A NEW £135,000 dance and group exercise studio will be opening at a North Devon pool in the autumn following a joint partnership scheme between 1610 and Torridge District Council.
Work will get underway on the project at Torridge Pool in Northam on September 9.
The new studio which is being built on the existing viewing balcony and staff offices will be equipped with a new sprung floor, improved lighting and ventilation, as well as mirrored walls and ballet bars.
The new studio will allow greater provision of day time exercise classes such as Zumba, Body Pump and Yoga and 1610 is also planning to launch a more varied mix of services such as GP referral classes, Mum and Toddler sessions and Fifty Plus exercise sessions.
The studio could also be used as teaching venue for NPLQ fitness qualifications as well as being hired as a party venue
The project is being jointly funded between 1610 leisure trust, which manages Torridge Pool, and Torridge District Council.
Pearce Construction won the building contract for the work following a competitive tendering process
During the construction Northam Town Council Office in Windmill Lane in Northam will be an interim venue for its current group exercise classes.
Tina Copp, Group Exercise Manager for 1610 said: “Every effort has been made to continue to offer group exercise classes during the refurbishments and we are grateful to our partners at TDC for their support in providing an alternative venue.
“Whilst there will be some minor disruption we are aiming to maintain around 85 per cent of the current class programme during the building works.”
Torridge District Council’s lead member for Health Andy Boyd said, “This is excellent news as the refurbishment works when finished will allow 1610 to be able to offer more exercise classes for local people in a state of the art studio. I look forward to seeing the improvements in November.”
1610 estimates that the new dance and exercise studio will open to the public on Monday November 18.