LA Fitness commissioned Lewis & Hickey to transform a number of diverse City Centre sites into modern health and fitness centres, including a severely dilapidated Grade II listed Cinema (incorporating a unique neo-Egyptian auditorium designed and built in the 1930’s) in Sale, a 1970s concrete framed car park /office block in Brighton, a former car dealership located on the outskirts of Kettering, and a number of other locations.
The buildings now house high-technology training and sports facilities, including state of the art Gymnasiums, Cardio-Theatre, Swimming Pools with Steam and Sauna Rooms, Aerobics Rooms and Static-cycling. Other facilities include instruction, changing and relaxation areas as well as a specialist Pilates and Yoga Studio, a Crèche, Treatment and Therapy Rooms.
The buildings exposed columns and open ceiling spaces were incorporated in the designs to create an industrial theme with a contemporary feel. The café entrance areas have views through to the Swimming Pool and Gymnasium Areas.
The projects were completed within narrow financial constraints to a challenging construction programme, providing new use for otherwise obsolete buildings.