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Luxury wellness club operator David Lloyd Leisure has plan to open state-of-the-art fitness centre in Swords

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David Lloyd Leisure runs 130 health centres in the UK and Europe

One of the group’s gyms. Photo: David Lloyd Leisure

One of Europe’s leading premium health and wellness groups is looking to develop a significant new fitness centre in Swords, Co Dublin.

David Lloyd Leisure – which operates over 130 health and fitness clubs around the UK and Europe, employing over 8,000 staff and with more than 730,000 members – has applied for planning permission to Fingal Co Council to build the new two-storey centre.

The proposed health and wellness club could be based on a large site in the townland of Crowscastle off the Holywell Distributor Road.

It would include a 4,300sqm two-storey club building, a three-court enclosed tennis dome, padel courts, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, gym, fitness studios, spa garden and outdoor terrace.

Planning consultants for David Lloyd wrote in a document submitted to Fingal Co Council that the proposed development would introduce a “state-of-the-art facility”.

It added the facility would “help residents and employees of local businesses to lead fitter, healthier lifestyles.”

While the consultants wrote that the proposed development would not directly provide office, R&D, or hi-tech employment, it could act as an attractor to such employers.

“We highlight that David Lloyd currently operates a number of clubs in similar settings and have been key in helping to attract high-skilled engineering employers to the area. For instance, the David Lloyd facility in Bicester, UK, attracted a Mercedes-owned research and development facility.”

​According to planning documents seen by the Sunday Independent, the wellness centre is anticipated to have 30 staff members. The facility would also include 198 car parking spaces.

Last June, Sky News reported that TDR Capital, which has owned the David Lloyd business since 2013, had engaged bankers from Morgan Stanley to work on a review of its strategic options.

It reported that TDR was prepared to listen to offers of more than £2bn for the company.

David Lloyd Leisure had revenue of £372.9m in the first half of 2023.

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