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Commonwealth Games Pool for 2022 | BUILDING MAGAZINE

Commonwealth Games Pool for 2022

In time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Wates Construction is on target to complete the £73m Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick.

The Sandwell Aquatics Centre is one of the new facilities being built for the next Commonwealth Games, which is set to take place in Birmingham from 28th July to 8th August 2022.

With less than a year until handover, Wates is now focused on completing the three pools. Various dignitaries recently visited the site for a ’tiling ceremony’ to mark the laying of the first of 190,000 pool tiles.

The centre has a 50-metre Olympic sized pool, a 25-metre diving pool and a community swimming pool. Some 3,000m of concrete was used in the pool’s construction.

Wates Construction started work on site in September 2019. So far, it has completed the external structure and roof of the site, which included installing 14 steel trusses, each spanning 75 metres and weighing around 30 tonnes. The team also installed the 10-metre dive tower earlier in the year and recent work has included the completion of the building facades. Internally, high-level works within the pool have been taking place, including lighting, fire alarm cabling and ventilation and heating duct work.

Further facilities at the centre are gyms, fitness studios, two sports halls and an indoor football pitch.

The project is on schedule and is set to complete in spring 2022.

John Carlin, Wates Construction regional managing director said: “Now tiles are going in, you can begin to see properly how the facility will look once it’s completed, and ensuring all 190,000 are laid perfectly is the latest in a long line of technically complex features which we’ve delivered as part of this ambitious build”.