15 Oct 2012 Last updated at 00:00

The Heights welcomes customers to newly refurbished facilities

The Heights has re-opened this morning (Monday 15 October) following the completion of stage one of a £2.67 million refurbishment programme.

The centre’s main 25 metre swimming pool has been improved along with the changing rooms, reception and café. A new large Tone Zone gym has been constructed filled with state-of-the-art Pulse fitness equipment; also a brand new fitness studio has been created in two former squash courts featuring a range of classes ranging from Cardio Blast to Dance Atomic.

The Tone Zone gym equipment will feature the latest range of Pulse cardiovascular and resistance equipment. The fusion cardiovascular equipment features the latest self-powered wireless technology to ensure it is the most environmentally responsible range of equipment available. Each piece of equipment will benefit from a 15 inch LCD screen and a full range of Freeview channels along with iPod capability.

The resistance equipment combines design and biomechanical efficiency to replicate the body’s natural three-dimensional movement. Both ranges have been specifically designed to cater for less able-bodied users to increase accessibility to the facility.

To access the new gym facilities, customers are reminded that they need to upgrade their Gold One Cards to new ‘Smart’ Gold Cards. People should simply pop in to the centre for a demonstration of the new equipment by a member of the gym team before a new smart card is issued at reception. The new cards use the latest technology to enable instructors to monitor fitness, health and medical issues and deliver bespoke programmes tailored to individual needs.

The new swimming pool and fitness class programmes are now available online on the council’s website here:


The second phase of the work, which includes the refurbishment of the health suite and the construction of new larger dry side changing rooms and additional fitness studios, is due for completion late February 2013.

The new Tone Zone features state-of-the-art Pulse fitness equipment
The new Tone Zone features state-of-the-art Pulse fitness equipment
  • To bring natural light into the cafe area, 'sun pipes' have been installed to give the area a fresh, light and airy feel.
  • The Pulse fitness equipment has been specifically designed to cater for less able-bodied users.
  • Phase two of the refurbishment scheme starts in the new year and includes the creation of a group cycling studio with 21 spin bikes.
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