Birmingham & Black Country

Harborne public swimming pool opens

Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre
Image caption The leisure centre is the first in Birmingham to be operated by an external contractor

Birmingham's first new public swimming pool for more than 20 years has opened.

The £12.2m Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre will be operated and managed by DC Leisure Management Ltd.

It is the first municipal leisure centre in Birmingham to be managed and operated by an external contractor, in a bid to save money.

DC Leisure has signed an initial 10-year deal with Birmingham City Council to manage the facility, with an option to extend for a further five years.

The new centre in Harborne has a 25m main pool alongside a smaller learner pool, a gym, children's fitness suite, dance and aerobics studio and a community room.

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