The current gym is about 75 square metres has about 25 stations (work areas or machines) and was partitioned off the old female changing room back in the 1990s. It proved successful and was refurbished in 2007 to its current configuration. The gym has proved immensely popular with users, however, it is cramped and does not comply with latest Sports England recommendations for space per station and accessibility.
The studio (created by reducing the current gents changing room back in 2006), was created to expand the dry side offering and included Yoga, Pilates Spin, etc. However, at 43 square metres (which includes storage) it is very small and class sizes are limited to approximately 10 people. Sports England recommend the minimum size for a studio to be 112 square metres to make it viable and cost effective to operate.
Classes at Hampton Pool are now often oversubscribed or crowded, with people being turned away.
The new gym would be about 200 square metres and would be fully accessible and DDA compliant for all members of the community. Although physically this is over double the current size once the machines are laid out to the current recommended spacing of 5 square metre per station as opposed to the current 2.7 square metre per station there would only be a modest increase in stations from 25 to 40. This will provide a bigger variety of machines or empty floor space to future proof the facility and changes to exercise trends.
The improved gym will enable existing customers to continue to enjoy exercising at Hampton Pool, a location of their choice, in less cramped conditions. It will also allow disable access which has previously been thwarted by the lack of space around the stations and the size of the studio.
The gym is also unique in pioneering ‘Club 1315’ encouraging young people to stay exercising in a hard to reach age group. Currently 162 young people are members of this scheme and improved facilities are likely to increase usage from this age group.
Hampton Pool also provides exercise classes for disabled to provide opportunities for social interaction which can be extended following the improvements to the facility.