We are delighted to announce that the new Natural Fit wellness centre in Calverley Road opened. This is great news, as the opening was originally planned for Spring but had to be delayed to meet with Covid-19 guidelines.
Located in the historic town centre of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, the new health and fitness centre has been built at the site of the former Barclays Bank on Calverley Road and its state-of-the-art facilities are housed behind the building’s striking Georgian façade.
Bank House is part of a group of listed buildings on Calverley Road in a Conservation Area designed by Decimus Burton, one of England’s leading architects of the 19th Century, and built in Tunbridge Wells stone in 1835.
Gyoury Self provided full structural engineering services for all aspects of the works, including the design of extensive temporary works to preserve the integrity of this historic building throughout the construction process.
The building’s central columns were removed to make way for the new ground floor pool. The temporary works remained in place to support the original building whilst a new structure was built to span the pool and provide support for the first floor gym and fitness facilities. An atrium was also removed to increase the available area on the upper gym level.
Ashford-based Kent Structures was the main contractor on this design and build project and Southfield Structural Services fabricated the structural steel framing.
The new wellness centre facilities include a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room, as well as a cafe and lounge area. Members can enjoy massage and skin treatments, osteopathy, corrective exercise and other exercise including one-to-one sessions and group classes. In keeping with Natural Fit’s ethos, emphasis is placed on a holistic approach to health and fitness for those wanting to extend their movement into later life and among other things, avoid sports injury and overcome back pain.
This is the first of two new facilities housed within interesting historic buildings that we have engineered for Natural Fit. The second wellness centre will be located much closer to home at the former St. Agnes Church building in Newtown Road, Brighton and Hove. Construction is well underway and the Natural Fit Hove facility is due to open later this year. If you wish to stay tuned to construction progress at this new fitness centre, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.
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