Nottingham Forest secures 250-year lease

Nottingham Forest has been granted a long- term lease on City Ground to support its ambitious redevelopment plans.

The City Council has replaced the current 50- year lease with a 250-year agreement, which also increases the size of their leased area. Nottingham Forest unveiled its development plans earlier this year. Designed by Benoy, the project will expand the stadium to the largest in the East Midlands with 38,000 seats. The Peter Taylor stand will create a tier of 10,000 seats under a dramatic cantilevered roof and will incorporate multiple suites and dining venues to appeal to different fan groups and non-match day audiences. Additional facilities such as a museum and a new club shop will also form part of the scheme along with new spacious concourses for general admission and improved facilities for supporters with disabilities. The redevelopment of City Ground is part of the wider Nottingham Southside regeneration with £2bn of developments across a 0.5 square mile area.

World’s largest immersive studio opens at Les Mills City Gym

Three new workout studios designed in response to changing demographics and exercise trends mark the first stage of a long- term project to transform Les Mills Auckland City Gym, the original home of the global exercise brand.

Created by New Zealand architects Monk Mackenzie and interior designer Rufus Knight, the spaces include a new Immersive Cycle studio, the largest of its kind in the world, featuring a 100-bike terraced theatre environment, wall-to-wall curved screen, and a five-projector, cinema-quality audio-visual system that delivers Les Mills’ THE TRIP. In addition are a highly tactile functional studio with a newly-developed functional training workout, CEREMONY; and a boxing

studio designed around the new boxing conditioning workout, CONQUER.

The new spaces have been designed to meet the expectations of the Gen Z and Millennial demographics, which are driving much of the global and local fitness spend.

“We’ve designed these new studio spaces to bring to life what the future of exercise might look like,” says Clive Ormerod, chief marketing officer at Les Mills.

“As a New Zealand-based global business, the best expression of our brand starts at home in our gyms. By combining brilliant spatial design with equally well designed and effective training styles, we’re pushing to create an amazing experience that we believe takes our brand and our industry forward.”

Revamp of Long Stratton Leisure Centre completes for existing and future residents

The £1.5m renovation of Long Stratton Leisure Centre in Norfolk has completed to improve existing facilities while meeting the needs of new residents who will inhabit more than 1,800 homes planned for the village.

Saunders Boston Architects, working alongside development partners Alliance Leisure and main contractor Etec Group, designed the development for South Norfolk Council. The centre offers an 80-station gym, including a sprint track and fitness rig, two fitness studios, a four court sports hall, a floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch, as well as new changing rooms and shower provisions.

A new two-storey extension features a new café, soft play area and multi-purpose studio spaces. The staff are all trained in dementia awareness and customer management. Dementia-friendly elements include floorcoverings in a colour and design that does


not appear like a hole or barrier to those with the condition – this was especially relevant to the entrance matting – and central internal signage in yellow, the most dementia-friendly colour.

South Norfolk Council has recently invested £4m in its Wymondham Leisure Centre and has also opened a 3G football facility at Kett’s Park, following an investment of £1.2m.

Image: Nottingham Forest Football Club

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