Gosport Leisure Centre set for expansion

Gosport Leisure Centre
Gosport Leisure Centre
  • The facility was a £7.8m project in 2012
  • Residents have heavily used the leisure centre
  • Surrounding businesses are expected to benefit
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FITNESS fanatics can expect even better facilities as a thriving leisure centre is set for an expansion.

Gosport Leisure Centre, off Forest Way, Gosport, underwent a £7.8m project in 2012, replacing the former Holbrook centre in the town.

‘We are confident this will increase participation and helps with our objective of creating active places and healthy people.’

James Dumper

The centre has been extremely popular with local residents, who have taken advantage of facilities such as a 70-item gym and a 25m swimming pool. Twenty-five car park spaces will be added.

The project could be completed by next autumn, subject to planning permission.

James Dumper, general manager of Gosport Leisure Centre, said: ‘Having monitored customer feedback and usage during this period, we have established that there is a strong demand to increase the fitness offer. Therefore, the proposal is to provide a new and larger studio that will then allow us to extend the existing gym into the current studio giving us a larger gym offer.

‘We are confident this will increase participation and helps with our objective of creating active places and healthy people.

‘We have been working in close partnership with Gosport Borough Council over recent months to develop our proposals and believe the new provision is exciting and will meet our customer needs.’

The leisure centre is on a site that also has a Premier Inn, the recently refurbished Gosport ice rink and The Sailmaker Pub.

Councillor Graham Burgess, vice chairman of the policy and organisation board, said: ‘The leisure centre has exceeded all expectations in the area and we are delighted.

‘We get a share in their profits each year, which means that the money can go back into the system and be spent on better things.

‘The deal is a win-win for everyone involved.

‘The council will gain extra revenue and the businesses around should also benefit from overnight stays from swimming galas and events at the ice rink.

Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘The area is thriving. Pubs are closing all of the time but The Sailmaker is very popular amongst locals. There is a lot of great things happening in Gosport.’