Ricky Hatton's Gym

Bose Packs Plenty of Punch at Boxing Champ's Gym!

Unique Systems, Pro Partner of Bose, has installed a state of the art Bose sound system in a new gym in Hyde, Manchester. The gym is owned by boxer, Ricky Hatton.

Light welterweight boxing champion Hatton and his team, led by his dad, Ray Hatton, have spent eight months developing the former printworks to create a 1,000 sq m Health and Fitness Centre which includes a first floor boxing studio with two boxing rings, plus an 85 station gym, two fitness studios, reception and refreshment area, shop, sauna and changing facilities, all on the ground floor.

Bose FreeSpace Loudspeakers, ranging from discreet flushmount speakers in the corridors and changing rooms, to six DS100s in the boxing studio, create just the right atmosphere throughout the centre, which has been developed by Ricky Hatton to enable him to put something back into the community where he grew up. The Centre will also become his training base when in the UK, and will enable him to continue his involvement in boxing when he eventually retires from international fights.

For such a high profile centre, the fit out had to be of exceptionally high quality and the Bose sound system was on the list from the outset. Each of the areas has both CD and iPod input via Cloud mixers, allow instructors to select music for fitness sessions.

"Bose were pleased to work with Unique, their partners for the last 15 years who as always ensured that our high standards were maintained throughout the installation"

Top Golf

Top Golf's scoring system is based on the distance the 'electronically chipped' ball travels which is relayed instantly to a screen in each of the 64 driving bays, as well as to a leader board in the café/bar area. It is suitable for any age and level of player from total novices to experienced golfers and, as bays are covered, can be played in all weather conditions. The Centre also has a 9-hole Golf Course, a shop and a fitness area.

Brief - delivery and product
The two aspects of Unique's role, integrating new additions to existing systems and replacing various other elements throughout the facility included:

Stirling Sports Village

This is a £28m project to create a leisure destination for Stirling and the surrounding area.

Unique Systems were taken to the project as part of a team providing the fitting out of the Fitness room from the shop fitting, equipment supply and fitness entertainment system.

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Following further investment by the London Development Agency and GLL, Unique Systems have recently completed a further phase in the improvements to the fitness facilities at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre (CPNSC).

Having originally been introduced to the project in 2005 we returned to enhance the AV provision: dovetailing the expansion requirements with the existing equipment wherever possible. This necessitated the removal of the Cloud Pump cardio entertainment system and it’s replacement with a wireless Audeon, thereby enabling grater operational flexibility with the equipment layout. The multi-zone distribution system has been reconfigured to include for new Aerobiking, iPod docking and Technogym vario locations.

The Technogym Visio system has also been introduced, requiring Cat5e cabling alongside the coaxial cabling and this has been extended – whilst opportunity exists – to other areas, enabling an element of future proofing.

In addition to the traditional large entertainment screens, and those for group exercise virtual instruction, new screens have been provided to enable ‘digital signage’ communication to members.

Commenting, Lucy Murray-Robertson (GLL Wellness Technical Manager) says ‘Unique have been our preferred AV supplier for a number of years. In this time they have come to understand our brand well. This enables us to maintainbrand consistency, but at the same time to seamlessly adopt new technologies recommended. Their relationship with our other contractors – and our staff – means that they can all work as a team, without the next for constant supervision. This saves us an awful lot of time, enabling us to remain focussed on our members’ requirements.