Public invited to view plans for fiveleisure centres across the region
The UK's leading independent sport andleisure charity, Fusion Lifestyle, in partnership with South Hams District and West Devon Borough Council, is kick-starting a multi million-pound investment inimproving five Devon leisure centres. New studios, gyms, soft play, cafés, changing facilities and a series of extensive refurbishments, are just some of the changes that members can look forward to.
Marking the start of a three-year programme, proposed works will significantly improve and modernise local sports and leisure facilities across the county. Leisure centres set to be significantly improved include;Meadowlands Leisure Centre (Tavistock), Ivybridge Leisure Centre, Dartmouth Leisure Centre, Quayside Leisure Centre (Kingsbridge) and Parklands Leisure Centre (Okehampton).
£8 million of funding is being put forward by the two local authorities, which agreed a 25-year contract with Fusion last year. Thefunding will enable Fusion Lifestyle to kick-start their improvement programme and will be paid back over the course of the contract.
As one of the larger proposed projects, Ivybridge Leisure Centreis set to have a major makeover, with plans showcasing a much anticipated newsix-lane swimming pool with a sun deck, a state-of-the-art retractable roof overthe pool, an extended spin studio and café, as well as considerable refurbishments to the fitness gym, studio and squash courts. Subject to planning permission, the work is due to start early 2018 and will take justover a year to complete.
Meadowlands Leisure Centre in Tavistock is another 'flagship'build project and will be extended to create a new customer entrance and reception, dry change facilities, fitness studio, gym and café, featuring a terraced outdoor seating area overlooking the park. The work is expected tostart at the end of 2017 and take approximately nine months to complete, subject to planning permission.
The improvement plans will be on display at Ivybridge Leisure Centre and Meadowlands Leisure Centre from week commencing 4th September for a period of two weeks. During this time, members of the public can view the drawings and provide their feedback on the proposed changes before Fusion Lifestyle applies for planning permission. Members of the Fusion planning and management teams will also be available at drop-in sessions, to explain more and answer any questions about the major works set to take place. The team will be at Meadowlands from week commencing 4th September.
The architect's plans will also be ondisplay at Dartmouth Leisure Centre, Quayside Leisure Centre (Kingsbridge) and Parklands Leisure Centre (Okehampton) over the coming weeks so members can see the planned improvements in more detail.
Cllr Hilary Bastone, Executive Portfolio Holder for Customer First at South Hams District Council said: "It is essential for us that we get top notch leisure facilities that can benefit the whole community. When we offered the contract to Fusion we knew that wewere putting that leisure provision in good hands and we are delighted to seework start on what we know will be an excellent offering."
Cllr Robert Sampson, Lead Memberfor Commercial Services at West Devon Borough Council said: "Fusion area bsolutely the best candidates for the job and I know that our leisure provision in West Devon is in the best possible hands. We made acommitment to our residents that we would improve their leisure facilities andI am delighted to see it begin to happen".
Fusion Lifestyle is the largest independent charity operating community sports, fitness and leisure centres in the country, and is known for bringing quality and investment to the facilitiesit operates. And, because it is a charity, all its incoming resources are reinvested in improving and developing its services and facilities.
Anthony Cawley, Operations Director,Fusion Lifestyle said: "We have made a commitment to nurture these sports and leisure facilities in Devon, and this includes making a serious investment in their improvement and up keep. Our plans for all the centres have been designed to improve the experience for our members and the public, providing them with better and bigger facilities.
"It is a privilege to be involved in the running of these incredibly popular and important sites across Devon, and it is our role to ensure that they continue to serve the community for years to come, whether that's providing amajor new addition to the site, or refurbishing much-loved tired facilities.
"The improvement plans will be on show at each of the centres, and we hope that the public take the opportunity to come and view these; we are excited to hear their thoughts. Asan independent charity, we invest heavily in creating, restoring and transforming local facilities, and we believe communities in Devon will really benefit from what we are proposing."
For more information about Fusion visit https://www.fusion-lifestyle.com/