Work to transform the provision of sports facilities across the city – including five brand new leisure centres – is set to be approved by Birmingham City Council at Cabinet on Monday 15 September. The plans follow the success of Harborne Pool & Fitness Centre and contract award for Sparkhill Pool & Fitness Centre.
Four of the new Leisure Centres will replace existing facilities in Erdington, Northfield, Stechford and Shard End, and one is a new facility which will be built in Ladywood as part of the Icknield Port Loop regeneration development. The new facility in Ladywood will include a pool with eight lanes and seating suitable for competitions. Tenders will be evaluated in December with contracts starting in April next year.
Cabinet will also be asked to include Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre and the Alexander Stadium Complex within the package of works in order to achieve further investment and cost savings.
Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “This report builds on the Sport and Leisure Facilities Framework agreement and sets out how we can provide good value, cost effective and modern leisure facilities to Birmingham residents whilst safeguarding their future.
“Despite the considerable budgetary restraints that we face, this demonstrates our commitment to delivering facilities that can support people, young and old, in being active and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.”
Cabinet will be asked to approve the sites for citywide new build facilities and a bid to Sport England's Strategic Fund for further capital funding. The report follows agreement on the future leisure provision strategy back in December and the approval to appoint three contractors to the Sport and Leisure Framework in March this year.
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Notes to Editors
Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre was originally identified as subject to an asset transfer. Following further consultation with Selly Oak District, Birmingham City Council Building Property Services and the Lawn Tennis Association it was decided to include the centre in this package.
The original proposal in December 2013 was to create a community sports hub at the Alexander Stadium, however existing partners on site either do not have the capacity or the appetite for the operational management of such a facility. Therefore the most cost effective and sustainable way forward is to include the Stadium in the framework as a standalone contract.
There will be a North East Contract, South West contract and Alexander Stadium Complex. The North East Contract will comprise of Wyndley Leisure, Beeches Pool, Erdington Pool (Replacement), Shard End Leisure Centre (Replacement), Stechford Cascades (Replacement) and Fox Hollies Leisure Centre. The South West Contract will comprise of Icknield Port Loop (New Pool), Billesley Tennis Centre, Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre and Northfield Pool (Replacement). The Alexander Stadium Complex will comprise of The Athletics track and Stadium Facilities, High Performance Centre, Gymnastics and Martial Arts Centre (GMAC) and BMX Track.