St Albans trampoline park will create up to 40 jobs

Gravity Force managing director, Simon Wilkinson, is excited about opening a new branch in St Albans

Gravity Force managing director, Simon Wilkinson, is excited about opening a new branch in St Albans next year. - Credit: Photo supplied

Up to 40 jobs will be generated with the construction of a new indoor trampoline park in St Albans, planned to open in spring next year.

Simon Wilkinson, managing director of Gravity Force, said that the company’s fourth trampoline park would be its “biggest and best yet”.

A planning inspector recently overturned the district council’s rejection of the scheme to convert an empty industrial unit into an indoor trampoline centre at Alban Park on the city’s outskirts near Homebase, off Hatfield Road.

Features include a foam pit with trampoline walls to bounce from, tumble tracks, dodgeball and basketball lanes.

Simon said: “We first identified the area over 15 months ago and we’re excited to have finally gained the relevant planning permissions. Given its size and the plans we have for the building, we see St Albans becoming our flagship park.”

Gravity Force already operates in Camberley and has sites in Sunderland and Basildon, both of which are currently under construction.

With 37,000 sq ft to play with, Simon said that St Albans “is going to be the biggest park of all four. We are growing rapidly, and St Albans meets our visitor demographics, from children to adults. Gravity Force is trying to accommodate as much of the UK market as possible.

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“By the end of 2016 we hope to have between six and nine parks operating.”

Simon said the firm did not operate as a franchisor as “we have strict safety standards we like to control”.

While Gravity Force is looking forward to having contact with local gymnastic clubs which might want to use the centre, Simon said “we are not limiting ourselves to catering for gymnasts.

“We also run adaptive sessions for people with additional needs, who require support. There will also be toddler sessions, for adults and children to play together.”

Asked why the firm wants to expand into this area, he replied, “St Albans seems to have a gap in the market for this kind of urban sport environment. Also, it is in close proximity to London.

“Locally, it seemed St Albans was crying out for a new, fresh leisure operation, particularly for younger people, to keep them active.”

Simon said there would be the equivalent of up to 40 full time jobs available, including casual work, and that students and people from the unskilled sector will be welcome to apply.

He added: “We will be looking for very enthusiastic people who are safety conscious.”