Luxe Fitness Gym

We were responsible for the design and implementation of the complete refurbishment of the former Old Library into a 715sqm fitness gym, changing its use from D1 to D2. The Grade II Listed building is located within the Bedminster Conservation Area on a prominent corner of Bedminster Parade and Regent Road.

The scheme has the potential to provide an economic boost to the area whilst creatively reusing and protecting a heritage asset, sustainably and economically. It gives the building a chance to fulfil its original civic function to the public, wider community and future generations.

The use as a gym will give the building back a sense of purpose and livelihood.

The building’s exterior has been preserved and made good.
The existing pitched roof features a series of PV panels which generate energy to both heat and light the building. New full height glazing opens up the ground floor, activates the street and makes the façade more welcoming.

The internal existing double-volume space has been fully utilised by introducing a new steel mezzanine floor on each level and creating a more interesting internal space and better circulation. The interior was given a ‘boutique’ look and feel by using different materials including timber wall cladding, dark grey metal and brass fixtures to reflect the ‘health’, ‘fitness’ and ‘strength’ elements of the gym. The heritage features were celebrated and emphasized by repainting, reusing and making good the existing timber flooring and shining discreet LED lights to the vaulted ceiling.

The scheme received full planning approval and Listed Building and Conservation Area Consent. The refurbishment was successfully completed and the gym opened in Jan 2019.

Project Architect

Barney Bonner

Design Team

Minhui Liu

Partner in charge

Alistair Jackson

Luxe Fitness, Bedminster, Bristol

Luxe Fitness

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