Millom Recreation Centre – ‘Detailed design stage for new Gym and Soft Play’

Millom Recreation Centre has the only indoor sports hall in the whole of South Copeland, a small spinning room and a very small gym.  The local community has to book in advance to use the gym – a spur-of-the-moment turn up and workout is not an option.

Marion Giles, BEM, Trustee of MRC said, “It has been a long-term dream for the trustees of the Recreation Centre and the community, to extend the current building to house a modern fitness centre and gym alongside a children’s indoor activity soft play centre. The proposal is driven by the need to create more space and facilities to meet growing demand for health and fitness type activities in the town and surrounding area.”

“The centre has been particularly successful in attracting a high number of young people into its gymnastics programme – over 150 young people attend on a weekly basis – which has meant added pressure on the existing space and resources. This has coincided with an increased uptake in spinning classes and the various dance fitness classes.  Now there is an urgent need to free up more space to cater for this increasing demand whilst at the same time continuing to provide the full range of activities currently on offer to the loyal and enthusiastic customer base.”

Marion added, “Being able to employ someone specifically to develop detailed costs and drawings for the proposed expansion of Millom Recreation Centre and completing RIBA stages three and four, has been critical to move this project forward.  We are fortunate that Copeland Community Fund recognises that project development stages are crucial to organisations like ours and will provide appropriate funding to support.”


  • £5,000.00 Match Funding
  • 1 Full Time Equivalent Job Created


  • Recruitment of one project development coordinator
  • Completion of RIBA Stages 3 and 4
  • Planning permissions renewed for new build

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