Colombo Centre

Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s

Colombo Centre

England E1 6FQ, United Kingdom

Created By: SE1 Stories


Starting in the mid-70s in SE1, over a period of 10 years, several derelict sites and buildings were brought into ‘community use’.

The Colombo Street story typifies the way community action worked. Starting as a campaign to provide a long overdue park and sports pitches in Hatfields off Blackfriars Road, it became a long struggle to secure a permanent indoor sports and community centre.

Eventually Sainsbury’s sold the site to a developer who, in return for planning permission for an office building on Blackfriars Road, granted a long lease for the canteen. Its future use as a sports centre was thus secure.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Blackfriars SE1 in the 1970s


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