The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has appointed Everyone Active as the new operator for the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The eight-year contract – which includes an option to extend – will cover the operation of the Dame Zaha Hadid-designed building, one of the iconic venues of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The venue was previously operated by GLL.
Facilities at the centre include two 50-metre pools, a dive pool with distinctive diving platforms, as well as a 100-station gym, café and ancillary facilities.
The venue attracts more than one million visits a year for community use and learn to swim programmes – as well as club and elite performance training and a number of elite competitions.
Edward Fane, Head of Venues at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, said: “The London Aquatics Centre is one of the world’s best aquatics venues where elite athletes train alongside community users and talent pathways that can link the two, with thousands coming to learn, swim and dive here each week.
“This prestigious and high value contract is critically important to the long-term legacy of the Games of London 2012 and we thank GLL for their great service since operating the venue since 2014.
“We look forward to working in partnership with Everyone Active for the next eight years, to deliver continuous improvement and build on the remarkable aquatics legacy to date, whilst driving best value for the taxpayer and local communities.”
Everyone Active’s Regional Director, Duncan Jefford, added: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Everyone Active, and this new partnership with London Legacy Development Corporation marks a monumental step for our business at an iconic sports venue.
“We look forward to continuing the legacy of this state-of-the-art facility and inspiring the next generation of sportspeople.
“As a company that started out 36 years ago running a single site, it is fantastic to continue our growth across the country, now reaching more than 230 leisure and cultural facilities.
“We remain unwavering in our commitment to providing leisure services and facilities tailored to the unique needs of local communities. We take huge pride in offering opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and interests to engage in physical activity.”