Futuristic plan for Dartmoor leisure centres

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

A multi-million pound investment is due to begin to improve a variety of Devon’s leisure centres. Ivybridge, Tavistock and Parklands in Okehampton are among the centres which will be revamped as part of an £8 million, three-year programme.

The improvement plans are now on display for viewing at each leisure centre.

Fusion Lifestyle, in partnership with South Hams District and West Devon Borough Council, will kick-start the investment by improving five Devon Leisure Centres after it agreed a 25-year contract last year.

It will see changes to the leisure centres’ studios, gyms, soft play, cafes and changing facilities.
The refurbishment to Parklands Leisure Centre in Okehampton will see as an upgrade to various facilities which will include a new spin studio on the first floor, refurbished dry changing facilities and a new entrance, with a turnstile and new reception.

Ivybridge Leisure Centre is set to have a major makeover with plans showcasing a six-lane swimming pool with a sun-deck and a state-of-the-art, glazed, retractable roof.

An extended spin studio and new café are included in the plans while the fitness gym, studio and squash courts will be refurbished.

New poolside changing rooms, with lockers, showers and changing cubicles will be included.
A new steam room and sauna will be installed in the centre as well as a new entrance and reception.
The work is due to start early 2018, subject to planning permission and should take just over a year to complete.

Councillor 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.”

Meadowlands Leisure Centre in Tavistock will gain a new customer entrance and reception, changing facilities, fitness studio, gym and café and will also feature a terraced outdoor seating area overlooking the park.

The work in Tavistock is due to start at the end of this year and will take nine-months to complete.
The changing facilities will have a full refurbishment – accessibility to the toilets will be improved, along with family changing cubicles, lockers, showers and vanity areas.

Councillor Hilary Bastone, executive porfolio 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.”

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