Sandwell Aquatics Centre - Wates



Delivering a world class sporting venue and a community legacy

Sandwell Aquatics Centre has been built to host one of the largest international sporting events of 2022, but our involvement also continues after the competition ends, as the Centre is developed into a community leisure facility to be opened in 2023. This involves removing 4,000 spectator seats and installing additional leisure facilities.

Creating a lasting legacy is at the heart of what we do

The Centre has designed to be welcoming and inclusive, with facilities including a 108-station fitness suite; a women-only gym;  indoor cycling studio; sauna and steam room and the reinstatement of the exiting football pitch.

For the first time, budding swimmers and divers will have their own centre of excellence where they train for future competitions without having to compromise where they live or travel further afield.


Inside the completed Sandwell Aquatics Centre
Inside the completed Sandwell Aquatics Centre

As well as encouraging health, fitness and wellbeing, the centre has impressive environmental credentials, with a solar powered hot water system set to save 10% in typical energy use.

The project team has worked closely with local organisations like Think Sandwell, Sandwell College, as well as local schools, providing work placements, mentoring and encouraging careers in

Collaboration - the key to success

Here in the West Midlands were currently experiencing a tremendous renaissance in our local infrastructure. This project and the wider regeneration of the borough of Sandwell will create a lasting legacy for local residents and put Sandwell on the map for its world-class facility.

Every project we deliver has the community at its heart and we’ve been working with our partners to ensure this project provides significant economic and social value from the outset. The result is a landmark facility that will be transform the borough.”

John Carlin - Regional Director, Wates Construction
John Carlin - Regional Managing Director, Wates Construction
Sandwell Council

Sandwell Council

This has been a wonderful partnership between so many different agencies and our construction partners Wates. This place will have a real legacy for years to come and is already acting as a catalyst for regeneration in the area.”

  • Sandwell Council’s Director of Regeneration

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