A £200,000 project to refurbish a Malvern gym is underway.

The gym at Malvern Splash closed last week while work to install new fitness equipment takes place.

All existing equipment was removed from the gym after it closed on Wednesday, November 9 and this week will see a new floor laid before the new gear is installed.

The gym is due to reopen on Sunday, November 20, with parent company Freedom Leisure teasing a “big celebration”.Malvern Gazette: The plans for the refurbished gymThe plans for the refurbished gym

The new, improved gym will feature IC6 spin bikes, an extended functional training area, more leg machines, air bikes, power mills and a lifting platform.

While the gym is closed - and until the end of November, members are eligible to use Freedom Leisure centres throughout Worcestershire.

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These include  Perdiswell Leisure Centre, St Johns Sports Centre, Nunnery Wood Sports Complex, Tenbury Swimming Pool, Sport Dyson Perrins and Sport Martley.

The opening hours of Sport Dyson Perrins have changed for this week to allow people to use its facilities between 6am and 8am, and from 4pm to 10pm.

Group exercise is still taking place at Malvern Splash. The swimming pool, wet side and dry side changing facilities, cycling studio, reception and cafe also remain open.

£2 million swimming pool refurb

The Malvern Splash has received heavy investment in recent years, with Freedom and Malvern Hills District Council spending £2 million on a total refurb of the swimming pool itself.

Despite the project being delayed by the pandemic, the Splash was reopened in March 2021.

The revamp included fully refurbished changing rooms, dedicated disability changing facilities, additional family changing areas, a new flume, new interactive water play for younger swimmers, a new wave machine and a modern looking, revamped poolside area.

In addition, improvements were made to improve the water quality through upgrades to the pool plant room, pumps and UV filter.

A number of energy efficiency features were also put in place to help reduce the centre's carbon footprint. These include LED lighting and improved glazing.

During the time work was being carried out at the Splash, the exterior colour of the centre was also changed from red to grey.