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The Third Space to roll out clubs across London

TOm WaLker

Independent health club operator The Tird Space is planning to open a number of new clubs in the capital. In an interview with Health Club

Management (November/December 2010, pp.28-31) chief executive Eric Dunmore revealed that the chain was ready to imple- ment a ‘five clubs in five years’ plan. “I’d like to be in Chelsea and maybe

somewhere in the City,” he said. “Clapham would be great, and perhaps London Bridge, Richmond and Greenwich too.”

Aylesbury facility set for revamp peTe HaymaN

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has agreed to proceed with proposals for a £6m overhaul of the Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre in Aylesbury. FaulknerBrowns Architects

have been appointed by the local authority to draw up the plans, which include a new on-site healthcare facility and dry changing facilities. A new gym – double the

size of the existing offer; a retractable roof for the out- door pool and a refurbished changing village are also proposed. Meanwhile, a second water slide is to be

FaulknerBrowns are behind the Aylesbury centre’s revamp proposals

added to Aqua Vale’s swimming pool and a Combined Heat and Power unit will be installed to reduce energy costs. AVDC is still to make a final decision on funding for the scheme at its next meeting in

Pulse was appointed to deliver the new facility

Stafford Borough Council unveils new H Zone

TOm WaLker

Stafford Borough Council (SBC) has opened the H Zone at Stafford Leisure Centre – a fitness suite designed to encourage children to participate in physical activity. The council appointed fitness equip-

ment supplier Pulse to design and deliver the facility, with installations including its Dance Machine, Active Wall and Active Floor as part of the £75,000 project. Te centre has been funded between SBC

and primary care trust to encourage local youngsters to lead a healthier lifestyle.

New facilities for South Oxfordshire centre

TOm WaLker

Park Sports Centre in Wheatley, Oxfordshire, is to benefit from new facili- ties as a result of a £385,000 refurbishment funded by two local authorities. South Oxfordshire District Council and

Oxfordshire County Council is carrying out the work in order to provide new chang- ing facilities for members, as well as an improved reception area. Alterations will also be made to shower

facilities and the gym area at the complex to improve access for disabled visitors.


December, although it is hoped work will be carried out in time for the 2012 Olympics. John Cartwright, leader of the council, said:

“We are determined to deliver a major remod- elling and refurbishment of the site to ensure Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre offers the very best facilities to our residents.”

New Heworth facility opens in Gateshead peTe HaymaN

A new multi-million pound leisure centre – designed by S&P Architects and built by Willmott Dixon – has been unveiled in Gateshead. Heworth Leisure Centre is

the second of two new-build facilities to open as part of Gateshead Council’s wider £37m investment in local sport and leisure provision. Te new complex boasts a

Flowrider – the North East’s first indoor surfing facility – in addition to a 200sq m (2,153sq ſt) fitness suite equipped by Technogym and changing facilities. A four-lane, 25m swimming pool, a learner

A 200sq m fitness suite equipped by Technogym is among the facilities

pool and a toddlers pool also comprise the offer at Heworth Leisure Centre, which follows the launch of Blaydon Leisure and Primary

Care Centre in October, the first of the new- build schemes to be completed. Gateshead Council’s investment also

includes an £8m revamp of Gateshead Leisure Centre unveiled earlier this year.

Work starts on £8m Dorchester leisure development peTe HaymaN

Oxfordshire-based developer Te Leadbitter Group has started work on the construction of a new £8m leisure complex in Dorchester. Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council are working in partnership

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to deliver the development, which is sched- uled for completion in 2012. Facilities at the Dyer-designed Dorchester

Sports Centre will include a six-lane swimming pool with spectator gallery; a 60-station fitness suite; a dance studio; and a changing village.

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