Client: Birmingham City Council / Wates
Location: Harborne
Status: Complete

Birmingham City Council invested over £12m replacing the old ‘Harbourne Baths’ with a new 25m 6 lane pool, learner pool, fitness suite and studio in this urban centre location.

Saunders Boston was appointed by Wates Construction as lead consultant forming part of the delivery design team through the Birmingham Construction Partnership (Framework).

The completed scheme, on the site of the former 'Harborne Baths' at Lordswood Road, demolished the original 1923 baths and rebuilt it to create a contemporary intervention in this Birmingham suburb. Pre-cast concrete facades create a plinth to the building with a pre-patinated copper ‘wedge’ forming the most striking feature of the design.

Sustainability was key to the Birmingham City Council brief, this project has achieved a BREEAM rating of 'excellent' and includes sustainable features such as a green (living) roof, water-saving measures, solar energy, naturally lit spaces and resourcing of sustainable materials.

Project Scope:

  • 25m 6 Lane Swimming Pool
  • 13m Learner Pool
  • Village / Group Changing
  • Fitness Suite (60 Stn)
  • Dedicated Kids Gym
  • Multi-purpose Studio (150 sq m)


  • RICS West Midlands-Community Benefit ‘Highly Commended’
  • Built-in Quality Awards – Leisure Category
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“ demonstrated good technical skills, especially with the knowledge of swimming pool standards and technology to assist in the delivery of an excellent completed facility”.

Steve Jarvis, Service Integration Head, Birmingham City Council