Southmere Water Sports & Activity Centre and Birchmere Outdoor Swimming

Peabody is looking for an operator with the experience, expertise and enthusiasm to launch a boating and swimming venture in Thamesmead, London, based at the new purpose-built Water Sports & Activity Centre on Southmere Lake.

The operator will be willing to develop an ambitious boating and swimming offer at both Southmere Lake and Birchmere Lake. This should be accessible and inclusive for Thamesmead residents and encourage new visitors to the area.

Applications close Monday 19 February at 5pm.


Open days

We will be holding open days where you can come along and find out more.

If you plan on attending, please rsvp.

Meeting point 

Southmere Watersports & Activity Centre, Bazalgette Way, Thamesmead, SE2 9AN. What3Words: slime.soda.tilt


  • Thu 14 December 2023, 12:00 – 3:00pm

  • Tue 16 January 2024, 9:30am – 12:00pm

  • Thu 8 February 2024, 12:00 – 3:00pm

If you have any questions, please contact Jack Gower, Peabody Landscape Activation Manager,

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Southmere Lake boat house

The Southmere Lake boat house sits next to the refurbished Lakeside Centre. 

Constructed by Durkan and designed by Architecture 00, it's a striking addition to Southmere Lake. Its steel cladding reflects the lake and the park while blending into the natural landscape.

The facility, which completed in 2022, complements our £2.5m investment in Southmere Lake in recent years, undertaken to improve water quality, increase biodiversity and encourage people to make the most of the local landscape.   






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