Wates to deliver £60m Sandwell Aquatic Centre in UK

WCN Editorial Team 1 May 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Wates Construction has been selected as the design and construction partner by the Sandwell Council for the new £60m aquatics centre in Smethwick, UK.

Planned to be built at Londonderry Playing Fields in Smethwick, the aquatics centre will host events for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Wates said that it has been working with the council to develop the construction programme and designs for the new facility under the Scape National Construction framework.

Work on the project is scheduled to be completed by 2021. The centre will comprise a 50m Olympic-sized competition swimming pool, a 25m diving pool and a studio pool along with 1,000 spectator seats.

The centre, which will be run by Sandwell Leisure Trust, will be open to the public following completion of the Commonwealth Games 2022.

The Sandwell Council has already approved the plans for the aquatics centre last month.

Wates Construction Midlands regional managing director John Carlin said: “We’re committed to delivering an exemplary project that creates a tangible economic and social impact and is completed on time and to budget.”

The centre will also feature 450 on-site car parking spaces, three activity studios, minimum eight-court sports hall, 108-station gym, 25-station ladies-only gym, indoor cycling studio, dry driving centre, sauna/steam room, among others.

Sandwell Council’s executive director for Neighbourhoods Alison Knight said: “This is a very exciting development for Sandwell, bringing a much needed modern leisure facility for our residents in Smethwick.

"We look forward to working with Wates and seeing the delivery of a world class facility that will serve the residents of Sandwell for decades to come.”

Scape Group CEO Mark Robinson said: “The Sandwell Aquatic Centre is a perfect example of the benefits of using Scape as procurement route, our frameworks are designed for efficiency and certainty, while delivering significant levels of local economic engagement which is vital to Sandwell Council and the success of this project.”

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Image: Illustration of Sandwell Aquatic Centre in UK. Photo: courtesy of Wates.

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