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Downham Gym and Indoor Cycling Studio Refurbishment

Updated 22 April 2024

Exciting improvements coming to your centre!

We are excited to be investing over £400,000 in a gym refurbishment, including new equipment, flooring, decor, energy efficient lighting and the introduction of a dedicated indoor cycling studio. We will be installing brand new, state of the art, Life Fitness equipment such as:


  • Cardio equipment with 16 inch touch screen consoles, full connectivity and a wide range of immersive on-demand workouts
  • Hammer Strength plate loaded strength equipment 
  • Insignia range pin selectrorised resistance equipment 
  • Improved range of Hammer Strength dumbbells
  • Upgraded functional training area including new equipment and enhanced turf track
  • New layout with improved flooring and lighting
  • New IC6 indoor cycles which have magnetic resistance and a built-in power meter to allow members to track their effort during each class


The new dedicated indoor cycling studio will be located in the current multi use studio opposite the gym. There will be a new sound reactive LED lighting system and a comprehensive timetable of instructor-led and virtual classes.  The current gym will be closed for approximately 2 weeks whilst this complete refurbishment takes place, but a temporary gym and enhanced group exercise class program will be in place throughout so your workouts can continue.

See our exciting mock ups and fly-through at the bottom of this page!


What are the proposed dates of refurb:

  • 1 July - Current gym & multi use studio to be closed
  • 2 July - Temporary gym opens in current multi use studio
  • 13 July - Newly refurbished gym opens
  • 22 July - New dedicated indoor cycling studio opens in old multi use studio


What facilities will be unavailable?

The main gym will be completely unavailable during the refurbishment with a temporary gym provided in its place. The multi use studio will be used as a small temporary gym and will be refurbished upon the opening of the new gym and transformed into the dedicated indoor cycling studio. The temporary gym will consist of 15 stations including cardio pieces, pin selected resistance equipment and light free weights. Booking in advance will be required to control capacity.


What facilities will remain open?

The remainder of the centre will be operating as usual throughout. There will also be additional group exercise classes to accommodate more members, keep an eye on our timetable here.


What will happen with memberships during this time?

Fitness Memberships will run as usual with the group exercise classes still scheduled to operate and spaces available in the temporary gym on a bookable basis. All Fitness members will also have the option to utilise the facilities at Sidcup Leisure Centre. We’ll update you accordingly on how to utilise this option closer to the time. We are also working on other options in the local area to assist our members.


Can I get inducted on the new equipment?

Yes absolutely! If you would like a physical induction on the new equipment you can contact the centre here to request this. Alternatively, new equipment will have QR codes which can be scanned to provide you with a step-by-step video tutorial.


How will I know what’s going on?

We will be sending emails to our members as well as updating our social media channels and in centre posters updating you with the latest news leading up to and throughout the works. If you have any questions, please ask our reception team.