We are very pleased to announce that our commercial property team has recently completed work on a 30-year sub-lease agreement on behalf of Durham City Gymnastics Club, following its recent takeover of a former leisure centre in County Durham.
Durham City Gymnastics Club, which was founded by high performance coach and European bronze medal winner, Glen Wharton and his wife Vicki, is providing a range of coaching and training activities from its new premises in the former Sherburn Leisure Centre, following Sherburn Parish Council’s decision to grant the lease.
Originally, Glen and his team provided coaching in tumbling gymnastics at Deerness High Performance Centre in Ushaw Moor. However, the interest in tumbling gymnastics and Glen’s coaching increased so significantly that he required more space to be able to take on additional members and increase the number of classes available to both adults and children.
After identifying the former leisure centre as a potential site, following a recommendation, Glen and Vicki appointed Swinburne Maddison to act on their behalf.
Our commercial property team negotiated a 30-year lease agreement with the parish council, setting the wheels in motion for the centre to become a state-of the-art facility where it is hoped national and international competitions will take place in the future.
To date Glen and Vicki have funded the project themselves by investing £70K of their own money. However, they will be looking to secure grants now that the club is opened to meet further development which are likely to cost in the region of £300K.
Currently Durham City Gymnastics Club has 180 members and over 400 people enrolled in regular classes. However, according to Glen, these figures are likely to double in the next two years. Presently, the club employs three full-time and 12 part-time staff but more jobs will be created in the near future with the addition of a receptionist, a cleaner and more full time coaches in due course. He said:
“This is a really exciting time for the club and the region. Tumbling gymnastics is growing in popularity and we want to lead the way when it comes to providing first class training facilities for both competing and non-competing gymnasts. Whilst we will require some external funding in order to achieve it, our aim is to become the first club in the UK to install a hydraulic pit system which will help the children train.
“When we were looking to use a solicitor we wanted to use a local firm and also wanted one that came recommended. Swinburne Maddison ticked both boxes and we have been extremely pleased with the service we have received from Giles McCourt the solicitor who led on the deal.”
Further to becoming a leading training facility, the club has plans to open a café, as currently Sherburn lacks that type of facility, and introduce all sorts of other activities such as yoga, Pilates and other fitness classes. The building will also be used for parent and toddler classes as well as providing space for youth and community groups.
“I really want the building to be a vibrant place that the local community will benefit from. We also have adults with learning difficulties who use the facility, making it fully inclusive.
Commenting on this latest deal to complete, Swinburne Maddison’s head of commercial property, Victoria Walton said:
“I am delighted that Glen and Vicki chose to appoint us and that we have had the opportunity to support them at such an exciting time in the club’s development. I am confident that the club will be a great success and we look forward to assisting further with its future developments.”
Durham City Gymnastics Club is open 7-days a week.