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Clever ideas The health club
includes three areas local
residents can use for free, run
by a community association
somewhere in prime areas that could bigger than you need and they always 2,000sq m (21,528sq ft) club offers
accommodate such huge facilities that put pillars in the middle of rooms and everything that’s expected of a
they didn’t ask themselves if they were pool halls. I wanted to design the club contemporary health and fi tness club.
right for the local market. Not everyone exactly the way I wanted it.” This includes a 500sq m (5,382sq ft) gym
is willing to pay for a centre with facilities Hendriks’ infl uence on the club’s – equipped by Star Trac, Spinning and
they know they will never use. That’s design included combining the reception Gym80, with the addition of Technogym
especially true for the Dutch.” and bar areas. His reasoning for this Cardio Waves and Precor AMTs – dance
Running the project himself was is that only one person is needed to studios, group cycling studio, 20m x 10m
certainly more time-consuming than greet members and serve drinks during pool, plus a sauna, steam and spa pool
opting for the turnkey alternative, but it off-peak times, while more staff can be suite. Physiotherapy, hairdressing, dietary
meant Hendriks could personally choose drafted in to cope with busy periods. It and beauty services are also available.
all the sub-contractors for the project also keeps costs down and means less But these facilities alone wouldn’t
and benefi t from the subsequent cost- unnecessary space. ensure SLG met its brief to provide the
savings. For example, the construction social hub that the residents so craved.
company selected for the job part- community club So it added something else – three areas
funded the health club, leaving Hendriks Live and Leisure is a far cry from the totalling 400sq m (4,305sq ft) were
to fi nd the remaining 2.5m. token fi tness facilities that are too often created within the club for locals, 90 per
It also meant no surprises. “I’ve always found in hotels or in the basements of cent of whom are over the age of 50,
hated working with architects because housing schemes. Open to the public as to use for free. An association was duly
they can’t seem to design functional well as to residents of the housing formed and is now responsible for the
space. The gym space is usually much development in which it is located, the vast array of activities on offer for this
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