Around Ealing Spring 2014 - Page 22

ACTON CENTRE Come in… Acton Town Hall, the Kings Rooms and Acton Baths were landmarks located at the heart of the community. But they had become tired and in need of a radical overhaul. Not any more. T hese buildings have been transformed by Ealing Council into an effective mix of new and old, utterly changed by a £19million project that began work in 2012 – and which has brought everything together under one roof. There are two new swimming pools, a gym, dance studios, and community spaces and offices. Acton Library has also been moved in. A free open day was held in May to celebrate the new Everyone Active Acton Centre and give people who had not yet visited a chance to see the new facilities. It included appearances by Great Britain Olympic swimmers, such as six-time world champion Mark Foster. 22 around ealing Summer 2014 Council leader Julian Bell said: “The whole site has been upgraded and modernised, with input from local people who sat on the ‘Acton Town Hall Team’. Their input was crucial to developing plans for the centre. It is very impressive. “Heritage has been protected by retaining and renovating the best historic features, including the original façade of the Kings Room building and the old baths’ chimney, which are both Grade II listed.” Internal wall panelling from the retained section of the town hall building was carefully cleaned and restored, while brickwork and original decoration on columns and stairwells have been given a fresh lease of life.