A new gym will be opening up in Bracknell town centre over two years after it was announced.

Work is well underway preparing a unit in the Princess Square shopping centre in Bracknell for the arrival of PureGym.

Photos taken this month show air vents, extinguishers and other important pieces of infrastructure inside a sizeable unit on the first floor of the centre.

PureGym will be opening in Princess Square in December, meaning it is well placed to snap up people who’ve made New Year’s resolutions to go to the gym.

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A spokesperson for the company said: “PureGym is happy to announce we will be opening our Bracknell branch in late December! The new gym in Princess Square shopping centre will be open 24/7, spread across 12,000 sq. ft. and will cater for everyone’s exercise needs with a fixed pin and free weights areas, a variety of cardio machines, a functional area and a studio.

“We are really excited to open the new gym and welcome new and existing members. Look out for our opening offer!”

PureGym is currently offering memberships for £12.99 per month for a core membership at the gym in Bracknell for the first six months ‘for a limited time.’

Core memberships typically cost £22.99 per month (both come with a £15 joining fee).  After six months, the cost of membership will go back up to £22.99 per month.

Bracknell News: Advertising for PureGym in Bracknell, stating the gym will be open 24/7. Credit: Rob FrancisAdvertising for PureGym in Bracknell, stating the gym will be open 24/7. Credit: Rob Francis

The Princess Square shopping centre has had a mixed history since the opening of The Lexicon in September 2017.

The Sainsbury’s in Princess Square closed in 2020, the charity Shopmobility -which is based in the centre – has warned that it could close down in the next 18 months and Yours Clothing had its last day on Saturday, October 9.

However, the opening of PureGym, the future opening of Sports Direct, Evans Cycles and USC clothing in the centre and retention of shops like Poundland, WH Smith, CeX and F. Hinds jewellers are keeping the centre going.

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PureGym will be opening over two years after it was announced back in November 2019.

But when it failed to open in January 2020, Rob Morris, the general manager of The Lexicon, said there were hopes to open the gym in autumn of that year.

However, plans to open likely hit a snag when gyms were closed in the second lockdown which ran from November 5 to December 2 last year, and were shut again due to the third lockdown on January 6.

Gyms were eventually reopened on April 12 this year.