Gym Design

We are the authorities on making better use of space.

We take a curious, creative and personal approach to gym design, ensuring the best possible gym design solution – on time and on budget – first time around.

Your gym design journey

We skilfully guide you throughout your gym design journey. Our unique 360 degree approach and industry leading gym design expertise helps you to create truly inspiring fitness spaces.

1. Vision

Our expert gym designers work closely with you to understand your ambitions and the needs of the people who will use the space. We have the experience and creativity to look at your idea from every angle and bring your vision to life.

2. Visualise

Our in-house CAD capability means we can quickly render 2D and 3D concepts to visualise your gym design. Our 3D gym design software can help you to get the best from your space and plan equipment and installation before the project starts.

3. Realise

We work with architects, interior designers and master planners to help you maximise the impact of your gym design. Our team powers your project from start to finish, providing expertise on flooring, lighting, interiors and much more.

Meet our gym planners & design experts

Our team of gym designers are here to guide you throughout the gym design process offering you the latest advice and industry trends.

Kim Mead

Kim transforms ideas and gym designs into 3D visuals and 2D floor layouts in line with architectural requirements. 

Sally Ottewell

Sally consults, designs layouts and provides expertise to developers, designers, project managers and private clients.

Yaas Muhammed

Yaas uses her extensive design knowledge and CAD skills to create 3D designs for gym and spa facilities.

Simplicity. Beauty. Ease of use.

Create a gym that inspires users to meet their fitness goals and offers an escape from the everyday.

We help you to create stunning gym and fitness spaces that make a big first impression and stand out from the ordinary.

Lighting – make the most of natural light to create beautifully lit spaces where people want to spend time.

Flooring – get the right balance of form and function to match your exercise choices and gym design style.

Walls – turn your walls into a gym design centrepiece, whether it’s a living plant wall, big screen tech or funky signage.

Layout and equipment – find the optimum layout and equipment choice that really works for your gym users.

Ventilation – set up everything perfectly so you can exercise at the right temperature and with the ideal air flow.

Design style – give your gym design the extra touches that make it special such as fixtures and fittings, murals and branding.

Latest gym insights

Top tips for a successful gym design project

Gym interior design ideas from the experts

How to work effectively with your gym design consultant

Why motive8 makes the difference

  • established market leaders 
  • expertise in residential, home gym, student and corporate facilities
  • experience in gym design, including pool, sauna, steam and spa facilities
  • care for every detail, from equipment and installation, usage and maintenance, to health and safety
  • effective design for gym users, staff and revenue potential

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Successful gym projects

Over the last 20 years, we have designed, installed and delivered hundreds of successful gym design projects in the UK and around the world.

Residential gym design

High-end developments need gym facilities to match. Creating the right first impression with your gym design is critical in attracting residents.

Case study – taking residential development to new heights

Nine Elms Point is a flagship development for Barratt Homes. motive8 took on the challenge of designing stunning on-site facilities that would set the development apart.

Split over two levels, the gym is a bright, double height space and offers everything its users could want from a workout space right on their doorstep.

Corporate and workplace gyms

Create a space that will boost employee productivity and give your organisation a competitive edge to attract talent.

Case study – new gym and studio complete with living wall for employees to access 24/7

With many employees back working around the clock the option to work-out at any hour during the day was a key factor when planning this new space. This London based corporate client commissioned motive8 to provide consultancy services across all areas for their new leisure facility.

“Working with this corporate client was an absolute pleasure from start to finish and I look forward to the continued relationship as we look to enhance their wellbeing offer through the various fitness services and workshops that we are offering”.

Rob Clarke, Director, motive8

Student gyms

Student accommodation is increasingly a competitive market. Design your gym facilities to motivate and meet the needs of student users.

Case study – bright, motivating on-site gym

motive8 transformed the existing gym space at Tufnell House, North London, into a stylish, light and modern workout facility.

Each exercise zone has been clearly defined within the gym space, offering students a comprehensive, full-body workout in a spacious, uncluttered layout.

The extensive renovation and clever gym design help to make the accommodation the ultimate student living experience.

Home gym design

Our home gym design services can help you turn a spare room, garage or garden building into your own private gym.

Case study – bespoke, functional home gym

We helped to convert an external annexe, adjoining an existing double garage into a bespoke home gym.

The ultimate goal of this project was to create a gym that incorporated a wide range of functional and cardio gym equipment that didn’t feel cramped or too masculine and can be used by the whole family.

We made the most of the existing space that already offered lots of natural light and oak wooden flooring. We were able to focus straight away on the right equipment and layout of the space.

Commercial gym design

Make your gym facilities stand out with unique features and the latest in gym design innovation and trends.

Case study – new fitness, wellbeing and lifestyle concept

Supersonic Fitness in York is the first lifestyle facility of its kind advancing the concepts of fitness and wellbeing, lifestyle and social interaction.

The gym design brings together the best of lighting, clever use of gym space and natural plant life.

The floor to ceiling windows create a beautiful atmosphere where people want to hang out with friends. The gym maximises use of space. The ceiling mounted rig, for example, is brilliantly designed to allow the space underneath to be utilised when the rig is not in use.

Gym Design FAQS

Installing a new gym in your home or office could feel like a daunting task if you didn’t have an expert team on your side. In our experience there are some questions that nearly all customers ask. We’ve compiled this list of gym & spa FAQs to help answer some of the most common questions, and for those more technical questions, we’d love you to get in touch.

Consultancy meeting to understand a client’s requirements. Providing design layouts and equipment recommendations. Reviewing budgets and then pricing within a client’s budget parameters.
The provision to install an actual gym floor is highly recommended in many circumstances. Suitable sports flooring will protect the user, equipment and also may be necessary for the acoustics.
Considered lighting that does not provide glare or can stun a user whilst training. Adjustable lighting is always a good idea so the ambiance can be altered depending on the activity.
Cardio equipment requires power. Data points are also required if the machines selected are to have TVs with media. Power is required for TVs, mains fed water machines, cleaning equipment.
Our consultants can advise on this as all equipment will vary slightly in regards to electrical loadings and AV requirements
Often this is an important consideration as a gym can provide airborne and impact noise.

Kim Mead

Gym & Spa Design

Kim’s career began in the property industry, where she spent a number of years working for both estate agents and developers, giving her a broad spectrum of experience and knowledge of how the industry functions.

Kim has worked alongside Nick for the past 11 years and transforms his ideas & designs into 3D visuals and 2D floor layouts via CAD & Visio in line with the architect’s requirements. She brings together all project documentation including equipment specifications, quotes & project drawings. Once finalised and agreed, Kim procures all the required equipment.

In her spare time, Kim loves playing tennis, cooking and travelling.

Sally Ottewell

Gym & Spa Consultant

Sally has over 10 years’ experience in sales. She has worked within the communications industry for 12 years and made the move to motive8 because of her love for all things fitness.

Sally is passionate about gym and spa design and takes pride in each individual project, whether that be residential, corporate, commercial or within the hotel market. She consults, designs layouts and provides product advice on schemes nationwide with a range of developers, designers, project managers and private clients.

She enjoys being active, is a regular gym goer and has practiced yoga since being a teenager, qualifying to teach it in 2014.

Yaasmeen Muhammad


Yaasmeen (Yaas for short) has recently joined the Gym and Spa Team, after graduating from Kingston School of Art with a master’s in Architecture. She is experienced in CAD and creating 3D visuals and has extensive design knowledge especially when it comes to gyms as she also used to be an athlete and personal trainer and so she knows what it takes to design a well thought out gym and bring the ideas to life.

In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, martial arts and spending time with her family. 

Emergency Response

Keep disruption to a minimum with our emergency call-out service. Our engineers will quickly run diagnostic tests and carry out repairs during the visit if possible. motive8 know how important it is to get your pool, spa or water feature back up and running as soon as possible.

Nick Sadler

Managing Director

Nick Sadler is the Founding Director of motive8 and has worked in the industry for 18 years. He has worked as the lead Gym and Spa consultant on projects across all sectors on a number of prestigious schemes with developers, architects, interior design agencies and managing agents. His expertise and consultancy on projects have ensured that the original design concepts are always met or exceeded whilst maintaining the future operational efficiency of the facility.

Jenny Cromack


Jenny’s specialism’s are fat loss and endurance training, she has a proven record in helping clients to lose weight, change their body image and simply feel amazing about themselves! Having seen what we can achieve with clients on a 1:1 basis, Jenny transfers these skills to be able to impact the health and wellbeing of corporate clients and groups.

A keen duathlete and triathlete, Jenny has recently started representing Great Britain for her age group. So, if she isn’t at work she will be cycling, swimming or running somewhere!

Sarah Cleland-Smith


Sarah has worked in the fitness industry for 17 years and is a co-owner of motive8. She has worked across all areas of the business, predominantly the day to day operations of the Gym and Spa facilities we currently manage on behalf of our clients. She has a key understanding of how design must meet operational requirements, ensuring the client and end user receive the best possible service and ongoing running costs are considered in the design. Her current focus is project management and financials.

Richard Moon


Richard has headed up the motive8 maintenance team for the past 12 years and became a Director and co-owner of the business in 2016. He provides service contracts and maintenance for all motive8 equipped facilities to ensure longevity and value for the client. The maintenance department currently services in excess of 200 sites in the UK. He works with the client and their onsite team to provide H&S best practice which includes daily checks of the facility. Richard also manages motive8 gym installations, ensuring equipment and design are delivered on time, safely and to a high standard.

Rob Clarke


Rob has worked in the leisure industry all of his working life and brings with him a huge amount of experience from the commercial leisure sector. He has provided consultancy to the majority of the country’s leading developers, architects and property management companies and is widely considered as one of the leading experts in residential leisure facilities.

Rob’s role at motive8 is a varied one and involves business development, overseeing the maintenance and management departments whilst also consulting on a variety of client projects.

Outside of the office, you will often find Rob walking his beloved Labrador in Windsor Great Park. Rob also enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.

Nikki Spratley

IQ coordinator

Nikki has always had a passion for helping people and after spending a number of years working in and running the Gym & Spa department, an opportunity to develop and grow motive8’s training division presented itself and so Nikki moved from overseeing the Gym & Spa team and managed sites to developing the training of our own team along with those from outside of motive8.

Outside of motive8, Nikki continues to work at a sports massage clinic helping her clients with various injuries along with making time for her own fitness and wellbeing.

Nisha Hansewraj


Nisha graduated from university with a BA Hons in Accounting and Finance. Since then, she has gained significant experience and knowledge in all aspects of accounting and finance. She has joined our accounts team and is responsible for managing our books and preparing relevant financial reports for the business. She is very productive in challenging roles and as a self-motivated and meticulous person is willing to learn new skills and develop existing knowledge.

Outside of work, Nisha enjoys spending time with her family and exploring nature, especially taking scenic countryside walks. Cooking and baking is another of Nisha’s passions. 

Rolstone Langmead

Logistics & Gym Install Manager

Joining motive8 back in 2013 with the Gym & Spa department, Rolstone brought his experience from the customer service industry as well as 8 years’ experience as a personal trainer, the knowledge of which was spread into the department.

Rolstone now manages motive8 gym installations, ensuring equipment and design are delivered on time, safely and to a high standard. Providing H&S best practice and service support to our customers for all our products with the aid of our team of engineers. Rolstone is also working with our Maintenance team that currently services in excess of 200 sites in the UK to ensure longevity and value for the client.

Albert Spangenberg

Refurb and Technicians Manager

Albert started his career in facility maintenance and operations; he is now motive8’s Refurb and Technicians Manager. Albert launched a new department providing refurbished gym equipment to rent or buy which his background in mechanical engineering and manufacturing perfectly suits. He has worked in the fitness industry for the past 17 years. Albert is meticulous about how the equipment is maintained and is always looking at ways to improve the service motive8 can offer to their clients.

In his spare time he likes spend quality time with the family and work on mechanical projects.

Monika Blaziak

Gym Maintenance Co-ordinator Manager

Monika is the Gym Maintenance Co-ordinator Manager for all gym and pool/leisure equipment and has a background in maintenance and accounts administration for property development companies.

Monika’s skills include accounting, IT and of course the backbone of all busy administration roles, multi-tasking!

In her spare time she likes to spend her free time with her dog Cezar, walking through parks and forests and also likes to relax with a good book at the end of the day. Monika is also interested in psychology, which she is currently studying.

Kamil Reyad

Maintenance Admin Assistant

Kamil is a recent law graduate with a background in customer service and sales, working within the maintenance administration team. His skills include IT, Multi-tasking and customer service.

In his spare time he enjoys going to the gym, boxing, practicing MMA, playing guitar, reading and gaming.

Repair & Refurbishment

Keep your facilities looking fresh, modern and in pristine condition. motive8 can advise you on the latest trends in design, sustainability and efficiency to make sure your pool and spa continue to give your site a competitive advantage.

Ashley Wright

Head of Gym & Spa Management

Ashley moved back to the UK after working as a singer in production shows around Europe. Starting in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer, Ashley joined Motive8 as an Area Manager in 2019 before moving into the role of Head of Gym and Spa Management. Ashley oversees the Gym and Spa Department ensuring a high standard of service is met for the residents and motive8’s clients.

Away from work, Ashley still teaches spin classes at a number of gyms across London and enjoys cooking and travelling.

Josh Remedios

Gym & Spa Area Manager

Josh has worked for motive8 since 2013 after graduating from University of Portsmouth. He has worked his way up through the gym and spa department from Spa Operative, to Supervisor, Manager and now Area Manager. Josh works with the managers he oversees to provide facilities residents can enjoy as an extension to their homes as well as working closely with the estate management companies to ensure the standards at all sites remain high.

Outside of motive8 Josh is a keen on his travelling and adding to a growing list of countries he has visited as well as being passionate about his own fitness and football.

Sarah Humphreys

Gym & Spa Area Manager

Sarah has worked in the leisure industry since the age of 17, starting out as a Fitness Instructor initially, then working as Sales Manager and then progressing to Club Manager. Sarah joined motive8 in January 2020 as a Gym and Spa Manager of our first Manchester gym & spa facility before being promoted into the role of Area Manager to oversee our growing operation in Manchester and the North West. Outside of motive8 Sarah enjoys running, Personal Training as well as spending time with family and friends.

Bradley Dixon


Bradley has worked in the leisure industry since the age of 16, starting as a Lifeguard and progressing through various management roles which also took him to working and living abroad both in Dubai and Australia. Bradley joined motive8 in June in 2020 as a Gym and Spa Manager before being promoted into the role of Area Manager.

Outside of motive8 Bradley also enjoys teaching various group exercise classes as well as spending time with friends and travelling.

Kate Halsall

Personal Trainer & Biomechanics Coach

Kate is an enthusiastic personal trainer, and qualified biomechanics coach, who specialises in posture and back care. She has worked in the industry since 2009, and her other specialisms include weight/fat loss, group exercise and working with specialist populations.

On top of that, Kate loves working with groups of pregnant ladies as she is also pre and post-natal qualified! Exercise is a real passion of hers, and she can often be found riding her bike, going to fitness weekends, walking in the lake district – and she’s recently started participating in cycling sportives.

When it comes to advice, she claims “give it a try – what’s the worst that could happen?” is her greatest piece.

Emily Forbes

Personal Trainer

Emily is motive8’s in-house nutritionist, and doesn’t stop at just being a great personal trainer. Her effective programming and nutritional advice is highly popular and aimed at helping clients achieve a variety of fitness goals.

Not only is Emily passionate about nutrition though, as she also loves strength training and Yoga. She takes a holistic approach to exercise, nutrition and health as a whole, which no doubt makes for a recipe for success across the board.

Her greatest piece of advice is simply “consistency…this will help you achieve your goals for the long term.”

Warren Killeen

Head of Maintenance

Warren started his career as an Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration engineer servicing a wide range of commercial and industrial systems. He has over 20 years’ experience in the FM industry working for major players across the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. With his technical and hands-on experience, Warren has always been happy to roll his sleeves up and get involved with works on sites when needed. In Warren’s spare time he enjoys DIY, quizzing and country walks. He is also involved with helping at his local Irish club organising charity fundraising nights and other events.

Alice Ward


Alice has been in the fitness industry for over 15 years, one of her first places of work being motive8! Since then, Alice has gone on to work for some of the leading U.K gym providers and most recently managed a large corporate gym in Surrey, implementing innovative fitness trends and overseeing the health and wellbeing of the clients, alongside opening a second corporate club and managing a team of personal trainers and instructors. A keen interest in health and fitness drives Alice outside of work, spending regular time working out in the gym, outdoors or at home.

Sarah Humphreys

Gym & Spa Area Manager

Sarah has worked in the leisure industry since the age of 17, starting out as a Fitness Instructor initially, then working as Sales Manager and then progressing to Club Manager.

Sarah joined motive8 in January 2020 as a Gym and Spa Manager of our first Manchester gym & spa facility before being promoted into the role of Area Manager to oversee our growing operation in Manchester and the North West. 

Outside of motive8 Sarah enjoys running, Personal Training as well as spending time with family and friends.


Maintenance and servicing

Protect your investment, meet compliance regulations and prevent costly breakdowns. Our experienced pool engineers schedule regular maintenance visits or can attend as requested for events such as preparing an outdoor pool for summer. Our maintenance covers all kinds of pool, spa and water features for: