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.
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 on display 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 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 Parklands?
Parklands will undergo a major refurbishment inside, as well as an upgrade to various facilities. We are delighted to announce that this will include:
· A new spin studio on the first floor
· Refurbished dry changing facilities
· A new entrance, with a turnstile and new reception.