New central reception and gym at Clickimin Leisure Complex
Work has begun on a new central reception and fitness suite at the Clickimin Leisure Complex that will improve access and increase gym capacity.
The £1.5m project, which is being carried out by local firm DITT, will also save Shetland Recreational Trust costs and improve energy efficiency.
Just under £919,000 of funding comes from Shetland Islands Council, as part of the agreement around the new Anderson High School Project.
The remainder of the project, which is expected to be complete by October 2018, is being funded by the Shetland LEADER Programme (£325,000) and SRT itself (£232,000).
“This is an exciting development in the evolution of the Clickimin Leisure Complex,” said SRT chairman Bryan Leask.
“As folk who use it will know well, the gym has been bursting at the seams in recent years, and with the new facility being 250 sq metres we are more than doubling capacity, which will be a huge improvement.
The central reception will also help us save energy costs because it will prevent heat and humidity loss from the pool building. Having one reception instead of two will result in greater efficiency for both customers and staff.”
SRT general manager James Johnston highlighted the fact that SRT partner agencies including NHS Shetland, SIC, Sportscotland and Disability Shetland had indicated lack of suitable space and equipment were hampering the development of further joint services.
“For example, as well as general fitness users and elite athletes, Disability Shetland has been looking for greater space around equipment to help them increase their usage. Given that this facility will be single storey at ground level, access will also be improved.”
Above is an artist's impression of what the new gym will look like, although the layout has yet to be finalised.