The three-phase transformation is part of a 10-year development partnership between Lancaster City Council, Alliance Leisure Service and Createability who were appointed as the specialist leisure developer .
The first phase saw a ground-breaking Les Mills Immersive Studio featuring the Trip™ installed alongside a new 80-station fitness suite fitted with Precor equipment, an adventure play area and XHeight climbing wall, as well as a redesigned and fully catered barista-style café.
The gym, following market testing and an in-depth fitness product review, showcases cardiovascular pieces including the new Experience™ Series EFX® 800 with Converging CrossRamp® and fitted with the latest P82 consoles, Discovery ™ Series Power and Half Racks, a range of strength machines and a free standing Queenax functional training unit.
The centre was the first owner-operated local authority facility in the country to offer the full Les Mills Immersive Studio experience. Participants are inspired by cinema quality, live concert experiences and interactive gaming, held in a bespoke themed space and led by live instructors.
Phase two of the project included the installation of Europe’s first Flight Tower, a multi-level outdoor tower and epic adventure installation. The ‘Gravity’ concept, brought about by Alliance’s research from successful centres in the US and built by expert adventure builders, Hangfast, invites people to abseil, zip-line or free-fall from its 60ft platform offering an adrenaline rush like no other.
The final phase of the development saw the inclusion of a health and wellbeing hub, including a luxury spa with its own reception and waiting area, housed in a new 540 sq m extension. Tranquil Spa includes the UK’s first Watermill Sauna, a Herbal Sauna, Salt Inhalation room, Aroma Steam room, Health Shower and Ice Chute as well as a large relaxation area. Previously the leisure centre only offered two simple saunas on the first floor next to its gym.
The unisex space boasts three individual shower rooms, six individual changing rooms, two unisex toilets and a DDA accessible shower room and toilet, as well as circulation space with lockers, vanity units and grooming shelves. Three treatment rooms, one with an inclusive shower, offer a full range of beauty treatments. The facility also has two nail bars.
The new extension also houses a Feel Good Suite, compete with power assisted ShapeMaster equipment, offering customers the general benefits of a regular exercise programme covering all of the major muscle groups as part of a circuit. These facilities will appeal to all ages, including people with disabilities, mobility and stability issues, as well as those recovering from an injury or simply wanting to lose weight. There is also a referral room for assessments and follow up appointments.
Ian Cotgrave, Managing Director of Createability, comments: “This project is one of several currently being undertaken throughout the UK and show cases what refurbishment of older building stock can achieve. The building work at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre has totally transformed the facility into one of the most outstanding leisure amenities in the area and we are delighted to have worked with the team to achieve this.”