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Galpharm Stadium gym re-opens after revamp


Stadium Health and Fitness Complex, close to Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium, has re- opened after a £500,000 refurbishment. The scheme included the installation


of Technogym equipment, including CV stations with integrated HD screens and in-built iPod docks, new plate-loaded weights equipment and a Kinesis machine to improve the functional training offer. Stadium Health and Fitness Complex is


one of 11 facilities run by Kirklees Active Leisure on behalf of Kirklees Council. Details: http://lei.sr?a=D1p0o


The Gym Group unveiled three new locations last month – in Ashford, Bournemouth and Luton – in a move which has expanded the budget operator’s UK estate to 23 fitness clubs. Matrix has provided more


than 200 pieces of resistance and CV equipment at each of the new sites, which span between 836sq m (9,000sq ft) and 1,394sq m (15,000sq ft). The new sites will also offer


members virtual classes, with the chain already trialling 24-hour virtual pilates and yoga at four other clubs. John Treharne, the


Treharne predicts further fitness market segmentation going forward


group’s CEO, says: “Over the next few years, the fitness sector will experience more segmentation. Brands will have to work harder to establish themselves in the market and attract new members.”


Technogym has provided equipment for the gym


New-look fitness facility opens in Houghton Regis


A 60-station gym with CV, strength and resis- tance equipment has opened at Houghton Regis Leisure Centre, Bedfordshire, follow- ing a £100,000 overhaul. Technogym supplied equipment as part


of the Central Bedfordshire Council-led overhaul, along with Life Fitness. A free weights area and racquet sports are also on offer at the new-look facility. Stevenage Leisure (SLL) has taken over


operation of the leisure centre as part of a recently signed management contract. Details: http://lei.sr?a=R3z4u


Charnwood’s £2m revamp programme to commence


Charnwood Borough Council has approved plans to undertake a £2m programme of renovation work at local venues this summer in partnership with Fusion Lifestyle. From mid-June, Loughborough Leisure


Centre will undergo a four-month revamp to feature a revamped and extended gym and a new children’s soft play area. Soar Valley Leisure Centre will benefit


from work between mid-July and mid- November to include a new health suite, a refurbished gym and a new reception. Details: http://lei.sr?a=N2N3q


8 British Land in Virgin Active clubs sale


British Land has sold five of the 17 Virgin Active health clubs it acquired in July 2011 for a combined £33m. Colliers Capital has bought


clubs in Gloucester and Poole, while the new owners of the Virgin Active sites in Neath, Manchester and Oxford – also institutional buyers – have declined to be named. Following the deal, British


Land now holds a core portfolio of 12 premium racquet clubs. The majority of the 12 clubs left in the portfolio are located in the south-east, with more than half within the M25. The disposal price of £33m represents an average net initial yield of 6.5 per cent. Charles Maudsley, head of retail for British Land, says: “This reflects the high quality of


British Land now holds a core estate of 12 premium Virgin Active sites


the assets and demonstrates our ability to work successfully with banks and other sellers to unlock opportunities and create incremental value for our shareholders.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=b0I8g


£800,000 investment for Forest of Dean facilities


The Forest of Dean District Council (FDDC) is planning to invest £800,000 in a number of local leisure centres to improve the quality and range of services for local residents. Cabinet members met on 10 May to approve its leisure management strategy, with £300,000


Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital


of funding already ring-fenced for investment in facilities at Forest Leisure Cinderford. However, FDDC has also identified a


potential £500,000 for invest-to-save projects, such as the expansion of the fitness suite at Lydney. Details: http://lei.sr?a=y8Z9l


june 2012 © cybertrek 2012 To read the opinions of industry experts on


the arrival of virtual yoga and pilates classes in the UK from a panel of industry experts, see HCM March 12, p43. Details: http://lei.sr?a=e3i6x


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