£1.2m plans unveiled to expand Littledown Centre due to growing membership

Unveiled: the £1.2m plans to expand popular Littledown Centre

Unveiled: the £1.2m plans to expand popular Littledown Centre

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PLANS to spend £1.2million building a larger gym and two new fitness studios at Bournemouth’s Littledown Centre have been unveiled.

The expansion is needed to ensure the sports centre can cater for its growing membership, which now stands at more than 7,000 people.

The centre has seen visits increase to more than 1.2million a year and provides over 160 weekly fitness classes.

The centre’s weekly learn to swim programme is also a major draw, with more than 1,800 participants. The works are being funded by centre operators BH Live and Bournemouth council and will also see more than £500,000 spent on new gym equipment.

A planning application submitted by BH Live will see the gym extended from 528 square metres to 969 square metres. The application also seeks to convert offices into a large multipurpose fitness studio which could be divided into activity spaces.

The gym extension would be at the rear of the building and building work would be phased to minimise disruption. If the plans are given the go ahead, work would start this summer and be finished by next spring. The centre plans to operate as normal throughout the building work.

Peter Gunn, BH Live chief executive, said: “This is a very significant investment project which will make a notable difference to the range of facilities and capacity at the Littledown Centre.

“Since BH Live began managing the centre in 2010, we have made considerable progress in getting more local people more active. As a result Bournemouth has some of the highest levels of participation in physical activity in the UK.”

Cllr John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth council, said: “The centre has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. With the increase in footfall, the ongoing investment ensures it remains fit for purpose and one of the top performing leisure centres in the UK for both Bournemouth and its community to be proud of.”

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5:42am Fri 20 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Let's get the ball rolling. .....more users will mean more cars using Castle Lane and a need to increase available parking. It is stupidity to think people will use alternative transport to get there. The majority will drive.
Let's get the ball rolling. .....more users will mean more cars using Castle Lane and a need to increase available parking. It is stupidity to think people will use alternative transport to get there. The majority will drive. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 32

8:40am Fri 20 Jun 14

SnakeDoc says...

JP Morgan are losing their half of the car park, the lease is up soon and they have been told it's not being renewed.
JP Morgan are losing their half of the car park, the lease is up soon and they have been told it's not being renewed. SnakeDoc
  • Score: 7

8:44am Fri 20 Jun 14

susi.m says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
Let's get the ball rolling. .....more users will mean more cars using Castle Lane and a need to increase available parking. It is stupidity to think people will use alternative transport to get there. The majority will drive.
The powers that be are not realists
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: Let's get the ball rolling. .....more users will mean more cars using Castle Lane and a need to increase available parking. It is stupidity to think people will use alternative transport to get there. The majority will drive.[/p][/quote]The powers that be are not realists susi.m
  • Score: 24

8:52am Fri 20 Jun 14

Happy 2 says...

Happy days. The place is very busy and the extension is well needed.
With all the sports centres in the area the Littledown offers the most,

Classes are often full for circuits, body pump and spinning and you have to book 7 days in advance. Gym is sometimes VERY busy and more equipment is needed.

On the positive something for every one and money made is reinvested in the group and not profit for management company's.

I cycle to the centre and most days there is no room in the 40+ racks to put your bike. Parking is never an issue as 50% of the car park becomes free when the JP side is opened at 5 pm

Good to see they are addressing the increase in members and doing something positive.
Happy days. The place is very busy and the extension is well needed. With all the sports centres in the area the Littledown offers the most, Classes are often full for circuits, body pump and spinning and you have to book 7 days in advance. Gym is sometimes VERY busy and more equipment is needed. On the positive something for every one and money made is reinvested in the group and not profit for management company's. I cycle to the centre and most days there is no room in the 40+ racks to put your bike. Parking is never an issue as 50% of the car park becomes free when the JP side is opened at 5 pm Good to see they are addressing the increase in members and doing something positive. Happy 2
  • Score: 2

8:59am Fri 20 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

So this will presumably attract even more traffic to join an already totally gridlocked Castle Lane near a major Hospital and send more cars to an already often full up car park.

Classic Bournemouth Council, very well thought through!
So this will presumably attract even more traffic to join an already totally gridlocked Castle Lane near a major Hospital and send more cars to an already often full up car park. Classic Bournemouth Council, very well thought through! muscliffman
  • Score: 23

9:06am Fri 20 Jun 14

Happy 2 says...

muscliffman wrote:
So this will presumably attract even more traffic to join an already totally gridlocked Castle Lane near a major Hospital and send more cars to an already often full up car park.

Classic Bournemouth Council, very well thought through!
Let's do nothing at all and we can all sit at home and not go out!
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: So this will presumably attract even more traffic to join an already totally gridlocked Castle Lane near a major Hospital and send more cars to an already often full up car park. Classic Bournemouth Council, very well thought through![/p][/quote]Let's do nothing at all and we can all sit at home and not go out! Happy 2
  • Score: -11

9:09am Fri 20 Jun 14

nosuchluck54 says...

muscliffman wrote:
So this will presumably attract even more traffic to join an already totally gridlocked Castle Lane near a major Hospital and send more cars to an already often full up car park.

Classic Bournemouth Council, very well thought through!
Classic muscliffman.talking crap !
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: So this will presumably attract even more traffic to join an already totally gridlocked Castle Lane near a major Hospital and send more cars to an already often full up car park. Classic Bournemouth Council, very well thought through![/p][/quote]Classic muscliffman.talking crap ! nosuchluck54
  • Score: -16

10:33am Fri 20 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

SnakeDoc wrote:
JP Morgan are losing their half of the car park, the lease is up soon and they have been told it's not being renewed.
It's not all JPMorgan, parents with children can park through the barrier I believe. Obviously not having them in there will make a difference.
[quote][p][bold]SnakeDoc[/bold] wrote: JP Morgan are losing their half of the car park, the lease is up soon and they have been told it's not being renewed.[/p][/quote]It's not all JPMorgan, parents with children can park through the barrier I believe. Obviously not having them in there will make a difference. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 2

10:35am Fri 20 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Happy 2 wrote:
Happy days. The place is very busy and the extension is well needed.
With all the sports centres in the area the Littledown offers the most,

Classes are often full for circuits, body pump and spinning and you have to book 7 days in advance. Gym is sometimes VERY busy and more equipment is needed.

On the positive something for every one and money made is reinvested in the group and not profit for management company's.

I cycle to the centre and most days there is no room in the 40+ racks to put your bike. Parking is never an issue as 50% of the car park becomes free when the JP side is opened at 5 pm

Good to see they are addressing the increase in members and doing something positive.
When is the centre busiest? As if it is a weekend the whole car park is free but still full
[quote][p][bold]Happy 2[/bold] wrote: Happy days. The place is very busy and the extension is well needed. With all the sports centres in the area the Littledown offers the most, Classes are often full for circuits, body pump and spinning and you have to book 7 days in advance. Gym is sometimes VERY busy and more equipment is needed. On the positive something for every one and money made is reinvested in the group and not profit for management company's. I cycle to the centre and most days there is no room in the 40+ racks to put your bike. Parking is never an issue as 50% of the car park becomes free when the JP side is opened at 5 pm Good to see they are addressing the increase in members and doing something positive.[/p][/quote]When is the centre busiest? As if it is a weekend the whole car park is free but still full bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 3

11:01am Fri 20 Jun 14

Happy 2 says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
Happy 2 wrote:
Happy days. The place is very busy and the extension is well needed.
With all the sports centres in the area the Littledown offers the most,

Classes are often full for circuits, body pump and spinning and you have to book 7 days in advance. Gym is sometimes VERY busy and more equipment is needed.

On the positive something for every one and money made is reinvested in the group and not profit for management company's.

I cycle to the centre and most days there is no room in the 40+ racks to put your bike. Parking is never an issue as 50% of the car park becomes free when the JP side is opened at 5 pm

Good to see they are addressing the increase in members and doing something positive.
When is the centre busiest? As if it is a weekend the whole car park is free but still full
In the morning there are a lot of swimming lessons and LIttledown juniors etc. It is busy then but there is always parking at the far end if needed. Most people want to park as close to the door as poss, so never go to the far end.
They have other things like antiques fairs at the weekends. I feel these should be at the BIC. Not the LIttledown. When they were in the BIC no one goes as the people who attend have to pay for the parking.
Hospital visitors also use the free car park at the weekends
That said the centre is for all and we all want something different from it.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy 2[/bold] wrote: Happy days. The place is very busy and the extension is well needed. With all the sports centres in the area the Littledown offers the most, Classes are often full for circuits, body pump and spinning and you have to book 7 days in advance. Gym is sometimes VERY busy and more equipment is needed. On the positive something for every one and money made is reinvested in the group and not profit for management company's. I cycle to the centre and most days there is no room in the 40+ racks to put your bike. Parking is never an issue as 50% of the car park becomes free when the JP side is opened at 5 pm Good to see they are addressing the increase in members and doing something positive.[/p][/quote]When is the centre busiest? As if it is a weekend the whole car park is free but still full[/p][/quote]In the morning there are a lot of swimming lessons and LIttledown juniors etc. It is busy then but there is always parking at the far end if needed. Most people want to park as close to the door as poss, so never go to the far end. They have other things like antiques fairs at the weekends. I feel these should be at the BIC. Not the LIttledown. When they were in the BIC no one goes as the people who attend have to pay for the parking. Hospital visitors also use the free car park at the weekends That said the centre is for all and we all want something different from it. Happy 2
  • Score: -2

11:02am Fri 20 Jun 14

BmthNewshound says...

Whilst its great that Littledown is being extended to meet demand it would be nice if those of us living in and around Westbourne could be given a thought. Since the BIC swimming pool was filled in the only indoor leisure facilities are privately owned health clubs which are very expensive. As much of the BIC stands empty for most of the year I think that they should use the space to reinstate the swimming pool and open a gym and a fitness studio.
Whilst its great that Littledown is being extended to meet demand it would be nice if those of us living in and around Westbourne could be given a thought. Since the BIC swimming pool was filled in the only indoor leisure facilities are privately owned health clubs which are very expensive. As much of the BIC stands empty for most of the year I think that they should use the space to reinstate the swimming pool and open a gym and a fitness studio. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 22

5:21pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Hessenford says...

That's all we need, castle lane has already become the biggest car park in Dorset and now its getting even worse.
That's all we need, castle lane has already become the biggest car park in Dorset and now its getting even worse. Hessenford
  • Score: 17

5:21pm Fri 20 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

I think the Council need to look at creating another access point off the slip road. Access only not exit as that would cause accidents
I think the Council need to look at creating another access point off the slip road. Access only not exit as that would cause accidents bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 13

5:58pm Fri 20 Jun 14

madras says...

A zipwire from the peer would resolve the traffic problems
A zipwire from the peer would resolve the traffic problems madras
  • Score: 9

9:48pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

There is a gym under Asda called fitspace. Only 12 quid a month to go as many times and for as long as you like. I joined as its handy after a short workout to be able to go on the escalator up to Asda for some pork pies and cider.
There is a gym under Asda called fitspace. Only 12 quid a month to go as many times and for as long as you like. I joined as its handy after a short workout to be able to go on the escalator up to Asda for some pork pies and cider. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 5

8:58am Sat 21 Jun 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
There is a gym under Asda called fitspace. Only 12 quid a month to go as many times and for as long as you like. I joined as its handy after a short workout to be able to go on the escalator up to Asda for some pork pies and cider.
Must be crap for 12 pounds/month
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: There is a gym under Asda called fitspace. Only 12 quid a month to go as many times and for as long as you like. I joined as its handy after a short workout to be able to go on the escalator up to Asda for some pork pies and cider.[/p][/quote]Must be crap for 12 pounds/month Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 0

9:27am Sat 21 Jun 14

Teddy 1 says...

Need to get the staff driving in the car park safely. One gym instructor I witnessed nearly drove into an already reversing car....she then looked so angry she stalled the car, revved up the engine it sounded like it would blow up and wheel skidded off with steam out of her ears!! This was all in the baby and toddler car park when the road surface was wet. Nice one!
Need to get the staff driving in the car park safely. One gym instructor I witnessed nearly drove into an already reversing car....she then looked so angry she stalled the car, revved up the engine it sounded like it would blow up and wheel skidded off with steam out of her ears!! This was all in the baby and toddler car park when the road surface was wet. Nice one! Teddy 1
  • Score: 3

12:47pm Mon 23 Jun 14

littlelawn says...

SnakeDoc wrote:
JP Morgan are losing their half of the car park, the lease is up soon and they have been told it's not being renewed.
Really? What about this?

http://www.bournemou
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[quote][p][bold]SnakeDoc[/bold] wrote: JP Morgan are losing their half of the car park, the lease is up soon and they have been told it's not being renewed.[/p][/quote]Really? What about this? http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/news/11 183634.JP_Morgan_ann ounces___28_6m_impro vements_to_Bournemou th_base littlelawn
  • Score: 0

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