Leeds Arena Site Chosen

The first phase of plans to create a new network of swimming pools across Birmingham has been outlined in a council report.Phase one of the Swimming Pool Provision strategy, to be considered by Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet today, will also propose to improve existing swimming facilities across the city.

The plans will also see a new 50m pool of Olympic standard built.

Following a feasibility study carried out earlier this year, a city centre site for a 50m-pool complex has now been earmarked.

The complex will incorporate a 50m, 10-lane pool with a movable floor and boom, an international diving tank, a major leisure water facility and significant indoor dry sport facilities, including fitness equipment, climbing wall and dance studio.

Scheduled for completion in early 2012 it is hoped the new facility will be used as a training facility by visiting athletes for the Olympic Games later that year.

Leader of the council, Councillor Mike Whitby said:

“Birmingham is recognised as a world class city for sport, and it is imperative that we continue to evolve and offer modern, high-quality facilities of a world class and Olympic standard.”

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