Mayoral opening celebrates new look for facility
THE gym at Wellingborough’s Waendel Leisure Centre has reopened after being completely refurbished and kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment.
A special open evening was held last week to give people the opportunity to check out the new look facility.
The Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Barry Graves, officially opened the gym and staff were on hand to demonstrate the new equipment and answer questions.
The Wellingborough Council-owned gym has been given the £300,000 facelift, along with its sister facility at Redwell leisure centre, as part of a new leisure centre deal between the borough council and operator Places for People Leisure.
Council leader, Cllr Paul Bell, said: “The refurbishment of the Waendel gym, along with the one at Redwell, is really good news. We’re fully up-to-date with latest trends and equipment.
“It will improve the gym experience for our current members and we also hope it will encourage new members.
“We renegotiated our contract earlier this year in order to allow both council-owned leisure centres in the town to remain open. The deal reduced the council’s contribution to running costs by millions of pounds and as part of that it was agreed we would invest capital funds into upgrading the gyms.
“The results should speak for themselves and I look forward to welcoming people to our new state-of-the-art facilities.”
Simon Churchman, contracts manager at Places for People Leisure said: “We installed new equipment not seen at the gym before, plus new strength and cardiovascular kit, as well as an improved layout, an updated audio visual system, and a full redecoration.”
The gym was closed from the beginning of September while the refurbishment work took place, but is now fully open for business.
Above – FIT FOR PURPOSE: The new gym is now open and feedback from users has been healthy! Pictured are Wellingborough Mayor, Cllr Barry Graves, with sales manager at Waendel Leisure Centre, Dayne Wood.