Sport Aberdeen is delighted to confirm renovations to Sheddocksley Sports Centre which will modernise the venue and provide customers with a state-of-the-art health and wellness experience.

The work, which will begin in May 2018 and is anticipated to take 10-12 weeks, will involve renovation and extension of the fitness gym, more than doubling the space available; improving the reception space to incorporate a comfortable seating area; and transformation of the existing squash courts into dedicated exercise studios.

Keith Gerrard, Director of Operations and Asset Development, said:

“This is very exciting news for users of Sheddocksley, the local community, and the city as a whole. We are committing expenditure in the region of £250,000 to make significant improvements at the venue which will vastly enhance the offer available to the local community with premium quality equipment and a new exciting inclusive programming of activity.

“Discussions with users and community groups, which have been quietly continuing over a number of months, will now be brought into clearer focus as we raise awareness of the project and ask for views and ideas about the facility, its programme and how it can best serve all local residents.

“Sport Aberdeen is committed to encouraging and supporting people to participate in physical activity, including those who are not currently regularly active.  I am confident the centre and everything it will offer will be a real attraction to new members alongside our current loyal customer base.” 

During this time reprogramming and relocation of some sessions may be required and normal service will be disrupted for a short period of time. As part of this extensive modernisation work, parts of the building will be closed to the public while the work is ongoing.  Whilst there will be disruption to the day-to-day running of the facility, this is crucial work that will ensure the longevity of the centre. Please find full project information, including estimated work timelines here.

Estimated project timelines


Phase 1 – Early May –  Early June 2018 

  • Sheddocksley Sports Centre will be closed for a 4-week period during phase 1
  • Programme of modernisation work will start on site

Phase 2 -  Early June – Late July 2018

  • Sheddocksley Sports Centre will partially reopen during phase 2
  • We plan to open a pop up gym for users in the Sports Hall as the project work takes place, to ensure our users can still get active at Sheddocksley Sports Centre. We will have more information to come on this in due course

Phase 3 – Summer 2018

  • It is expected that Sheddocksley Sports Centre will be open and fully operational in late July 2018


This is an estimated timeline which may move depending on the progress of the work. As and when we have any updates on the project we will be keeping our website and social media channels up to date.

What’s can I expect from Sheddocksley Sports Centre when it reopens?

The venue will capture the design, look and feel from our successful modernisation project at Get active @ Jesmond in Bridge of Don – we recommend that you take a visit here if you have not already to see what’s in store for the new and improved Sheddocksley Sports Centre.


What’s new?

  • Extended weekday opening hours from 6am to 10pm
  • Extended weekend opening hours 8am to 6pm
  • Over 60 group exercise classes per week, including Les Mills branded classes
  • Spacious state-of-the-art fitness gym equipment supplied by Pulse Fitness
  • State-of-the-art training studio complete with sled, suspension rig and functional training equipment
  • MyZone technology enabled throughout the gym and studios
  • Larger reception area complete with comfortable seating
  • Modern and revamped interiors
  • Better lit car park and walkways
  • Knowledgeable team who are ready to help on the gym floor and on the reception desk


The modernisation project will also offer opportunities for the local community including:

  • Supporting CFINE and ACC Community Development Team Community Food with the Community Growing Initiative, which will transform the disused bowls green into a thriving community growing space
  • Young people programme designed to complement and signpost to existing infrastructure within the community
  • Active Lifestyles programme designed to work with key delivery partners Move More, Paths for All, MacMillan, and Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership
  • School engagement via the Active Schools team
  • Club Sport Aberdeen performance training opportunities designed to increase sport-specific performance 

We would love to hear from you on any thoughts, feedback or suggestions that you might have on the modernisation project, so please speak to one of the team or fill in our feedback from which can be found at