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Plans for Commonwealth Games aquatics centre in Sandwell announced

A state-of-the-art aquatics centre has been proposed by Sandwell Council ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2022. The venue which will be based at the Londonberry Playing Fields in Smethwick will feature an Olympic-sized competition pool, a 25m diving pool and is expected to accommodate up to 5,000 spectators.

The state-of-the-art aquatics centre will seat up to 5,000 spectators. Credit: Birmingham City Council

The new leisure facility will cost a total of £60 million and will also include two activity studios, a 12-court sports hall, a 125-station gym, a 25-station ladies-only gym, an indoor cycling studio, a sauna/steam room and a café.

The leader of the council, Steve Eling said:

Here in Sandwell, we are very proud to be part of it and to be chosen to host the aquatics centre, which will include diving and swimming events.

The eyes of the world will be on Sandwell and the benefits to the local economy will be huge with significant investment into the area and athletes and visitors from around the globe.

– Steve Eling, Sandwell Borough Council

The proposals will be considered by the council’s cabinet on 31st of January. If approved, the proposals will then be subject to a planning application.