7 February 2018
Birmingham residents have been able to kick-start a healthy new year in style, following ISG’s early handover of Stechford Leisure Centre.
The new £9 million leisure centre, which has been successfully delivered for Serco on behalf of Birmingham City Council, opened its doors to the public at the start of January, well ahead of schedule.
Visitors can now make use of an impressive 25m, six-lane pool with a 100-capacity poolside seating area, a learner pool, 120-station gym, dance studio and four-court sports hall, along with a café, terrace and community room facility.
The project, which was part-funded by Sport England, is part of a city-wide investment to provide Birmingham residents with high-tech, contemporary leisure and exercise facilities.
The centre is the second sub-£30 million contract to be delivered ahead of schedule by ISG as part of the Birmingham Sports and Leisure Facilities Framework.
Stechford, and a further three leisure centres – Erdington, which successfully completed in September 2017, Northfield, and Icknield Port Loop – have been designed to minimise life cycle costs and support the council’s sustainability agenda.
The centres all feature advanced and highly efficient mechanical and electrical services infrastructure to reduce running costs and carbon emissions, while high-performance insulation materials and extensive glazed elevations maximise natural-light volume.
Heat-recovery systems reduce the overall heating demand for the new generation swimming pools, and low water-consumption sanitary-ware further champions sustainability in the centres.
The framework is a clear demonstration of Birmingham City Council’s commitment to modernising its leisure infrastructure, and the appointment of the highly experienced Serco and ISG consortium is a key element in the provision of outstanding community leisure facilities, driving increasing levels of participation.
Rob Martin, managing director for ISG’s UK Construction West business, commented: “The adoption of a framework procurement approach has enabled us to drive efficiencies throughout this intensive works programme, encouraging collaboration, project learning and promoting best practice.
“This efficient methodology has set the conditions for success from the very outset, and enabled us to deliver these first two framework projects ahead of schedule and within budget.”