Residents in north Birmingham will want to be quick off the mark to experience their superb new sports facility which opens to the public today (04/09).
The new Erdington Leisure Centre, designed to provide the whole community with a fresh, modern exercise and recreation venue, features a 25-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, a 70-station gym and a community room/studio space. A wide range of fitness classes as well as children’s holiday play activities and birthday parties will also be available.
The brand new building has taken just over a year to construct and is opening almost a month ahead of schedule and on budget. The £7.5million replacement of Erdington’s leisure centre is part of a city wide investment of nearly £40million by Birmingham City Council and is the first of four new complexes to be completed.
Birmingham Community Leisure Trust (BCLT), working in partnership with Birmingham City Council (BCC) has overseen the project and will manage the new centre once it opens its doors.
BCLT Chair, Brian Taylor, said: “The transformation of this Erdington site since we stood here last summer is truly impressive. I am very proud to hand over such a high quality, purpose built facility to our community and I invite everyone, whatever their age and whatever sport they enjoy, to take the opportunity to come and use this brilliant new centre.
If you are yet to join the thousands of people keeping fit and healthy through regular exercise, I am confident there is every chance you will find what you are looking for here.”
Birmingham City Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward added: “I am delighted that our residents in Erdington and the surrounding area now have a brand new leisure centre – ahead of schedule – and I thank our partners for working with us to provide cost effective and modern facilities. Despite the considerable budgetary restraints we face, we will continue to support and encourage people to remain active and pursue a healthy lifestyle.”
Construction of replacement leisure centres is ongoing at Stechford and Northfield sites in the east and south of the city. A fourth centre at a new site at Icknield Port Loop in Edgbaston will be built and managed by BCLT. The Trust has also delivered a programme of refurbishments to Fox Hollies Leisure Centre; Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre; Beeches Leisure Centre and Wyndley Leisure Centre.
ISG Construction plc has undertaken the construction of the new leisure centres at Erdington, Stechford and Northfield to designs by Calderpeel Architects.
Erdington Leisure Centre is located on Orphanage Road, Erdington, Birmingham B24 9HU. For more information including opening times visit www.birminghamleisure.com and view New Centres.