Outline proposals unveiled for Lichfield’s new leisure centre

woman swimming in a pool underwater

We have released initial proposals for its new leisure centre at Stychbrook Park.

The proposals will be reported to the Leisure, Parks & Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee which will take place online on Thursday 21 January.

The proposed new leisure centre will feature a 25 metre swimming pool with a movable floor to support swimming lessons, a fitness suite and three group exercise studios/multi-function rooms. Also included is a 3G artificial football pitch at the rear of the centre.

The new leisure centre will be built at Stychbrook Park in Lichfield. This site was chosen as the preferred location in October 2020 after a review of potential sites across the city highlighted Stychbrook Park as the most suitable. Final designs, planning permission and site investigations at Stychbrook Park will still be required before any construction can begin.

Councillor Liz Little, Cabinet Member for Major Projects & Economic Development, said:

“I’m really pleased we have reached the stage where we can discuss initial proposals for what we hope to achieve with our new leisure centre. There’s still a lot of work to do to refine the designs, evaluate the Stychbrook Park site and understand what external funding our plans might attract to go alongside the £5 million promised by Lichfield District Council to replace the Friary Grange swimming pool.

“Starting to agree our priority facilities and the scale at which we intend to build is a critical stage in the project and will help us in our discussions with potential funding partners. This will also influence how the design of the final leisure centre changes from this initial outline.

“These proposals give us something to engage the local community, potential leisure industry partners and others in discussions about making this project affordable, achievable and something that brings long-lasting benefits to our residents”.

Read the full report and find out how to livestream the committee meeting

Published: 13 January 2021