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Olympic VeloPark owners set to open £30 million ice rink in East London

A £30 million Olympic-size ice rink has been designed for east London.

The Lee Valley regional park authority wants to replace the existing Ice Centre, which it says is at risk of closure, and is set to submit plans for the new venue this autumn.

It already owns London 2012 sites Lee Valley VeloPark in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley White Water Centre in Waltham Cross.

Designed by award-winning architect FaulknerBrowns, the new twin-rink centre is intended to be completed by 2023.

Authority chief executive Shaun Dawson said replacing the ageing centre would enable more than half a million people to visit each year.

He added: “Lee Valley Ice Centre is hugely popular — open up to 19 hours a day, seven days a week — but recent operational problems have shown that it’s reaching the end of its working life and if it’s not replaced, it will be lost.”

The proposed centre would offer public ice skating, ice dance, ice hockey, curling and speed skating, as well as new gym and dance facilities, providing users with more space and “better facilities for competitions”.