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New 24-hour gym on the way at Gloucester Quays

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 10, 2012

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A MULTI-MILLION pound 24-hour gym is on the way to Gloucester Quays.

A national chain called The Gym, which already has 18 outlets across the country, wants to bring a new £1.5m facility to a retail unit above Pizza Express.

The Gym wants to take up a 15,000sq ft space, one of the larger ones at the Quays, such is the firm's confidence.

A planning application is about to be submitted for it, and subject to approval, a target opening date has been scheduled for September or October.

The move is a major boost for Gloucester Quays, which was granted approval this week for a £60million expansion of the shopping centre.

Investment

A spokesman said: "This is a really significant investment that yet another retailer is making in the quays.

"It will be 24 hours a day with a range of membership options and the best facilities.

"It's great news for us and will help fill a large unit which has its entrance by the canalside."

The company was named Budget Gym of the Year 2011, and specialises in relatively low prices of around £16 a month, with offers for students and graduates.

It has facilities in several major cities including Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, and Manchester.

John Treharne, CEO of The Gym Group, said: "Our concept isn't about capturing members from our competitors, it's about attracting a whole new market, like students."

The Gym's opening would create at least 15 jobs.

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  • jas36  |  March 11 2012, 9:50AM

    I have mixed feelings on this one as I suspect that the floor space mentioned is the upper floor of the Waterfront Bar and Restaurant units. It's easy to see why The Gym group are keen to open up in this spot, it' a great location and they should do well. The Gym would also be a strong footfall driver and combined with the new Cinema, Bars and Restaurants should help increase the critical mass of the Quays as a whole and no doubt attract additional retailers, etc. But part of the original overall attractiveness of the Quays was the balconied waterfront Bar and Restaurant units. I suspect that part of the desirability factor will be lost if the upper floor is turned into a Gym. My other concern is that as a result the flexibility of size of Bar/Restaurant units is severely limited. Most of the remaining units will be of a moderate size, not big enough for a large Bar and Restaurant combined. A decent waterfront Bar is surely essential to the desirability of the entire Quays concept. Hopefully, Peel have considered all of these factors and perhaps the plans for an additional waterfront building the other side of Pillar and Lucy are still in the pipeline.

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  • Rimestock  |  March 11 2012, 7:58AM

    Either way, a gym in that location is very positive. A better sort of people will be coming and going at all hours, it's a form of natural policing. It's all very well creating new buildings to house new business and create the café society but if the streets are unsafe or uninviting due to the random drunks and aimless thugs then it's a colossal waste of time. The social atmosphere needs to be improved as well as the physical surroundings. Let's hope someone decides to scrub up the filthy paving in the area as well. I'm not encouraged to enjoy a coffee and snack outside when I have to dodge chewing gum, seagull **** and spittle in order to achieve that.

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  • atters1972  |  March 11 2012, 12:47AM

    And apparently opening Sep/Oct this year according to their website http://tinyurl.com/7kjqq3d

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  • atters1972  |  March 11 2012, 12:41AM

    Odd, I agree with jas36 re the location as i cant envisage it being above pizza express directly . 15,000 sq ft seems like a lot of space for a gym but its an ideal location for the students and I guess also ideal for all the residents of all the flats in the docks. I guess they managed to get a fitness first in the brewery quarter in cheltenham and a gym fits in with it being a leisure area i suppose. All in all its investment and will create jobs so good news.

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  • jas36  |  March 10 2012, 10:09PM

    No room above Nando's either. I suspect that this is the upper floor of the waterfront Restaurant units plus the end unit adjacent to Llanthony Bridge. I'm not convinced it's the best possible use of this prime waterfront space if this is the case.. I will have to sleep on it before I form an opinion.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  March 10 2012, 7:19PM

    Pig a pizza, then pop upstairs for a workout !!

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  • dogs_life  |  March 10 2012, 7:12PM

    I take it The Gym Group aren't related to Kiss Gyms which are due to open a place in the Peel Centre (I think the old JJB Sports Unit). The Kiss Gym planning application number is: 11/00981/COU (http://tinyurl.com/73n38cq). They both seem to have very similar business models.

  • Douglasknows  |  March 10 2012, 10:29AM

    Open 24hrs a day? I wonder if it'll be a nightclub at night cos I can't see too many ppl wanting to exercise in the middle of the night.

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  • JacobWhite  |  March 10 2012, 10:27AM

    Exactly, Jas36...think TiG have got it wrong! Surley, its above Nando's and the other remaining units!?! Don't get me wrong, I think its great news, further investment and another great addition to the whole area, well done indeed.

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  • jas36  |  March 10 2012, 9:13AM

    Where? The only thing that I can picture above Pizza Express is the sky (and the roof of course)

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