Interserve to provide Birmingham's first 50m pool

Interserve is to start work in April on providing Birmingham with what will be its first ever 50-metre swimming pool.

The pool is part of the University of Birmingham’s £55m sports centre, which is being partly funded by a £2m grant from Sport England made up of National Lottery money and administered through the Olympics Legacy fund Iconic Facilities.

Alumni and friends of the university are also backing the project.
The 13,200 sq m centre will be open to the general public as well as students, and will include an arena sports hall with seating for up to 900 spectators, six squash courts, six activity rooms, and a 225-station gym.

Interserve Construction has a relationship with the university going back ten years. Managing director Ian Renhard said: “It is great to be able to be part of shaping the future of sport in the city. Having had a long-standing relationship with the university, it is equally rewarding to see our graduates given an opportunity to be part of the construction of this fantastic new facility.”

Sport England property director Charles Johnston said: “Good sports facilities play an important role in local communities: they not only improve people's sporting experience, but also help attract new participants. The new facilities at the university will do just this.”

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