Portway Lifestyle Centre is a brand new leisure facility for Oldbury in Sandwell.
The £18 million centre, which focuses on sport, leisure, health and well being is being built on the site of the former Oldbury Leisure Centre in the West Midlands borough. Thomas Vale Construction is the main contractor on Portway Lifestyle Centre, while Design Buro (Coventry) is providing all architectural services.
The construction of Portway Lifestyle Centre is the result of a partnership between Sandwell Council, Sandwell Leisure Trust and Sandwell LIFTCo along with Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and NHS England. Sport England has provided £1.5m in lottery funding from its Iconic Facilities legacy fund for the centre. The Department of Health awarded the scheme £15m in PFI credits.
Sandwell LIFTCo’s Chair, Simon Murphy, said:
“Sandwell LIFTCo is delighted to be delivering such an important scheme as it will have a positive impact on the health and quality of life for many thousands of people living in the borough.”
Community Health Partnerships Senior Regional Director and Sandwell LIFTCo Board Member, Dr Sarah Raper, said:
“CHP’s overall aim is to create the highest quality primary and community estates that serve the needs of local communities and contributes towards improving people’s health and wellbeing. When it opens, the Portway Lifestyle Centre will certainly achieve that aim.”
Work began on constructing Portway Lifestyle Centre in October 2012 with the erection of the centre’s steel frame.
Construction work continued to make great progress throughout the remainder of 2012, with a topping out ceremony taking place in February 2013.
Sandwell Council’s deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Resources, Councillor Steve Eling, said:
“Thomas Vale has faced some difficult weather conditions since work began, but the project is on schedule to deliver what will be one of the most modern leisure centres in the country.”
Once work is complete on the project, Portway Lifestyle Centre will become the home of Portway Family Practice, a GP practice which will replace the former Tividale Family Practice.
The site will also include an extensive collection of sporting, health and leisure facilities, from a full-sized artificial grass pitch, sports hall, hydrotherapy pool and gym, to a dance studio, sensory room, outdoor exercise trail, climbing wall and café.
Commenting on the new centre, Partner at Tividale Family Practice, Dr Arun Saini, said:
“The move to Portway affords us a great opportunity, not only to provide first class health facilities in a state-of-the art building, but also to offer our patients convenient access to facilities that can help them lead a healthier lifestyle. The combination of health and leisure in one building is a major advantage that will have an important impact on the health and wellbeing of local people.”
Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said:
“It is great to see work progressing with the Portway Lifestyle Centre.
“Through our Iconic Facilities legacy funding we are bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games to communities across the country, so those inspired to give sport a go will have a first-class facility in which to do so.”
Portway Lifestyle Centre is currently scheduled to reach completion later this year.
For information on Portway Lifestyle Centre, please visit: www.slt-leisure.co.uk.