Interserve Press Office | Jan 13, 2014
International support services and construction group, Interserve will start work in April on the University of Birmingham's new £55 million sports centre, housing the first 50 metre swimming pool in Birmingham.
The sports centre, which will be open to students, staff and the wider community, is being funded by a £2 million grant from Sport England, plus donations from alumni and friends of the University. It will also feature an arena sports hall with seating for up to 900 spectators, six squash courts, six activity rooms for a wide range of sport and fitness classes, a 225 station gym and other facilities.
Director of Sport for the University of Birmingham, Zena Wooldridge said: "This is a large and complex project, which is the culmination of many years of planning and design. We're very excited that construction is now about to start. The new facilities, and opportunities they will house, will be a game-changer for the University, both in raising its profile as a leading UK sporting University, and in its provision for the local and regional community."
The 13,200sqm development will also boast a purpose-designed Wellbeing and Performance Centre, making it one of the UK's leading indoor sports centres.
Interserve Construction has a ten-year relationship with the University of Birmingham and a number of Civil Engineering graduates now work for the business.
Managing Director of Interserve Construction, Ian Renhard, commented: "This is a very important project for both the University and the City of Birmingham. For Interserve it is great to be able to be part of shaping the future of sport in the city. Having had a long-standing relationship with the University, it is equally rewarding to see our graduates given an opportunity to be part of the construction of this fantastic new facility."
The project is being supported by Sport England with £2 million of National Lottery investment into the new centre through the Olympic legacy fund Iconic Facilities. This fund invests in large scale, state of the art facilities throughout the country, helping to keep and sustain the London Olympics legacy.
Sport England Property Director Charles Johnston said: "I am delighted that work is beginning at the University of Birmingham, helping it to become a centre of sporting excellence in the West Midlands."
He added: "Good sports facilities play an important role in local communities; they not only improve people's sporting experience but also help attract new participants. The new facilities at the university will do just this and I am pleased we are able to support this project with £2 million of National Lottery funding."
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About University of Birmingham Campus redevelopment
The new sports centre is part of a £175m five-year redevelopment scheme for the University of Birmingham's historic Edgbaston campus, aimed at benefitting students, staff and visitors.
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