IndigoFitness delivers outstanding new training space for Marlborough College Malaysia

Marlborough College Malaysia (MCM) is a fully coeducational, and independent British boarding and day international school in Iskandar Puteri, one of the best in Malaysia. The school is situated on a secure 90-acre estate on the southern tip of Malaysia, 20km from the Singapore border. The campus provides a spacious and beautiful environment to enrich the development of its 900 pupils.
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The Situation

Sport is a very important aspect to life at MCM and they required a gym space to match all their other outstanding facilities. They were looking for the ability to train large groups of students at one time, whilst also being able to tailor sessions for the hugely diverse range of athletes and sport they offer. They also wanted to incorporate their school branding and colour scheme, to make the space feel an integral part of the college.

The Solution

IndigoFitness worked with the college for over 12 months on everything from gym design and equipment specification, to the significant logistical and installation challenges that this project presented (Malaysia is 6, 500 miles from the UK!).

The first thing to get right was the flooring as each different training activity requires a different training surface.  PaviFlex Fitness Pro-eco tiles were used for the functional area, whilst 32mm DuraTRAIN tiles were used in the strength training areas – these tiles are great for reducing noise and vibrations from the repeated dropping of heavy weights.  Full colour, Marlborough College branded Graphix inset platforms were installed in the lifting zones, and a 30m turf track was laid along the complete length of the room.

Once the flooring specification was sorted, we then looked to the training equipment.  A custom designed Monster training rig, featuring additional lifting stations and integrated storage became the focal point for the functional training area.  The rig was finished in the college’s colour scheme and prominently featured the MCM logo.  It was kitted out with a full range of training equipment including; PWR Bales and PWR Stones, RAZE rubber kettlebells, slam balls, foam rollers, and plyo boxes, Raptor weighted vests, Revvll rope trainers and Carbon Claw punchbags.

Four s30 power racks with integrated prone row attachments were installed in the lifting area.  The rest of the strength training area contains a GHD, a compact DAP, and four adjustable incline/decline benches – all manufactured by IndigoFitness and finished with embroidered logos on the upholstery.  The area also contains RAZE Zenith PU dumbbells and a variety of RAZE Olympic bars and bumper plates.

The facility also boasts Renegade Airbikes and Runners, Concept Rowers and Ski Ergs, Wattbikes, and Life Fitness ICG Spin Bikes. A team of 4 IndigoFitness engineers travelled over to Malaysia to complete the installation, which was completed in under a week, to meet the school’s tight timeframes and mitigate any impact on students.

The Result

Both IndigoFitness and MCM worked tirelessly on this project to ensure that no matter where their students’ sporting and fitness interests lie, this high-quality training space provides the equipment to support and challenge all athletes to reach their full potential.
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Comments from Jamie Lennard

Director of Sport at Marlborough College Malaysia:

What do Marlborough College Malaysia look for when selecting suppliers?

When designing and implementing a new gym, the quality and reliability of the business, as well as the equipment, is essential. Furthermore, the delivery and installation of an agreed time frame is essential.

What is your first impression of working with Indigo?

Outstanding – Having worked with the company before, I knew that they were trustworthy and offered excellent customer service. The delivery to Malaysia was complicated but the Indigo team were excellent in supporting us in the process. The advice and knowledge about each piece of equipment discussed during the ordering process was superb and very informative. When ordering on this scale and distance there is no room for error.

How does the branding/customisation impact the training space?

We have had the benches, racks and the main training rig customised, which just looks fantastic. The initial impact and sense of pride amongst the pupils and staff were great to witness.

What has been the feedback from both students and staff to the new gym?

The gym is now used daily. The only feedback needed is the number of pupils and staff who voluntarily attend the morning and after-school clubs to take part in the many options available such as; Boot camps; HIIT club; Speed sessions and Girls only workouts! The most popular equipment so far has been the Wattbikes, but the training rig (mainly for muscle-ups at the moment!) and new floor are allowing us to explore more functional strength training. The lifting platforms have also been excellent, both visually and for performance. Our pupils have embraced technical lifts such as Olympic Cleans and Olympic Snatch.

Comments from Harry Harkins

Director of Estates at Marlborough College Malaysia:

How was the process of working with Indigo on this project?

Overall, we were taking a risk, especially appointing an overseas vendor. So, we had to be rigorous in our due diligence; previous reputation and relevant customer references were essential.

From start to finish IndigoFitness were professional and knowledgeable, not only about their own product but about construction in general. Their attitude was excellent, and the quality of the work exceeded all expectations.

Access to the site presented several challenges but by conducting site visits on Facetime, a workable plan was quickly agreed and implemented. An initial set-back with the delays in customs clearance put enormous pressure on the project timetable but, with some late nights, the project was successfully delivered.

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