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CLUB REFURBISHMENT


Gym zoning


allows for shorter, targeted sessions


ZONED FOR PERFECTION


According to Lincoln locals, Yarborough Leisure Centre – once home to two of Britain’s Olympic swimmers, Mark Foster and Lizzie Simmonds – is one of the town’s best kept secrets. But that’s about to change following a £150,000 refurbishment of its 3,000sq m gym. Sport and exercise charity Active


Nation, which manages the centre, has launched an Exercise Experience encouraging ‘supporters’ (its term for members) to focus on short, 30-minute exercise sessions on a regular basis, rather than lengthy workouts. The overhaul includes all new Precor


cardiovascular equipment – showcasing Precor’s new AMT with Open Stride as well as treadmills, bikes and elliptical cross-trainers – with the aim of providing as much choice as possible to assist motivation. The gym also includes a new layout for free weights and an improved zone for core workouts,


GETTING BACK TO FITNESS


As part of a plan to bring physiotherapy provision in-house, David Lloyd Leisure upgraded existing facilities at six of its sites last spring, creating dedicated physiotherapy treatment rooms which already get around 40 bookings a week. The three key sites – Basildon, Gidea


Park and Southampton – required major work to convert existing shop areas into professional physiotherapy suites. The six-week redevelopment programme was broadly similar across each location, including the installation of new lighting, power data, fl ooring and ceilings. However, as PE Contracts MD


Dominic Evans explains, his company faced a number of unexpected challenges in completing the refurbishment project: “The external condenser units for one HVAC [heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system] had to be housed within an outsourced nursery


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featuring pieces from Precor’s compact S-Line strength range. Programme cards have been designed


for specifi c goals and experience levels, and sections of the gym zoned to create areas for small group training and core/ strength or circuit-style workouts. Active Nation’s group commercial


manager Stuart Martin says: “We’re undergoing refurbishments to make our gyms look ‘best in class’. Precor understood exactly what we were aiming for and showed us visuals of how we could make that happen. Our Precor account manager is an integral part of our team and has been key in laying this out, stretching our thinking and imagination regarding what we could do. “The refurbishments are focused


around the delivery of our Exercise Experience and the result is like the pick ’n’ mix sweet counter. Supporters can pick and choose the areas and the exercises they want to do. The gym layout is key to this, and is helping supporters make a longer-term habitual commitment to sport and exercise.”


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playground inside the club. However – with the team well-versed in the highest standards of health and safety, as well as with the demands of working within an operational leisure environment – we effectively phased and segregated the work area to minimise disruption and ensure a smooth path to completion.” Elsewhere an existing shop had a


large glazed front, which needed to be removed. PE Contracts worked out of hours to ensure the club was ready to welcome members the next morning. John Mullen, director of construction


at David Lloyd Leisure, says: “PE Contracts was able to be responsive to a moving brief, limited budget and tight programme, with an ability to react.”


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