New state-of-the-art equipment now available at leisure centres

Release date: 4 January 2016

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF IMPROVED FACILITIES AT CIRENCESTER LEISURE CENTRE - 9.30 am Thursday 7 Jan 2016

Customers using health and fitness facilities at the three leisure centres owned by Cotswold District Council are benefiting from the recent installation of brand new state-of-the-art equipment supplied by Technogym.  Users will also soon be able to watch TV, and listen to the radio – and even browse the Internet in some instances - while they work out. Other improvements include the upgrading of the air conditioning system in the gym and dance studio. 

The Council set aside £380,000 to finance fitness equipment upgrades at the leisure centres in Cirencester, Bourton-on-the-Water and Chipping Campden.  Additionally, CDC authorised the expenditure of just under £90,000 on a new environmentally friendly air conditioning system which has been installed at Cirencester leisure centre.  Meanwhile, Everyone Active – the company that manages the facilities on behalf of CDC - has invested £50,000 in new spinning bikes at both Cirencester and Bourton for group exercise classes.  Additionally, Everyone Active has just fitted £60,000 worth of LED lighting at all two leisure centres and the Corinium Museum.  The improvements were completed at Cirencester leisure centre on Friday 18 December and at the Bourton and Chipping Campden facilities on Wednesday 23 December. 

Cllr Lynden Stowe, the leader of CDC who is also responsible for leisure issues, explains why it was a priority to make the improvements:

“We are proud of the fact that so many residents keep fit and active and it is important that we provide them with the best facilities possible.  Our leisure centres – managed by Everyone Active - are very popular, and the fitness equipment is often in great demand.  We want to maintain this high level of interest – and encourage even more users - by ensuring customers have access to the most advanced technology which guarantees the best possible work-outs. 

“The refresh of the equipment also made sense financially.  The old fitness machines had reached the end of their five-year shelf life but we could still get a decent trade-in price for them now rather than opting to retain the old equipment and risking serious malfunctions and subsequent non-availability for users.  Those visiting Cirencester will also notice that there is a much better and increased free weights area as well as more functional training equipment.

“The new air conditioning system at Cirencester will also be welcomed by users once the summer weather returns.  The old system proved to be rather inefficient and was also a lot less environmentally friendly – in fact, the new system provides increased capacity and also saves over 5 tonnes of carbon and almost 19 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.”

Commenting on the advantages of installing LED lighting at the leisure centres and the Corinium Museum, Jamie Nesbit of Everyone Active said:

“As part of Everyone Active’s commitment to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions across our business we have installed LED lighting at three of the sites we operate for CDC (Cirencester, Museum and Bourton). This upgrade should reduce the electrical consumption of lighting to approximately 65% of the current load, saving approximately 166 tonnes of carbon from being released each year to generate that power. The additional benefit is to bring the facilities up to date with current technology and improve the quality of lighting so enhancing the customer experience.”

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Cotswold District Council
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Cirencester
Gloucestershire
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