Les Mills Absolutely Brilliant At Britomart
Les Mills searched the word over to find 'the best of the best' in technology, equipment and facilities to ensure that their new $8m flagship gym at Les Mills Britomart would pump from day one.
As Project Managers, The Building Intelligence Group has been along for the ride in every regard, (and we're not talking about just the stunning 50 bike RPM® studio). The glazed frontage emblazoned with the Les Mills 'Unleash' brand in three metre high letters is a hint of what's contained in this dynamic 2,200m2 fitness centre. The stunning interior is the work of Architects Warren and Mahoney and branding specialists Origami. Les Mills Britomart offers a vast group fitness studio, multi-station weights equipment and the cardio machines are a first for Australasia. Over $1m has been invested in lighting, sound and multi screen video walls, creating the 'wow' factor. All the design ingredients are supported by great attention to how the environment operates - with particular emphasis on air conditioning services designed by WSP Lincolne Scott and streamlining the connection between the spaces.
Project Manager for The Building Intelligence Group Peter Leong comments on the challenges of getting the mechanical and ventilation services just right. "A club such as this has very high demands on air conditioning services in a busy environment. It was up to TBIG and the design team to accommodate a system that would be suitable in varying areas of the gym. Areas that have high intensity such as the Group Fit studio and RPM were designed with full air conditioning while areas with low intensity were designed with the movement of fresh air."
Les Mills pulled out all the stops to make Britomart hot; and they wanted a partner capable of turning up the heat. Les Mills National Property and Facility Manager Blair Wolfgram comments "TBIG were onboard from day one. The Unleash journey has been five years in the making. As a group we realised the importance of bringing on a development partner early in the process. This enabled us to carefully plan, from a property perspective, how we should go about creating the world's best gyms. Our facilities are very complex, providing a wide variety of experiences for members within a single club. This level of complexity and expectation creates a very challenging environment to a project manager. The TBIG team do a fantastic job of tying it all together. We could use any of a number of professional project management firms. But we choose the TBIG team as they provide all of the process driven and delivery stuff with an added level of passion and application that shows they believe in the importance of what we are trying to achieve almost as much as we do."
Delivered on time and on budget, the whole environment shouts vibrancy and personality. Les Mills Britomart is the evolution of the groups' long history of building New Zealand's best gyms. Blair Wolfgram comments, "The excitement and energy that this space creates, inspiring our members to train harder and more regularly is a huge step towards our objective of improving the lives of more New Zealanders."