Regeneration: Lee Valley Ice Centre

Lee Valley Ice Centre



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

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 stan​ding; 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

Read full details  of the planning application 

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

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.

Read the Lea Valley Park Stakeholder Briefing 

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