R119 - Press Statement - London Development Agency 19 September 2007

National Sport Centre closed

The National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace Park has been closed following the discovery of asbestos. 

As part of the LDA statutory duties an asbestos investigation was carried out prior to the planned closure of the centre for the refurbishment of its mechanical and electrical systems in November. 

The results revealed asbestos in a number of areas and as a precautionary measure the centre has been closed for further investigations and treatment of the asbestos as appropriate. 

Visitors to Sport Centre can be assured that all air samples taken to date in the NSC show no dangerous levels of asbestos to be present. 

Dr David Hancock, LDA Director of Risk said: "We are closing the centre as a precautionary measure as we do not want to expose the public or anybody to unnecessary risk." 

Plans to undertake the refurbishment of the NSC's mechanical and electrical systems will continue to go ahead in November and the LDA still intends to have the centre fully open to the public in June 2008.

For Media Enquiries please contact LDA press officer Luke Robinson on 020 7593 8069 or lukerobinson@lda.gov.uk

Colm Howard-Lloyd
Consultation Manager 
020 7593 8345 | colmhoward-lloyd@lda.gov.uk

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