The current gym measures approximately 75 square metres with 25 stations (work areas or machines) and was created by partitioning 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, but it is cramped and does not comply with latest Sport England recommendations for space-per-station and accessibility.
The studio (created by reducing the male changing room back in 2006), was created to expand the dry-side offering and is used for Yoga, Pilates Spin, etc. However, at 43 square metres (including storage space) it is very small and class sizes are limited to approximately 10 people. Sport England recommend the minimum size for a studio to be 112 square metres to make it viable and cost effective to operate. Currently, classes at Hampton Pool are often oversubscribed or crowded, with people regularly being turned away.
The new gym will have a footprint of approximately 200 square metres and will be fully accessible and Equality Act compliant for all members of the community. Although this is over double the size of the current gym, 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 allow us to provide a greater variety of machines or more floor space to future proof the facility and changes in 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 disabled access which has previously been thwarted by the lack of space around the stations and the size of the studio.
The gym has been unique in pioneering ‘Club 1315’ encouraging young people aged 13-15 to stay exercising in a hard-to-reach age group – improved facilities are likely to further increase usage by this age group.
Hampton Pool provides exercise classes for those with disabilities to provide opportunities for social interaction, something that can be extended following the improvements to the facility.