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PCC approves Life Centre contractor
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Council appoints London-based Balfour Beatty to deliver £46.5m leisure complex
Pools set to close in
council savings drive
By Luke Tuchscherer Swimming pools at Shelton
and Tunstall in Stoke-on-Trent,
Plymouth City Council (PCC) Staffordshire, are facing closure
has approved construction firm as part of efforts to help the
Balfour Beatty as the main local authority reduce
contractor for the city's £46.5m expenditure over the next three
Life Centre project. years. Stoke-on-Trent City
The green light was awarded Council is also proposing that
following a detailed evaluation classes currently run at the
of five bids and workers are Gymnastic Centre are moved to
now expected to move on to Dimensions Leisure Centre in a
the Central Park site at the bid to base leisure provision on
beginning of February. "quality rather than quantity".
PCC leader Vivien Pengelly The new leisure complex is scheduled to open in September 2011
said: "Awarding this contract
Revamped Stevenage
will mark the last crucial bubble pool, a climbing zone submersible boom, a diving
fitness suite reopens
milestone in laying the with a 15m (49.2ft) wall and pool, a dryside training facility The Fitness @ The Leisure
groundwork for the Life Centre aerial assault course, an for elite divers, multi-purpose Centre facility at Stevenage Arts
and we are really excited to be eight-lane bowls centre and a areas for dance and martial arts and Leisure Centre, Hertfordshire,
at this stage in the project." 12-court multi-use sports hall. and a youth gym, also form has reopened following a
Facilities at the complex will A 150-station fitness suite, a part of the development, as £250,000 revamp. The Stevenage
include a family leisure pool 10-lane, 50m swimming pool well as a sauna, a steamroom Borough Council-funded project
with flumes, beach entry and a with moveable floors and and changing facilities. includes an expanded gym,
including 47 pieces of G7
strength range equipment by
£21m leisure centre unveiled in Buckinghamshire
Matrix Fitness Systems, to meet
the increased number of GP
By Pete Hayman (8,396sq ft) fitness suite with referrals. A new entrance to
100 machines supplied by allow easy access for wheelchair
Bletchley Leisure Centre – a Matrix Fitness Systems. users and new changing facilities
new £21m health and leisure An eight-lane, 25m swim- have also be been built.
complex near Milton Keynes, ming pool; a sauna and
Buckinghamshire – has opened steamroom; a six-court sports
SIV secures Lake
its doors to the public. hall; four squash courts and a
District centre contract
Bedford-based contractor seven-rink bowls facility also Sheffield International Venues
SDC Builders started construc- form part of the site, along (SIV) has taken over the
tion work on the Holder with a gymnastics hall, a management of the Lakeland
Mathias Architects-designed Bletchley's new leisure complex multi-purpose hall and a café. Initiative in Fitness, Excellence
centre in April 2008 as part of Work has also been carried and Wellbeing (LIFE) Swimming
a wider multi-million pound Bletchley Leisure Centre will out to create a plaza between Pool and Leisure Centre at
scheme to improve Bletchley replace the town's former Elizabeth Square and the Troutbeck, Windermere. SIV,
led by Milton Keynes Council. centre and includes a 780sq m building's entrance. through its subsidiary company
SIV Enterprises Limited, will also
help LIFE develop a masterplan
Fitness4Less announces plans to expand portfolio
for a proposed Leisure Hub in
Troutbeck Bridge, via the
Budget health club operator Fitness4Less has Fitness4Less has tasked Christie + Co to find year-long contract. The proposed
appointed leisure property specialists Christie suitable locations on medium-term leases to Leisure Hub will include an
+ Co to oversee a major acquisition and meet its growth targets. 80-station fitness suite, three
development programme across the UK. According to a spokesperson, the company is separate aerobics studios, 25m,
Bristol-based Fitness4Less launched its first hoping to open new health clubs in a number eight-lane swimming pool with a
fitness facility in September 2007 and is of major cities across the UK, including floating floor and spectator
currently preparing to open two more sites. Birmingham, Brighton and Cardiff. seating for regional galas plus
an indoor climbing wall.
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