B16073 Work On New Leisure Centre Starts

The latest multimillion pound investment in Bromsgrove has begun.

The first ground was broken for Bromsgrove District Council’s new leisure centre and swimming pools on Monday August 15 by Cllr Peter Whittaker, portfolio holder for Leisure, Ben Shearman, Morgan Sindall senior contracts manager, and Steve Cowley, Morgan Sindall senior project manager.

Cllr Whittaker said: “We’re delighted to take our latest step towards a better Bromsgrove, and to improved leisure opportunities for residents across the district.”

Morgan Sindall Group is building the new facility next to the existing Dolphin Centre on School Drive, which will remain open until the new one opens in 2017. It will feature 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, including bigger and better facilities thanks to a £1.5m grant from Sport England.

Lottery funded sport england.jpg Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said: “We are delighted to offer £1.5 million of National Lottery funding to help people in living in Bromsgrove live more active lives. With plans for an impressive range of sporting facilities, this new centre will be huge asset for the region. I wish the council every success in delivering this first-class facility.”

Morgan Sindall senior contracts manager, Ben Shearman, said: “This is a great project to be involved with and we’re pleased to get construction started. The new leisure centre will offer the people of Bromsgrove a fantastic environment in which to exercise and we’re confident it be well received when it opens towards the end of next year.”

The centre will be completed in four distinct phases. First the new centre will be built and opened to the public. Then the old centre will be demolished, and then the new centre’s surrounding areas and car parking will be finished which will complete Morgan Sindall’s work. Finally the current car park will be closed and made available for redevelopment.

The new centre is designed to increase participation and offer a wider range of services to residents. It will be self-funding, with the borrowing costs to build it paid from its own revenues, in contrast to the significant annual losses of the ageing Dolphin Centre.

It is the latest redevelopment in Bromsgrove under a strategic Town Centre Regeneration Partnership that’s led a total revamp of the High Street, brought major retail developments forward across the town, and overhauled public buildings to make major savings.

Pictured below: A plan of the site of the new leisure centre and swimming pools, showing the four project phases. Map image from Google.

B16073 Work On New Leisure Centre Starts