Work is underway on an extensive £630,000 refurbishment of one of Glasgow’s leading leisure and fitness facilities.
Indoor sports facilities at the Glasgow Club Whitehill in Dennistoun are being modernised through the creation of an enhanced and expanded gym and multi-purpose community space. In addition improvements are being made to the changing area, which also serves Whitehill Secondary School, to support increased use of the outdoor 3G football pitch. The reception area will be upgraded.
The refurbished gym will include over 30 state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength conditioning machines. It will also be fitted with flat screen TVs to further enhance the customer experience. The refurbished community space will be used for dance classes, martial arts, youth work groups, low-impact exercise classes and as a general meeting area.
Work started in September and it is expected to be complete early in 2012. The centre, including the swimming pool, will remain open during this time. The improvements are being carried out ahead of the temporary closure of the neighbouring Glasgow Club Tollcross which is set for a £13.7million upgrade for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The pool at Tollcross closes on Sunday 23 October with the rest of centre remaining open till mid December.
When it reopens in the spring of 2013 the all new Glasgow Club Tollcross will boast two 50-metre swimming pools; one of the biggest gyms in the city with well over 100 pieces of equipment, brand new dance studio, as well as a range of function spaces that will replace the facilities previously provided at Shettleston Halls.
The Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “We have some of the best leisure facilities in the country right here in Glasgow and the refurbishment of the Glasgow Club Whitehill will further enhance this position. The City Council is committed to encouraging people to lead healthier and more active lives and investment in facilities such as this will help us do just that.
“The much improved and greatly extended facilities at the Glasgow Club Whitehill will also help minimise any disruption caused by the planned works at Tollcross, which will help us keep Glasgow active in the lead up to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.”
The Glasgow Club Whitehill is operated by Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council. The Glasgow Club is Scotland’s biggest health and fitness network with 24 leisure centres, 12 swimming pools and over 700 fitness classes each week.