£8.5m leisure centre opens to the public

Birmingham Community Leisure Trust (BCLT) has opened its £8.5m leisure centre in Ladywood.

Ladywood Leisure Centre will be operated by BCLT on behalf of Birmingham City Council (BCC).

The new facility is the last of four new builds funded by BCC and Sport England as part the 15-year BCLT contract signed in 2015.

Ladywood joins the other new sites, Erdington, Northfield and Stechford Leisure Centres, plus five other facilities currently operated by BCLT around the city.

Cllr Paulette Hamilton of Birmingham City Council, said: “I’m certain the people of Ladywood and surrounding areas will really make the most of this fantastic new leisure centre and, as we count down to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, this state-of-the-art facility shows our continued commitment to first-class grassroots sporting facilities in Birmingham.”

Ladywood Leisure Centre offers a 130-station gym, a 25-metre, eight-lane competition standard pool, and dedicated teaching pool for lessons.

There is also a Poolpod to help people with disabilities get in and out of the pool.

The centre has a sauna and steam room and there is also a café on site.

Brian Taylor, BCLT’s chair said: “We are incredibly proud to be opening this fantastic state-of-the-art facility, which we are confident will become a hub of activity for the residents of Ladywood and surrounding areas. Our team has worked incredibly hard with our construction partners ISG to make our vision for the centre a reality.

“This new facility has already created over 50 new jobs, and our recruitment team has done great work engaging with the local community, successfully securing positions for long-term unemployed people in the area.”

The building work for Ladywood Leisure Centre and the three other BCLT new builds was carried out by construction firm ISG