New image of Sandwell’s proposed aquatic centre

The latest image has been released as part of plans for the new state-of-the-art Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick.

New aquatics centre image_SandwellPlans for the centre will be considered at Sandwell Council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday 13 March.

The centre has been identified as the home of swimming and diving for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Plans for the new leisure centre include a 50m Olympic-sized competition swimming pool, a 25m diving pool, a studio pool and 1,000 spectator seats.

This seating capacity will be increased for the Commonwealth Games, using temporary seats. More details about this will be confirmed closer to the event.

Alongside the swimming facilities, the centre will have a dry-dive facility, 108-station gym, a 25-station ladies-only gym, three activity studios, an eight-court sports hall, indoor cycling studio, sauna/steam room and café.

Plans for the site, at Londonderry Playing Fields, include more than 300 on-site car parking spaces, a football pitch and changing facilities, an improved urban park and children’s play area.

Subject to planning permission being granted, the plans will create a venue fit to host this sporting event of international significance, and provide a legacy of a leisure facility to meet the needs of local people for generations to come.

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