Sparkhill Pool tender given the green light

By on 16/05/2011 in News

Plans for a new community swimming pool and leisure centre in Sparkhill have moved a step closer after Cabinet gave the go ahead for a competitive tender process.

And, following initial talks with the leisure market, officials are confident significant savings can be made from the original estimate of £13.5 million to demolish and rebuild Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre.

With the Sparkhill development earmarked as a priority in Birmingham City Council's Pool Strategy, a series of consultation events was held in Hall Green Constituency last summer.

After considering alternative sites, Cabinet has approved plans to demolish and rebuild Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre on the existing Stratford Road site.

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, said: “This is another step forward for our ambitious swimming pool strategy and I'm confident we can now deliver a fantastic new community facility.

“It is also clear that we can make considerable savings on the Sparkhill project and that's why we have decided to go out to tender.

 “We looked at the possibility of building a new pool at Moseley School as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme but the existing site ticked all the boxes and that was backed up by a public consultation process.”

As a result of the public and stakeholder consultation the new Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre should consist of the following facilities:

  • 25m, 6 lane modern pool with seats for 40 spectators and 40 swimmers (minimum)
  • Learner Pool (13m x 8m) with poolside seating but capable of being closed off for privacy
  • Dance / exercise studio (150m²)
  • Adult fitness suite (70 stations)
  • Junior fitness suite (20 stations)
  • Appropriate wet and dry changing rooms
  • Reception area with vending provision
  • Support spaces such as administration, toilets, plant rooms, etc.

Following today's decision, a competitive tender process will now begin in July 2011, with a further report to Cabinet 12 months later. The new community pool and leisure centre scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

Today's Cabinet report can be found on the following link: http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/democracy/Pages/AgendaDetail.aspx?AgendaID%3d60414

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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