A new era has begun at a Wyre gym as the first sod was cut ahead of a multi-million pound re-development.
Poulton Leisure Centre, on Breck Road, will see extensive work carried out over the next few months to build additional studio space and create a spa, including an aroma steam room, plunge pool and sauna.
The beginning of the £1.7m Wyre Council development was heralded by an official ceremony and the cutting of the first sod by deputy Mayor of Wyre, Coun Terry Rogers.
He said: “All the hard work from everyone pulling together is now starting, and there will be great facilities up there. It’s going to benefit a lot of people.”
Coun Rogers was joined at the ceremony by representatives from Wyre Council and Poulton YMCA, who run the leisure centre.
Samantha Crane, general manager at Poulton YMCA, first started working at the gym 22 years ago.
She said: “It’s great to see the work starting. It’s going to be something that’s absolutely fantastic for the residents of Poulton and the Fylde coast.
“I have been here for 22 years and have been to all the sites, so to see such a small building develop and grow is fantastic.”
At the moment, gym-goers wishing to do a class in Poulton have to go into an adjacent building, but that is all set to change once the work is complete.
“From a customer’s point of view, they are going to get a lot of benefits,” added Mrs Crane. “There will be a state of the art gym because a lot of classes are down the road in the community centre, so having them under one roof will be brilliant.
“Hopefully this will see us get some new customers on board.”