Construction underway of new Shawfair leisure development

CONSTRUCTION work has started on the delivery of the David Lloyd Edinburgh Shawfair leisure development, with the club set to open next summer.

Located in the new residential development area of Shawfair, Midlothian, the club will offer health, fitness, racquets and spa facilities.

Up to 75 jobs are expected to be generated, with David Lloyd Leisure saying it will explore opportunities to develop local community partnerships over the coming months. The development was granted planning approval in April 2021 following consultation with the local community.

At the time of its planning approval, Midlothian Council officers said that ‘the proposal aligns with the masterplan principles for Shawfair to encourage sustainable, healthy lifestyles within a vibrant community’.

Pellikaan is the developer on the project. The development phase is expected to generate more than £4 million for local subcontractors and companies and involve 50-60 construction jobs.

The club will feature a 100+ station gym, three group exercise studios, an indoor cycling studio, high impact studio, and a Mind & Body studio.

There will also be a Clubroom café bar with a family zone, an indoor soft play area for children, and a business hub. An outdoor patio area will offer space for outdoor dining and drinking.

Michelle Chambers-Cran, regional manager at David Lloyd Leisure, said, “We are excited to be starting work on David Lloyd Edinburgh Shawfair and to be one step closer to bringing this new family-friendly leisure destination to life next summer. We know that people of all generations will relish what the club has to offer, from the state-of-the-art gym, racquet and spa facilities to the clubroom and children’s activities.

“Our philosophy is to create incredible health and wellness spaces where family and friends can spend quality time together. We look forward to engaging with the local community as the development takes shape over the coming months and would encourage those who want to follow our progress to register on the website for updates.”

The club will have a 250-space car park.