New phase for £3.6m North Hykeham sports centre revamp

The £3.6 million redevelopment of North Kesteven Centre, soon to be called One NK, has reached its next phase and is set for completion in March 2016.

The multi-purpose studios at the centre in North Hykeham are now complete and ready to use.

One NK studio 1. Photo: NKDC

One NK studio 1. Photo: NKDC

The studios are situated on the first floor of the centre and can be used for a variety of activities, from sport classes to community and charity events.

With the new studios comes a new workout timetable, offering a range of different classes throughout the week.

Photo: NkDC

Photo: NkDC

Also in the latest round of work, which was carried out by Lindum BMS from February, new female dry changing facilities were created, and a more accessible changing room.

Edna Friest was one of the first users to try out a class in the new studios. She said: “I had a good work out in the newly refurbished studios with Karen. I’m looking forward to Aerobic here too – cannot wait!

“My daughter also had a good workout at this morning’s Body Attack class, plus an Abs session and can’t wait for next week’s classes!”

The completion of the work signals the beginning of Phase three of the development – which has already started.

In the third phase, work will focus on transforming the gym, the dance and spinning studios, and building a male dry changing room. The work is programmed to run from May until September 2015.

Leader of the North Kesteven District Council, Councillor Marion Brighton, said: “We’ve had good feedback so far on the work carried out in Phase two.

“Our main aim with the North Kesteven Centre project is to meet the needs of the customer.

“Now, we hope to see the same success as we get to work on Phase three of the development, which will see the gym and associated facilities transformed.”

Phase four, Between September 2015 and March 2016, will bring a new changing village, interactive toddler splash area, new flume and open place reception, cafe and Infolinks.

The Terry O’Toole Theatre will remain open throughout the refurbishment. The café will remain in the Theatre foyer area.

Infolinks has reopened in North Hykeham Town Council’s head office on Fen Lane temporarily. Despite the change in location, opening times and facilities available will remain the same. Infolinks will permanently reopen back in the sports centre at a later date.