£1m Redevelopment of Larkfield Leisure Centre Gets Underway

tmactive is investing more than £1m in Larkfield Leisure Centre, which it operates on behalf of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, to meet growing customer demand for group exercise.

The leisure trust has appointed Alliance Leisure Services as development partners for the project. Masterplanned by architects Saunders Boston, the scheme will create three new studio spaces and extend the existing gym by an extra 1200 square feet.

An extension to the front of the centre will house two new group exercise studios, complete with sprung floors, LED mixed lighting and inspirational graphics, allowing tmactive to provide a significantly increased and varied group exercise class programme. The project will also create the centre’s first dedicated group cycling studio, while the extended gym will feature new top of the range cardiovascular and resistance equipment from Technogym, a functional training rig more than twice the size of the current rig, and an expanded freeweights offer. The Technogym equipment will incorporate the new Unity screens providing touch ID, personalisation, exercise programming and customer contact software. The leading equipment is not available anywhere else locally regardless of price point.

The trust is funding the capital works whilst Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is responsible for more than £200,000 costs on the replacement equipment. The trust is supplementing this budget by further investment to upgrade to the Unity screens and bring new complementary pieces of equipment such as the Octane Zero Runner and Technogym Skill Mill to the gym floor

“The number of people coming to Larkfield Leisure Centre for group exercise classes is growing year on year and we are delighted to be able to respond to this demand with some fantastic new studios. The redevelopment will allow us to accommodate even more users from the local community with an even wider range of group exercise classes. The extension to the gym also reflects patterns of use with increased investment in freeweights, functional training and digital connectivity to ensure our customers gain maximum benefit from working out at Larkfield” says Martin Guyton, chief executive of tmactive.

Tom Fairey, senior business development manager at Alliance Leisure Services, says: “We’ve built up a good relationship with tmactive over the years while looking at various development opportunities for the Trust. As development partners, we are delighted to be working with the team to provide exciting new facilities for the local community at Larkfield by delivering the right scheme at the right budget.”

Work has now started on site with the two new group exercise studios scheduled to open in early April 2018. The gym extension and Spin Studio is due to complete in May 2018.