Fitness suites at three Middlesbrough leisure centres are set to undergo a refurbishment as part of a £1.1m improvement programme.
The upgrades are being carried out following investments by Middlesbrough Council and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.
Operated by Everyone Active, the gyms within Middlesbrough Sports Village, Neptune Centre, Rainbow Leisure Centre and Eston Leisure Centre are being expanded to more than 150 stations, with a host of new cardio and resistance equipment provided by Life Fitness being installed. There will also be a new look and feel, which includes new flooring and decoration.
Other standout improvements include:
- Extension of the plate-loaded weights areas at Middlesbrough Sports Village and Rainbow Leisure Centre
- Addition of a new rig at Neptune Centre
- Extension of the Eston Leisure Centre gym into the former group cycling studio, with a recovery area added
Meanwhile, the existing fitness suite at Guisborough Swim and Fitness Centre will benefit from a raft of updated equipment.
To allow upgrade works to take place, brief gym closure periods will be implemented. Due to the number and the extent of the refurbishments they have been staggered, with customers encouraged to use other Everyone Active gyms in the area while their own is closed.
Gym closure dates
- Eston Leisure Centre: Gym closed from Monday, September 11 – reopens Saturday, September 30
- Rainbow Leisure Centre: Gym closed from Monday, September 25 – reopens Saturday, October 14
- Neptune Centre: Gym closed from Monday, October 9 – reopens Saturday, October 28
- Middlesbrough Sports Village: Gym closed from Monday, October 23 – reopens Saturday, November 11,
- Guisborough Swim and Fitness Centre: Gym closed from Monday, October 23 –reopens Saturday, October 28
Everyone Active is planning a launch event to celebrate the investment, with details to be announced in due course.
Middlesbrough Deputy Mayor and Executive member for Culture, Councillor Philippa Storey, said: “We know how important our gyms and leisure facilities are to the communities they serve, and that’s why it’s essential they’re in the best possible condition.
"These important upgrades and improvements will ensure they’re fit for purpose for the foreseeable future, and continue to be used and enjoyed by residents of all ages and abilities.
"Clearly some brief closures will be necessary to carry out the work, but these will be kept to a minimum and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience.”
Paul Ayre, Everyone Active’s area contract manager, said: “This refurbishment work is fantastic news for the health and wellbeing of local communities in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
"The upgraded gyms will benefit from state-of-the-art equipment which is available for people of all ages and fitness levels to utilise and enjoy.
"While the gyms concerned will need to close for a brief period to allow works to be carried out, it will be well worth it when the refurbishments are complete.”
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, Cllr Christopher Massey, said: “This is an important investment not only in improving these leisure centres but in the health and fitness of people right across the borough who deserve to have the best possible facilities.
"I'd like to thank everyone at Everyone Active and all those involved in progressing these exciting plans which hopefully will encourage people right across the borough to get down to their first-class gyms and enjoy all they have to offer."