April 8, 2009
£330,000 expansion for Burnham's Swim and Sports Academy
Swim and Sports Academy is to get a £330,000 expansion,
its owners have revealed this week - exactly one year to the day
since the pool was saved from closure.
have already been held with Sedgemoor District Council about the
plans to create a two-storey extension at the front of the Berrow
Road property and a formal planning application is set to be submitted
bosses of the Burnham Swim & Sports Academy, Mark Cox-Conklin
and Sara Cox-Conklin (pictured), this week told Burnham-On-Sea.com
about their exciting plans exactly one
year to the day since the swimming pool was saved from closure.
new extension will create a modern, landmark building for Burnham,"
said Mark. "On the ground floor we'll have a cardio studio
which will include new fitness equipment and allow us to hold
will also be new changing rooms, two physio rooms for use by NHS
referrals and physiotherapists, and a new reception and offices."
centrepiece of the ground floor will be a new 15 x 30ft therapy
pool which will have water heated to 90 degrees."
added: "The first floor of the new building will feature
a high-end spa with hot rock therapy treatments and there will
also be a quiet room with relaxation and meditation facilities."
total cost of the proposed extension - which is subject to planning
approval - will be around £250,000.
couple are also planning to spend a further £40,000 on re-tiling
the main swimming pool later this year following recent problems
with the base of the pool.
there will also be a redesign of the Academy's shop, plus further
modernisation of the changing rooms, which will cost a further
and Sara say the modernisation demonstrates their continuing commitment
to the property.
actually meeting our expectations, despite the recession,"
Mark told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
have lots of customers who are regularly visiting us and are employing
21 people. Now is the right time to take forward the academy to
its phase two."
and Mark took over the property's lease from Sedgemoor District
Council a year ago following months of uncertainty about the building's
future. The academy officially opened its doors in July
2008 and has since attracted thousands of visitors. The
expansion plans were first reported by Burnham-On-Sea.com last