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Fresh new look and modern facilities coming to the Citadel

 06 October 2014  |  


An artist's impression of the Citadel Leisure Centre's fantastic, modern and vibrant new look.

An artist's impression of the Citadel Leisure Centre's fantastic, modern and vibrant new look.

The Citadel Leisure Centre in Ayr is set to benefit from a fantastic, modern and vibrant new look, thanks to an investment of £450,000 from South Ayrshire Council.

The funding will see a new state-of-the-art gym being built, which will include modern 'Life Fitness' equipment to boost cardio-vascular training and 'Hammer Strength' resistant machines.

Much of the equipment will also be wi-fi enabled, allowing customers to watch tv, listen to music, or even download their workout data direct to apps on their smartphones – allowing their exercise regimes to be easily recorded and tracked for optimum performance.

A multi-purpose training hub (called Synergy 360) designed for group and individual exercise programmes will also be installed and the modernisation works will also convert the former cardio-vascular room into a superb, dedicated indoor cycling studio.

Completing the modernisation programme, the ground floor reception area will be re-configured to be more customer-friendly, making it easier for customers to access all sports and leisure facilities and get information and advice on what's on, where and when.

To allow the work to get underway – and to ensure the new facilities can be enjoyed as soon as possible – the gym at the Citadel will be closed for approximately 10-12 weeks.

The health and fitness class programme will be unaffected and will continue as normal. All Citadel members have been informed of the closure and changes to their membership payment while work is ongoing.   

Councillor Bill Grant, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Tourism and Leisure said: "The modernisation work at the Citadel is a superb development and will offer a fantastic new range of equipment in a brilliant, modern and vibrant environment.

"The use of latest technology through wi-fi will also enable customers to keep an eye on how well they are progressing, allowing them to tweak their fitness regime to meet their needs and goals through their phones or digital devices."

If you're a member at the Citadel gym, or thinking about joining in the future – or if you're interested in how work is progressing and new classes on offer, keep up to date by Facebook (Sport and Leisure South Ayrshire), Twitter (@southayrshire) or speak to a member of staff within any of our facilities, or contact the Council on 0300 123 0900.

The Council will not collect any gym membership payments during October and November and a reduced amount will be charged in December, with normal monthly subscriptions resuming in January 2015. 

In the meantime, gym members will be entitled to free access to the following facilities during the period of closure:

Facility

Areas

Opening Times

Troon Swimming Pool

Gym and Swim

7:30am-9:30pm

Prestwick Swimming Pool

Gym and Swim

7:30am-9:30pm

Maybole Swimming Pool

Swim

7:30am-9:30pm

Citadel Leisure Centre

Swim/Health Suite

7:30am-9:30pm

Belmont Academy

Gym

Monday – Friday 6pm – 10pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm (Closed during October School Holidays)

Councillor Grant concluded: "It's an exciting time for the Citadel and I look forward to seeing the new facilities and classes up and running very soon – and just in time for us to make our New Year's resolutions to keep fit, lead a healthier lifestyle and join the gym!

"And where better to do this than the bright and modernised surroundings at the Citadel?"

 

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