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Sandwell Aquatics Centre


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New Sandwell Aquatics Centre 

It’s fantastic news that work is now under way on the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick which will host the diving and swimming events for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games putting Sandwell on the map. 

Our construction partners are now on site and are making real progress.

The new centre will bring a host of great benefits to Sandwell by creating local jobs and investment in the community through the businesses supplying goods and services for the build, as well as taking on apprentices.

We are also engaging with our schools to provide work experience placements on site, encouraging our young people into construction and giving them new skills.

Work on the £73 million project is set to be completed in spring 2022 and handed over to the Birmingham to host the Commonwealth Games.  

The building will be officially open for use by the public in May 2023.

The state-of-the-art facility will create a lasting legacy for community health and wellbeing with its 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as a 25m diving pool, community swimming pool and seats for up to 1,000 spectators.

Other facilities at the aquatics centre will include:

  • three activity studios;
  • two 4-court sports hall;
  • 108-station gym;
  • 25-station ladies-only gym;
  • indoor cycling studio;
  • dry driving centre
  • sauna/steam room
  • new football pitch and changing facilities
  • new urban park and children's play area; and a 
  • cafe 

The council have been working for a long time to improve swimming facilities across Sandwell, building new centres in Wednesbury, Tipton and West Bromwich over the past five years, plus Portway Lifestyle Centre, Oldbury, which includes a hydrotherapy pool.

The new centre in Smethwick will be run by Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT).