The UK's leading independent sport and leisure charity, Fusion Lifestyle, in partnership with South Hams District and West Devon Borough Council, is kick-starting a multimillion-pound investment in improving 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. The funding will enable Fusion Lifestyle to kick-start their improvement programme and will be paid back over the course of the contract.
Meadowlands Leisure Centre in Tavistock is a '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 to start at the end of 2017 and take approximately nine months to complete, subject to planning permission.
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 we were putting that leisure provision in good hands and we are delighted to see work start on what we know will be an excellent offering."
Cllr Robert Sampson, Lead Member for Commercial Services at West Devon Borough Council said: "Fusion are absolutely the best candidates for the job and I know that our leisure provision in West Devon is in the best possible hands. We made a commitment to our residents that we would improve their leisure facilities and I 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 facilities it 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 upkeep. 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 a major 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. As an 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."
What are the Plans for Meadowlands?
Meadowlands Leisure Centre will be one of our 'flagship' projects, meaning a sizeable investment will be made in improving the centre. We are delighted to announce that this will include:
o A large outdoors café within new terraced seating area overlooking Meadowlands Park
o A new fitness gym
o A new studio
o Fully refurbished poolside changing rooms, toilets (including accessible toilets), family changing cubicles, lockers, showers and vanity areas
o New dry change facilities, including lockers, toilets, showers and changing benches
o A new café with seating area directly looking onto the pool and new studio
o A new entrance, with a turnstile and new reception.