Work kicks off on £55 million sports centre

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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Sports Centre view from South Gate




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