London Thunder, at their interim facilities on site

New Sports

Sports provision at New Bermondsey is an integral ingredient of place making. This area is already well known for its rich history of sports such as football, boxing and speedway motorcycle racing.

Renewal provides rent free warehouse space for grassroot community sports on the development site in The Thunderdome, at Stockholm Road SE16, for two local clubs, the London Thunder Basketball Club and the Fusion Table Tennis Club. Both clubs were established in the south of Lewisham but were looking to expand their offering – they were both based at schools but were limited by the school timetables. The Thunderdome was officially opened in 2014 and both clubs have exponentially grown their membership and are now both recognised as leading community sport clubs in the country.

The sports will be delivered through the New Bermondsey Sports Foundation, a charitable organisation set up to raise funds for the the building of Energize and the running of club-based sports for the benefit of the local community.


The design of Energize has incorporated the needs of these community clubs as well as other sports and activities:

  • Basketball / Multi-Use Arena: This area will hold two basketball courts. The first court will adhere to FIBA’s (International Basketball Federation) regulations/dimensions. There will be a minimum of 1,000 spectator seating allocated. The Arena’s main court can also host other sporting events / competitions i.e. netball, boxing, gymnastics, martial arts, badminton, table tennis etc. The second court can be multi-use (basketball, netball, badminton, table-tennis, gymnastics, handball, touch-rugby etc.) when required. The intention would be that it would satisfy regulations to host a British Basketball League franchise, supported at grassroots/community level by London Thunder Basketball Club;
  • Fitness Suites: Housing up to 150 workstations with extra flexible suites for dance, spinning, pilates, yoga, aerobics etc;
  • Swimming Pool: 20m x 6 lanes with learner pool with disabled access;
  • Designated Table Tennis Space: Housing up to 16 tables. The new home of Fusion Table Tennis Club;
  • Boxing Gym: 2 rings, weights, strength and conditioning area;
  • Extra Sports Hall: approx. 40 x 20m allowing for multi-use activities;
  • Climbing Wall: an indoor, double height climbing wall;
  • Health Centre: providing GP and medical provision for the local community;
  • Creche: providing childcare for younger children;
  • Retail Space & Café
  • Onside Youth Zone: Onside provide excellent provision and facilities for youth across the country. They have identified that New Bermondsey is an ideal venue for one of their Youth Zones. Internal space has been allocated within the Energize plans, between a minimum of 2,068 sqm and a maximum 2,610 sqm. It will provide state of the art facilities for young people that live locally surrounding area and seamlessly integrate alongside the Energize.