New centre will cater for everyone from community users to students, staff and elite athletes.
The first 50-metre swimming pool in Birmingham has moved a step closer to reality with work beginning on the University’s new £55 million sports centre in April.
The centre is being supported by a £2 million grant from Sport England and donations of more than £320,000 so far from alumni and friends of the University. As well as the pool, it will offer an arena sports hall with seating for more than 1,000 spectators, six squash courts, seven activity rooms for a wide range of fitness classes, a 225 station gym and other facilities.
‘We’re very excited that construction is about to start,’ says Director of Sport Zena Wooldridge. ‘The new facilities, and opportunities they will house, will be a game-changer for the University, both in raising its profile as a leading UK sporting university, and in its provision for the local and regional community.’
The development, led by international construction group, Interserve, will also incorporate a purpose-designed Well Being and Performance Centre. Zena says: ‘The facilities will provide a high-quality experience for our leading regional and national sportsmen and women, and better serve those with disabilities, injuries or health issues, or who just want to keep fit or play sport socially. The generous support of alumni makes a real difference to our plans, enabling us to create a building that reflects Birmingham’s status as one of the top three universities for sport in the UK.’
Later this year, an exciting interactive campaign will be launched to raise awareness as the build continues.
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