IndigoFitness delivers outstanding new training space for Marlborough College Malaysia

IndigoFitness delivers outstanding new training space for Marlborough College Malaysia

By Indigo Fitness

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 Brief:

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.

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Our 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.

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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.

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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IndigoFitness creates new strength and conditioning facility at Carver Barracks

IndigoFitness creates new strength and conditioning facility at Carver Barracks

By Indigo Fitness

Carver Barracks is a British Army base on the former site of RAF Debden, and is home to 33, 35, and 101 Engineer Regiments (EOD) and 29 EOD & Search Group Support Unit (GSU).

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The Brief:

They were looking to update their gym to include a dedicated strength and conditioning area, but with limited available space in the existing gym had to look at other options.  There were a number of un-used buildings on site, and after a survey of these with key stakeholders, it was decided a former indoor shooting range could make a viable, dedicated strength and conditioning training facility for the personnel at Carver – it was water tight, had heating and was big enough to fit a large multiple bay training rig.

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Our Solution:

IndigoFitness completed an initial site survey, and it was decided that before the gym installation could begin the existing sprung floor needed firming up to make it suitable for lifting weights on.  Once this was completed it was time for the gym flooring to be installed, which comprised of 32mm duraTRAIN tiles (perfect for a multi-use S&C area), and an integrated 20m artificial track lane.

 

A custom designed, wall fixed rig was installed along one of the walls – ensuring a maximum number of users could train the big lifts safely and efficiently, without losing to much valuable floor space.  As an equipment designer and manufacturer, IndigoFitness were able to create the custom elements, and finish the equipment in a custom colour scheme.

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The Result:

The space was completed with RAZE Olympic plates and bars, some existing cardio equipment and the addition of RAZE Renegade Runners and Air bikes for HIIT.  New pedestrian doors and access ramps were installed, as was some impressive graffiti artwork by one of the soldiers.  The final creation was a refreshingly positive environment in which the men and women of Carver Barracks would be able to train.

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IndigoFitness creates new training space for Firehouse Fitness in Sheffield

IndigoFitness creates new training space for Firehouse Fitness in Sheffield

By Indigo Fitness

Firehouse Fitness was founded in 2013 by former firefighter Rob McGuigan.  Rob wanted to inspire a fitness community by delivering a group training experience that combined his firefighter training methods with his firefighter team values – a communal, supportive and inclusive way to train, the Firehouse way.  The formula found success, and by 2019 there were gyms in Leeds and Sheffield and a growing team of personal trainers.

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The Brief:

Looking to expand their presence in Sheffield, Rob came to IndigoFitness with a vision of creating a new, larger, facility that built on the values and experiences they had established.  They were very clear that as well as providing a facility for their members that catered for all their training requirements, they also wanted to retain the ethos of hard work and community feeling.

With such a strong and clear vision, it made sense for IndigoFitness to invite the Firehouse team into the heart of the design process.  This consisted of a series of meetings, where different ideas were discussed and layouts and equipment mixes were changed around, all supported with the latest in 3D design software so the Firehouse team could visualise exactly what each idea would look like.

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Our Solution:

This consultative design process eventually led to the creation of the ‘Drill Yard’ – a large functional group training area that serves as the main focal point of the facility and captures that special Firehouse community spirit.  The Drill Yard measures 18m x 11m and is covered with artificial turf – giving them a multi-functional surface that can be used for a wide range of activities such as their unique Drill, Accelerant and Firefight classes.  The Drill Yard also houses a 16m long custom designed functional rig that features squat stations, punch bags stations, and ball targets, to really provide a full-service functional training solution.

Whilst keen to ensure much of the facility was as multi-functional as possible, they still wanted to offer a dedicated strength area.  They were able to choose equipment from the wide range of IndigoFitness in-house manufactured selectorised and plate loaded stations, plus specialist items such as half racks with integrated lifting platforms, GHDs, a prone row bench and belt squat.  As a designer and manufacturer, IndigoFitness were able to create all the custom elements, and finish the equipment in a custom colour scheme that tied in with the Firehouse Fitness brand image.

30mm thick rubber tiles were the flooring choice for the strength areas, and the gym was finished with a selection of RAZE training equipment such as Olympic plates and bars, kettlebells, PU dumbells, plyo boxes and five Renegade Runners.

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The Result:

Indigo are very proud to have worked with the Firehouse Fitness team on this project and provided a full 360° solution – covering initial consultation and design, flooring solutions, custom designed equipment, and complete install.  The result is a fantastic training space that delivers on the original goal of creating a communal, supportive and inclusive way to train – the Firehouse Way!

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16 Air Assault Brigade - Colchester

16 Air Assault Brigade – British Army Colchester

By Indigo Fitness

The British Army’s 16 Air Assault Brigade, based at the Colchester garrison, is the Army’s rapid response airborne formation and is the only brigade in the British Army focused on delivering air assault operations.  Formed around the legendary Parachute Regiment Battalions, the Paras are amongst the fittest, toughest, most feared and most respected soldiers in the world.

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The Brief:

The brief for their new training space was twofold; to design a highly customised strength and conditioning environment which would meet the needs of this elite unit, and additionally would also meet the requirements of the new Army Physical Training System (APTS).

The training space would need enough equipment and variations to accommodate a company strength (anything from 80-150 soldiers), though, came with a major constraint that the entire solution could not be permanently fixed in place – everything needed the ability to be rapidly broken down and moved out, even the flooring and training platforms.

Indigo Fitness were selected as the most capable supplier for this challenging task by Regional Command, on behalf of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps.

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Our Solution:

With the challenge set, the Indigo design team got to work and created a series of heavy duty fabricated structural sub-frames. These frames accommodated 3 separate flooring areas; a 4m x 25m turf lane, a 30m x 3.5m lifting zone with duraTRAIN tiles and integrated platforms, and a 12m x 4m training rig zone with duraTRAIN tiles. The frames were created in sections that locked together, which meant they could also be quickly and easily dis-assembled. In addition, fourteen wheeled and locking equipment trollies were designed to store and control small equipment. RAZE Renegade air bikes and rowers were added as they are easy to move around the training space and don’t require mains power. To create a sense of identity for the training space, the Brigade’s Pegasus emblem was sub-surface printed into the fourteen graphix lifting platform centres, a technique guaranteed to protect the logo from wear.

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The Result:

The final solution is a fantastically diverse, effective, and functional training space, designed to exclusively meet the needs of 16 Air Assault Brigade. To have been entrusted with the design, manufacture, and delivery of this solution was both a challenge and an honour for the Indigo team.

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Stade Francais Rugby

New Gym For Stade Francais Rugby

By Indigo Fitness

Stade Français Paris are a French professional rugby union club based in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.  The club plays in the Top 14 domestic league in France and is one of the most successful French clubs of the modern era.

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The Brief:

In 2018 they were looking to re-invigorate their training space, with a key requirement being the ability to incorporate as much of their bright and vibrant colour scheme as possible.

With our in-house design team and UK manufacturing plant, we were able to satisfy all their training and custom branding requirements.  A video flythrough was used to show Stade Francais exactly how the training space would look, which was key to getting a speedy go-ahead.

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Our Solution:

With the equipment finalised, ECdesign was utilised to really illustrate exactly how the space would look once completed, and how equipment can be located to compliment one another so the space did not appear crowded.  This imagery was a massive plus for Jamie, as it made it that much easier for him to sell the gym facility to his fellow board members and staff. Items such as the Compact Dual Adjustable Pulley, and the multitude of exercises it can cater for, really help to tick those boxes and increase the effectiveness of a smaller training space.

Exactaform were also keen that their corporate branding extended into the gym environment, so custom frame colours were used to exactly match the company colours and Exactaform logos were embroidered onto the upholstery of all benches and single stations.  The final result is a training space that is personal to Exactaform, and creates the feeling of being in a high-quality training facility with a strong company identity.

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The Result:

The main feature of the new training space was a line of elite power racks, with branded wooden platforms integrated into 32mm Duratrain, the ideal flooring solution for lifting on. We also provided a Monster storage bay and some pieces of station strength, all with the Stade Francais logo.

A team of IndigoFitness engineers travelled to Paris to complete the installation.

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Exactaform

A New Corporate Gym For Exactaform

By Indigo Fitness

Exactaform are specialists in diamond tooling manufacture.  Operating both locally and globally, they deliver exceptional quality tooling to both large and small companies, but with their own personal touch.  After moving into brand-new purpose-built headquarters in Coventry they wanted to create some real added value for their workforce.  Along with a clean and modern working environment the installation of a gym area was a big part of this vision.

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The Brief:

With only 50sqm available, and a wide range of training needs to cover, it was important to Exactaform to work with a company who could provide a tailored, bespoke solution to maximise the space that was available.  IndigoFitness were the ideal partner.

Working with Exactaform Director Jamie White, an initial wish list of equipment was created.  It was continuously stressed that the space needed to cover off as many bases as possible but not be intimidating to any staff who may wish to use it.  The equipment list included 8 cardio stations, a half rack, pulley station, leg press, equipment storage, dumbbells and flooring.

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Our Solution:

With the equipment finalised, ECdesign was utilised to really illustrate exactly how the space would look once completed, and how equipment can be located to compliment one another so the space did not appear crowded.  This imagery was a massive plus for Jamie, as it made it that much easier for him to sell the gym facility to his fellow board members and staff. Items such as the Compact Dual Adjustable Pulley, and the multitude of exercises it can cater for, really help to tick those boxes and increase the effectiveness of a smaller training space.

Exactaform were also keen that their corporate branding extended into the gym environment, so custom frame colours were used to exactly match the company colours and Exactaform logos were embroidered onto the upholstery of all benches and single stations.  The final result is a training space that is personal to Exactaform, and creates the feeling of being in a high-quality training facility with a strong company identity.

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The Result:

The Indigo Fitness team completed the installation of the entire facility, including all flooring and equipment assembly.

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Middlesbrough FC

Middlesbrough FC –
A New Gym to Help the Push for Promotion

By Indigo Fitness

In 2017, Tony Pulis was appointed as the new manager of Middlesbrough F.C. and tasked with getting them back into the Premier League as quickly as possible.  A change in the ‘Boro backroom team soon followed and included the appointment of a new Performance Coach, Tim Exeter.  Tim brought a wealth of experience, having previously worked for the likes of Northampton Saints, and CA Brive in rugby, as well as with Coventry City, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and the Welsh FA.

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The Problem:

The gym that Tim walked into was tired, cluttered and lacking a logical flow. Equipment was clustered together rather than positioned in a linear pattern, which made coaching a team during sessions challenging.

Additionally, the existing ‘block and beam’ sub-floor had broken down below the training surface, meaning it was neither safe nor fit for purpose.

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Tim brought in the Indigo team to work on a creating a new training space that was safe, functional, and would allow the players and staff to make the most of their off-field training.  The changes they made included:

  • A complete reworking of the training surface, which included; removal of existing floor coverings, reinforcing the sub-floor, installation of 32mm duraTRAIN premium rubber flooring tiles and integrated custom turf lane.
  • Custom designed and built wall fixed training rig running down one side of the room.
  • Four bay Monster storage system – configured to accommodate all the required small equipment and provide additional workout stations for pull-ups, a punchbag, and mounting suspension trainers.
  • A wide range of strength and conditioning equipment, including PWR Tools and RAZE Renegade air bikes.

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The Result:

Tim Exeter comments; “I’ve worked with indigo on a number of projects throughout Europe over a 10+ year period.  They have a thorough understanding of how to create safe and functional training environments that support athletic development.  Our gym is now highly functional and fit for purpose, the players are engaged and motivated, which allows the support staff to get on with the job.”

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Weetwood Hall

Weetwood Hall Hotel Gym

Weetwood Hall have, for a long time, played host to large number of professional sports teams and athletes who utilise the hotel for training camps and prior to matches.  Due to the hotels’ facilities, its close proximity to the University of Leeds playing fields, and the Brownlee Centre it is ideally positioned to cater for these athletes – however there has always been a missing piece, namely that the hotel has never had a strength and conditioning facility on site. In the past athletes have had to leave the hotel travel to a local health club for specialist sessions.

Indigo fitness were asked to fill in that missing piece by designing and installing their brand new gym. Take a look at our case study to find out how we did it.

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The Brief

So, the brief given to Indigo by hotel GM Steve Kershaw was to convert a conference room into a high performance strength and conditioning space able to cater for anything up to 12 to 15 athletes at a time with, multi-functional use.

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Our Solution

Following initial meetings and discussions to determine the equipment wish list and possible layout, we designed an initial layout, producing output in 3D drawings and a walkthrough video, which allowed Steve to really visualise how the training space would look.

The Result

The biggest challenge posed by this project was to achieve the functionality required in the limited space available. To enable this we had to design a bespoke unit that combined two Elite Half Racks with three monster storage bays. This unit became the focal point of the space with two lifting and pull up stations, 3 suspension bars for TRX, as well as storage for a full set of dumbbells from 2.5kg to 50kg and all other small equipment.

The ability to have all these elements in one unit along a wall rather than spaced out around the rest of the room, was really the key factor in achieving the gym space the hotel were looking for.  This unit was finished off with the hotels bespoke colour scheme and laser cut branding plates on the storage bays which really helped to give the hotel the look and finish they were hoping for.

It was vital for this project that the flooring would be suitable for both Olympic lifting and functional training, whilst reducing the spread of sound and vibration to neighbouring rooms.

Because of this there was only one choice, 32mm Duratrain tiles, which were paired with bespoke PVC branded inset lifting platforms, providing a seamless finish to the floor without the need for additional lifting platform which would have limited the rooms functionality.

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A piece of equipment that is always utilised in a tight training space like this is a Compact Dual Adjustable Pulley, its design with the two sides at right angles, allows it to fit right into the corner of a room, providing plenty of functionality whilst taking up minimal floor space.  Two adjustable incline/decline benches were provided to allow for pressing at both half racks.

As with all of the manufactured equipment provided, these were finished off with custom branded sweat covers. The combination of all of these elements helps to create an extremely strong image and brand for the hotel.

A wall fixed punchbag bracket and Carbon Claw punchbag were installed on the right hand wall with the Carbon Claw gloves and mitts stored on the main unit.

The room was finished off with cardio equipment; 1 Raze Renegade Airbike, 3 Concept 2 rowers, 2 Life Fitness Treadmills, and 2 Wattbikes, all sourced and supplied by Indigo.

The whole installation was completed by Indigo Fitness engineers in less than 2 days and the whole project from start to finish took less than 3 months to complete.

Following the installation Weetwood Hall GM Steve Kershaw commented:

“Indigo’s knowledge and experience has been utilised to maximise what we have, which allows us to go out to market and attract more teams from across Europe and around the world.

There is nothing complicated about working with Indigo it’s been really easy, nothing’s been too much trouble, and it’s actually been a really simple process from start to finish.  I think the gym is absolutely fantastic, I think it personifies the good work in planning and designing put in by the hotel, Indigo, and the Strength and Conditioning coaches.  Thanks to the installation of the gym space the hotel now have ability to offer professional sports teams and athletes all the training and recovery facilities they require.”

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