24 hour gym comes to Twickenham
A 24 hour gym is coming to Twickenham after the council approved an application for a fitness centre.
Anytime Fitness will be based in Regal House in Twickenham, where there has been a empty unit since June 2010.
Richmond Council approved the plans at a meeting in York House on Thursday, November 1.
The council imposed conditions on the gym, which included installing black out blinds, using lights that turn off when there is a lack of activity in the gym and to provide a complaints telephone number for when the gym is unstaffed.
Mary’s Terrace resident, John Milner, spoke against the application on behalf of his fellow neighbours at the meeting.
He said: “The change from office to gym and the change of hours of use from weekdays, 9am to 5pm to seven days and 24 hours will result in harmful noise disturbances and light pollution and Regal House is currently quiet and unlit during weekday evenings, nights and weekends.”
The gym has a target membership of 1,500 people, who will have access 24 hours a day, but exercise classes will not be offered.
Peak times are expected to be between 4pm and 9pm and between 12am and 5am there is expected to only be one to two customers per hour. The gym will be staffed between 9am to 8pm.
Anytime Fitness director, Karl Dietrich, said: “Our neighbours and local residents are really important to us. We also strive to make our clubs clean, comfortable and welcoming places in which to work out for the whole community.”
For more information visit anytimefitness.co.uk.