Jack Laugher Leisure and Wellness Centre in Ripon

Temporary gym for Ripon this autumn

29 July 2022

Harrogate Borough Council has submitted a planning application to install a temporary gym at the Jack Laugher Leisure and Wellness Centre in Ripon

It is a temporary measure while ground stabilisation work is undertaken, and the existing gym is temporarily closed.

The new gym will include the high-quality, state-of-the-art Technogym equipment currently available in the existing leisure and wellness centre. As well as the expert advice and guidance from the Brimhams Active team.

Customers will still be able to use the changing and shower facilities in the new pool area – as well as the sauna and steam suite – which opened earlier this year as they will remain open as normal. Group exercise classes will also continue to be provided at Hugh Ripley Hall.

The temporary gym will be situated in the car park next to the main entrance, and is due to open in the autumn (date TBC) to coincide with ground stabilisation works that are due to take place.

Councillor Stanley Lumley, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, and chair of the board of directors at Brimhams Active, said:

We remain committed to enabling people to enjoy physical activity. By providing a temporary gym, while the ground stabilisation works take place, we can minimise the disruption to current and potential customers and ensure they can continue to maintain their health and wellbeing goals.

The ground stabilisation works come following the discovery of a void underneath part of the original leisure centre. The void is understood to have been present for a number of years and was only discovered when the reinforced concrete slab, which provides the foundation for the new swimming pool, was cast.

On discovery of this void, the borough council appointed a contractor to carry-out a thorough investigation programme under the original leisure centre to determine what work may be required to ensure the facility can continue to be used for many years to come.

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