A COMMUNITY leisure centre is having a £500,000 facelift to cope with the extra demand sparked by the 2012 Olympics.
Horizon Leisure Centre is opening a new gym in the Havant centre, in Civic Centre Road.
The decision comes as more and more people in the town decide to get fit at the centre.
Havant and Waterlooville leisure centres, both run by Horizon, have combined visitor totals of 1.2m a year.
They have become so busy the company has had to operate a one-in, one-out policy during peak times.
Work has already started on the new gym which is set to open in July.
It will be five times larger than the existing one it will replace and there will be 160 state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight-resistant work-stations plus a 40m three-lane indoor running track.
There will be a dedicated fitness area that will have programmed sessions for ladies-only, families and teenage workouts to provide an all-inclusive facility that will attract the whole community.
Howard Broad, chief executive of Horizon, said: ‘The growth in memberships and casual usage of the gym over recent years has been increased further following the Olympics and Paralympics.
‘This, together with our affordable and value membership packages, has resulted in difficulties meeting customer demand.
‘The time is now right to improve the gym facilities and capitalise on the legacy opportunities this presents.
‘The new and significantly enlarged gym will help Horizon meet its charitable objectives by encouraging the whole community to take up healthy exercise, tackle obesity and improve social wellbeing.
‘It will also help meet the government target of getting more people more active more often and address the fact that nationally, Havant has a below-average participation level in adult sport.’
A new changing room for disabled people has been built at the Havant centre.
Both leisure centres have received reaccreditation of the Quest quality assurance scheme for the efficient running of sport and leisure facilities.
Following the significant investment made by Horizon, which is a charity, Havant Borough Council has agreed to extend the length of the current lease.