Third Space City Project

According to the 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report, the UK health and fitness industry is continuing to strengthen with more gyms, more members and higher market value than ever before. In a heavily saturated sector, with gyms on almost every high street, mall and retail park, how can brands stand out to capture the attention and loyalty of the consumer?

Third Space, a luxe health and fitness brand with six sites across London, is doing something extraordinary – offering clubs with a sense of individual style that members can feel are their own.

Written by Richard Hywel Evans

Designed by Studio RHE, Third Space City is a 27,000 sqft health club that spans the ground and basement floors of

‘Minster Court’, a neo-gothic, post-modern office building located just three minutes from Fenchurch Street Station.

The refined and luxurious club features a range of high-end leisure facilities, including an 8,000 sqft open gym space, 20m swimming pool and spa, mind and body studio, treatment rooms, café and changing rooms.

Solus was thrilled to work with the design team to supply material to almost every area of the club including the dramatic reception area, which features an impressive copper clad desk and floor tiles from the Inspired range.

Mirroring the tessellated shard-like copper ceiling used in the reception, the pool area stands out as one of the most iconic spaces in the club.

With raw, natural effect tiles from the Inspired range, the pool hall appears carved from the subterranean area, a fitting aesthetic to the building that has been previously dubbed the ‘Bat-Cave’.

The evocative, dark grey tiles were used from wall to floor, while a lighter shade was applied to the pool surround, which was specially fabricated to feature grating and drainage channels.

Maintaining the same coherent aesthetic, Inspired was also used in the boutique style changing rooms and complemented by a pairing of green and black wall tiles from the Program range in the shower facilities.

Richard Hywel Evans, Director of Studio RHE, commented, "Having designed the first Third Space in Soho back in 2000, a completely revolutionary concept for its time, we were delighted to revisit this extraordinary brand who remain committed to providing the best workout and Club Membership experiences in a fast-changing environment.”

The pool features bespoke grating tiles that were fabricated specially for the project.

Tiles used in this project:

Durer 3YFX105, Inspired range
Braque 3YFX104, Inspired range
Elder 3YFX102, Inspired range
Ainsworth 2TBT857, Program range
Infer 2TBT869, Program range

Combining serious training with luxury

"Third Space is renown as a refined and luxurious health and fitness brand, so it was a pleasure to work with Studio RHE on this project.

The design features a complex array of complementary and highly technical materials, and the application of the products showcases how versatile and practical tiles can be."

- John Rose
Solus Area Sales Manager