Keys to new leisure centre handed over to city

Exterior of New Bert Williams Leisure Centre in BristolBilston now has a state-of-the-art leisure centre following completion of building work on the new £18.6m facility by main contractor Shepherd Construction.

And to mark the milestone, the contractors handed over the keys to the Bert Williams Leisure Centre to Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities.

The 5,600m² centre replaces the ageing Bilston Leisure Centre and will provide a dramatically increased range of facilities.

They include an eight-lane, 25m swimming pool, a studio pool, sauna, dance studio and a health and fitness suite kitted out with the very latest equipment.

In addition, there will be four squash courts, a sports hall which can be used for badminton, basketball, netball, volleyball and five-a-side football, dedicated gym equipment for older people and a special gym for youngsters aged eight to 15. A crèche and meeting room are also provided.

Peter Millett, managing director for Shepherd Construction's West Division, said: "We are delighted to hand over such an exciting new building to Wolverhampton City Council. The leisure centre will provide fantastic facilities that the local community can benefit from for years to come."

The Nettlefolds Way centre will be opened for the first time next month by Bert Williams MBE, the legendary Wolves and England goalkeeper who grew up in Bradley, and the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Bert Turner.