Sub-terranean extravagant leisure complex, Lancashire


A truly unique opportunity to add the most extravagant of leisure complexes to a Grade II listed property in Lancashire.

The Brief

To design a sub-terranean extension to a Grade II listed hall in Lancashire and provide a family with the means to enjoy everything they would from the facilities of a 5 star hotel within their own home in a style that would befit the most luxurious of Dubai properties. To design this in a way that the space provides fabulous entertaining capabilities for 2/300 guests at any one time whilst on a day to day basis providing privacy for female members of the family wishing to swim and bathe.


Details & Specific Points of Interest

From the beginning of the brief it was clearly important that a major factor was the garaging of a classic car collection and as well as providing a luxury ‘vault’ in this regard this was also to be the backdrop to a leisure facility totalling 11,000ft as well as versatile accommodation for large family gatherings, weddings and parties.

Providing a design that allowed a number of vehicles to be presented in the manner they deserved that would also become the dancefloor led us to design in a turntable from the very start. The circular nature of such a dominant focal point, as well as it’s natural position within the space dictated the axis from which we would go on to design a matching circular element, the changing rooms, positioned equidistant from the arrival corridor to give perfect balance and symmetry to the space.

Furthermore we integrated a third circular section by way of sunken fire pit central to both those elements. Almost like a game board, space and form were beginning to take on a pattern from which the other elements could flow. Level changes allowed us to enjoy views and light from the vast full length windows which were the only externally visible parts of the building once the garden was placed back on top of the structure. The swimming pool, with its cantilevered pontoons containing day beds to maximise the views was positioned in front of the glazing and was designed to also offer sunken in-water play platforms for children, as well as an oversized spa and large lounge area.

The entire space was designed to incorporate our own custom finished bowling lanes, a cinema, pool table and table football as well as a bar and dining facilities all with surrounding walls detailed in the most spectacular finishes reminiscent of a 6 star Dubai style luxury resort.

Simon Evans, MD Design by UBER

Fretwork panels were designed to provide privacy and glimpses through into the space with views of a bespoke gym in the background overlooking the pool. A steam room, sauna, treatment room and male and female changing with electronic privacy screening provided the ultimate in indulgence.