PICTURE GALLERY: Major refurbishment of Wellingborough gyms completed

Cllr Barry Graves officially opened the new gym on Wednesday
Cllr Barry Graves officially opened the new gym on Wednesday

Gym users can work-out in style following the installation of state-of-the-art equipment as part of a major refurbishment for a council-owned gym.

The newly refurbished gym at Waendel Leisure Centre was officially opened by Wellingborough mayor Barry Graves on Wednesday night.

We are providing opportunities for people to get fit at really affordable prices in a great environment

Simon Churchman

The new-look gym has been decorated and now boasts a range of new equipment, including curved treadmills and water rowing machines as well as a new area specifically for group cycling.

A number of exercise stations now have personal television screens so users can catch up on their favourite shows instead of having to watch the larger screens on the wall.

The walk-way through the gym has also been widened to give more space to allow for personal training in the gym.

Cllr Barry Graves, who is a keen sports fan and said he wanted to promote youth sport in the borough at the start of his mayoral year, was invited to take a look at the new gym and he was very impressed with the new layout and equipment.

He described the new facilities as ‘superb’ and added: “I came a few years ago and thought it was actually pretty good then.

“But it is wonderful now.”

Cllr Graves said membership was very reasonably priced and it would be hard to find better facilities in the area for the same price.

Simon Churchman from Places for People Leisure (PfPL), which runs the gym on behalf of Wellingborough Council, said: “We have got more kit but it is more spacious as the new layout is much better.”

He said the response from customers to the new gym had been very positive and with more than 3,000 members, they want to maintain, if not improve on, the new standard of facilities.

Mr Churchman added: “The contract extension is for 10 years, but we want to be here for 20, 30 or 50 years and we will do everything we can to make that happen.

“I think we are good for the community.

“We are an organisation that cares about people’s health and well-being, and we are providing opportunities for people to get fit at really affordable prices in a great environment.”

The gym has been given the £300,000 facelift, along with its sister facility at Redwell leisure centre, as part of a new 10-year leisure centre deal between Wellingborough Council and PfPL.

The new contract, which was signed in March, saw the multi-million pound management fee paid by the council to PfPL significantly reduced, which enabled the centres to remain open.

As part of the deal, the council agreed to invest capital funds into the two gyms.