Fabric duct systems
To support its rapid growth, national gym chain Xercise4Less has been converting former retail and warehousing locations into fully equipped gyms. To keep up with the pace of its expansion, they needed a ventilation solution that could be installed quickly. New gyms were expected to be reasonably high occupancy so care would be needed to avoid the typical pitfalls of gym ventilation, such as low quality stale air and offensive odours – especially given that none of the sites were purpose-built for fitness activities.
Prihoda were asked to design fabric duct systems for several Xercise4Less locations to provide comfortable, consistent gym ventilation that would keep circulating air fresh and clean.
We designed and supplied custom round fabric ducts, all made to measure for each site. To ensure sufficient airflow all round the gyms, we used a combination of diffusers: laser cut perforations to direct air around the equipment and throughout the occupied zones, and microperforations to enhance air entrainment and achieve lower velocities with better mixing. Result: fresh air without the draughts.
Xercise4Less opted for a yellow duct colour to match their company branding. The outcome is a modern, energising look for the new sites. The material selected was also fire retardant and, because it is fabric, Xercise4Less will be able to wash the ducts it in a washing machine, keeping them as good as new for their entire service life. The cost was less than a quarter the estimated costs for equivalent traditional ducting, and the installation at each site took only a couple of days.