Primal Gym, Leeds

Date Complete 2014
Location UK England
Client Capital Properties UK Ltd
Architect Park Designed

Project Summary

Primal Gym is a ‘Leeds Dock success story’, proudly located in the heart of the city’s key destination
for enterprise, community and culture. Sandy Brown’s input enabled the lower-floor gym to operate
in full while minimising disturbance to residential occupants of the building directly above.
With a former life as an existing ground and mezzanine level commercial unit, the multi-use space
conveniently provides great amenity to residents and visitors alike. The innovative gym houses
Olympic-level lifting activities, an indoor running and an array of alternative gym equipment.

Services Provided

Sandy Brown was appointed to provide advice for the
gym fit-out.

The key services provided were:

Initial assessment for gym activities to inform the proposed space plan.

Control operational noise specifically structure-borne noise generated by gym weight drops.

Airborne and impact sound insulation of internal elements such as walls, floors and doors to ensure that an appropriate level of acoustic separation is provided between spaces.

Special Acoustic Features

As part of the planning process for the proposed gym, an initial assessment of structure-borne noise generated by gym weights was carried out. This informed the space planning for the gym, moving the most problematic activities further away from sensitive adjacencies.
A heavyweight floating floor, with appropriate gym floor finishes, was designed to further attenuate structure-borne noise from gym weight drops. Given the inherent uncertainty in structure-borne noise transmission through buildings a mock-up floating floor was tested on site. Pre-completion acoustic testing was carried to give the gym confidence that the designed measures had been built and installed correctly.