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£3.6m redevelopment for Bradley Stoke


Work is due to get underway next month on a £3.6m project to transform leisure facilities at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre in Bristol. Createability and Alliance Leisure


Services are leading the project. Their brief is to design a health and leisure space that provides an innovative, social and exciting environment to inspire local families to


adopt a healthier lifestyle. The new facilities at Bradley Stoke


include a major expansion of the fitness suite from 85 to 106 stations, a number of new studios including a large 270sq m room, a 150sq m multi-purpose exercise studio, a new 12-station toning suite, enhanced soft play facilities and designated


party rooms, along with a 17-station adventure climbing experience. The café will benefit from an extension, while changing areas will be refurbished and additional parking spaces created. The centre also features a 25m swimming


pool, bubble pool, small learner pool, a six- badminton court main sports hall and two squash courts, as well as physiotherapy rooms, In Trim Hairdressing Salon, Bliss Nail and Beauty Salon and a library. Alliance are acting as the development


partner to the council, and Createability as the appointed leisure, design and build specialist to design and carry out the construction works. The project is expected to take approximately 12 months.


Approval for 20,000-seater football stadium


AFC Wimbledon’s application to build a new 20,000-seater football stadium in the borough of Merton, south west London have been approved by Merton Council. As well as a 20,000-seater football


stadium, there will be 602 new homes, retail space, a squash and fitness club, car and cycle parking on the site of the current greyhound track. Speaking after the planning committee


meeting, AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson, said: “This has been a momentous day for our club and the most important event since we


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reformed it 13 years ago “Following the sale of our former


Plough Lane site and the decision by the FA to allow Wimbledon FC’s Football League place to be moved to Milton Keynes, our fans did something unprecedented in the football world – we decided to re-form the club, enter the football hierarchy at the lowest level and repeat what the old Wimbledon FC did with massive success, namely make our way up through the many leagues into the Football League. “We started with nothing, no team, no


stadium, no manager, not even a strip to wear. But what was different this time was that the club was formed by and remains owned by the fans, in other words we are firmly rooted in our community. “We have never lost sight of that and so


we have focused the majority of our community works on Merton because this is our home and we are delighted that we have been granted planning approval to return to Wimbledon.” The plans are currently with The Mayor of London for review.


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