Birmingham’s newest swimming pool and leisure centre opens today after a £7.7 million rebuild. The new centre is located in Northfield, on the corner of Bristol Road South and Great Stone Road. The venue includes a 25m pool, teaching pool, a gym and community room.

Trust chairman Brian Taylor said: “With the opening of this major new leisure venue in Northfield we warmly invite everyone who lives and works in this part of the city to come and enjoy the modern, high-quality facilities available here.

“Whether you are a budding athlete with eyes on future Commonwealth Games or simply looking for a fitter, healthier life through swimming or visiting the gym, the opportunity is waiting for you at Northfield Leisure Centre.”

The old pool was originally built in 1937 and closed its doors around two years ago in order to make the improvements. However, the centre’s history has not completely been removed as some of the original stones have been reused.

Council leader Ian Ward, Leader said: “We make much of the city’s ability to host world-class sporting events, not least the Commonwealth Games in 2022 – but our approach to sport and leisure is to ensure just as much importance is placed on community facilities and grassroots participation.

“By delivering great projects, such as Northfield Leisure Centre, we are very clearly demonstrating the commitment we have to sport and healthy lifestyles for all. I am sure the new facility will be warmly welcomed by citizens across south Birmingham and become one of the focal points of community life in that area of the city.

“Our great team based here every day will be happy to show you around and answer your questions about activities, classes and membership options.”