Still Time for a Say on Design of Aquatics Centre

Still Time for a Say on Design of Aquatics Centre

There’s still time for residents to have their say on the design of Sandwell’s state-of-the-art Aquatics Centre.

A public survey and drop-in sessions are seeking the views of local people who can help shape the £60million building in Smethwick.

Alongside the swimming facilities, the centre will boast a dry-dive facility, 108-station gym, a 25-station lady-only gym, three activity studios, an eight-court sports hall, indoor cycling studio, sauna/steam room and café.

The centre will also host the swimming and diving competitions for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Plans include a 50m Olympic-sized competition swimming pool, a 25m diving pool, a studio pool and 1,000 spectator seats – plus temporary seats that will be added for the Games.

The site, at Londonderry Playing Fields, will also include 450 on-site car parking spaces, a football pitch and changing facilities, an improved urban park and children’s play area.

The council has organised consultation sessions for residents to come along and discuss proposals ahead of a planning application being put forward.

The drop-in sessions will be held on:

•          Tuesday 8 January – 5pm-8pm at St Mark’s Church, Thimblemill Road
•          Thursday 10 January – 9am-5pm at St Mark’s Church, Thimblemill Road
•          Tuesday 15 January – 4-6pm at Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road

Residents can also have their say by completing an online survey at

The pre-planning consultation closes on Sunday 20 January.

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