Plans for new leisure complex at industrial estate

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CHIEF Executive of DJ Property Group, Mickey Jones outside of the existing building, Leanne House at Avon Close, Granby Industrial Estate

A REDUNDANT building on the Granby industrial estate could be re-opened as a health, well-being and business centre.

DJ Property have submitted a planning application to West Dorset District Council to convert existing redundant office space at Leanne House, Avon Close.

Just under a million pounds is expected to be invested into the project, which has internal areas of more than 30,000 square feet, and is expected to generate dozens of new jobs.

Mickey Jones, Chief Executive of DJ Property said: “Leanne House is currently a substantial vacant office building and not required by the market in its current format. BAE occupied parts of the building until September 2016, when they relocated to space at the Weymouth & Portland Land Registry. It is our intention to substantially modernise this prime employment site by transforming the current tired offices into a high-quality gymnasium, with supporting health and well-being businesses and accompanied by high specification office space.”

The businessman said he would be substantially modernising the buidling, replacing all doors and windows and refreshing all of the exterior cladding. The building fascia will be transformed by using a light grey cladding rather than a dark brown. The site has more than 150 car parking spaces and is located by the Jurassic Cycleway, which joins Weymouth to Chickerell and located near to bus routes.

Added Mr Jones: “DJ Property intend to develop a combined well-being and workspace centre, which will serve the existing Granby estate work force and expanding local community of Chickerell, Southill and Weymouth.

“Many local large employers are offering wellness and fitness options into their recruitment packages in a bid to attract the very best employees. The proposed new complex will be of high quality construction and with flexible opening hours. This facility will make the Avon Close area of the Granby Industrial Estate more attractive to new and expanding businesses.”

The new centre will also include a crèche and other support services, which will be accessible to non-gym members.

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