One of Bradford’s historic Victorian buildings finally completed its transformation into a state-of-the-art fitness facility last weekend as ‘The Curve’ officially opened in Manningham.
Based at the former site of Manningham Baths, the new lady’s gym opened its doors on Saturday where the local public and guests were invited to come down and have a look around the refurbished site.
As a protected building, the gym had to be designed around many of the building’s original features to coincide with the specification issued by conservationists and Bradford Council.
Mixing the latest modern equipment with many of the bath’s original features enabled the re-launch of the building which has already gathered recognition for its innovative design.
Amongst the guests on the launch day was the Bradford Lord Mayor, Cllr Khadim Hussain, who performed a special ribbon cutting before being given a guided tour around the gym.
Speaking about the site, the Lord Mayor praised the design and hoped it would provide a much needed facility for women of the city.
“This place is superb,” he said. “Not only can you still see a lot of the original features but you can see how they have been worked around to allow almost 200 people to come in at any time.
“It’s a huge project in terms of investing in the city area like this and it is all about preserving the history and architect here in Manningham as well as being a much needed resource for local women.
“In Bradford obesity and diabetes is a big issue anyway so a fitness facility like this one here can only help to tackle some of these issues.”
Amongst the facilities available at The Curve are: a reception area, beauty room, hairdressers, spa, gym, studio, spin studio, sauna, steam room, changing facilities, and a café, which all provide a one-stop shop for Bradford’s women.
Despite the ‘new-look’, the gym has been designed in such a way that it can be transformed back into a swimming pool upon request. A mezzanine has been erected in the former pool space to take advantage of the area available whilst original stalls and structures still remain, just with a modern twist.
Councillor Arshad Hussain, Chairman of Bradford West Area Committee, was tasked with overlooking much of the project from day one and was delighted to give women a safe place to exercise.
He explained: “In places like Manningham, where there is a high Asian population, a lot of the women can become isolated in their home. This place is great as it offers an exclusive place for women to workout.”
Adding: “The character of the building is still here and it is nice to see a building which is 100 years old still standing. It is very symbolic to have these original features still here blending in with the fantastic technology of the latest fitness facilities.”
Helen Moore, Club Manager at The Curve, was appointed in her role in December and added her praise to the project.
She said: “To actually see it transform from the old swimming pool to what it is today is amazing. I can just see it full of women working out in the pleasant environment that it is and I can’t wait to get started.”