New health and fitness centre opens its doors at Teesside University

A MULTI-MILLION pound gym has opened it doors on campus at Teesside University after months of construction.

The new centre, which is an extension of the Olympia Building, brings together the University’s sports and fitness facilities under one roof.

Costing around £2.75m, the newly launched state of the art investment includes a host of high quality machines and boasts brand new equipment.

THE GYM: The new facility which cost £2.75m

THE GYM: The new facility which cost £2.75m

Andy McLaren, Project Manager of the build said: “The new facility is greatly improved from what we had at the Brittan building.”

“The health and well being department were keen to push for the same as we have at Middlesbrough Sports Village.

“Over the past year we have liaised with clients to see what they wanted in the new gym, and we feel we have got everything we wished for.”

Located on the first floor is a running track which will eventually extend to 30 metres, as well as include running spikes on it’s surface.

Major investment has been made on the free weights section, including brand new dumbbells, benches and a rig which houses six lifting platforms.

A special floor has been installed which allows the users to drop heavy weights without the worry of damage.

Three specialist treatment rooms will also be available for staff and student to use. These meeting rooms can accommodate personal training consultations and sports massages.

Upstairs, four new treadmills have joined the existing cardiovascular machines which were brought from the Brittan building.

There are also a number of resistance machines, an Omnia training system and a multi-purpose studio which will host fitness classes such as spinning.

The studio, which features a sprung floor and a bespoke music system, can be separated by a unique screen that when fully closed creates two separate rooms.

Darren Vipond, Director of Campus Services said: “We see this as the next piece of the jigsaw to enhance the student experience.”

“It leads into the next stage of the development plan, where we will invest in the library and student’s union.

“We hope that by doing this we will increase our national student survey score.”

Members who already have a health and fitness subscription are entitled to use the upgraded facilities, as well as take advantage of existing lockers and separate male and female sauna rooms.

This also includes the use of the climbing wall, personal exercise programmes and access to the squash and badminton courts.

You can also swim for free at the Neptune Centre swimming pool.

Opening times are  Monday-Friday 7.15am to 9.30pm with increased staff for the gym’s launch.

For people who aren’t already registered, but are interested in joining, the prices are £100 a year for students and £120 a year for staff, which can be paid online or at the gym itself.


Trying out equipment at the new gym







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