Changing demands deserve creative solutions
Crown Sports Lockers creates memorable changing and treatment room environments designed to enhance customer experiences.
Since 1993, it has designed, manufactured and installed bespoke wooden changing room furniture for the spa, hotel, fitness, leisure and sport sectors.
Within its purpose-built factory, Crown utilises advanced technology to manufacture lockers, spa treatment room furniture, vanities, bench seating, reception desks, bedroom furniture, washroom IPS and cubicles in a host of materials, colours and finishings.
Change for the better
The new £1 coin is now legal currency – its uniquely characteristic 12-sided profile intended to present a robust deterrent against the counterfeiting that beset its predecessor.
From September 2017, the current coin will cease to be legal tender so now is the time to prepare for the change to ensure a transition for those using your coin-operated lockers.
Crown can fit a classic coin lock that takes both old and new £1 coins and that can be converted easily from coin return to coin retain. We can quickly replace or convert your existing coin locks with left or right hand operations as required or supply you with conversion kits if you wish to make the change in-house.
Alternatively, the low-cost e-Lite coin lock also operates with old and new versions, is corrosion resistant and so suited to wet or dry changing areas. This coin return-only option also comes in left and right hand versions.
As long as coin-operation still figures in your customer service and management strategy, we will carry the know-how to ensure you never risk locking out your customers.
Of course, if you decide to switch to digital options, we can help you there too.
Crown `SPArring partner` in leisure revolution
As the Government moots modular building to tackle Britain’s housing shortfall, the concept is already powering into the boutique hotel sector.
Leading locker manufacturer Crown Sports Lockers has helped create Britain’s first modular spa facility in what is a transformational development in leisure and hospitality.
SPAshell is the brainchild of Alistair Johnson, director of design consultancy Spa Creators, with whom Crown has worked for several years on bespoke installations.
The modular spa building is built off-site, complete with interior fittings such as showers, toilets, tiling, treatment rooms, plumbing and electrics, then transported to its destination and craned into position, ready to go following connection to utilities.
The first facility is now up and running at Fishmore Hall, a boutique country house hotel in picturesque Ludlow, Shropshire and was operational just a day after it was installed last November.
Crown manufactured and supplied changing facilities and treatment room furniture for the spa and believes that the development marks a sea change in this brand of leisure provision.
With a project time from concept to reality of around 16 weeks, operators can enjoy a rapid return on their investment, while the installation itself has little or no impact on day to day running, says Spa Creators co-director Laura Johnson.
“A wedding was planned at Fishmore Hall the day after SPAshell was installed and it went ahead without any disruption – a major advantage for the owner of this 15-bed hotel.
“Architects’ costs can deter smaller operators from developing spa provision,” she explains. “This concept makes the process more affordable and more streamlined.”
Boutique independent hotels rely on the quality of their offering and demand high-end installations – one reason why SPAshell features comfort elements such as electric underfloor heating, while also providing an integrated sound system that links with programmed lighting to create the right mood and ambience for spa day visitors.
Although available in four- and eight-bed treatment room options, larger alternatives are possible and are already planned, such is the level of demand.
“We are in talks with several sites interested in SPAshell,” Laura adds. “The concept can be scaled up to almost any size of facility, so we expect inquiries from small to large-scale operators.
Locker management switches to digital
Time has caught up with traditional locking. Too much trouble tracking down lost or mislaid keys is shifting owner and operator mindsets to digital solutions.
Crown’s recent installs at CYC-D fitness studio in Haslemere and Burn Fitness in Cleethorpes are typical of the trend. Both specified keypad locking solutions, with four digit access code.
Digital locking can offer so much more flexibility for those tasked with managing lockers. So many fitness sites suffer from members hogging lockers or keys going missing that digital keypads, which can be programmed to release a locker after a given time, free them of much of this unwanted management task.
“I’ve spoken to some clubs that were losing as many as 100 keys in one month,” reveals Crown project manager Spencer Grimwood, “and some customers feel they have a right to keep a locker as their own, even though they do not.”
It’s proved a thorny issue among managers for some time now – one reason why Spencer has seen digital locking advance to the point where one in every two Crown installations include this option, whether keypad, card or wristband activated.
Little surprise then that the Digilock Axis, newly uprated to IP55 and ideal for damp environments such as changing areas and spas launched this autumn is attracting major interest. Whether you require digital, electronic or traditional locking systems, Crown ensures security is fit for the future.
With you every step of the way
Because every installation has its own demands and requirements, Crown ensures that a designated project manager oversees each fitout, from the first site meeting and survey, to preparing computer-aided design (CAD (drawings), completion and signoff, after sales and servicing.
The company also works closely with architects, interior designers and contractors to ensure each install fully meets the needs of the client, whatever the size of the project.
State-of-the-art manufacturing capability allows Crown to consistently control and deliver fine quality workmanship and installations and to prove the point is the only timber manufacturer to attain ISO9001 and 14002, and the only one to submit lockers for British Standards testing, both wooden and glass doors, for which they have accreditation.
As the hospitality sector continues to strengthen, Crown is developing longstanding partnerships with spa specialists and designers to ensure changing area provision not only reflects but predicts trends.
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