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Vast health club site in Orange up for sale, nearly 20 years after family built their dream business

July 20, 2022

Top view.

By Peter Holmes

The site housing a gym and fitness club has been put on the market, with an asking price of $2.85 million plus GST.

Integra Health and Fitness at 17 Ralston Drive is a 943-square-metre purpose-built facility set on a block of more than 20,000 square metres.

The property includes a dam, gardens, multiple large rooms, wide verandahs, “extensive glass frontages” and 55 parking spots.

Parking for 55 cars.
There is a family story behind the business, which began to unfold 20 years ago when the block of land on Ralston Drive was purchased.

The McMillan family set about designing a building that would “take advantage of the elements while maximising the views”, according to the company history.

Play area for children.

“The Integra story is our family’s dream to create a Health Club in Orange like nothing else," it read. "Creating an environment where you have the feeling of exercising outdoors while indoors.”

In June 2003 the family got to work in the frost and the fog digging holes, constructing a dam and setting the footings for the building.

“Our sons took 12 months off from their studies to become the site’s builders, under the supervision of … my husband,” Caroline McMillan wrote in the history.

The dam is seen in this aerial view.

“They all worked relentlessly for six months and by the beginning of December the building was ready for the new equipment."

Two daughters were still at school at the time but dedicated all their spare time to tasks such as painting and decking.

After the finishing touches had been applied, the family began a membership drive at the beginning of 2004. Integra Health and Fitness opened on January 31, 2004.

“Over the years, like all businesses, we have had our ups and downs, but we have survived,” the history stated.

The sales listing said the property is “Sold with vacant possession” and has “Potential for further development (STCA)”.

The future of Integra Health and Fitness is not known.

Staff at the gym told The Orange News Examiner that the owners did not wish to comment.


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