Olympic Pool to boost City's sporting provision
Following my earlier posts regarding the City Council's intention to build a 50m Olympic Pool, Olympic swimming hopes for one of UK's sporting Jewels, and the city's sporting provision, Olympic pool metres too far? ,the City Council launched on the 3rd June it's first architect's images of the new £58 million Olympic standard swimming pool and accompanying water park and leisure centre, http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2009/06/03/design-of-birmingham-s-olympic-swimming-pool-revealed-65233-23773438/.
The centre is proposed for a site on St Vincent Street, adjacent to the National Indoor Arena and would include a 50 metre pool ready in time for international athletes training for the 2012 London Olympics together with Olympic standard diving pool, leisure pool with rides and attractions, large gym, saunas, steam rooms, climbing wall, sports hall and five-a-side football pitches together with a cafe, community meeting rooms, and play area and creche.
The designs follow the earlier launch of designs for Harborne's new pool on the 19th May, http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2009/05/19/first-glimpse-of-plans-for-harborne-s-new-swimming-pool-97319-23652679/. The £12 million Harborne Baths would begin next year and be ready to open to the public in 2011 and would be the first swimming pool and leisure centre built from scratch in the city since 1988 when Kingstanding Leisure Centre opened. The money for the pool comes from £84.5 million the city council is spending on it's three new swimming projects - the Olympic Pool, Harborne's new pool and refurbishment of Stechford Cascades.