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  • Writer's pictureThe OARburn Rower

...and the lights are on!

Updated: Nov 7, 2021

Today is a BIG day. Today is the day that Southern Quarter (@southernquarter_) finally opens their doors, after months of delays waiting for National Grid to connect their electricity.

Southern Quarter is an environmentally conscious, purpose build fitness and training facility located just off the A303 in Amesbury (SP4 7GR), and something you will – without exception – be seeing a lot of across my social media channels!

Everything about this place is impressively innovative! The building itself is actually the first of its kind and has a Carbon NEGATIVE environmental impact…not Carbon neutral… Carbon NEGATIVE! With the help of tiny amounts of graphene added to the concrete during the mixing processes – to create a new material called Concretene – the foundation slab which Southern Quarter sits on is not only 30% stronger than traditional concrete – despite being 20% thinner than a pure concrete equivalent – it also required no additional reinforcement structures.

The masterminds behind Southern Quarter – Owen Toms and Robin Hibberd – had clear goals in mind when it came to creating this state-of-the-art facility. The facility needed to lead the way environmentally – both in terms of the facility itself and the day-to-day operation – but also set a new standard as a training facility… and it doesn’t disappoint!

Equipment from the worlds leading brands - Rogue, Eleiko and Concept2 – is nothing without world leading trainers and coaches, and Southern Quarter has this covered! Owen – Head Crossfit Coach – has over 10-years Crossfit experience and is very ably supported by Izzy (@izzygrigg) - Lead Crossfit Coach and Gym Manager – who was ‘Fittest in Qatar’ for 2-years running in 2019 and 2020!

Powerlifting and Weightlifting more your thing? Who better to coach you than Craig Spicer (@craig.spicer) and his Crazy Strength (@crazystrengthuk) team? Craig isn’t just the Head Coach for Army Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting, but also a former British, European and World Champion so – without question – certainly knows his stuff!

All in all, an exciting time for the Southern Quarter team and I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck in with some training… it starts tomorrow!!

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