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Grosvenor House, Sheffield - Forge Ahead

Grosvenor House is part of Sheffield’s marquee ‘Heart of the City II’ development that aims to turn the Steel City into one of the north’s most attractive business destinations.

The brand-new building, which has only been recently been completed, has a major global bank as its anchor tenant. The bank in question has long held links to Sheffield and when the opportunity of taking on this Grade A office space came up, it jumped at the chance as it would allow them to provide its world-class workforce with similarly world-class facilities. The design being drawn up by AXIS Architecture and fit out by Styles & Wood.

To help achieve this, a gym was built into the building’s basement to provide the bank’s staff with a place to go and let off some steam. But a poorly designed gym can cause plenty of problems – especially when underground – and we were brought in to help remedy those issues.

Firstly, was the issue of light. To brighten up the main workout area, we installed three suspended Lightboxes. These were supplied complete with high-quality printed skyscapes to help bring a little bit of the outside world into the gym.

Once the gym was perfectly lit, we turned our attention to the space itself. The gym was, effectively, one open plan area that needed to be divided into two, separate ‘rooms’ to host both group and individual workout sessions. To do this, we installed a Float system to enable the smaller area to be cordoned off as and when required.

The Float’s panels were all made from Whisper, our polyester acoustic material, to act both as a zoning device and as an acoustic absorber. And just like the Whisper panels used elsewhere on site, these were custom-cut to a pre-made design.

Finally, we helped reduce the threat of reverberation and sound transferring between the two spaces through the use of hexagonal ReSound panels. These Class A acoustic absorbers are traditionally used in offices and meeting rooms but sound is sound and as this project shows, they can be specified in just about anywhere!

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