New health and wellbeing facilities at Stokewood Leisure Centre opens

26 June 2017

A partnership project to improve the public health and wellbeing facilities at Stokewood Leisure Centre in Bournemouth has recently completed.

Commissioned by Bournemouth Council, Rund Partnership acted as employer’s agent and principal designer on these improvements, which has more than doubled the size of the gym to create more space to accommodate new Life Fitness gym equipment.

Stokewood remained open throughout the works, and since opening earlier this month hundreds of customers have already visited the new facilities and the feedback has been very positive. The ground floor gym now includes new strength equipment including power racks, squat racks, Olympic bars and free weights. The first floor contains a wide range of the latest Life Fitness cardiovascular equipment and the introduction of a QUAD functional fitness zone with instructors delivering power, primal, play and pulse gym-based classes.

Councillor John Beesley, Leader of Bournemouth Council, said: “Council investment in this popular centre aligns with our commitment to provide facilities for an active community. I am also delighted that improvements have been implemented with environmental considerations.”

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Stokewood Leisure Centre user Katie Wallbanks with, (Left to right) John Davies, centre manager, Mike Lyons, director of sport and leisure at BH Live, Cllr Pat Oakley, cabinet member for tourism and Winton East councillor, and Cllr John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth Council.

Stokewood is managed by BH Live in partnership with Bournemouth Council. These new facilities are part of a sustainable plan by BH Live and Bournemouth Council to significantly improve the overall customer experience and encourage more local people to get more active. BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues. It is also a charitable trust and social enterprise which focuses on making a positive social impact to the health, well-being and economic prosperity of its communities.

“The improved space and new facilities at Stokewood are fantastic and it’s very encouraging to see so many people already using them, says Peter Gunn, BH Live’s Chief Executive. “In partnership with the Council, we are continuing to increase the quality of public facilities and meet the expectations and needs of our community; encouraging more people to be more active and enjoy the social, health and wellbeing benefits.”

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John Davies, centre manager, Cllr John Beesley, leader of Bournemouth Council, Mike Lyons, director of sport and leisure at BH Live and Cllr Pat Oakley, cabinet member for tourism and Winton East councillor with delighted guests.

Rund Partnership’s involvement at Stokewood continues our positive and successful working relationship with BH Live following the completion of works at Littledown, Bournemouth and our appointment to oversee works at BH Live Active, Corfe Mullen.