Work starts on £2m gym for Derby

JD Gyms has embarked on a £2m refurbishment of a new site in Derby as part of the roll out plans for its affordable gym concept. The company, part of JD Sports Fashion,

has signed a lease for a 28,000sq ft unit in Allenton. The gym, which is due to open later this year, will feature bootcamp, boxing and functional areas; spaces for free weights and strength training as well as a sprint track, training rig, saunas and more than 300 classes a month. Membership will be charged at £19.99. The gym is located on land, which

formed part of a land assembly exercise by one of the large supermarkets to construct a new store. Following the decline in this sector, these plans were abandoned and the land subsequently sold and acquired by JD Gyms. The company has already opened 12

gyms in cities across the country – including Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool and has identified a further 20 locations for development within the next 12 months.

£5m redevelopment reaps record results for leisure centre

The £5m redevelopment of Salt Ayre Leisure in Lancaster has officially completed as independent research by ukactive demonstrates the social and financial return of the investment. Working with Lancaster City Council, Alliance

Leisure and its long-term construction partner Createability, have transformed the under- performing facility into a thriving community hub boasting a 72 per cent increase in customer visits. Alliance Leisure led the project from

concept stage to delivery working with Createability as well as architects Bignell, Shacklady, Ewing as interior designers. New attractions to the centre include the Les Mills immersive cycling experience, the Trip; Europe’s first outdoor Flight Tower; an 80- station gym largely equipped by Precor; adventure play area; XHeight climbing wall; barista-style café and a luxury spa. Active members have more than doubled

to over 2,500 with female members increasing by 160 per cent to make up 58 per cent of the membership base. A new junior membership has proved particularly popular 7

with more than 200 sales. The research also showed that the new

facilities are attracting people from further afield with users travelling from almost a kilometre further away to use the centre. “We’re now seeing the clear rewards of that

investment and the achievement of our collective ambition of providing affordable leisure and fitness activities to people of all ages and abilities,” says Darren Clifford, cabinet member with responsibility for culture, leisure and tourism.

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