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New Northfield Leisure Centre


Hello, ISG Construction Ltd has been appointed by Serco as the principal contractor for the construction of the new Northfield Leisure Centre.

We appreciate that this development is introducing change within the area and would like to take this opportunity to explain about the scheme and our upcoming construction activities.

Once we have completed construction the new facility will include:-

  • 25 meter 6 lane swimming pool
  • Training / learner pool
  • Changing village
  • Fitness suite
  • Dance studio

As you can see from the photograph below we are currently demolishing the old leisure centre, this is going well and should be completed by the end of November.

During the demolition we are endeavoring to remove certain items such as the stone crest and weather vane that were recognizable features of the old building for potential re-use.

Upcoming activities

Over the next couple of months we will carry out the following works:-

  • Completion of the demolition phase, including removing the old pools and all foundations.
  • Commence construction of the new building, starting with the plant room for the new pools and progressing on to the new pools themselves.

The construction of the concrete parts of the new building will continue for approximately 5 months, after which the steel frame for the first floor and roof will be erected.

During the concrete works it might appear that not a lot is happening as very little will be visible over the top of the hoarding, but we will be working hard behind the hoarding to deliver the new leisure centre as soon as we can.

Considerate Constructors Scheme

As an associate member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, ISG are committed to provide a first class service to our clients, we are also extremely passionate about ensuring daily operations cause minimum disruption to the local community during our works. With this in mind we are opening up various ways of communication with the local residents.

  • Monthly newsletters such as this one that will keep you informed about what we are doing and will introduce some of the site team.
  • A notice board that will be erected on the site hoarding.
  • Scheme website; details to follow and a link will be displayed on the notice board.
  • Monthly drop-in meetings onsite every first Friday of the month, please feel free to drop in if you have any questions.
  • Visits to local schools to be arranged in association with our client, Serco.
  • Vision panels will be cut in the hoarding to allow pedestrians to see what we are up to.

Important Health, Safety & Environmental Information

We would like to thank all local residents in advance for bearing with us whilst we carry out our works. Your safety is paramount to us at ISG and therefore we do have to insist on stringent measures to maintain our high standards.

ISG strive to ensure Health, Safety and Welfare of all employees, sub-contractors, client third parties, visitors and members of the public.

We are very aware that traffic can get very busy around this area, particularly at each end of the day. As such we have arranged the site entrance and have it manned at all times to ensure that delivery vehicles are taken off Great Stone Road immediately so as not to disrupt traffic.

Also, in order to minimize disruption to the surrounding areas we will not be working at weekends or Bank holidays unless there is a specific operation that is less disruptive if carried out at these times. We will let you know of any such operations in the weeks leading up to them in more detail.

The site has been set up with CCTV cameras which are monitored off-site, with mobile patrols that can visit if the need arises. When the project is more advanced we will have 24 hour a day manned security in place.


If you have any questions about the project or site safety, please contact me, Mark Glanville, Project Manager, mark.glanville@isgplc.com, or drop in to the office and I will be happy to speak with you.


Northfield Leisure Centre swimming pools closed for redevelopment

Thursday 30 June 2016

Birmingham Community Leisure Trust and Birmingham City Council have announced that the swimming pools at Northfield Leisure Centre will not reopen prior to the planned £8m redevelopment. The decision comes after independent tests found Cryptosporidium in the teaching pool. The gym will remain open until Friday 22 July at which point the centre will close to the public.

The Council and the Trust reviewed the actions required to eradicate this chlorine resistant bug from the water and considered the time and investment required disproportionate given that the facility was due to close for redevelopment in August.

Both pools were initially closed on 14 June for thorough cleaning after a customer accidently defecated in the water. In addition to the normal procedures, the Trust tested the water for Cryptosporidium as an extra precaution in light of recent issues at Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre.  There have been no cases of illness linked to Northfield and no further cases linked to Cocks Moors Woods, which reopened to the public at last weekend (Saturday 25 June)

Brian Taylor, Chairman for Birmingham Community Leisure Trust said: “This was not an easy decision to make but, having estimated it would take at least five weeks, and potentially in excess of one hundred thousand pounds, to restore the water quality, it just doesn’t make sense to invest this time and money. This is compounded when considering that the pools would only be open for perhaps a couple of weeks after the works before the building was due to close to be demolished to make way for the new leisure centre. We apologise to all those inconvenienced by this decision and will be contacting all our customers about alternative provision.

“While Northfield Leisure Centre will close its doors slightly earlier than expected, when it reopens in spring 2018 residents will be able to enjoy a fantastic, modern facility with enhanced health, fitness and community provision, which will also help support wider regeneration in the local area."

The new leisure centre is being built directly on the site of the existing facility and will comprise two swimming pools, a family changing area and a state-of-the art 80 station gym, plus a dedicated studio and additional community room.  The latest plans for the new leisure centre have been submitted to Birmingham City Council for approval and members of the public have until 14 July 2016 to comment.

The Trust will be offering existing customers the opportunity to transfer their membership to another Birmingham Community Leisure Trust facility while Northfield is closed.   Any existing Northfield members moving to another site will be guaranteed no price increase on their membership or swimming lesson fees till June 2018.  Customers who have paid for swimming lessons at Northfield will be reimbursed for cancelled sessions and offered alternative classes at either Cocks Moors Woods or other facilities in the local area.

Northfield’s 42 employees will be temporarily seconded to other Birmingham Community Leisure Trust sites across the city until the new building opens.

Northfield Pool Closure - Friday 24th June

The swimming pools at Northfield Leisure Centre will remain closed until further notice after independent tests unfortunately detected the presence of Cryptosporidium in the teaching pool water. We are still awaiting the test results for the larger pool.

Both pools were closed on 14 June for thorough cleaning after a customer defecated in the water. In addition to the normal procedures, we tested the water for Cryptosporidium as an extra precaution in light of recent issues at Cocks Moors Woods. 

We take the health of our customers extremely seriously and are currently discussing next steps with the Council, including the length of time it will take to carry out the necessary measures to eradicate this chlorine resistant bug from the water.

We apologise to all those inconvenienced by the closure; customers should check our website or social media for further updates.


National Fitness Day - Wednesday 9th September

National Fitness Day is the biggest and most visible annual celebration of physical activity of the year. It is the day to celebrate the role that physical activity plays across the UK - come and join us!

Northfield Leisure Centre will be launching a new adult lane swim session that will take place every Wednesday, 20:00 - 21:45 - launching on National Fitness Day.

A free taster session* is available on Wednesday 9th September, 20:00 - 21:45 in celebration of National Fitness Day. Simply complete an enquiry card.

*Subject to availability.



1st June 2015 - Hello from Birmingham Community Leisure Trust!

From the 1st June 2015, Birmingham Community Leisure Trust (BCLT), will manage the following leisure centres with Serco as the partnership operator.

  • Beeches Pool & Fitness Centre

  • Fox Hollies Leisure Centre

  • Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre

  • Northfield Pool & Fitness centre

  • Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre

  • Stechford Cascades

  • Erdington Leisure Centre

  • Wyndley Leisure Centre

As part of the continuous commitment to improving services for Birmingham residents, BCLT will be refurbishing the following Leisure Centres;

  • Fox Hollies Leisure Centre

  • Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre

  • Beeches Leisure Centre

  • Wyndley Leisure Centre

Three new leisure centres will be built to replace the following facilities:

  • Northfield Leisure Centre

  • Erdington Leisure Centre

  • Stechford Leisure Centre

  • A new site will also be built on Icknield Port in Edgbaston


New Website

has launched it's new website.  Not only have we had a visual overhaul, but we're also adding in some great new features including a new online bookings system and online membership sign-up.

If you have any feedback on the new site, please contact us.