Sparkhill tender could pave way for future community pools

By on 30/08/2011 in News

A competitive tender process to build a new community swimming pool and leisure centre in Sparkhill could pave the way for future community pools in Birmingham.

On September 5 Cabinet will consider a framework agreement for the Sparkhill tender process, meaning approved contractors can also be considered for future projects.

Plans to demolish and rebuild Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre on the existing Stratford Road site were given the green light in May.

And, following initial talks with the leisure market, officials are confident significant savings can be made from the original estimate of £13.5 million.

Now officials hope the Sparkhill project could set the pattern for the future of swimming pool provision in Birmingham.

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: “From our research it is clear that we can make considerable savings on the Sparkhill project and that’s why we have decided to go out to tender.

“Now we hope the Sparkhill procurement process can lay the groundwork for any future community pool projects in Birmingham. If this report is approved it will represent another significant step forward for our ambitious swimming pool strategy.”

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
• Community room with refreshment facilities
• Reception area with vending provision
• Support spaces such as administration, toilets, plant rooms, etc.

If Cabinet approves the report on September 5, a competitive tender process will begin immediately, with the new community pool and leisure centre scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014.

ENDS

Notes to Editors

The Cabinet report can be found on the following link: http://goo.gl/1C9Uu

 

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