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Work begins on leisure centre revamp

A £1.5m project to refurbish facilities at Birchwood Leisure Centre has begun; designed and delivered by Alliance Leisure.
Operated by Active Nation on behalf of City of Lincoln Council since 2007, the centre had begun to outgrow its facilities with overcrowding in the gym and studio space unable to accommodate the expanding programme of classes.
The redevelopment, funded by City Of Lincoln Council, includes a new gym which increases the number of stations from 30 to 100 with new equipment, a larger free weights area and small group training space. It also includes the region’s first fully immersive group cycling studio from Les Mills with a cinema-scale screen and sound system.
A new soft play area and XHeight Adventure Climbing facility will allow the centre to increase its exercise offerings for children and expand its party packages giving it greater reach in the family market, while the Shapemaster power-assisted exercise studio, the city’s first, provides an opportunity to develop its work in rehabilitation, exercise referral and care for older people.
A new Costa Proud to Serve café along with a new display area for the local RAF 50 and 61 Squadron Association memorabilia completes the refurbishment project, which Active Nation believes will increase its membership base from 1,000 to more than 2,000.
Business development and partnership director at Active Nation Mark Learnihan said: “The redevelopment gives us an opportunity to appeal to a new market of users who can’t fulfil their activity needs with the current facilities.
“The Birchwood community has had to travel outside of its immediate catchment for any activities beyond a basic fitness provision, but they will soon have a first class exercise experience with activities appealing to all age groups right on their doorstep.”

Go backPosted on 31st August 2017