Work has started on a six-week, £80,000 redevelopment of Wembley Stadium’s corporate gym and changing facilities by leisure design and build specialist, Createability.
The project will see Createability raising the ceiling in the current gym to give a lighter, more airier feel to the facility, as well as enable the installation of functional fitness equipment.
Jonathan Brooks-Martin at Createability said: “We have been in talks with The FA and High Five Health Promotions, which manages the corporate facility on behalf of The FA, for a long time now, so we are excited to have finally started work on upgrading these facilities.
“We are re branding the gym with the new ‘The FA for All’ red, white and blue colours, but also building in our own design to ensure clean, clear and vibrant finishes. The existing gym is very gloomy and dull, so new LED lighting throughout will also add to the brighter environment. More mirrors will create the feel of a larger space, as well as allow for better posture correction for members whilst training.”
New flooring will also be laid throughout, with specific free weights matting to absorb heavy training. To enable staff to enjoy a better workout, functional training kit will be added alongside existing equipment for the first time, including battle ropes, resistance band training, impact training, a punch bag bracket and a wall-mounted functional training bracket for pull ups, hanging and TRX work.
In the changing rooms, Createability will install new shower and toilet cubicles, vanity units, towel drop stations and lockers. New tiling will be laid throughout and a total redecoration undertaken.
Jonathan continued: “The gym is used by The FA staff, who are really motivated by this investment into their facility, which can only lead to more staff training more of the time and engaging in the fantastic programmes the staff put on. But we’re on a tight timescale, having only a six-week window in-between Taylor Swift’s last performance at the end of June until Wembley’s next event to complete the work.”