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revamp for
blackpool gym
northolt leisure
centre opens Blackpool Council has invested
Ealing Council opened the new £200,000 in the refurbishment of
multi-million pound leisure the health and fi tness facilities at the
complex in Northolt, London – Blackpool Sports Centre.
created to replace the former The eight-month revamp has more
Swimarama facility – on 30 January. than doubled the size of the health club
Construction work on the new area – from 136sq m (1,500sq ft) to
5,500sq m (59,202 sq ft) Northolt The centre has a 68-station gym 300sq m (3,200sq ft) – and included an
Leisure Centre, designed by S&P upgrade of the gym equipment.
Architects, started in October
work starts on
Supplier Life Fitness was appointed to
2008, a year after the closure of refi t the gym, and the company created
the Swimarama. Facilities include
abbey revamp
zones catering for rehabilitation groups
a 600sq m (6,458sq ft) fi tness such as respiratory, cardiac, children and
suite containing 125 stations of Selby District Council (SDC) has people with limited mobility.
Pulse Fitness equipment and a free announced that redevelopment work According to a spokesperson, in
weights area, as well as an eight- has started on a £1.1m renovation of the the last three months, 22 per cent
lane, 25m swimming pool and North Yorkshire town’s Abbey Leisure of memberships have come from GP
learner pool, and a dance studio. Centre, which is set to take up to six referrals. Since the refurbishment
months to complete. membership sales are also up 149 per
stevenage leisure secures Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust cent (compared to October 2008).
management deals (WLCT), which was appointed to The club now offers more than 60 CV
Management company Stevenage operate the facility in September 2009, and resistance stations and an exercise
Leisure (SLL) has secured a deal will oversee the scheme on behalf of the studio for group exercise. Other facilities
with North Hertfordshire District council – including the construction of at the centre include an outdoor sports
Council (NHDC) to operate the a new aerobics suite and a health suite arena with a 400m running track.
Hitchin Swimming Centre and featuring a sauna and steamroom.
the Royston Leisure Centre in Abbey Leisure Centre’s fi tness suite
Hertfordshire. is set to be expanded to 180sq m
SLL is set to take over the (1,938sq ft) as part of the work, which
management of the two leisure will incorporate a 70sq m (753sq ft)
centres in April 2010. dance studio and a 50sq m (538sq ft)
The company already works in group cycling studio. The gym will house
partnership with NHDC: it has 68 pieces of Technogym equipment.
managed the North Herts Leisure The project also includes the creation
Centre, Letchworth Outdoor Pool of a new multi-purpose room, which
and Fearnhill Sports Centre, all will be used for functions, meetings and
owned by the council, since 2005. crèche activities, as well as a café. The gym caters for GP referrals
leeds met refits gyms
Leeds Metropolitan University has
contractor named for life centre
completed a refurbishment of its
two fi tness suites. Plymouth City Council has approved As previously reported in Leisure
Both the university’s Headingley international construction fi rm Balfour Opportunities, facilities at the new
site and Civic Quarter campus have Beatty as the main contractor for the leisure complex will include a family
seen their gyms remodelled for the city’s £46.5m Life Centre project. leisure pool with fl umes, beach entry
fi rst time in 10 years. The work The green light was awarded following and a bubble pool, a climbing zone with
was carried out over the Christmas a detailed evaluation of fi ve bids. a 15m (49.2ft) wall and aerial assault
period and involved re-laying fl oors Council leader Vivien Pengelly says: course, an eight-lane bowls centre and a
and knocking down walls, as well “Awarding this contract marks the 12-court multi-use sports hall.
as replacing all the equipment with last crucial milestone in laying the Also included in the plans are a
£400,000-worth of Precor kit. groundwork for the Life Centre, and 150-station fi tness suite, a 10-lane,
The university’s Headingley we are really excited to be at this stage 50m swimming pool with moveable
campus gym now offers a 52-station in the project. fl oors and submersible boom, a diving
fi tness suite, while the Civic “Plymouth has waited a long time for pool, a dryside training facility for elite
Quarter campus facility in the city a top-class facility and, with the start of divers, multi-purpose areas for dance
centre has a 60-station gym. work just around the corner, that dream and martial arts, a youth gym, sauna/
is fi nally starting to become a reality.” steamroom and changing facilities.
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