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Supersonic Fitness, Stonebow House

A true lifestyle destination venue, where fitness, relaxation and clean-living come together under one roof. Supersonic Fitness, is the brainchild of York-born health and wellness gurus Nick Sadler and Sarah Cleland-Smith, and offers a holistic antidote and welcome retreat from the stresses of modern life.

Located in York’s infamous Stonebow House, Supersonic Fitness forms part of a landmark scheme to regenerate the Hungate area of the city. The proposals to renovate the ground floor and basement were submitted in 2018 and were devised to transform the controversial building, formerly a music venue , into a flexible space for recreation and leisure. Seen by many as a concrete monument to Sixties brutalist architecture, the scheme provided the perfect opportunity to reinvent this landmark building and eastern gateway to the city centre. Stonebow House had fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years but by keeping the structure and transforming the external appearance and internal space, the new plans would breathe new life into the building and the immediate area.

Supersonic opened its doors in 2019 to much acclaim. The proposals incorporated the repurposing of the two lower levels of Stonebow House, into a revolutionary fitness, wellbeing and lifestyle destination. With a fully glazed gym, dedicated stretching area and two fitness studios, the new Supersonic Fitness facility offered members a luxurious and spa-like experience, with infrared saunas and ice fountains. The unique interiors incorporate a ‘living wall’ rich with plant life, to purify the air and contrast with the industrial architecture of the building. And with an emphasis on nutrition, visitors can indulge guilt-free at the Supersonic café bar. Bright and modern, with low-level seating and at-bar dining, the nutritious eatery serves fresh, locally-sourced organic produce.

Vincent & Brown provided full architectural services from initial concept layouts through to completion on site. The project was completed in 2019.




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Commercial, Heritage