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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 22 JULY – 04 AUG 2014 ISSUE 637 Daily news & jobs: Pure Gym to push expansion despite failed merger

Low cost operator Pure Gym plans to banish the blues of its failed merger with The Gym Group by foraging ahead with a substantial expansion, possibly aided by further acquisitions. In the wake of last week’s

news that the two operators would no longer pursue a merger, Pure Gym has out- lined plans to open a further 20 gyms by the end of 2014, taking the chain’s total num- ber of health clubs up to 90. Te chain expects to have

430,000 members by the end of this year and hopes this can be the launchpad for further growth, with founder and CEO Peter Roberts outlining his ambitious vision of nearly doubling the number of Pure Gym locations by the end of 2015. “We are continuously looking for new sites throughout the UK and are still interested in

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attractions in the world, the British Museum is a defining institution and its new World Conservation and Exhibition Centre has been a long time coming. Te initial master plan for the site was rejected, so RSHP and the British Museum collaborated closely with Camden Council and other partners to ensure the second master plan was approved in 2009. Continued on back cover



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Pure Gym founder and CEO Peter Roberts is undeterred by the merger setback

future acquisitions of smaller gym groups with the vision of having 130 gyms open by the end of 2015,” said Roberts. “We are also looking to expand our portfolio in Europe where we are currently the second largest budget fitness

Green light for Spurs’ £400m stadium plan

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (Spurs) has received final approval for its plans to build a 58,000-capacity stadium in north London. Communities minister Eric Pickles has

now approved a compulsory purchase order – made by London Borough of Haringey – which will enable the £400m Northumberland Development Project (NDP) to continue. In a statement, a club official said: “We’re

pleased to announce that the Department for Communities and Local Government has con- firmed the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) made by Haringey Council in respect of the remaining land required for the stadium. Tis is a very significant step in the CPO process.

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operator, as well as other countries outside of Europe.“ Of the proposed merger

with The Gym Group, which hit the skids aſter the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) expressed concern that combining the businesses may lead to “higher gym membership prices or a reduction in qual- ity and choice for customers,” Roberts was philosophical. “We still believe that our

planned merger with The Gym Group would have pro- vided more availability of affordable fitness to the peo- ple of the UK,” he added. “However, with the delay

of the process we came to an amicable deci- sion with Te Gym Group to be independent companies and continue with our rapid growth strategy. We wish them all the success with their future plans.” Details:

An artist’s impression of Spurs’ new home

“We have used the intervening period pro- ductively and have refined the detailed design of the stadium in order to ensure that it is future-proofed and optimised. Details:

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