Birmingham City Council is set to approve the continuation of the construction of Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre at cabinet on 17 November, following delays to the demolition of the existing building.
The existing building has been beset with asbestos contamination problems, resulting in an emergency demolition contract being applied to entirely demolish the structure.
Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “We should have been nearing completion by now. Unfortunately, once work began our contractors found that the site was contaminated with asbestos to the extent that the entire building needed to be completely demolished and the build has been delayed by 18 months.
“Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of both council staff and our contractors, we are now back on track. These revised plans will ensure that Sparkhill gets a fantastic new pool and fitness centre in May 2017 – including a training pool we bought from the London 2012 Olympic Games. ”
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The pool is one of nine training pools from the Olympic Park used by athletes during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Each has been dismantled and will be relocated across the country – at a fraction of the price of a new pool. Alongside the training pool there will be a 25 metre six lane swimming pool, a learner pool, an 80 station fitness suite, dance studio, community room and sauna and steam facilities.