We've now been granted planning permission from the London Borough of Bexley to build a new boating and sailing club, which is due to open next year, next to the newly refurbished Lakeside Centre on the north side of the lake.
Once completed we will be working with the YMCA; who will be running educational programmes, promoting health and well-being, to create a thriving community facility that can be used by as many residents, schools and youth groups as possible. Our relationship with the YMCA is a long-standing one with the youth charity previously running sailing courses on the lake which has history of water sports dating back more than 50 years.
The outside of the building will be covered in a perforated metal material to reflect the lake and park. The gardens surrounding the building will be landscaped to help it blend into its surroundings.
We're also about to start a £2.5m project to improve Southmere Lake by improving the water quality, creating a new wetlands area and a fish free channel to attract new wildlife and boost biodiversity.
In addition to the boating and sailing club and Southmere Lake improvements, we've reached the topping out milestone on Southmere Village phase one, which will create 130 new homes along with a library and community facilities, all set around the lake.
Matthew Foulis, Peabody’s Project Director for Thamesmead, said:
“We’re doing lots of work to improve Southmere Lake and the area around it. We’ve currently committed £225 million and this is going to increase. We’ve refurbished the Lakeside Centre, we’re starting work to improve the lake itself and now our plans for the boating and sailing club are underway.
“Southmere Lake is such a fantastic asset for the community. All this new activity will help breathe new life into the lake by attracting local people and visitors and help the area reach its full potential.”