Today we got the green light for plans to build a brand new gym in Stenhousemuir.
The project will be delivered in a partnership between the Trust and Falkirk Council. Subject to planning approval, the centre is expected to become operational in 2015.
We plan to locate the new fitness facility in a vacant 700 square metre retail unit in the Stenhousemuir town centre. It is expected to boast more than twice the floor space and equipment currently provided at the Trust’s existing gym within Grangemouth Sports Complex.
As well as featuring the latest high quality equipment, the new centre will provide a purpose built fitness studio for classes, dedicated changing facilities and offer free parking for customers.
It will operate in a similar way as our existing gyms that are already successfully running in Bo’ness, Grangemouth and at the Mariner in Camelon.
Falkirk Council will provide the capital investment for the project with a share of the annual surpluses being shared between the Trust and the Council.
We developed a positive and robust business case for the provision of the new centre based on current and projected population growth in the area as well as the local community needs. Our Board gave us the go-ahead for the gym at a meeting today (June 5), following an endorsement by the Council’s Executive in April.
Ian Scott, Chairman of the Trust said: “We want to help improve the general health of the local community which we believe is currently under-provided for. We saw the potential of the Stenhousemuir site which offered us the right location at the right time and we are confident that the community will be fully supportive of this project.”
Cllr Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: “We’re pleased to be able to support this project, which will improve the range of leisure facilities in the Stenhousemuir area. Although the Council has agreed a funding package, the new centre has still to secure planning consent.
“The Trust is hopeful that the new gym will be up and running at some point next year, offering a range of great equipment and classes to suit all ages and abilities. I wish the project well and look forward to the new facility opening for business.”