Posted on September 17, 2019 by Gordon Smith

2019 has been a fabulous year so far for motive8. As we move towards the end of the year, we started thinking about all the gym design projects we’ve completed since our first successful project back in 2001.

We’re proud of so many of our gym projects that it was very hard to pick our top five. But, we’ve given it a go and here are some highlights to give you an idea of how versatile we can be, not to mention our expertise.

Private Rented Sector: Slate Yard

Situated in Salford, Greater Manchester, Slate Yard was our first project for Legal & General’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) arm.

Set in an open and bright location overlooking the River Irwell, the gym boasts wide floor to ceiling windows to help increase motivation and create a more positive mindset for residents.

We fitted the gym with a number of high-quality pieces of equipment, such as cardiovascular machines across the space, including Technogym treadmills, an Octane crosstrainer, a Wattbike and a Concept2 rowing machine.

There are also a number of space-saving pieces of kit, in the form of multi-function towers.

In addition, there is also a stretching area, medicine ball set and a TRX supplied for functional training and floor work. We also installed specialist flooring, a water machine, health and safety signage and a hygiene station.

Dormy House Hotel

We were approached by the award-winning Dormy House Hotel with a view to creating a multi-use hotel gym. This wasn’t a straight forward install, as they wanted the space to be used not only by hotel guests but also by external members.

Dormy House wanted a state-of-the-art gym that reflected its high-end positioning. However, at that time, the gym was in the original part of the building, which is made up of a collection of converted barns, outhouses and farmhouses.

Additionally, they wanted to provide personal training services, so the gym needed to have the right facilities for bespoke training sessions, but also equipment for people who were just having a daily workout.

As a result, the hotel would have two gyms; one in the original building for personal training sessions and an additional new, state-of-the-art facility to support members and guests alike.

What was so innovative about the Dormy House project is that the team got us involved at the planning and development stage of the process. This meant we were able to outline our requirements – and map out the best gym design for the space – right from the start.

We also supported the hotel throughout the recruitment process by holding interviews and managing the selection process for a range of gym positions, including personal trainers. Not only that, but we also took care of staff training to ensure every employee was ready to offer the best possible service to guests and members.

Corporate Gym: Deliveroo

They may deliver fast food, but they keep fitness front of mind, which is why they approached us to install a gym for their employees.

Having carried out research with their staff, Deliveroo had a fairly good idea of what they wanted in the gym, which meant we were able to offer a really bespoke twist on the equipment we supplied. The space allocated was a somewhat unique shape, making it an interesting design process from our side to ensure all the equipment they wanted would fit in.

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From initial contact to completed gym, the project took just over four months. We started with the floor, installing some heavy-duty rubber tiles in the free weights area to ensure reduced noise transfer and protection of the floor.

A bespoke rig, horizontal bench and half rack were all designed from scratch and branded in their chosen colours of black and yellow. These were complemented by free weights, medicine balls and a punch bag. A treadmill and rowing machine were the only items of cardio in this highly functional space.

Private Gym: Leatherhead

For this private gym, which was for a home in Leatherhead, Surrey, we installed a gym in a converted four-bay garage. The client favoured circuit and functional training, so it was important we responded accordingly.

As part of the process, we not only supplied and installed equipment and flooring, but we also took a consultative approach, which meant we had step-by-step involvement throughout the project.

We decided it was best to split the space into two distinct areas, cardio and multigym at one end and functional/weight training at the other. This meant that the finished space could be used appropriately in line with the type of training and work the client wanted to undertake.

And, in response to the brief, we installed a range of premium equipment, including a Technogym Bike Forma, a Unica multigym and a Concept2 indoor rowing machine. We also fitted barbells, dumbbell and kettlebell sets, mirrors, flooring and a ballet barre.

Commercial Gym Design: Cyc:d Fitness

In February 2016, we took an enquiry via our website from a client who was looking to acquire a commercial unit and convert it into a boutique spin studio in Haslemere, Surrey.

We project managed the entire build programme from start to finish and we began by working with builders to demolish the interior of the unit and build a new layout (including a soundproofed studio space to ensure the council’s noise concerns were addressed).

We also worked with flooring contractors, signage makers and equipment manufacturers to ensure all elements of the project came together as planned.

In addition to the building works, we procured and fitted the floor, did all internal M&E, plumbing, decorating and fitting of the finishing touches such as the ballet barre, TV screens and mirrors. We also assisted the client with procurement of signage alongside other small equipment items for her classes.

Whilst the studio was being built, we also gave the client 3 different bike options which she demo’d at home before deciding on the optimal bike for her studio. We then supplied and installed the bikes.

To complete the project, we assisted with operational aspects such as the booking system, bike software and operations manuals and suggested other operational items they would need to address for the day-to-day running of the site such as Risk Assessments.

The client chose the fixtures, fittings and finishes creating a clean but urban workout space, with modern, cool changing rooms, reception and juice bar.

The team at motive8 are experienced gym consultants who are able to advise on a range of areas, from gym design and equipment, right through to training fitness staff. To find out more please get in touch by calling 020 8481 9700.