All of us at Alliance Leisure are hugely concerned by the wide sweeping effect of the COVID-19 virus on our staff, our clients, our supply chain and the health and well-being of the wider community.
We are working hard with all of our stakeholders to continue delivering services in these challenging and unprecedented times.
We will do our very best to support the sector and at an individual level, we encourage our staff to actively help their local communities.
Leicester City Council has engaged Alliance Leisure to convert a sports hall into a flexible workout space. The project is part of a £2.3 million leisure regeneration scheme which incorporates redevelopment works at three leisure centres across the city.
Cossington Street Sports Centre and Evington Leisure Centre will undergo substantial modernisation to create physical activity environments more in-line with the needs of the communities they service. Aylestone Leisure Centre will involve a remodelling of the fitness space. Works will roll out from this month, starting at Cossington Street Sports Centre, and aim to complete by the end of this year.
“Cossington Street Sports Centre is currently dominated by a traditional 3 court sports hall which will be transformed into a highly versatile fitness space,” says Tom Fairey, Senior Business Development Manager at Alliance Leisure. “The current gym provision is very small, occupying only 50 square metres across two small rooms. The newly created fitness space will be 370 square metres larger, incorporating 50 training stations and will be defined by moveable storage partitions ensuring the configuration can be easily changed to accommodate a range of fitness activities. The current gym rooms will be knocked into one, creating a second versatile ‘Programmable Gym’ space.
“The default set up will accommodate a fully equipped gym and free weight section, with a studio space defined by a specialist sprung floor, half height partitioning plus independent lighting and audio systems. If there is a demand for a larger group exercise space, the partitions can be removed to enable the incorporation of more floor space from the main gym area. This innovation provides a high level of flexibility and helps to future proof the development against changing market trends moving forwards.”
The changing spaces will be reconfigured and modernised, plus the entrance will be relocated to create a more welcoming space for visitors.
Andrew Beddow, Head of Sport Services Leicester City Council, says: “The current facility mix no longer reflects the needs of the community. In consultation with Alliance Leisure, through the UK Leisure Framework, we have designed a solution which will solve these issues and enable more local people to benefit from our leisure services.”
Development works at Evington Leisure Centre are set to begin in April 2020 and will include the addition of a single storey 280 square metres extension to create a 310 square metres Gym space, over twice the size of the existing provision.
“The local school utilises this facility so the sports hall still delivers value as a multi-sports facility,” explains Fairey. “This meant we couldn’t reconfigure existing floor space to increase the size of the gym. Instead we had to extend the footprint.”
In addition to a 70 station gym, the works will also incorporate two new studios – one to house group exercise and one to house group cycle, with redecoration throughout.
The final phase of this project will see the separate free weight gym and the main gym space united at Aylestone Leisure Centre, creating a much more welcoming and user friendly, open plan training space.
Speaking of the investment, Deputy city mayor Cllr Piara Singh Clair, who leads on culture, leisure and sport, says: “Our leisure centres are hugely valued by local people and play a very important role in health promotion across the city. We are making this major investment in facilities to encourage more people to active and help improve the health and wellbeing of our local communities.”
Falkirk Community Trust has launched Scotland’s first immersive studio as part of a £1.2m redevelopment of Mariner Leisure Centre.
The trust, which operates sport, recreation, arts, heritage and library services on behalf of Falkirk Council, appointed leisure development specialist Alliance Leisure to deliver the project under the UK Leisure Framework.
Opened in 1985, the centre had just over 1,000 members when Alliance conducted its initial review of the site in 2019. The company’s latent demand report suggested a membership of more than 1,700 could be achieved by modernising the offer for today’s users.
The first floor of the centre has been redeveloped and now features Scotland’s first fully immersive workout environment, complete with a cinema size screen measuring almost 10m in span 2, top of the range audio and lighting systems and the Les Mills TRIP cycling workout.
The gym has almost doubled in size to 292 sqm, with more than 65 stations, including a Queenax functional training rig, sprint track, free weights, and two Keiser M7i wheelchair-accessible total body trainers.
There is also a newly created group fitness studio, which hosts a full timetable of live and virtual classes to complement the offering.
A separate review, conducted by Alliance Leisure, identified a need for wellness facilities to meet the needs of those not attracted by a traditional fitness offering.
The development therefore also includes a Shapemaster Hub, equipped with 12 pieces of power assisted equipment, which is designed for less mobile users, those who suffer from obesity or illness or are undergoing post-operative rehabilitation. A new office for Falkirk’s physical activity referral programme, Active Forth, will make it easier for the team to help those with more complex health issues to start their fitness journey.
The project has been funded by Falkirk Council and forms part of wider plans to revitalise the leisure offer in the area.
“We have been delighted to be working with the Trust to envisage how we may support developing the type of facilities and services needed to increase participation among modern users, while securing a viable future for their sites. It’s thanks to the UK Leisure Framework that they have been able to achieve their vision for Mariner Leisure Centre and we look forward to working with the trust on its future projects,” says James Foley, Commercial Director at Alliance Leisure.
Maureen Campbell, CEO of Falkirk Community Trust said: “The Mariner Centre is a key asset delivering opportunities to get ‘more people, more active, more often’ and deliver the aims of Falkirk Community Trust as a charity.
“Modernising and improving the quality of our services, including the introduction of a new immersive spin studio, expands our relevance into new audiences – those with high expectations and an appetite for new activities close to home. In addition, the new dedicated Shapemaster Hub will help us provide access for harder to reach audiences.”