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Our work to deliver environmentally-friendly leisure centres for Birmingham City Council

Of all our Business Units (BU) around the world, our Citizens Services Leisure BU in the UK is one of the most energy and carbon intensive. Our operational responsibilities enable us to have full control over plant and equipment, making energy and carbon management a key BU priority.

In 2015, Serco secured the contract to operate Birmingham City Council’s leisure centres and swimming pools until 2030. Birmingham Community Leisure Trust was formed and initiated the design and build of four new leisure centres funded by Birmingham City Council and Sport England.

Two of the new state-of-the-art leisure centres opened in 2018. In partnership with global construction services company, ISG, the leisure centres were designed and built to a high-level specification, featuring many energy-saving and environmental attributes such as:

  • Heat recovery systems
  • Heat pumps
  • Low solar gain
  • Low fabric emissions
  • Energy efficient lighting and controls
  • Energy efficient fans
  • Green roof to encourage local biodiversity
  • Re-use of some old stonework from a legacy leisure centre built in 1937

Paul Walls, Leisure Project & Client Manager for Birmingham City Council, said: “As well as helping Birmingham City Council meet its target of a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2027, Birmingham Community Leisure Trust are also contributing towards our national targets set through The Climate Change Act 2008.”

Mark Coleridge, Technical Director for Serco Leisure, said: “Our new facilities in Birmingham have great features from an energy perspective when benchmarked against our wider portfolio. Our challenge now is to ensure our operations over the contract term meet the design specifications and we manage energy effectively, helping meet wider Serco and UK level energy and carbon targets.”