020
- Download Lee Valley Ice Centre email newsletter 7 October 2020
- Download Lee Valley Ice Centre email newsletter 29 September 2020
- Download Leytonstone email newsletter 28 August 2020
- Download Lee Valley Ice Centre email newsletter 19 August 2020
- Download Leyton email newsletter 28 February 2020