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Bromsgrove pupils see how new leisure centre is shaping up

Morgan Sindall showcased good progress on Bromsgrove’s new £10.3 million, state-of-the-art leisure centre, inviting staff and pupils from North Bromsgrove High School and Sixth form to visit the site, as part of a drive to inspire more young people to enter the construction industry.

Work on the two-storey facility, on School Drive, started in August. When complete, it will include two swimming pools, a climbing wall, 100-station fitness suite and a spinning studio.

Morgan Sindall senior project manager, Steven Cowley, explained the progress to date: “We’ve erected the steel frame, and the main Glulam beams over the swimming pool are also in place.

“Work on the roof is progressing well. Metal decking has been fitted, with a concrete finish due to be laid over it before Christmas, and stairs from the ground to the first floor have been installed.

“There’s been no disruption to the adjacent Dolphin Leisure Centre, which will remain open until the new building opens in autumn next year.

“In addition to our construction work on the new facility, we’ve established a relationship with neighbouring North Bromsgrove High School and Sixth Form. Pupils have been interested in the project taking place on their doorstep, and we’re working with teachers to promote working in construction as a career option.”

Liz Milne, maths teacher at the school, said: “It’s great that Morgan Sindall is engaging with us and offering our pupils these opportunities. Everyone was suitably enthused by a careers talk that Steve and his team delivered back in November and we had no shortage of volunteers for the site visit!

“In the new year, two of the graduates working on the project are going to talk to interested pupils about routes into construction and how they have found the industry so far.”

Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for leisure Cllr, Peter Whittaker, added: “It was great to visit the site again and see how much progress is being made towards the new leisure centre. It really is shaping up to become an incredible facility for people across the district and beyond.

“I think it was fantastic that the students got to see exactly how a construction site works and I am proud that this project was able to offer them this opportunity. They were all very enthusiastic and I hope it has inspired some of them to consider a career in construction.””

The leisure centre is the latest redevelopment in Bromsgrove under a strategic town centre regeneration partnership of public bodies that was formed in 2010 to redevelop areas of the town, making major efficiency savings across the public purse. This has led to the total revamp of the high street, major retail developments coming forward across the town and a near-total overhaul of public buildings.