Scheme will be built by Wates

Designs for the new £60m Sandwell Aquatics Centre which will host the swimming and diving at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games have been unveiled as the architect behind the scheme is revealed.

Gloucester-based practice Roberts Limbrick has worked up the designs for the centre, which is set to be built by Wates.

The architect, who has previously worked on the Wales National Pool in Swansea and the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse, has drawn up plans for the aquatics centre including a 50m competition swimming pool, a 25m diving pool, a studio pool and 1,000 spectator seats.

The scheme, which has repeatedly been given a red-risk rating by the council due to its significance, will also include a dry-dive facility, two gyms, three activity studios, an eight-court sports hall, indoor cycling studio, sauna and cafe.   

The site, at Londonderry Playing Fields in Smethwick, will also include 450 on-site car parking spaces, a football pitch and changing facilities, a park and children’s play area. 

Sandwell council is currently running a public consultation on the plans ahead of applying for planning in the new year.

The council has organised five consultation drop-in sessions for residents.

The appointment of the £8m-turnover architect to design the swimming venue for the Commonwealth Games follows Arup’s appointment to lead the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium, which will host both the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics at the Games.

Mace is acting as project manager on the Alexander Stadium project.