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Plans for 24 hour gym at former Sketty betting shop

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A former betting shop in Sketty could be transformed into a gym if Swansea planners approve the latest proposals for the building.

The plans are from local man Daniel Rothwell. The former First Team Sports Scientists and Head of Academy Sports Science at Swansea City Football club set up Alta Performance Ltd in 2019 to “disrupt health and fitness using technology to provide convenient 24/7 access” according to his LinkedIn page.

Plans for the former betting shop, which closed in December last year, include adding stud partitions to the downstairs retail area, however the upstairs office will remain unchanged.

The plans commit to no speakers or sound systems being installed as gym members will be expected to bring their own headphones.

The three exercise pods are expected to serve a maximum of two members at any time, limiting the maximum number of people at the site at any one time to 6. Membership would be limited to around 100 to 120 people.

If approved, the gymnasium will be open 24 hours a day with access provided by smartphone QR code, monitored remotely by CCTV,

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The interior of the old bingo hall before demolition
(Image: Fabian Breckles / Creative Commons)

The 1930s building in Sketty was once a thriving cinema, opening in 1938 as the Maxime Cinema for local independent operator Cornell Cinemas Ltd.

In 1943 it was taken over by Oscar Deutsch’s Odeon Theatres Ltd. chain and was re-named Odeon from 21st July 1947.

The Odeon closed in February 1962 and was converted into a Top Rank Bingo Club. The then Mecca Bingo finally closed in October 1995, with the auditorium demolished in 2000 and the block of ‘Maxime Court’ flats built in its place.

The art deco façade of the building remains.

(Lead image: Google Maps)


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