Plans to convert former Argos and Belvoir premises in Welwyn Garden City town centre

PUBLISHED: 16:48 13 March 2019 | UPDATED: 17:01 13 March 2019

The former Argos and Belvoir premises in Welwyn Garden City could become a gym. Picture: Nina Morgan

The former Argos and Belvoir premises in Welwyn Garden City could become a gym. Picture: Nina Morgan

Archant

Plans have been submitted to Welwyn Hatfield Council to convert the former Argos and Belvoir premises in Welwyn Garden City.

A Hertfordshire gym wants to open a location in the currently vacant spaces in Longcroft House on Fretherne Road in the town centre.

The applicant, Rise Gym Ltd, which has a primary location in Stevenage, is seeking permission to change the use of the two ground-floor units from retail and professional services to retail and gymnasium.

A separate proposal by another applicant for a gym in the town centre, in the former Costcutter and post office premises at 17-19 Howardsgate, was refused by the council in 2017.

According to the Rise Gym application, the new proposal would create 20 full and part-time jobs, including management, personal training and cleaning.

The former Argos and Belvoir premises in Welwyn Garden City could become a gym. Picture: Nina Morgan.The former Argos and Belvoir premises in Welwyn Garden City could become a gym. Picture: Nina Morgan.

The “premium but affordable” gym would be open seven days a week and operate from 6am to 10pm on Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm on Saturday and from 8am to 4pm on Sunday and bank holidays.

It would have a focus on strength and conditioning, yoga, high intensity interval training and spin classes.

A planning, design and access statement on behalf of the gym states: “The Rise Gym model is geared towards commuters who would expect the high quality gym experience they could find in a large city, as well as the local population.”

The statement notes that expanding into the retail market - and generating revenue from sales including sports clothing, gym accessories, meal preparation and protein product - is “crucial to the future of the business model”.

It also states: “The ideals of Rise Gym also include an aim to work with local schools, charities and the wider community, work with local entrepreneurs, and champion the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to mental health.”

The application is under consultation until March 25.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times