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400,000+ reAders leisure opportunities 29 May – 11 JUNE 2012 ISSUE 581 Daily news & jobs: £30m Orford Park complex opens

The Queen has officially unveiled a new £30m sport, health and education complex that has transformed a former landfill site in the centre of Warrington, Cheshire. Orford Park has been

developed by Warrington Borough Council and incor- porates a 9,000sq m (96,875sq ſt) Sports Hub with facilities such as two swimming pools and a 75-station fitness suite. Te gym has been equipped

by Technogym and includes the Element and Strength range, as well as the Excite and Cardio range offering the Visioweb digital platform. Leisure facilities at the

énergie Group’s chief executive Jan Spaticchia

énergie cancels IPO and opts for private equity deal

Fitness franchise énergie Group has with- drawn its planned initial public offering (IPO) due to the combination of volatile market conditions and a “very attractive offer” from a private equity firm. Énergie, which operates 98 clubs across

Te Queen opened Warrington’s £30m leisure and wellbeing complex

Archial Architects-designed Orford Park also include dance studios, squash courts and a sports hall, as well as a library, three GP surgeries and a Diploma Centre for 14- to 19-year-olds.

New thermal spa opens at Gloucester facility

Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust has announced the opening of a full-ser- vice day spa at the GL1 leisure centre in Gloucester, which it operates on the behalf of the local authority. Te £125,000 investment includes

new treatment rooms, a spa pool and a thermal suite housing a steam- room, monsoon showers and heated loungers. Te wellness thermal suite has been delivered by NOLA 7. Te entire 300sq m (3,300sq ſt) spa

will be illuminated with energy saving LED mood enhancing lighting. Read more:


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A network of walking and cycling paths

around new grass sports pitches are among the exterior facilities at Orford Park. Read more:

ArcelorMittal Orbit unveiled in London

ArcelorMittal Orbit, the sculpture and visitor attraction designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, has been unveiled at the heart of the new Olympic Park in east London. Te 114.5m (375.7ſt) tower has been devel-

oped at a cost of £22.7m and is located between the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre. During and aſter the 2012 London Games,

the new ArcelorMittal Orbit is to be operated as a ticketed visitor attraction offering views overlooking the capital and beyond. Visitors will be transported to the top in a

liſt and will be able to return in the same man- ner, although the use of the 455-step staircase ‘orbiting’ the tower will be encouraged.

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Te construction phase took 18 months to complete Te tower was handed over to the London

Legacy Development Corporation in May to allow Balfour Beatty Workplace to complete the fit-out ahead of its public opening. Details:

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six countries, had previously set out plans to list on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Te IPO was to take place by means of a

reverse acquisition by Hubco Investments Plc. Read more:

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