FITNESS fanatics in Andover could have more choice on where to work out as a 24-hour gym is poised to construct a new centre.

PureGym has lodged an application with Test Valley Borough Council to develop a new facility on Andover Business Park, in Hawker Siddeley Way.

It is proposed that the gym will be built next to the Travelodge hotel on the site.

The application, submitted on behalf of PureGym, states: “The unit is expected to be occupied by national operator PureGym.

“It is anticipated that there would be little use overnight but being on the business park may attract shift workers, to whom a 24-hour gym may appeal. It would not have a pool but would have studio classes, spinning, cardio equipment and free weights plus other facilities tailored to the location and is expected to appeal to a broad audience.”

It proposed that PureGym will be a “facility to serve Andover Business Park”.

The plan adds: “This is because employees based at the site could make use of the gym. People staying at the neighbouring hotel could also make use of the gym. It would add to the range of facilities to serve Andover Business Park that are provided within Plot 1.

“In this way, the PureGym would deliver overall economic and social benefits for Andover Business Park.”

The gym, if given the go-ahead, will be built alongside the Chalkhill Blue, Harrier Grange Nursing Home, Travelodge and Costa Drive Thru on plot 1 of Andover Business Park.

Before submitting an application, the developer met with Test Valley Borough Council in October 2018 and changes have been made to its proposal as a result.

Initially it was proposed there would be 92 car parking spaces.

However, this has now been reduced to 83.

This enabled the areas of soft landscaping to be widened both at the front and, in moving the building towards the site entrance, the rear landscaping band ‘is now deeper’.

It has also moved the positioning of the unit and entrance which were towards the hotel and have now been relocated to the southern corner of the site.

To view the proposal, go to and search 19/00144/FULLN.

Comments can be made by February 15.