Lanserhof at The Arts Club: Exclusive Medical Gym in the Heart of London
The famous Dover Street in Mayfair, London is known for its numerous historic private members clubs and hotels, such as The Arts Club. Co-founded in 1863 by Charles Dickens, the club is one of the oldest private members clubs in London and to this day, is a meeting point for those involved in the creative arts and for entrepreneurs.
Future members of the Lanserhof at The Arts Club will now be able to use top-class training facilities with training and treatment rooms, as well as benefit from comprehensive and innovative medical facilities, including MRI. Exclusivity is combined with highly innovative medical treatment options, right in the heart of London.
The Lanserhof Group’s medical spas are amongst the most modern health centres in Europe. In 2014, ingenhoven architects completed Lanserhof Tegernsee in Bavaria, which was followed in 2017 by the Lanserhof Lans in Austria. Another Lanserhof spa will be completed on the German island of Sylt by the end of 2021.
At Lanserhof at The Arts Club the architectural concept combines both clients’ requirements: While the lounge on the ground floor resonates with the interior of The Arts Club, the areas for sports and high-end diagnostics on the upper floors and in the basement continue the clear and straight forward design of the Lanserhof projects.
The key design element on all six floors is the ‘bronze core.’ This cube with a bronze surround serves as a circulation area that contains a lobby on each floor with access to the stairwell and elevators. The bronze core’s interior is white, with a high-quality wooden floor and white wood-panelled walls setting the tone.
The establishment’s highlight is located on the second floor: clear lines and the medical fitness studio’s high-quality materials create a select setting for fitness activities. The design of the associated changing areas on the third and fourth floor is based on a specially developed innovative lighting concept. The corridor along the lockers is illuminated by soft, comfortable lighting from cleverly placed wall-and-ceiling-mounted-spot lights that create a sensuous pattern on the floor. The individual changing cabins for the users of the fitness facilities create a sense of privacy and ensure that there is always enough space for every guest. The third floor accommodates areas for yoga and personal training programs.
The floors above the third floor are exclusively reserved for medical treatments. In spite of the rather narrow and confined layouts, which are typical of London’s inner city buildings, these floors accommodate a wide variety of treatment rooms.
Andrew Willingham from Structure Tone, the project’s main contractors, said:
“Balancing the structural reconfiguration needed to accommodate the new MRI machine with the CQC clinical medical requirements within the high-end fit-out provided an exciting challenge for our Interiors Team.
“The changing rooms on levels two and three have a completely unique design. Making good on Lanserhof’s vision to offer its customers access to the ‘Most Luxurious Changing Rooms In The World’ took time and ‘pit-lane collaboration’ to put ingenhoven architects’ concept design into practice with Forge Architects and our Joinery Contractor; Thorpes of Great Glen.”
The atmosphere and material selection is strictly in line with the specification developed for the Lanserhof medical spas: a bright and straightforward design and ecological materials that have been tested for compliance with health criteria.
In addition to the comprehensive interior design concept, ingenhoven architects created a new first floor façade that reflects the building’s original design and resonates with the glamorous architectural details of the upper floor façades.
supergreen®, a term coined and protected by ingenhoven architects, indicates a comprehensive, holistic sustainability concept. It recognises the fundamental importance of the careful use of energy and resources in the design and construction of buildings – from their initial design to the choice of materials, the construction process and the building’s fit-out. supergreen® also responds to issues concerning the consumption of resources throughout the building’s service life, with the primary and secondary energy balances of the materials, building components and building methods being taken into consideration. The concept also reflects people’s growing concern regarding the health aspects of their everyday surroundings. This starts with appropriately air-conditioned premises and in addition to noise control, includes the supply of fresh natural air and a healthy, bright and restful interior ambiance. All this, as well as an attractive interior design that combines aesthetics with functionality, supports a sense of wellbeing.
Thorpes Joinery have provided bespoke joinery solutions to a range of discerning clients across the UK commercial fit-out market for over 20 years. With in house design, manufacture and installation capabilities, the company can provide a range of products to cater for a variety of project requirements.
Recently Thorpes Joinery were heavily involved with Lanserhof at The Arts Club, providing the bespoke joinery package. PREMIER HOSPITALITY MAGAZINE spoke to Contracts Manager Richard Wilkins about the project.
What was your involvement in the project?
“We were delighted to win the contract to deliver the bespoke joinery package which included a variety of specialist items. The project contains some seriously spectacular features and our involvement included the entire brass wall panelling to the reception and gym area, a number of furniture items, and the stunning changing rooms with the vaulted ceilings and doors. We are used to working to a high level of detail and quality, and this project was certainly no different, the end result is truly stunning.
“On a personal level my main responsibility is one of co-ordination and management, ensuring that the project runs as smoothly and effectively as possible.”
How long were you working on the project for?
“We started on site in October 2018, and finished in June 2019. Due to the complicated nature of the job achieving completion within this timescale is testament to the whole project team and their commitment to ensuring our client’s vision was realised.”
What were some of the challenges you faced?
“We were responsible for installing some hugely complex items in a short time frame with the further complication of working in an old building with a small footprint. To that end, coordination between all the services and trade was key and the communication between ourselves, Structuretone and our fellow subcontractors was constant.”
Do you primarily work in the hospitality sector?
“Whilst it is not our most regular market, we have a reasonable amount of experience in hospitality, with our core experience coming in commercial fit-out. However, there is a great deal of crossover between the two. Projects within both sectors require a significant amount of coordination and attention to detail, and our experience, size and expertise means that we are able to do so.”
How important was it to be involved in this project?
“This is one of those projects that ultimately everyone wants to be involved with. Whilst it may have been complex and a challenge, the end result looks phenomenal and it is always a vindication of our capabilities to work for such a reputable client. We are a family company, and pride ourselves that many of our staff have worked here for several years, if not decades, and these are the sort of projects that give us the best opportunity to showcase their skillset.
“Our mission statement includes the phrase ‘From concept to reality’, and this was exactly what happened. Both myself and Steve Hubbard (Design Director) were heavily involved from an early stage as we assisted on the design, from early concept, through to to-scale mock ups and finally installation. We’ve got a great deal of experience at Thorpes Joinery and it was all utilised to great effect.”