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Upgraded Tanning Facilities

At the start of the week a brand new high power sunshower was installed in the gym. It is in its own room just like the sunbed and offers chaning room, clothes hangers and complete privacy with a securey lockable door.

The bed itself is a 225 Watt brand new walk-in Sunshower. Its high power means that it is much faster at tanning than the sunbed, and it also means that you can move around while tanning, exposing yourself to the maximum amount of tanning UV rays. The desgins also means that it reflects UV light evenly, giving you an all over even tan, even in those "hard to reach" places.

We have no plans of removing the sunbed, which some of our members prefer due to its comfort, and both sunshower and sunbed operate on the same rates: just £1.00 for 3 minutes.

 Theres no need to book and you don't have to be a member to use the tanning facilities. Come on in and try them out!

Closing Rumours Not True

With the extensive regeneration of the Church Road corridor and the pulling down of several buildings near Titans Gym, it is unsurprising to hear rumours that the gym will soon be closing. These rumours are not true, and the gym will not be closing down.

 Martin has written an informative article about these rumours and you can read the full explanation here as well as information as to what the future of Titans Gym will be.

Note: Due to the site re-design, please read this article by navigating to the Facilities - Misc section, thanks! 

Property Sales & Gym Relocation

This report is further to that of 24th November 2005 below, which detailed my current negotiations with the council with regards to relocating the gym to allow the church road corridor to be regenerated. Please not that this relocation will not lead to any business down time and will result in the gym being relocated somewhere in church road, in a brand new purpose built building, as stated below. I mentioned that Mr Harvey Sunderland, acting for surveyors chartered by the council, had already been in contact with me regarding the sale of the property neighbouring the gym which is owned by myself. As of date, he has yet to make me a feasible offer, so if such an offer is not forthcoming in the immediate future, this property will be placed on the open market for sale via property auctions and via adverts in property magazines (no leeching estate agents will be used). As mentioned below, the money generated by this will be used to further develop the gym. With regards to a property being erected for the relocation of the gym, I have been informed that building work will start on the land opposite the gym in the autumn of this year. However, I have not yet been in any negotiations with the council regarding this and will keep everyone informed of progress as it happens.

John Leaves

Today was John's last day at Titans Gym and Fitness. He has worked here since October 2003. I was forced to give John 4 weeks notice last month. This was forced upon me finacially due to the fact that the gym faces large payments against debt secured to finance the constuction of the Aerobics Hall in feb 2004, and more recently, the opening of the newly converted adjoining building in aug 2005. This is to spite the fact these two major expansions have led to a large increased in memberships. May i take this opportunity to thank John for his knowledge and advice given, not just to the members, but also to myself, and i wish him all the best for the future.

Gym Relocation

This news post is further to the article “Council Regeneration” posted on 13th September this year. I had a meeting yesterday with a Mr. Harvey Sunderland, a chartered surveyor hired by the local council. He confirmed that the council are indeed demolishing all the properties along the “Church Road Corridor”. This will include the group of properties housing Titans Gym and Fitness. There is still no exact lead time as to the fruition of this, but the properties opposite the gym were bought and demolished by the council late last year. Recently they have made offers on and bought several neighbouring properties to the gym. The council are certainly keen to buy up all the properties along this corridor as soon as they can. They have informed me that they intend to do this through negotiation rather than through CPO (Compulsory Purchase Order). I was informed yesterday by Mr. Sunderland that it is his job to ascertain a full and fair OMV (Open Market Value) on all the properties. He also explained that any existing businesses would be relocated in new units along “The Church Road Corridor” which will be built by the developers Lovell. He explained that these units will be built and ready before the council demolish any existing properties containing commercial or residential tenants. Any properties which the council buy that are tenanted will remain so with the council taking over as landlords for the time being. This way, these tenants can be re-located to these new units without causing any business downtime. Furthermore, the council will foot any associated re-location costs these businesses may face. I explained to My Sunderland yesterday that until I have a definite re-location plan in writing, then I am not willing at the moment to negotiate on the properties housing the gym. However, I explained that I am open to offers for the neighbouring property, owned by myself, currently let out on a commercial basis as offices. My intention is to sell this property to the council and spend the money on paying off debt as well as further improving the existing gym by opening it out and adding more equipment. If the council come back with a good offer, this will hopefully take place in the early New Year. Later on in the New Year, if the council buy the properties housing the gym, and Lovell begins work on the new units opposite, the gym may well be moved across the road into brand new premises. This will definitely happen some time, and most probably sometime in 2006, if not definitely in 2007. Please note that at no stage will the gym be closed, it will be re-located with zero business down time.

Titans Gym Ltd.

3 - 5 Thomas Street
Birkenhead
CH41 5DD

0151 647 7870

Monday to Friday
7am to 9pm

Saturday & Sunday
10am to 4pm

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