Salsa, fencing and a gospel choir. Not your average leisure centre programme, but Dawn and her team aren’t cut from the average cloth.
Under Dawn’s stewardship, the centre has become the nucleus of Ladywood. The hub is the final piece of the puzzle for the series of four new leisure centres delivered by ISG for Serco Leisure on behalf of Birmingham Community Leisure Trust, bringing local people together through accessible exercise and leisure facilities. Not only does Ladywood offer local residents 30 free activity hours a week and support schools with swimming programmes, the centre is doing its bit to ease unemployment in the area, with 50% of its staff joining through the local Jobcentre Plus.
Ladywood Leisure Centre has galvanised its community, just like its counterparts in Erdington, Stechford and Northfield – and Dawn has been integral to them all.
The centres all feature advanced and highly efficient mechanical and electrical services infrastructure to reduce running costs and carbon emissions, while high-performance insulation materials and extensive glazed elevations maximise natural-light volume.
Heat-recovery systems reduce the overall heating demand for its new generation swimming pools, and low water-consumption sanitary-ware further champions sustainability in the centres.