Park Inn, Heathrow

Gym change uplift “a breath of fresh air”

Upgrade of the busy Pace Gym is the latest phase of a rolling redevelopment programme at the vast 895-room Park Inn, Heathrow.

Project architects Satellite have worked with the hotel for the last seven years, redesigning several key areas, including the bar and restaurant. This time round, refreshing the gym was the project in hand for Satellite.

Fitness is a fast-moving market, with tastes and trends shifting regularly.
Décor particularly can date quickly and facilities can age too given the thousands of times annually that guests use them to work out and change.

“The scope of the project involved new lighting and redecoration, re-equipping the gym, fitting a sauna in the pool area, fresh flooring and male and female changing provision,” states project architect Giedre Kazlauskaite.

A provider new to her this time was bespoke changing room furniture manufacturer and installer Crown Sports Lockers. “We sourced locker suppliers and Crown looked to have the quality, expertise and experience to handle the work,” she notes.

After meeting Crown project manager Sam Palmer on site to finalise designs for the changing area, the bespoke furniture manufacturer began fitting out both male and female rooms. “The layouts of the male and female changing rooms have been stripped out and completely reconfigured to achieve the optimal layout,” Giedre says.

The vision for the project was as refreshing as the décor chosen to deliver it. “Slate grey, anthracite, Capri and Royal blue patterned locker doors, with cream interiors create a sense of playfulness and generate an uplifting environment in which to change and an aesthetic to attract new customers too,” she explains.

The tones and ambience are mirrored in slate grey bench seating with stainless steel legs, and contrasting upholstered Agua Aries charcoal island seats.

Dry vanity units finished in sophisticated slate grey laminate, picked up in shower and toilet cubicles and Corian Cameo white wet vanities complete a turnkey scope of project that Crown increasingly handles.

Adds Giedre: “Crown’s quality of product and work were excellent throughout and they were so easy to deal with. Everything ran like clockwork.”