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in brief... little venice to open in summer
revamped leisure facilities
for hertfordshire A
new £4.3m multi-purpose consumers have come to expect.” The
leisure complex in Paddington, centre will also be a designated Centre
London – which will be the only of Excellence for Physical Activity –
Three leisure facilities in facility in the area to be accredited by part of the National Skills Academy for
Hertfordshire will be overhauled the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) – is Sport and Active Leisure.
pending council approval of the to open this summer. The complex will replace the
increased capital injection required Westminster City Council hopes Westminster Children’s Sports Centre,
for the projects. that the 1,800sq m Little Venice Sports which closed in 2006, and the new building
Proposals for Hartham Leisure Centre will help to tackle the borough’s will be made from sustainable materials
Centre in Hertford include a health inequalities, thanks to the fact to reduce its carbon footprint including a
65-station gym on the fi rst fl oor, that its facilities will be fully accessible sedium roof, made from sedium plants, to
overlooking Hartham Common, as to customers with physical disabilities help control the centre’s temperature.
well as a new studio, a crèche and and learning diffi culties, as well as being The scheme is funded by more than
changing rooms. Grange Paddocks suitable for non-disabled users. £1.6m of external funding from Sport
Pool and Gym in Bishop’s Stortford The complex, which has been England, SkillsActive, the Big Lottery
will feature a new 80-station gym designed by LCE Architects, includes Fund and John Lyon’s Charity Trust.
with views over the paddocks, a 30-station, 172sq m fi tness suite
while the former gym area will be equipped by Matrix Fitness Systems, as
developed into a new studio. A well as a four badminton court sports
dance studio, a multipurpose area hall and a multi-use dance and exercise
and a foyer, as well as an improved studio. There is also an IT training suite
bar with a café area, are planned for equipped with cameras to monitor and
Castle Hall in Hertford. analyse athletes’ agility and durability,
as a way of better identifying their
meadowside’s £5m upgrade specifi c training needs.
Meadowside Leisure Centre in Facility operator manager Nik
Burton, Staffordshire, is set to Walder says: “We want to eradicate
undergo a £5m transformation. health inequalities in Westminster
East Staffordshire Borough and, as the only IFI site in the borough,
Council has revealed its initial plans it’s vital to partner with a supplier
and artist’s impressions, produced that offers equipment that is not only
by Maber Architects, of how the fully accessible for users with physical
revamped leisure facility will look impairments and learning diffi culties, but Little Venice’s sedium roof will help
when it re-opens in summer 2010. is also of the high standard that today’s regulate temperature in the building
The scheme is set to include
a refurbishment of the gym
with upgraded equipment and
£2m gym upgrade for rivermead
studio facilities, improvements to
amenities and changing rooms, and A new £2m fi tness suite has been
the introduction of a crèche and unveiled at Rivermead Leisure Complex
soft play area. Construction work is in Reading, Berkshire, following the
expected to start in October. completion of a refurbishment scheme
carried out by operator Greenwich
leeds gets leisure grant Leisure Ltd (GLL).
Scott Hall Leisure Centre in Escape Fitness has worked in
Leeds is to undergo a £410,000 partnership with GLL to equip the
redevelopment thanks to a DCMS facility, which now offers 120 stations of
grant. The grant, sourced from the Technogym equipment, complemented
Free Swimming Capital Modernisation by a free weights area. There are also
Programme award, will fund the two 10m BSW sprint-track lanes, which
conversion of the centre’s existing have been installed by Escape in the
squash courts into an extended complex’s new exercise studio.
Bodyline Gym area to accommodate Following the refurbishment of
a further 17 pieces of equipment. the fi tness suite, there is also a new
The move is expected to boost net aerobiking studio, a Kinesis studio and a
income by around £32,000 per year. group cycling area, as well as a dedicated
Leeds City Council is contributing area for GP referrals and disabled users.
£132,300 towards the scheme. Refurbished Rivermead offers a Pavigym’s air fl ooring system has also
£2m, 120-station fi tness suite been installed.
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