Situated on Academy Road in Invergordon, Invergordon Leisure Centre is a fantastic leisure facility, offering a wide range of activities for both individual and family use.
The centre includes a pool, spa areas and an array of fitness equipment and is open to the public seven days a week.
Keen to ensure Invergordon Leisure Centre is capable of providing visitors with the best service possible, the leisure centre recently underwent a significant refurbishment programme designed to extend the centre in order to incorporate new facilities. The £850,000 project – which was implanted by High Life Highland – was funded by The Highland Council and successfully reached completion at the beginning of 2015.
The project comprised the creation of additional fitness spaces, including a multi-purpose dance & spin class studio, as well the installation of a new crèche and additional washrooms. A new consultation room was also created to allow specialist external providers, such as physiotherapists, to operate from the site as part of the wider wellness hub strategy, which is being provided by High Life Highland in conjunction with advice from NHS Highland.
In order to facilitate the scheme a new extension was created, whilst existing internal partitions were removed and in some cases rebuilt. New windows and glazing were installed, along with new cabling and ducts, whilst modifications were made to ceilings. New lighting and air conditioning was also included, along with floor finishes and some internal decoration works to the centre’s squash courts.
Morrison Construction was the main contractor on the project, whilst White & McGinn Inverness – with the support of Jim Christie of the Highland Council in Dingwall – provided architectural services. Fairhurst was the structural engineer consultant on the works at Invergordon Leisure Centre, whilst Pick Everard was the M&E consultant and Allied Souter & Jaffrey was the cost consultant.
Upon the completion of the main construction programme, the gym and the strength & conditioning rooms were fitted out with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. The new equipment included 27 cardio-vascular stations with built-in TVs, radios, iPod docking stations, headphone sockets and built-in heart rate monitors. Meanwhile, strength & conditioning areas benefitted from a range of equipment, including benches, Olympic bars and a collection of dumbells, ranging in weight from 12kg to 50kg.
Technogym is a specialist equipment supplier and installer for all of High Life Highland’s facilities in the Highlands. Technogym recently completed similar installations at Dingwall, Lochaber and Nairn Leisure Centres.
This aspect of the refurbishment was not part of the overall cost of construction, but was funded separately by High Life Highland.
Work on the refurbished gym was completed and opened to the public on 15th December 2014, whilst the new dance studio and crèche areas opened just after the Christmas period, from 7th January 2015.
Formed on 1st October 2011, High Life Highland is a registered charity, set up by The Highland Council to develop and promote culture, learning, sport, leisure, health and wellbeing opportunities. High Life Highland delivers a wide range of initiatives and projects across nine services throughout the whole of the Highlands, for both residents and visitors.
For more information about Invergordon Leisure Centre or High Life Highland, please visit: www.highlifehighland.com.