Delayed opening set for boutique Cornhill gym

The opening date of a new seven-day-a-week gym in Lincoln’s Cornhill has been pushed back until August.

Plans by the Lincolnshire Co-op were given the go ahead by the City of Lincoln Council towards the end of 2018 to change the use of the first floor of the building at 31 Sincil Street to create a gym. The entrance to the 7,304 square foot unit is between Lakeland and Seasalt.

Photo: The Lincolnite

As previously reported, Lee Kilby is the owner of énergie Lincoln City, alongside his wife Tamsin. The couple had hoped to open the gym in June, but unforeseen delays have put things a “little behind schedule”.

The owners are hoping to get access to the building in the coming days with work starting in June. The gym will house state-of-the-art fitness equipment, innovative training zones including for boxing, extensive free weights and over 30 classes a week.

It will now open later than planned in August, although an exact date has yet to be confirmed. The gym will create around 10 jobs or possibly more, but this is still being finalised.

Owner Lee Kilby told The Lincolnite: “Unfortunately we are a little behind schedule as there was a lot of work required to ensure that the acoustic flooring in the gym was suitable for the site, landlord and other tenants in the building.

“This took a little longer than expected but we are now in a position to start work on the site and are just awaiting access.

“As a thank you to our current members we will be giving them a special gift when we open later this summer and are also extending our discounted pre-sale (of £19.99) offer to another 600 members. We can’t wait to get up and running!”

There is also a WOW membership available for £24.99 which includes access to The Yard – an exclusive énergie workout playground.

Although it has taken a bit longer than expected, Lee is still “very excited” about having a gym in the Cornhill.

He added: “We are still very excited. It will be worth the wait. We are offering something unique to the city centre with price and service and we believe it is a fantastic product.”

Any people in Lincoln who are qualified as personal trainers or who run classes should get in touch with the gym via the contact details on the website here.

Later this summer, énergie Lincoln City will open 6am-10pm Monday-Friday and 8am-8pm Saturday-Sunday.

It will sit alongside women’s clothing brand Seasalt and coffee chain 200 Degrees, which both opened in March 2019 in phase two of the redevelopment.

énergie opened a gym in Solihull in April which is a similar size and layout to how the Lincoln gym will look and feel, although the latter will have a larger Yard area and studio. See the tour of the Solihull gym here.

Meanwhile, work is ongoing as a new boutique cinema and rooftop restaurant – Everyman Cinema – is beginning to form in Lincolnshire Co-op’s £70 million regeneration of the Cornhill Quarter.

Work is ongoing on a new boutique cinema and rooftop restaurant in Lincoln’s Cornhill – Everyman Cinema. Photo: The Lincolnite


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