A new community centre and social club has been announced for Thamesmead following a £1m grant from City Hall.

Peabody has said a new community hub will be built in Arnott Close now that Sadiq Khan has offered a cash influx into the project.

The 1970s buildings underneath the Byron Close flyovers will be refurbished into new spaces for meetings and events, and a disused social club will be brought back into use.

John Lewis, executive director Thamesmead at Peabody said: “The idea for the Thamesmead Community Learning and Enterprise Hub came directly from the local community.

"The design of the spaces and how they are used will be heavily influenced by local people and will be a great addition to the area. We hope the space will help us support businesses to grow, creating prosperity and better services locally.

"We also want to help people learn new skills and will be working with partners to develop a programme of activities to do that."

The money has been granted in part of the Mayor of London's Good Growth Fund.

Deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills at the Greater London Authority, Jules Pipe, said: “The Mayor and I are determined to use the Good Growth Fund to challenge preconceptions about how regeneration takes place.

"This project is a great example of how we can work with local communities on projects in a way that will help ensure the benefits are felt by all.”

The project is scheduled to complete in early 2020.