JD Gyms plan for former bus depot in North Staffordshire

National fitness chain JD Gyms is looking to open a branch in North Staffordshire.

Morbaine has submitted proposals to transform the former First Potteries bus depot in Newcastle-under-Lyme into a gym which would be almost 30,000 sq ft in size.

The Liverpool Road facility would be operated by JD Gyms – which is wholly-funded by the JD Sports fashion chain – and would boast high intensity impact training areas, a free weights zone, a spin and cycle room and a dance and fitness studio.

The former First Potteries bus depot in Newcastle-under-Lyme
The former First Potteries bus depot in Newcastle-under-Lyme

A statement submitted to Newcastle Borough Council said: “The former bus depot has been vacant and marketed for two years with no interest.

“More recently, Morbaine were approached by a potential gym operator who would occupy the whole building subject to internal alterations and some minor external alterations.

“We can now confirm that the gym operator JD Gyms, who are a high successful national operator with over 30 facilities across the United Kingdom.

“JD Gyms has been very keen to establish a presence in Newcastle for some time, but have been unable to identify any suitable premises. Given the site’s highly sustainable location close to the town centre, they believe this potential facility would be an ideal location.”

JD Gyms boasts a number of facilities across the Midlands and North West including in Birmingham. Coventry, Derby, Manchester and Liverpool.