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CLUB REFURBISHMENT


THAT’S what gets RESULTS...


As 80s pop group Bananarama once sang: ‘It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it’. Abigail Harris takes a look at a number of fitness facilities living by the lyrics and responding to the diverse needs of their existing members and potential customers. From remodelled spaces to fully functional flooring, these refurbishments are actively driving participation...


BOXING CLEVER


Leisure design and build specialist Createability was tasked with redeveloping the old snooker and squash club in Lewsey Park, Luton, to provide a new complex with much-needed fitness, squash and boxing facilities. The £1.5m project followed a


feasibility study – including discussions with Sport England, as well as part- funders the Amateur Boxing Association for England and English Squash & Racketball – which revealed a lack of accessible facilities in the area. Lewsey Sports Park, managed by


Active Luton, opened early in 2012 and is now the base for Lewsey Boxing Club. Luton and Dunstable Squash and Rackets Club is also using the centre.


February 2013 © Cybertrek 2013 Four original squash courts remain,


but the former two-floor snooker room has been converted into a heavy weights room on the ground floor and boxing facilities above. Two studios, changing rooms and a 70-station health and fitness suite with glazed wall overlooking the parkland have been created. Helen Barnett, Active Luton’s


chief executive, says: “Lewsey has had inadequate sports facilities for far too long, leading to worryingly low participation levels, so this has been a massive boost for the local community. We’ve seen a rise in participation, plus increased use of the adjacent swimming pool, driven up by customers taking joint gym/swim memberships. Boxing participation is increasing too.” The centre required major


remodelling, according to Createability MD Ian Cotgrave, who says: “This was a


Lewsey Sports Park: Boxing facilities, heavy weights and a 70-station gym


challenging project as is always the case with older buildings, but the end result has delivered a community hub, which has seen large numbers with ‘roaming’ memberships migrating to Lewsey.”


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