Portway Lifestyle Centre to Open to the Public

19/09/2013
Portway Lifestyle Centre to Open to the Public

Portway Lifestyle Centre will open its doors to the public on Monday September 23.

The centre will open from 7am to 10pm weekdays and 7am to 6pm at the weekend.

The Newbury Lane centre will serve people with and without disabilities equally, offering health and leisure services under one roof.

The Portway Lifestyle Centre is the result of a partnership between Sandwell Council, Sandwell Leisure Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and NHS England, Portway Family Practice, Sandwell LIFTCo and Sport England.

The centre will enable the people of Sandwell to have access to improved standards of healthcare and leisure facilities in a specially designed, fit for purpose building, including a four-court sports hall, a hydro-therapy pool for rehabilitation and other therapeutic purposes, a sensory room, a climbing wall, dance studio (hosting 50 fitness classes each week), 114 station fitness suite and a full-sized, all-weather pitch for senior, junior and 5-a-side football. In addition, a large multi-purpose activity hall and a life trail for gentle exercise has been created for those requiring gentle exercise and reablement. There will also be a café and ample parking on-site.
Customers will be able to pay as they go for activities or join the centre’s membership scheme.
The centre also houses a GP surgery, the Portway Family Practice, which will replace the Tividale Family Practice later in the year.

The entire project was aided by £1.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England's Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme, Iconic Facilities.

Councillor Steve Eling, Sandwell Council's deputy leader, said: "This is a fantastic centre that is a real bonus for the community. The combination of health and leisure services with special facilities for people with disabilities must rank among the best in the country."

Simon Murphy, Sandwell LIFTCo’s Chair, commented: ‘We are proud to be associated with this brilliant building. Its state of the art facilities will make a real difference to the lives of all its able-bodied and disabled users".

Martyn Chaplin, Deputy Commercial Director at Thomas Vale Construction added: “As a local contractor Thomas Vale Construction are extremely proud to have been part of the outstanding team who have delivered this prestigious project. The Portway Lifestyle Centre will bring unlimited benefits to the people of Sandwell.”

Sport England’s Regional Strategic Lead, Adam Rigarlsford, said: "It's great to see the Portway Lifestyle Centre open and giving thousands of local people of all abilities the chance to get involved in sport. By investing in top class, local facilities that provide a good sporting experience, we’re helping more people develop a sporting habit for life.”

Dr Arun Saini, partner at Tividale Family Practice, said: “The move to Portway allows us to continue providing first class health care, and is a great opportunity for the Practice to innovate new ways of health care delivery. It offers our patients convenient access to state of the art facilities that can help them lead a healthier lifestyle. The combination of health and leisure in one building will have a major impact on the health and wellbeing of our local patients.”

Paul Slater, Chief Executive of Sandwell Leisure Trust, said: “SLT is delighted to be managing this fantastic facility for the people of Sandwell.

“Portway Lifestyle Centre will help to deliver a first class facility for health, well-being and physical activity in the borough.”

For more information on Portway Lifestyle Centre and for timetables and bookings, please call 0300 012 0121.