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CHANGING PLACES AT DAVID LLOYD LEISURE


CLIENT: DLL SUPPLIER: Ridgeway Furniture


three major projects that Ridgeway Furniture undertook for David Lloyd in 2010, in conjunction with JM Scully. The club wanted to increase the size of its lockers from


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300mm to 400mm wide, to better accommodate the needs of the tennis-playing members. Ridgeway supplied the club with lockers, benches, vanity units, toilet cubicles and an IPS (integrated panelling system). The three refurbished changing rooms are all designed


with both luxury and practicality in mind. The main male and female locker rooms have separate zones for families, where large cubicles with baby change areas and bespoke playpens are housed. Meanwhile a separate family changing room, designed for both parents to use with their children, offers six private changing cubicles. The lockers are manufactured with cream carcasses


and walnut veneer doors, creating a contemporary feel to the changing room. David Lloyd Leisure has for several years now used a two-piece security latch lock, operated using a four-digit code, and this has also been used at the Leeds site. This lock is manufactured from 4mm powder-coated steel and is extremely strong and secure. In addition, it removes the key management hassle experienced by clubs with coin return locks. The bench seats are constructed from solid wood with


a padded faux leather cushion, which gives a feel of both elegance and luxury. Meanwhile the dry vanity units are designed with Arctic White Corian tops to give a clean, modern feel, while recessed light – installed behind a glass


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he recent £1.5m refurbishment of the David Lloyd Leisure health club in Leeds included a £400,000 overhaul of the changing rooms, which was one of


Luxury with practicality: Walnut veneer doors and stone surfaces give a sense of quality


downstand – creates a warm atmosphere. The wet vanity units have stone tops with a blue glass upstand and tiled downstand and wall-to-wall mirrors. The toilet cubicles and IPS are manufactured from


solid grade laminate – a strong, self-supporting material that can be used in furniture or decorative applications with a colour or woodgrain face. It is extremely hard- wearing, so is excellent in high traffi c areas, as well as high moisture and humidity environments. The installation took place over an 11-week programme


in a live club environment. This added complexity to the project, as many different trades were on-site simultaneously to keep the changing rooms closed for as short a time as possible. In fact, Ridgeway has adapted its working processes to suit the needs of the industry over recent years. “We realised fi ve years ago that the market had reached saturation point in terms of new club builds, so we started to refi ne our business to cater primarily for refurbishments,” says Mark Cutler, MD of Ridgeway Furniture. “This meant a change in our working practices to accommodate 24-hour fi tting on-site, as well as seven-day working at our production facility. This enables us to turn around projects both in the factory and on-site at speed.”


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