South Kensington Club, London

Gilbert Ash D&B Contractors

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

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