Fitness Suite for Middleton Pool

Middleton Pool and Fitness Centre in Newport Pagnell is fit for the future thanks to a £1 million make over to create a gym on the site.

The leisure centre, which previously had no health and fitness provision, was once an open air lido and was covered in with a structure over 25 years ago to enclose the swimming pool and make it more financially viable. Places for People Leisure took over management of the site on behalf of Newport Pagnell Town Council in 2014, and invested in the site as part of this new management deal.

Leisure design and build specialist, Createability was brought in to deal with all aspects of the project; responsible for planning, building regulations and approvals, as well as full design of the redevelopment with associated services and fit out, except for the supply of fitness equipment.

The six-month build saw Createability construct a 200 sq m fitness suite, complete with CV equipment and strength kit, attached to the right hand side of the existing building, along with brand new dry side changing facilities and a link corridor to join the new extension with the existing pool, wet side changing, reception area, office and meeting room. Remedial work to upgrade the pool, pool hall, plant room and wet side changing also took place as part of a long term programme to ensure the leisure centre, remains viable. During the build, a temporary fitness suite was set up in the Tickford Community Centre nearby.

Prior to starting on site, and due to close proximity of mature trees, Createability carried out an arboricultural survey and trees were sensitively pruned and roots protected throughout building work.

Gas and water mains running across the site also caused issues and, the water main had to be structurally bridged within the foundations and the gas main diverted around the site, using a mole technique to avoid disruption to a cemetery access road.

“We also had a few challenges with the external drainage and the linking of the two roof structures,” said Ian Cotgrave, Managing Director of Createability. “The existing centre drainage was poor and had to be addressed as part of the overall design with a completely new installation to suit the new building layout.”

The new building comprises of traditional foundations, a portal frame, brick and breeze block insulated cavity walls, a Sarnafil insulated roof with rolled powder coated external facade, and powder-coated double glazed feature windows. The front elevation has been cedar cladded to break up the front elevation and act as a feature between the two buildings.

Inside, the gym benefits from heat recovery ventilation and air conditioning, dry lined walls, suspended ceilings and LED lighting. The floors are a combination of carpet, vinyl wood planking and impact rubber. The dry side changing rooms are fully tiled on all walls and the floors, and boast laminated changing cubicles, benches, lockers and vanity areas with errors and hairdryers.

The local community, who enter the gym through turnstile access control in the new lobby area, can sign up to the budget gym for just £16.99 per month or buy into a gym and swim all inclusive membership for £22.99.

“The new, purpose built fitness suite caters for the residents of Newport Pagnell and the surrounding area and is a very welcome addition for the community, helping to secure the long term future of the leisure centre,” continued Cotgrave.

Simon Churchman, Contracts Manager for Places for People said: “Middleton Pool was built back in 1957 as an open air lido, but a roof was put on in 1989 to ensure the pool was viable 12 months a year. However, people now demand a wider choice for their exercise options and so adding a fitness suite to the offering was a natural progression.”