'We can't wait to be ahead of the game' - Hutton Moor manager on £2.15m development

PUBLISHED: 07:02 15 May 2017

Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

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A £2.15million fitness development is underway at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre in Weston-super-Mare and the Mercury can now reveal more details of the first phase, which is due to be complete in September.

Designs for Hutton Moor Leisure Centre (Credit: AlecFrenchArchitects)Designs for Hutton Moor Leisure Centre (Credit: AlecFrenchArchitects)

The centre’s 95-station gym will be extended to include 155 pieces of brand new equipment.

The new pieces of kit will range from traditional treadmills and rowing machines to the latest cardiovascular training kit.

The latest technology is being used which will mean people can access individual training programmes on each piece of equipment and can also browse their Facebook pages or even watch a TV show on Netflix.

New strength-training equipment will also be added into the new-look gym, while the cycle studio will be moved to a bigger room which is set to be created out of one of the centre’s squash courts.

Designs for Hutton Moor Leisure Centre (Credit: AlecFrenchArchitects)Designs for Hutton Moor Leisure Centre (Credit: AlecFrenchArchitects)

The two-storey extension will also provide a functional training centre – which will include equipment such as monkey bars, ropes and suspension training.

The centre’s general manager Dave Somers said: “This development will be the biggest improvement since 1992 and is much needed.

“The development is perfectly timed due to the increase in demand for the current fitness trends which we can now cater for.”

These fitness trends include more strength training for both men and women, functional training and group exercise.

Staff at the opening of Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.Staff at the opening of Hutton Moor Leisure Centre.

Fitness manager Andy Dockrell said: “In the 18 years I have been here a lot has changed.

“The fitness industry has changed so much during the past few years – and we can’t wait to have the latest kit to be ahead of the game.”

An all-weather, 4G sports pitch and new tennis courts are included in the plan and the centre will offer virtual classes – where world-famous instructors will lead sessions on a big screen – to people unable to make its instructor-led sessions.

A new dance studio will also mean more children can take part in its sway dance sessions.

Later phases of the project will also see the reception area moved and its weights room cleared out to create a second entrance.

This will mean the main entrance is less crowded during big events.

A final phase of the project will see a new leisure pool facility created, although funding for the £9million pool is yet to be secured.

Feeling nostalgic? Click here to see a gallery of images of Hutton Moor when it first opened 30 years ago.

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