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in brief... £20m plans for inverclyde
Inverclyde Council in Scotland has drawn as well as a fi ve-a-side, third generation
jjb to sell? up its fi nal proposals for a £20m overhaul football pitch. The plans also include a
JJB Sports is said to be considering of local leisure facilities as part of the replacement library.
selling its fi tness clubs after its share planned regeneration of the area. It will There are two options being explored
price fell and it announced a 5 per consider funding proposals as part of the for the Gourock Pool site which
cent drop in revenue. budget-setting process next month. could result in either £1.8m-worth of
The company has appointed The council’s regeneration committee repairs to the existing structure or its
Lazard to act as joint fi nancial looked at possible options for the demolition, making way for developers
advisors with Panmure Gordon to Parklea Playing Fields, Rankin Park, to submit proposals for a retail and
reportedly search for buyers for Ravenscraig Stadium, Gourock Park and restaurant development.
parts of its business. the Gourock Outdoor Pool. Finally, the proposals for Gourock
A spokesperson for JJB says: Options for the stadium site include Park involve a £400,000 upgrade of the
“Discussions continue in relation to selling the King George V playing fi elds pavilion to make it suitable for disabled
JJB’s Fitness Clubs and JJB’s other and Kelburn Park, parts of Parklea that people and revamping the open air
non-core assets and businesses. the council owns, to a private developer auditorium. Part of the funds may pay to
There can be no certainty that any to build a new leisure centre. upgrade the Parklea Playing Fields.
transaction will occur or as to the A new £11m sports campus on the site Regeneration convener councillor
terms of any such transaction.” of Rankin Park is also being considered Jim Clocherty says: “It should be
to replace the existing Greenock Sports remembered that these are long-term
hamilton complex opens Centre and could feature an eight-court plans for which external funding sources
The £9m Fairhill Civic Centre sports hall, a dance studio and a gym will need to be identifi ed.”
and Library in Hamilton, South
Lanarkshire, Scotland, has opened.
The complex, which includes
a gym, a dance studio, a café and
community facilities, will be operated
by South Lanarkshire Leisure.
The Lifestyles gym contains
cardio and strength equipment, and
is suitable for use by anyone with a
physical disability. Equipment comes
from Cybex, Hur and Power Plate,
with one Motor Med passive cycle.
A new £11m sports campus is being considered for the Rankin Park site
streatham goes ahead
Construction on a multi-
million pound mixed-use leisure
esporta sale put on hold for now
redevelopment in Streatham, south
London, is set to start this month. The proposed sale of fi tness club
The Streatham Hub will include operator Esporta has been put on hold
a new leisure centre with a after administrators failed to reach an
swimming pool, fi tness suite and agreement with prospective buyers.
sports hall, which will replace According to the Financial Times, it
existing facilities that are falling into had been anticipated that the business
disrepair. Other elements include would be sold off in two parts, with
an ice rink, a Tesco retail store, David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) reportedly
a public square, 250 homes and interested in Esporta’s racquet clubs.
improvements to transport. However, the sale was called off
The project, led by Tesco, was as a willing buyer could not be found
originally approved in 2002 subject for the fi tness club unit. This in spite
to conditions and revisions, and of the fact that both LA Fitness and
was given the fi nal green light by Bannatyne Fitness are believed to have
the London Borough of Lambeth been in the hunt.
council in December. A source told the newspaper: “The
The project is estimated to cost view was that the administrators did not
between £65m and £100m and is want to be left with a weak asset in a
scheduled to open in summer 2011. falling market. They would prefer to sell
the fi tness side fi rst before selling the
Esporta: to be sold off in two parts? racquet unit.”
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