£900,000 state-of-art gym signals start of new era at RIC

Torbay Weekly

The company now running the Riviera International Centre in Torquay, in partnership with Torbay Council, have invested £910,000 in a new, state-of-the-art gym area at the seafront complex.

The centre is the latest addition to Parkwood Leisure's portfolio after winning the contract in early 2021.

Parkwood took a 25 year tenure of the centre and extensive plans were put into place to redevelop the site. The new gym area is the first milestone in completing the extensive renovation plans.

Parkwood will be investing over £1.4 million in the project which has seen £225,000 worth of new LifeFitness premium equipment installed so far. Further developments include a dedicated Shapemaster studio, hosting the world leading power assisted equipment to cater for all abilities, as well as a new reception, multipurpose studio and immersive virtual reality spinning room, all of which are due to be completed in September 2021.

Once all of the works are finished, the centre will host a 120 station gym with ocean views, multiple exercise studios, leisure pool and spa area for members to enjoy. This in addition to the cafe, children’s soft play as well as the usual suite of conference and wedding facilities the site has to offer.

The development plans continue with a High and Low ropes adventure trail overlooking the sea being installed at the site. This attraction is due to open later in 2021 as part of Parkwood’s plans to make the site as attractive as possible.

The new gym opened on July 24. Glen Hall, Managing Director of Parkwood Leisure, said: "Since our contract with the site started in April, we have been keen to put our footprint on the centre and this is the first checkpoint on the roadmap to doing that. Further plans are in place to expand the centre's attractions, the sky trail particularly springs to mind with the amazing ocean views it will provide.”