PLANS for an extension at Ruskin Drive's Oasis gym to "enhance" visitors' experiences have been approved.

Proposals were submitted in April seeking permission to create a front and rear extension and to relocate the reception of Ruskin Health Club & Spa.

Plans sought to increase the changing area and reconfigure the internal gym floor.

This would "enhance the appearance" of the building and create a "more welcoming and 'linked' reception area".

The application, submitted by operations director at Ruskin St Helens Stephen Palfrey, stated: "The proposed front extension creates a new statement entrance with reception area whilst the rear extension will provide an enlarged shower area for the gents' changing room, a new plant room and the reconfiguration of the ladies' toilet in Sticky Wicket Bar & Grub".

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Plans say the development of the facility means there are currently two separate entrances for the Health Club and Spa and Sticky Wicket.

Plans say the design aims to "significantly enhance the appearance of the building and the Health Club’s presence on the site and create "a more welcoming and ‘linked’ reception area".

This will "strengthen and enhance the centre’s existing offer".

Proposals add:"The final solution will dramatically improve the sense of arrival for visitors as well giving positivity to the whole site.

"It will strengthen and enhance the club’s offer to secure its long term future without causing any loss of amenity to nearby properties".