Disused Derby pub transformed into health club

A FORMER pub which has been unused for more than a decade has been transformed into a gym.

Choices Health Clubs, which already has one gym in Raynesway, Derby, launched its new venture in Allestree on Saturday.

More than 100 people went to the official opening of the gym, which is housed in the former Park Farm pub outside the Park Farm shopping centre.

Duncan Foster, brand manager of the two gyms, said the building’s “excellent location” was a reason for choosing the site.

He said: “It’s great to now have a quality gym this side of Derby. Most of them are in the city centre or towards Pride Park but there had not been anything around here previously.

“This is something different and it means people don’t have to have a mad rush across town to get to us.

“It’s also created a great opportunity to do something with a building which has stood empty for so long. It’s a very busy area with a thriving shopping region on the road so it’s good to complement that.

“I think we will start to attract to people who wouldn’t normally go to gyms as well because of where we are. It’s the perfect position.”

The revamped building includes a weights zone and a large aerobic studio with 50 weekly classes and a separate spinning zone.

There is ample onsite parking for all members.

Mr Foster said the gym also had personalised television cardio kit.

He said: “You can run to the background of scenery of running in a National Park all across the world. It’s very different and life-like.

“It’s fantastic and I’m sure it will really spur people on and inspire them.”

He also said the firm prides itself on customer service.

He said: “We work one-to-one with people and it’s important to get what they want and focusing on them and getting them motivated.”

When the firm bought the building it followed years of trying to find a use for the pub, which was boarded up.

It was owned by  Enterprice Inns, which put it on the market in 2003.

During that time it had been mooted as flats, a Marks & Spencer store and a JD Wetherspoon