White Ink Architects were appointed by Gilbert Ash to transform existing buildings (formerly owned by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones) into a luxury Private Member’s Club on Harrington Road – an affluent conservation area in South Kensington.
The design team had to overcome the complex services in the existing building. To make the project financially viable, our team developed astute value engineering solutions to simplify services and reduce costs whilst maintaining the quality of specification to meet the client’s aspirations.
The site is extremely tight, with limited access for construction, due to the close proximity of neighbouring buildings. White Ink Architects worked closely with the contractor Gilbert Ash to cleverly programme the sequencing of the works which included piling and major basement works.
White Ink developed the RIBA Stage 2+ design by HKS. HBA were the interiors/finishes architect (post tender).
The new luxury health club with exclusive and bespoke finishes comprises Russian spa treatment rooms (Banyas and Hammams), a salt-water Watsu pool and steam rooms, Mediterranean Restaurant with wood burning copper clad pizza oven, Sky-lit Gym, Club Sitting Rooms and Voyager Club.
Photography by Christopher Heaney Photography
“White Ink Architects were always happy to engage in matters of minor detail, and that underpinned the success of this development.”
“We approached White Ink Architects following the viewing of their project – The Hill House. We felt that their careful response to working with and integration to existing buildings would be key to the success of our project. We are delighted with the openness of the new glazed extension and its ability to cross the divide between the internal and external realms.”
“White Ink Architects stood by their concept throughout design development and were able to demonstrate value when aspects of the design were challenged… such conviction has paid off… Project deliverables have met programme and quality targets.”
“They combine design flair with technical knowledge and bring the much needed element of ‘common sense’ to the design and build process.”
“They work in a collaborative and responsive way showing consideration and understanding of our functional needs, and our financial and time constraints.”
“They are always pro-active and prompt in dealing with the day to day issues that occur on a project.”
“…the refurbishment of the Whitehall Building is a feather in the cap for Sandy Row… its refurbishment breathes new life into the area.”
“White Ink Architects provided a unique and strong visual solution to this project working closely with our teams to ensure functionality was not compromised.”