Kensington Academy and Leisure Centre

Update on Kensington Leisure Centre

Kensington Leisure Centre will not be open to the public in January as had been hoped, but is expected to be fully operational by March.

The Council and the contractor are working hard to move this date forward and to get the centre open as early as possible in the New Year.

As soon as we are in a position to confirm the exact opening date we promise to let local people know.

In September the Kensington Aldridge Academy welcomed 184 students when the new school opened its doors for the first day of term.  For more information read the latest edition of the KALC newsletter. 

KALC newsletter [PDF] (file size 1Mb) 

Work began in December 2012 and a total of £28m has been invested in building a much needed secondary school.  The new academy is a local school serving the North Kensington community and all of its students live less than a mile away.

Students will receive a first-class education in a modern building, with facilities such as the sport hall and dance studio available to the community outside of school hours. 

Meanwhile, at the other end of the site, the leisure centre building is rapidly taking shape and will open to the public in early 2015.  The building’s structure is complete and works are now focusing on the interior such as tiling the pools, fitting out the changing areas, café, sports hall and squash courts.

The Kensington Academy and Leisure Centre scheme represents a £57.4m investment in North Kensington.

Watch the construction works live

A real-time camera has now been set up overlooking the site and you can watch the construction works live:


Alternative sports and leisure facilities

While the work to Kensington Leisure Centre is going on please see details of alternative sports and leisure facilities.


Other GLL facilities

Chelsea Sports Centre will remain open throughout the works.

Chelsea Sports Centre

Underground: South Kensington, Sloane Square

Bus: 319, 49, 211, 11, 22


Jubilee Sports Centre

Underground: Queens Park, Westbourne Park Kensal Green

National Rail: Kensal Green

Bus: 6, 18, 28, 31, 316, 328


Phoenix Fitness Centre & Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool

Underground: White City, Wood Lane

Bus: 283, 95, 7, 70, 72, 272, 228


Porchester Centre

Underground: Royal Oak, Bayswater

Bus: 36, 27, 7, 23


Facilities managed by the Westway Development Trust

Facilities managed locally by the Westway Development Trust include:

Westway Sports Centre

Underground: Latimer Road

Bus: 295, 316, 72, 95, 220, 272


Portobello green fitness club

Underground: Ladbroke Grove

Bus: 52, 228, 7, 23, 70, 452, 295


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