Gym Refurb & Renovation for NRG Gym Group in Gravesend, London

The Customer

The NRG Gym Group selected us to fit their first location in Gravesend, with financial backing to establish 20 new gyms across South East London, Essex and Kent over the coming years. A key element of this project was that the client had strict deadlines from board members and investors. After a set launch date backed by an extensive marketing campaign, the ambitious deadline simply had to be met with no excuses

The Challenge

The client required a full fit out and renovation of an original 18th century gala bingo with the top floor mezzanine gallery kept intact and a new gym complex installed on the lower ground floor within a fresh and modern environment. The aim here was to maintain an impressive contrast of old and new architectural styles.

As this was the client’s first gym, budget constraints and an unmovable deadline had to be met.

With many parties involved in the project, managing stakeholder expectations was of major importance.

Special Features

  • The installation of modern and specialist gym equipment and weights room
  • Central opening reception area
  • Installation of changing rooms
  • Showers with full disabled access
  • Installation of turnstiles and security gates

The Solution

The concept of design and build played a key part in creating a modern gym complex whilst meeting the strict deadline. We fast tracked the project using a special delivery model which overlapped the design, procurement and construction phases. We also carefully selected suppliers and worked with them to make sure they could achieve earlier delivery dates.

Efficiency was key. Communication had to be straightforward and hassle-free whilst also being thorough to ensure that we met every need of the client and their flagship gym complex. Instead of working with other companies or teams, the build and design departments at Bischell worked together seamlessly within one entity to successfully integrate and overlap different development pipelines whilst maintaining the highest design quality, build quality and client support. A pro-active approach to identifying and anticipating potential bottlenecks also helped us to avoid any situations which could slow progress.

For the build, we carefully listened to the client, shared potential ideas and made sure that we ticked every box when it came to the design, feel, theme, style and layout of their new gym. We also made sure that the heavily contrasting styles of the top floor mezzanine gallery and modern gym complex below still worked together for an aesthetically beautiful interior.





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Project Specifics


NRG Gym Group





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Design & Build


2 Months

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Medium spec


280m2 or more





The Result

The Result

The result was a modern and contemporary open plan kitchen which was flooded with natural light. A unique fusion of styles was adopted to perfectly tailor the area to the client’s ideas, tastes and Grand Designs inspirations.

We also made sure that the layout brought together the kitchen, dining area and raised outdoor decking into a large, open plan communal area which was spacious, inviting and simply a joy to relax in with family and friends. A new Proline kitchen with custom plinth shevling also ensured that the client had a fully functional family kitchen matched to their tastes.

Meanwhile, both neighbour disputes were resolved amicably to maintain good relations between the client and neighbours. In the case of dispute two, the neighbour actually became enthused with the project and sought advice from Bischell about implementing similar features into their own kitchen.


  • As designers they are good, very good. But whilst they are talented in aesthetics, they have what so many of their ilk lack. They are thinkers. They are problem solvers. They can take complexity and deliver elegant yet simple solutions....

    John Dodds CEO at USEMETI Ltd

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