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Thamesmead: Community development to open late

PUBLISHED: 10:29 21 July 2011 | UPDATED: 10:43 21 July 2011

Sporting Club Thamesmead L-R: Deputy Head-teacher of Woolwich Poly Gwen Ward, Head-teacher of Windrush Primary School Jo Marchant, CEO of Trust Thamesmead Mick Hayes, Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce and Head-teacher of Discovery Primary School Jane Perry

Sporting Club Thamesmead L-R: Deputy Head-teacher of Woolwich Poly Gwen Ward, Head-teacher of Windrush Primary School Jo Marchant, CEO of Trust Thamesmead Mick Hayes, Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce and Head-teacher of Discovery Primary School Jane Perry

A £5 million state-of-the-art community development which will transform South Thamesmead is set to open three months late due to a demand in wooden planks.

The Link Thamesmead, under the Harrow Manor Way flyover, will include a 160-seat performance studio, gym, climbing wall and cafe.

Following a surge in requests for wooden slats that will be used to create pods within the building, which are being brought in from Austria, it will now open in spring next year instead of December 2011.

A spokeswoman for Trust Thamesmead said: “Due to a shortage in classrooms in the UK there was a demand for the wood from Austria.

“We decided that schools should take priority.”

The project is being funded through a £5 million Department for Education’s myplace grant and is one of two developments in Thamesmead.

The second, Sporting Club Thamesmead, is based in Bayliss Avenue and will offer grass pitches, an outdoor games area, an indoor studio and function rooms.

The grass pitches are already available to hire, and the rest will open next year.

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