B16061 August Start For New Leisure Centre Web

Work in Bromsgrove town centre to build a brand new leisure centre and swimming pools will begin on August 15.

The new facility is being built next to the existing Dolphin Centre on School Drive, which will remain open until the new one opens in 2017.

It will include two swimming pools including one with a movable floor for disability access, the district’s first indoor climbing wall, three fitness studios, a 100-station gym, and more.

Morgan Sindall Group won the district council’s contract to build the centre.

Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for Leisure Cllr Peter Whittaker said: “After years of consultation, preparation, and planning, we are excited to now move forward and provide our community with a new generation of exciting leisure opportunities.”

Morgan Sindall area director, Richard Fielding, said: “We’re pleased to be involved in this project and confident that the finished facility will be well received by the local community. Once complete it will provide the people of Bromsgrove with a modern environment in which to exercise and prove an enduring addition to the leisure offering in the area.”

The centre will be self-funding, unlike the current Dolphin Centre which runs at a heavy annual loss, and the process of selecting a day-to-day operator to run it will shortly take place.

The leisure centre is the latest redevelopment in Bromsgrove under a strategic Town Centre Regeneration Partnership of public bodies that was formed in 2010 to redevelop areas of the town and make major efficiency savings across the public purse. This has led to the total revamp of the High Street, major retail developments coming forward across the town, and a near-total overhaul of public buildings.