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heaLth & fitness

£3m revamp for Brighton’s Withdean Sports Complex

Brighton & Hove City Council is to invest £3m in improving the health and fitness facilities at Withdean Sports Complex. Te centre, which is owned by the council

and run by Freedom Leisure, is to benefit from a new 125-station gym and a larger dance and group exercise studio. Te complex is currently operating at

capacity for gym use and exercise classes and the improvements are part of the coun- cil’s plan to grow participation by nearly 70 per cent, attracting 1,000 new members. Read more:

DLL to open new Worcester club

David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) is to open a new £8m sports, health and leisure facility near Worcester’s Sixways Stadium later this year – the group’s 81st site in the UK. Te 5,600sq m (60,278sq

ſt) development will open on 1 December and will accom- modate a range of activities, including three indoor and five outdoor tennis courts. A 900sq m (9,688sq ſt) fit-

ness suite will boast resistance and cv equipment, free weights and Power Plates, while three studios are planned - one ded- icated to group cycling classes. Elsewhere, the new DLL club will have a 25m

Te new DLL venue will be located next to Worcester’s Sixways Stadium

indoor pool and a 20m outdoor pool and two physiotherapy rooms, along with a wet spa area to include a sauna and steamroom. An “exclusive area” for adults is also being proposed by DLL, which is to accommodate a

Te renovation has taken 20 months to complete

Pure Gym to open second Wolverhampton location

Pure Gym, the low-cost health club chain founded in 2009, is to continue its UK expansion with the opening of its second site in Wolverhampton on 24 May. Stephen Clarke, who oversaw the launch

of the first Pure Gym site in the city more than two years ago, has been appointed gym manager of the new facility. Te new Wolverhampton club joins other

clubs to open in the West Midlands in the next two months, with West Bromwich and Walsall also set to host Pure Gyms. Read more:

Body Confidence Award winners announced

Te winners of the UK’s first ever Body Confidence Awards have been announced at the House of Commons in London. A total of ten award winners were chosen

across a diverse range of categories, which ranged from education and advertising to fitness and broadcasting. Virgin Active’s ‘Oomph’ marketing cam-

paign won the Sport, Health and Fitness Award – sponsored by Central YMCA – for its use of a range of shapes, ages, sizes and ethnic diversity in its advertising. Read more:


salt steamroom; a saunarium; a sauna; an ice machine; and a large spa pool. DLL regional director Jason Andrews said:

“We are very excited about providing the community with what will be a fantastic club offering excellent facilities.” Details:

British Land in Virgin Active clubs sale

British Land has sold five of the 17 Virgin Active health clubs it acquired in July 2011 for a combined £33m. Colliers Capital has bought

clubs in Gloucester and Poole, while the new owners of the Virgin Active sites in Neath, Manchester and Oxford – also institutional buyers – have declined to be named. Following the deal British

Land now holds a core port- folio of 12 premium racquet clubs. Te majority of the 12 clubs leſt in the portfolio are located in the south east, with more than half within the M25. Te disposal price of £33m represents an average net initial yield of 6.5 per cent. Charles Maudsley, head of retail for British Land, said: “Tis reflects the high quality of

British Land now holds a core estate of 12 premium Virgin Active sites

the assets and demonstrates our ability to work successfully with banks and other sellers to unlock opportunities and create incremental value for our shareholders.” Details:

IOW leisure centre relaunch pushed back

Te opening of the first new-look facilities at a leisure centre in Sandown, Isle of Wight, has been pushed back due to “significant additional works” during a £2.67m refurbishment. Isle of Wight Council has revealed that the renovated swimming pools and expanded Tone

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Zone will now open on 1 October, having been originally due to be unveiled in June. According to the local authority, the roofs

above both pools needed an extensive rebuild, while a gas main had to be relocated. Read more:

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