GYMSHARK - NEW HQ SOLIHULL

Client

Oktra

Location

Solihull

Year

2021

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Fitness clothing firm Gymshark has taken the final unit at Blythe Valley Park in Solihull. The online brand, which is headquartered at the estate, has agreed a deal with landlord IM Properties to take a 56,888 sq ft unit, its third letting since relocating its HQ there from Redditch in 2018.

It now occupies 130,000 sq ft on park including two leases on the Connexion campus.

Paul Richardson, executive chairman at Gymshark, said they want to be at Blythe Valley Park for the long term. "We've already established our Gymshark headquarters and gym and innovation hub here at Blythe Valley Park," he said.

"The layout enables us to create a modern campus feel where people can move easily between buildings. We know some of the world's most innovative companies significantly invest in their headquarters to help their workforces perform. We are therefore benchmarking ourselves against them so we can create the room for employees to breathe and allow them to maintain creativity, inspire innovation and be the best they can."

Oktra the MC says, “They wanted a building that would accommodate their rapid growth and also be an attraction for new employees and business. Oktra’s design team collaborated with Gymshark and began a mission to open one of the best offices in the world. The building was a recently refurbished space which was initially stripped to install the UK’s first Human Centric smart lighting system within an office space. This is a lighting programme that mimics the sun’s path and monitors usage across the building to optimise energy and cost efficiency. The design evolved throughout the build with a collective and relentless desire to continually mould the space to the best outcome. The new Gymshark HQ comprises of; a huge atrium with amphitheatre bleachers, photo studio, canteen, cinema, VR enclosure, yoga and Jujutsu mat zones, sleep pods and a huge, concrete boardroom. The office also benefits from countless meeting rooms, quiet areas, product testing rooms and the pièce de résistance: a courtyard with a 30m wide, Google Earth inspired brand logo with outdoor seating. Gymshark truly have a space without boundaries which will be a valuable asset in their continued success”.

 

Rapid were employed to design, supply and install 6300m2 of deck and concrete

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