Corby gym equipment to be given major upgrade

The gym equipment at Corby Swimming Pool could be in line for a �200k upgrade

The gym equipment at Corby Swimming Pool could be in line for a �200k upgrade

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The gym at Corby swimming pool looks set to get a swanky £200k upgrade.

Councillors will vote tonight (Thursday) on whether to approve the plans to replace all the gym equipment at the Corby East Midlands International Pool because it has started to deteriorate.

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An astounding 1.3 million visitors have used to pool building in the past three years and this has meant that the equipment needs replacing more quickly.

The cash used from the sale of the old equipment will go towards refurbishing the changing rooms at Lodge Park Sports Centre - another leisure facility run by Corby Council.

Income from the gym was £1,053,000 in 2014/15 but this dropped to £953,000 in 2015/16. It is believed that this was partly because of the deterioration of the equipment.

Two new stand-alone gyms have also recently opened in Corby - Places Gym in Westcott Way and Anytime Fitness in Princewood Road.

A report that will be presented to councillors at tonight’s One Corby Policy Committee states: “The facility is extremely well used with over 1.3 million visits over the past three years. This has, however, potentially accelerated the need to regularly upgrade or replace the building fabric and equipment.

“The fitness equipment at CEMIP is now seven years old and due to the very high usage is now at a point where replacement is essential to maintain the number of users and level of income presently being achieved.

“The changing rooms that complement the fitness at Lodge Park Sports Centre are in a tired and worn state and also require upgrading.”

It is envisaged that the refurbishment work would be done in the lead-up to Christmas when the facilities are least-used. Cash for the project would come from council reserves.

The report continues: “There has been increased competition in the borough over the last twelve months with two new private gyms opening and it is expected that this trend will continue.

“To remain competitive and to retain existing members and income it is important that equipment and fitness facilities including changing rooms remain functional and current.”

Members can also consider a range of other options including leasing new equipment or repairing existing equipment.