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Plans for Sandwell Aquatics Centre revealed

Plans for Sandwell's new Aquatics centre have been unveiled and are out for public consultation.

Residents can now have their say on the £60m venue which will play host to the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The designs include a 50m Olympic-sized competition swimming pool, a 25m diving pool, a studio pool and 1,000 spectator seats.

Councillor Steve Eling, Leader of Sandwell Council, said:

It’s exciting for us to be hosting a major international event while creating a building that’s going to deliver world-class leisure opportunities for local people. We did a public survey with residents last year and it was clear that the Smethwick area desperately needed new leisure facilities. We want to get the building’s design and mix of facilities right, so we want Sandwell residents to have their say on the proposals. It is a huge honour to be part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games which means we will be able to build an even bigger and better leisure centre for our residents.

– Councillor Steve Eling
Credit: Sandwell Council

Alongside the swimming facilities, the centre will include a dry-dive facility, 108-station gym, a 25-station ladies-only gym, three activity studios, an 8-court sports hall, indoor cycling studio, sauna/steam room and café.

The proposed site at Londonderry Playing Fields, will also include 450 car parking spaces, a football pitch and changing facilities.

Five consultation drop-in sessions will be held for residents to discuss the proposals before a planning application is submitted.

Residents can also have their say by completing an online survey at www.sandwell.gov.uk/aquaticscentre

Credit: Sandwell Council

John Crabtree, OBE, chair of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee said:

The 2022 Commonwealth Games is an event for the whole West Midlands region.

The Sandwell Aquatics Centre is the only brand new sporting facility planned for the Games and it’s so important that we not only have the best possible swimming and diving facilities to use in the summer of 2022 but the aquatics centre and the whole site will provide the best possible facilities for local people for years to come.

This consultation is another positive step towards 2022 - sharing ideas with the local community and getting their valuable feedback on exactly what is proposed for this site. If you live in Sandwell, please take this opportunity to have your say on the plans.

– John Crabtree, OBE