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Fort Vale Engineering strengthens health at work offering with opening of new fitness facility

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Thursday 5th July, 2018 – Engineering giants, Fort Vale, have introduced a new, state-of-the-art onsite gym at its UK headquarters in Burnley, Lancashire, as part of the organisation’s corporate wellbeing strategy. 

With offices globally, Fort Vale’s UK manufacturing site opened the onsite facility exclusively for its employees. Pioneering the way forward for the business, there is now a strong focus on staff’s physical and mental wellbeing. 

The gym is home to a range of equipment from Life Fitness’s brand portfolio, to include Hammer Strength HD Elite racks and Select selectorised machines, ICG® IC7 indoor cycles, Life Fitness cardio equipment fitted with Discover SE3 consoles and Cybex SPARC Trainers. 

As part of the agreement, Life Fitness Academy (LFA) – the global training and education arm of Life Fitness – hosted two days of training for Fort Vale gym staff, to build their knowledge and understanding of the new equipment and to help gym users get the best results from their workouts. 
The gym is part of a new sports centre built exclusively for Fort Vale’s 400 UK employees, which includes a multi-sport sports hall, group exercise studio and lounge area, with an indoor climbing wall also soon to be installed. 

Ian Wilson, co-owner of Fort Vale and driving force behind the corporate wellbeing strategy, said of the new installation: “At Fort Vale we pride ourselves on looking after our employees and we felt it important to be able to offer a sport and fitness facility for our workforce that underpins this. The benefits are extensive, and we hope to see this reflected company-wide with staff’s overall health and fitness, morale and consequently productivity and employee retention positively impacted.” 

Kelly Armstrong, Sports Centre Manager, said: “The challenge in developing the new fitness facility was meeting the requirements of such a varied workforce; we have 16-year-old apprentices right through to staff that have been working at Fort Vale for over 40 years, so the training provided by LFA was great in helping gym staff get to know the equipment and how it can be used by our wide range of users, and we’ve been pleased to receive some very positive feedback on the quality and range of the new equipment.

“We’re welcoming gym goers of all abilities including some that are completely new to it and word is quickly spreading amongst staff, which has been a great way of boosting engagement and visitor numbers.”

Tom Kerby, Life Fitness Account Manager, added: “Health and fitness plays a key part in corporate wellbeing and we are working more and more in partnership with organisations to help deliver their strategies. Our wide brand portfolio and extensive equipment offering means we’re able to provide flexible solutions for organisations regardless of size, budget or available space – a challenge commonly faced with in-house corporate gyms – and Fort Vale is fantastic example of the positive effect that fitness provision can have on employees’ health and wellbeing.”

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