A FITNESS venue in Sheffield is set for a complete makeover, as it strives to compete with privately operated rivals.
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre has revealed plans to transform its gym and changing areas this summer at a cost of £3 million.
Facility managers Sheffield International Venues (SIV) - which also operates Hillsborough Leisure Centre and Concord Sports Centre in the city - say the changes will provide users with a bigger state-of-the-art gym, exercise studios and new wet and dry changing rooms.
The new Fitness Unlimited gym will cover an area of 1250 sq m and will include over 100 stations and air conditioning.
Steve Brailey, SIV chief executive, said: "The reinvestment means we can meet the ever-rising expectations of customers for quality and value for money and competition from other swim and fitness providers in the city.
ìImproving the gym will also help us address our plans to help generate greater business at off-peak times and seek further usage from those groups which are currently the least active in sport and physical activity.
"Our improvements at Hillsborough Leisure Centre and Concord Sports Centre have already paid dividends and helped us reach new standards of gym membership and we hope the same will be delivered at Ponds Forge."
The transformation plans have received backing from Sheffield City Council and are expected to take a year to complete. During this time a temporary gym will be housed in an adjoining building.
Steve added: "We have been careful to consider the needs of our members in these plans and the changes have been designed to cause the least possible disruption. The plans offer a continued service for current gym users during the construction phase."
Go backPosted on 26th April 2007