TOWNSVILLE HEALTH HUB
A bit of History
The building at 719 Flinders St, Townsville City, is one of the city’s landmark properties, having been built in 1894 as the Lion Brewery, and is listed on the State’s heritage register. Over the years it uses have included as a warehouse, as a showroom for Eagers Holden and more recently as a nightclub and function centre. Today it has transformed to Townsville’s unique Health Hub featuring health related businesses such as Strand Fitness, The Fitness Institute, Townsville Yoga Hub, Body Beyond Belief Supplements, Strand Swim School, Health Cafe and Sauna and Steam Room facilities.
FUNCTION centre The Venue is set to become the Townsville Health Hub under the grand plans of Strand Fitness director Dean Bodle who has bought the property.
Mr Bodle has traded Strand Fitness from leased premises at the Stanton Centre in North Ward and said that initially he had not thought it would be suitable for his purposes.
However he warmed to the idea after seeing the potential to co-locate health businesses into the property and seeing the condition of the building where millions of dollars has been invested for multiple uses over the past 20 years.
“When I looked around the building I saw what a good condition it was in and could see how much has been spent on it,” Mr Bodle said.
“I could see the potential for what it could become.”
The building at 719 Flinders St, Townsville City, is one of the city’s landmark properties, having been built in 1894 as the Lion Brewery, and is listed on the State’s heritage register.
Over the years it uses have included as a warehouse, as a showroom for Eagers Holden and more recently as a nightclub and function centre.
Mr Bodle said he understood more than $5 million had been invested in the property in the mid-1990s when it was converted to a nightclub and more in the years following for similar uses as a live music venue.
“It’s a beautiful old building and I am going to restore it into even better condition than it is now by reopening the old windows,” he said.
“Every tradesman I have to work on the building is a local Townsville business.
A 20m by 6m pool, sauna and steam room will be developed in a courtyard area alongside the building.
Businesses to operate in the health hub included Strand Fitness, the Fitness Institute with a training organisation for personal trainers, an Energy Burst supplements shop, an Energy Hub cafe and meal offering, Raw Beaute with spray tanning, massage and beauty services, Strand Swim School and Yoga Hub.
Mr Bodle is looking for a physio to operate from one remaining tenancy in the building to have its 3000sqm of floorspace fully leased.
Mr Bodle said he signed the contract to buy the premises in June just before funding was committed to the stadium to be built in Saunders St on the opposite bank of Ross Creek.
“I liked the location because it is near the super stadium and because of all of the new developments coming down that side of Flinders St,” he said.
Strand Fitness, Yoga Hub and Fitness Institute will begin trading from the premises on Saturday with other businesses opening through January.