Fit for com­pe­ti­tion

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - HERALD & POST -

MID­DLES­BROUGH Coun­cil is be­ing asked to ap­prove a plan for a £500,000 town cen­tre gym – right next to one the coun­cil it­self opened a few weeks ago.

The owner of Dun­das House Shop­ping Cen­tre and In­door Mar­ket has ap­plied for plan­ning per­mis­sion for a new 12,000 sq ft gym.

And if it goes ahead, it would sit next to Dun­das House, where the coun­cil re­cently opened a gym as part of an £800,000 Live Well Cen­tre.

If the coun­cil agrees to some lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion, Con­tract Ex­perts Ltd plans to lo­cate the gym space on the first floor above the in­door mar­ket and would look to open next year.

The com­pany says it will in­vest £500,000 cre­at­ing a new en­trance for the gym on Wil­son Street, im­prov­ing the shop­ping cen­tre en­trance and sig­nage, and in­stalling a new lift from the base­ment car park.

Deputy mayor and ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for city cen­tre strat­egy Cllr Char­lie Rooney wel­comed the po­ten­tial new ri­val.

He said: “Our view is that Mid­dles­brough is the city cen­tre of the wider Tees Val­ley re­gion and we need to se­cure that by mak­ing our­selves as at­trac­tive to busi­ness as pos­si­ble.

“A new gym would also be in fit­ting with our pub­lic health agenda.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion fol­lows news the shop­ping cen­tre is fully let and 19,820 sq ft of of­fice space for the coun­cil’s Live Well Cen­tre has also been let.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the en­trance could look

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