When the design team carried out an initial viewing of the site it was clear the curved layout would present a challenge to the layout and consultation with a structural engineer would be needed to take into account the load bearing and vibration factors in the creation of the mezzanine floor. Building and access regulations also had to be considered which meant a lift area was also needed.
DV Architects created designs for a glass lobby area with a custom made tiled mosaic floor incorporating the gym brand, and this would open into a full height reception space with plush high back seating and a bar area with feature cluster pendant lights. Key clamp window displays would be used in this area to display apparel to be sold on site, while industrial style copper pipes and fittings would create feature directional lighting on the mezzanine floor.
The minimal industrial/urban look is echoed throughout the design with the use of a steel construction staircase with concrete treads, exposed blockwork and pendant lamps and treated and untreated chipboard in several areas. In The Arena resistance training area untreated chipboard is used as branded up cladding in contrast against unusual features including industrial chandeliers and artificial turf, which will be used to create an indoor 80 metre sprint track.