Serco, the international service company, has won a 15 year contract with Birmingham City Council to manage nine leisure centres across the city, including the design, build and operation of four new swimming pools.
Serco will operate and manage Wyndley Leisure Centre, Beeches Pool, Fox Hollies Leisure Centre, Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre and Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre. In addition, it will design and build new facilities at Erdington Pool, Stechford Cascades, Northfield Pool and Icknield Port Loop, which it will then manage.
Ian Phelps, Managing Director for Serco's Leisure business, said: "We are delighted to bring over 20 years of leisure industry experience to this partnership with Birmingham City Council in order to deliver new and refurbished facilities along with high quality leisure provision to local residents across the city."
Birmingham City Council's assistant director for sport and events, Steve Hollingworth, said: "On behalf of the city council I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to Serco. They submitted quality and cost effective tenders to operate and manage nine leisure centres and design and build four brand new modern pools. Despite the considerable budgetary restraints that we face, Serco's appointment will help us ensure that we can continue to support and encourage people to be active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle."