Plan for new gym with badminton courts, weight training room and five sports pitches at HMP Kirkham is approved by Fylde Council
An application to build a state-of-the-art gym with four badminton courts, a weight training room and a social area, along with five outdoor multi-use games areas, at Kirkham Prison has been given the go-ahead by Fylde Council.
Council bosses approved the plans for the development, which includes demolition of the existing gym located inside a pre-Second World War hangar on the Freckleton Road site.
A new double height gymnasium, with badminton courts, a weight training room, a social area, changing rooms, staff offices and stores will be built on the site, providing both a fitness and social hub for prisoners and staff. Five multi-use games areas with associated fencing and lighting will also be built.
Plans for the new gym were submitted to Fylde Council in June after it was determined that the old one had deteriorated 'beyond any reasonable attempt to repair'.
A statement submitted on behalf of the Ministry of Justice said: "These hangars, are unsurprisingly suffering from their age, have various corroded steel frame members and deflect during high winds.... continued use of the remaining hangars is restricted in the interests of health and safety and use of them is not allowed during periods of high winds. Visual surveys and checks need to take place after inclement weather. Given the position, the hangar buildings are increasingly not fit for purpose.
"The driver for the proposed development comes from the unsuitability of the existing gym, which is beyond any reasonable attempt to repair and therefore not suitable for refurbishment. This building is to be demolished as part of this application; however, a gym is an essential component of the prison."
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