Images have been released of Roberts Limbrick Architects’ plans for the 2022 Commonwealth Games aquatics centre in Sandwell
Designs by the Gloucester-based practice for the £60 million West Midlands venue were put out to public consultation ahead of a planning application being submitted.
Sandwell Council’s cabinet earlier this year backed initial plans for the huge leisure centre in Smethwick including a 50m pool and 5,000 spectator seats for Birmingham 2022.
Now local people can view proposed designs online or at a number of drop-in events in the area over the coming weeks.
The centre, at Londonderry Playing fields, will also feature a dry-dive facility, a 108-station gym, a smaller women-only gym, three activity studios, an eight-court sports hall, an indoor cycling studio, a sauna/steam room, a football pitch, a café, an upgraded urban park, a children’s play area and parking for 450 cars.
Sandwell Council leader Steve Eling said: ‘It’s exciting for us to be hosting a major international event while creating a building that’s going to deliver world-class leisure opportunities for local people. We want to get the building’s design and mix of facilities right, so we want Sandwell residents to have their say on the proposals.’
Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chair John Crabtree added: ‘The Sandwell Aquatics Centre is the only brand new sporting facility planned for the Games and it’s so important that we not only have the best possible swimming and diving facilities to use in the summer of 2022 but that the aquatics centre and the whole site provide the best possible facilities for local people for years to come.’