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Clients: ThirdSpace, Sports Leisure Management, Gymbox, GLL, Nuffield Health, Fitspace, Active Nation, Reebok, Virgin Active, 37 degrees, David Lloyd

We are experts in new build, extensions and operational leisure refurbishments nationwide, working on projects ranging in value from £50k – £10m. We have developed our business on complex, logistical operational refurbishments and by working closely with the operations team we ensure there is minimum impact on their business and customers. Our Major Projects sector now combines this detailed operational refurbishment knowledge when delivering extensions and complex refurbishments whilst the environment is still live. As well as construction delivery, we also assist many of our clients with the development of their initial concept designs, and provide buildability, and cost and programme advice. As a result of our in-depth understanding of the operational requirements of this sector we have established many repeat business clients both in the private and public sectors.

Case studies

Another Space

Project: Another Space, Covent Garden
Value: £1.5 million
Duration: 16 weeks

VincentStokes was involved in this project from the feasibility stage, and was able to assist the client in ensuring that the unit was fit for purpose and also assisted in landlord lease negotiations. We have an extremely flexible approach and are experienced working with and managing design teams and specialist contractors/suppliers.

Here we worked alongside the client and with the design team, to develop the new brand, providing strategic project, programme and cost management services, concluding in a design and build delivery project. The project had logistical constraints, not only its central London location but its interface with residential flats above and landlords’ third parties. The facility included a hot yoga studio, large spin studio, HIIT studio, dry changing and reception/café area.

The success of this project has led to the client securing a new site on which we will be working.


Third Space

Project: Third Space, Soho
Value: £3 million
Duration: Phased over 1.5 years

The Third Space Soho club is their flagship facility, located in the heart of London with a large high-profile membership. Whilst the works were on-going the Landlord (Grosvenor Estate) were converting the hostel above into luxury accommodation, which required additional phasing and interfacing to be taken into consideration. Each area was broken into its own phase and meticulously designed with the professional team so that it could be constructed efficiently whilst providing a high end/unique look.

Every phase was managed on its own, with logistics plans, detailed programmes and schedules. Every phase had a complete H&S plan developed for it, looking extensively at how we interfaced with the public/operators as well as the Grosvenor House contractors. The overall philosophy was to work with the client team to provide an upgrade to the club without impacting members. This involved being open and positive to changes in scope and approach to methodology/timings to suit the customer.



Project: Mode
Value: £5 million
Duration: 17 weeks

Mode had purchased the leisure centre just before the pandemic, which had been closed for several years. VincentStokes assisted the Client from the feasibility stage to ensure the scheme was developed within the operational and business plan parameters. This was extremely sensitive due to the fluctuating market as the sector moved out of the pandemic environment.We provided our full services – design, cost, programme and management pre-construction alongside the Client’s design and operational team, which ensured a smooth transition into the construction phase. This also allowed the facilities’ time to market was significantly reduced.

The refurbished and re-branding of the centre was extensive; changing and shower rooms, spa, reception and membership, lounge and bar, studios and gym. Also now providing family offerings with the recent additional installation of two outdoor paddle courts.

The success of this project was the ability of VincentStokes to work alongside the Clients team to develop the scheme and install the brand in the quickest possible time to ensure a return in investment could be recognised.


Camley Street residential gym & pet wash

Project: Outpost Management
Value: £900k
Duration: 10 weeks

VincentStokes were able to use their vast experience of working within complex logistical sites on the Kings Cross Residential scheme. The residential building was already occupied and therefore we had to ensure minimum disruption was caused.

The residential gym was a high-end brand from the architects Sparc Studios with whom we’ve worked with on many schemes. We also were able to deliver our first ever PetWash, which was great to gain an understanding of the operational requirements for this type of facility.

Camley Street

Third Space

Project: Third Space, Islington
Value: £10.5 million
Duration: 32 weeks

The new 50,000sq ft Third Space Islington club opened its doors to members in January 2020. The club will be Third Space’s first family offering with a crèche, children’s play, children’s Natural Fitness Food, as well as two children’s studios. The location of the facility in a sub basement (approx 11m underground) made the logistics of the project extremely challenging. The majority of the building materials were dropped into site via a small 3m x 1.5m hole or via a small goods lift. Technical issues centred around the waterproofing of the 2 pools as well as maintaining the tanking system installed by the landlord to retain the ground water.

The unit was part of a larger complex and therefore the ability to interface with the Landlords other specialist contractors was paramount. Coordination through deliveries and access was continually discussed and adapted. The finished product has been well received by the client, as well as by the 3000 members who signed up in anticipation of the stunning new facility.



Project: Gymbox, Elephant & Castle
Value: £3 million
Duration: 20 weeks

The Gymbox Elephant & Castle site was a 25,000ft2 fit out of a brand new unit. The scheme included state of the art changing facilities, fantastic gym with break out cross fit areas, studios for spin, hot yoga and aerobics classes. Gymbox have some unique features in their gyms (DJ deck station) and have a fantastic urban brand style. The unit was part of a commercial complex and therefore it was essential that we interfaced with all other contractors and the Landlord on deliveries and progress. The project was extremely well planned using Last Planning techniques and was delivered on time and budget.

Another Space, Covent Garden
Third Space, Soho
Third Space, Islington
Gymbox, Elephant & Castle