Fit for competition
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