Beth Tweddle Gyms, Bolton

Olympian opens state-of-the-art gymnastics centre

Box Architects have designed a new centre for Beth Tweddle Gyms in Bolton. It’s the first facility in the London 2012 medallist’s new venture, which provide a grassroots introduction to the sport.

The centre, which was officially opened by Beth in July 2020, includes a 600 sq m sprung floor, state-of-the-art equipment and ancillary facilities – and was not without its challenges. Located on the first floor of an existing building, it was completed without disrupting the swimming pool on the floor below.

Box has previously worked on a number of swimming pool projects with BTG’s sister company, Total Swimming. And our proven strengths in designing swimming venues have been utilised with this prestigious sports and leisure project.

“We hope this first project is a success and a springboard to delivering many more BTG facilities in the future,” said Box’s Senior Architect, Lee Holmes.

The centre, in Bolton’s Burnden Retail Park has been designed to provide first-class facilities for the next generation of gymnasts, but also to inspire. “It’s important to find that balance between the commercial and creative for this type of grassroots facility,” added Lee.

“This isn’t about creating elite gymnasts, it’s about inspiring a generation to get involved in sport and promoting the many benefits of gymnastics. But one of the main barriers is often the lack of available, suitable facilities. That’s why we’ve designed this bespoke facility, completely dedicated to gymnastics development for all, at grassroots level.”

Beth Tweddle

Box Architects recently collaborate with Total Swimming on a project at Dukeries Leisure Centre in Nottinghamshire.