Shoppers in Blackpool could soon be mixing retail therapy with a workout after plans were today revealed for a new town centre gym.
Town hall chiefs are set to launch the facility inside the £20m new council offices currently being built as part of the Talbot Gateway Central Business District.
It will be open to residents as well as council workers, and will complement the local authority’s existing sports centres at Stanley Park, Moor Park and Palatine.
The gym, proposed for the ground floor of the offices, will boast about 60 exercise machines including treadmills and areas for weight-training, and there will also be an exercise studio and changing rooms.
Membership will cost £25 a month, and it is hoped the move will encourage more people to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for leisure and tourism, said: “The proposal to create a gym in the Talbot Gateway Central Business District office building is excellent news for Blackpool.
“Not only would it provide a new leisure facility for town centre workers and people living close to the town centre to use, it will also make a contribution to helping to address the well-documented health inequalities the town has through the Active Blackpool scheme.
“The gym development proposal is cost neutral to the taxpayer and will create new jobs and apprenticeships.
“A planning application is due to be submitted soon.”
The Active Blackpool scheme is a programme of activities for people who are referred by their doctors to take up exercise as part of their health care.
The cost of the gym would be met within the development costs of the scheme.
It is hoped it could open next year following the completion of the council offices next spring.