An Aberdeen sports centre doubled its membership before it had even reopened after a £350,000 refurbishment.
Sheddocksley Sports Centre was officially due to open its doors today after undergoing an overhaul.
Sport Aberdeen, which runs the facility, has introduced a 60-unit fitness studio, a dedicated training room and a group exercise studio.
Managing director of the charitable organisation Alistair Robertson said staff were delighted to show off the new centre, Get active@ Sheddocksley, following the facelift.
Work was also undertaken to revamp the reception of the centre, as well as major landscaping work and lighting to its exterior.
A mural designed by Kekun Studio will also adorn the outside of the facility.
Alistair said: “We wanted to show the community what we have done to the centre.
“There has been a facelift to the exterior of the building which we hope will entice people in so they can see what we have going on.
“What we have done is replace a facility that was decrepit and past its sell-by date. The refurbishment means the centre is now fully modernised. It was an important project for us and we wanted to listen to the local community on what they would like to see at the centre.”
A special official opening ceremony with council and Sport Aberdeen officials in attendance took place today.
Alistair added: “The staff we have working in there are fantastic. We have dedicated advisers and we can help the local community with the sport and physical activity. We have staff at the facility available so if anyone is referred to us, maybe for something like physiotherapy, we can help them.”
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Before reopening, around 600 people had signed up to the new-look centre. Alistair said: “We had around 300 people who, when they signed up, would have classed the Sheddocksley centre as their home venue.
“When we were keeping people updated via social media, there was a lot of buzz around the new centre and the facility it would be.
“We had 600 people sign up to it before it reopened, which for us was fantastic. People signed up at the centre and while they are able to use any Sport Aberdeen facility, we find the one they sign up for is the one they will use the most. We’ve had people in the last couple of weeks and the feedback is that people are really pleased.
“This refurbishment was a big project for us and worthwhile, as it helps secure the long-term future of the facility and helps the health and well-being of the local area.”