After 5 years in the planning and a 12-month build, Bedford’s first Health & Racquets Club officially opened todaye.
Towers Health & Racquets Club is a multi-million pound development offering premium facilities that include tennis, squash, gym, studios, swimming pool and spa.
Members have flocked to the new facility just north of the town centre.
By opening day the number of members was well past 1,000 and heading towards twice that number.
“We are gratified and humbled by the fantastic reception that our new club has received,” said managing director and owner Matthew Towers.
“Some people questioned the wisdom of building a high-end facility in the town, but the Bedford public have voted with their feet and demonstrated that they value the quality and family appeal that we have on offer here”.
The club boasts the only purpose built, 3-court indoor tennis hall in the county.
In the winter a tennis bubble will cover the four outdoor courts, so providing seven covered courts in total, protected from the worst of the British weather.
In addition the club has four squash courts, which are the first built in Bedfordshire in recent memory.
Club Towers will run teams in the local Bedfordshire tennis and squash leagues and expects to have a vibrant social scene, with a café/restaurant and licensed bar.
The 75-station gym features the latest, high-end Technogym equipment, including an Omnia Rig, skill mills, watt bikes, climbers, steppers, Varios and top-of-the range Artis running machines.
It also includes three purpose built studios, for high-energy, mind & body and group cycle classes respectively.
“Having three dedicated studios enables us to offer a wider range of classes at times convenient to our membership,” explained general manager, Steve Davies.
“For example, we can run simultaneous body combat, yoga and spin classes catering for up to 100 members at a time.
“We are starting with a program of around 80 classes per week and plan to ramp this up as our membership grows.
“Our plan is to grow our membership and continue to invest in our facilities as demand increases”.