Purpose-Built Community Complex for Wimbledon Proposed

Wimbledon residents and local community groups look set to benefit if proposals for a new, purpose-built community and public performance facility are approved by Merton Council.

The Council is considering the concept of a five-storey complex, situated beside the site of the Wimbledon Theatre, offering a modern and greatly improved resource for community groups, a 600-seat auditorium, office accommodation and a number of ground-floor retail units.

If approved, such a centre could be completed by mid-2007, following which obsolete buildings in the Council’s ownership which are presently used by some community groups would be developed.

The concept, presented in an outline Report prepared by consultants Malcolm Reading Associates, has received the approval of an Advisory Panel comprising representatives from a number of local community groups. It will now require approval from Merton Council before progressing to the building design stage.

The Council’s decision is expected by the end of October.

Councillor Andrew Judge, Leader of Merton Council, said: “We now have the opportunity to create a well-designed and purpose-built community centre and performance space in Wimbledon Broadway. If we are able to grasp that opportunity, the benefit to the Borough’s residents will be considerable.

“Extensive consultation with local community groups will continue; alongside discussions with potential partners, in order to determine the best way forward”.