Work starts on £5m Redevelopment of Hertsmere Leisure Centres

 Work is underway on the refurbishment of two leisure centres for Hertsmere Leisure to provide first class health and fitness facilities for the community.

Development company Alliance Leisure Services is working with leisure, design and build specialist Createability to deliver £5m of works at Bushey Grove and Furzefield Leisure Centres.

Funded by Hertsmere Leisure, a trust which manages the sites in partnership Hertsmere Borough Council, the project includes a 7,800 sq ft extension of the gym at Bushey Grove featuring equipment from the Technogym SKILL range, including SKILLROW™, the SKILLMILL™ and the new SKILLRUN™. The exciting new workout space will also include a dedicated functional training zone which includes a bespoke functional bridge rig from Origin Fitness.

The centre’s health suite will be upgraded and reconfigured to include a herbal sauna, salt inhalation room, feature shower and four treatment rooms  offering health and beauty treatments. Access to the new facility will be via a dedicated Spa Reception.

The introduction of Stages Flight and a giant virtual experience screen in the indoor cycling studio will cater for classes allowing the centre to offer round-the-clock classes.

The reception area will be redesigned to provide a more welcoming space along with additional café seating and improved access to the facilities. The existing staff room, which will be relocated, is to be made into a large party room with a folding acoustic wall that can be opened up to double as further cafe seating when necessary. The old crèche will be turned into offices and a new crèche relocated to unused changing rooms which are currently used for storage.

Bushey Grove’s swimming pool changing village is also being refurbished in keeping with the new Hertsmere Leisure branding and colours.

The Furzefield Centre is also undergoing a significant refurbishment. Works include a major upgrade of the gym to accommodate the latest connected gym equipment from Matrix and a functional training space featuring the Technogym SKILL range, including SKILLROW™, the SKILLMILL™ and the new SKILLRUN™.

The centre’s 6,900 sq ft soft play area will be transformed into party rooms and two courts of the existing seven-court sports hall will be converted into a destination three-storey soft play and XHeight Adventure Climbing area suitable for all ages, with dedicated cafe and toilets.

As with Bushey Grove, the health suite will be remodelled to create a day-spa offering with its own reception and four treatment rooms.  The spa will also include a relaxation area, salt inhalation room, ice fountain, feature shower, herbal sauna and aroma steam, as well as a bespoke, dedicated spa changing area.

The current second fitness class studio will double in size to 11,800 sq ft and a new indoor cycling studio featuring Stages Flight will offer immersive cycling classes, enabling the leisure centre to run more classes throughout the week. The centre’s main fitness class studio will also be refurbished.

The reception area, back office and sales department will all be redesigned as part of the new look entrance to the building, along with the cafe.

“We’re very excited to see this comprehensive refurbishment programme get underway. It will dramatically improve the quality of our leisure facilities and the services offered to the local community,” says David Brame, Chief Executive of Hertsmere Leisure Trust.

“We are delighted to be appointed Development Partner for Hertsmere Leisure Trust after a long period of working with the Trust through the feasibility stage of these projects to delivery on site with Createability. The investment in the centres will bring exciting new facilities, engaging a wider market of users from the local communities, whilst improving their commercial sustainability for the long term,” says Tom Fairey, Senior Business Development Manager at Alliance.

Createability’s business development manager, Jonathan Brookes-Martin said: “Our challenge will be to keep the facilities open whilst we carry out these major refurbishment works across the two centres.  We are working closely with Hertsmere Leisure to ensure customers experience the least amount of impact on their visits as we create these truly ‘go to’ leisure destinations for local families.”

Both centres will remain open for use during the refurbishments, with any disruption to customers kept to a minimum.  Work is due to complete at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre in May 2019 and Furzefield Leisure Centre in June 2019.