Virgin Atlantic has announced that it has
re-opened its newly renovated Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Gatwick airport.
The Renovations include:
- Cowshed spa & Rock garden
- Business Area
- Entertainment Lounge featuring Wii stations
- Family Lounge with magnetic shapes & play
- Restaurant & Bar with Lipstick elements
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Virgin Atlantic today unveiled exactly what
premium leisure travellers have been waiting for – a new Clubhouse at Gatwick
featuring a luxurious Cowshed Spa. The
new Clubhouse, which is over 795 square metres in total, has re-opened after a
complete refurbishment. The lounge has been created by London based architectural
practice FDArchitecture in collaboration with the Virgin Atlantic in-house
The airline’s new Clubhouse creates a fresh,
welcoming feel for Upper Class and Gold Card passengers and is a great place to
relax on a lazy morning before a flight.
With seating for 130
passengers, the Clubhouse offers a choice of areas to cater for different
needs. Whether passengers want to read a
newspaper, watch the aircraft, settle down to brunch, have a treatment in the
Cowshed Spa or hide away and catch up with the internet before they jet off,
the new lounge has it all.
Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic, said:
“The new Gatwick Clubhouse
has to be the ultimate pre-flight experience for Upper Class and Gold Card
customers. Our award-winning Clubhouses have always led the industry by
offering luxury and innovation, and now we have introduced some of the best
elements of our flagship Heathrow Clubhouse, such as the luxurious Cowshed spa,
Head of Design at Virgin Atlantic added:
new-look Clubhouse brings it up to the latest design standards that are
synonymous with our multi-award winning products, service and interiors. This generation of Clubhouse has been
designed with Service Design and Architectural Design working in harmony to
produce the best possible customer experience.”
The new Clubhouse also continues to support Virgin Atlantic’s sustainability targets. The Clubhouse uses
generous expanses of FSC timber flooring to wind through and connect the
magnificent facilities on offer to passengers. The 100% woollen carpets are
specified with low chemical emissions, enhancing the cleanliness of the
Clubhouse environment whilst providing an extremely durable finish and our site
waste management programme has reduced construction waste on site by some 40%
through considered prefabrication of much of the furniture, fixtures and
and Reception Entrance to the Clubhouse is now through
a new, light, private corridor leading directly to our welcoming reception and
concierge area. Passengers simply
register with reception and then walk on through into the lounge. Adjacent to the new entrance are shoe shine,
coat and baggage areas where passengers can unburden themselves of bags and
buggies. If needed, there are also facilities to charge mobile phones, iPods
and Blackberries in this area, with our concierge team on hand to manage all of
our passengers’ needs.
The Restaurant & Lounge Leather-clad timber Eames dining chairs provide
classic comfort within the waiter-serviced restaurant, or passengers can relax
in the main lounge in the luxurious upholstery of the new banquette
seating. A comfortable selection of
Turtle lounge chairs by Pearson Lloyd and Roberto Romanello’s Delta chairs,
cluster around Fritz Hansen tables, providing flexibility for groups of all
sizes. Finishes and furniture are contemporary in shades of chocolate, tans and
taupe with ‘lipstick elements’ of Virgin red.
At The Bar passengers can also enjoy a refreshing drink at the beautiful oak and granite clad
bar whilst enjoying the comfort of the Harry Bertoia Wire bar stools.
A backdrop of fret-cut Alucobond panels flow from the Bar throughout the
The addition of the Cowshed Spa and Internal Rock Garden provides a beautiful new focal point for the
Clubhouse. With its porcelain slates, natural stone mosaic floors and black
glass mosaic tiled walls, passengers will instantly feel like they have entered
a haven of tranquillity and luxury in the Cowshed Spa. Sitting alongside is a
new internal rock garden, which is flooded with natural daylight and lined with
vintage Cole & Son naturally themed wallpaper all providing an oasis of
calm for travellers. Cowshed also offers a variety of treatments to passengers,
whether it’s a gentle massage, a luxurious manicure or pedicure, all using
Cowshed’s acclaimed 100% natural products, or more traditional showering
Passengers can again enjoy
the comfort of the sophisticated choice of furniture, whether it be Harry
Bertoia’s Wire chairs at the nail bar, or relaxing in George Nelson’s Coconut
chairs, Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chairs and Willi Guhl’s Loop chairs in the Garden.
The new Entertainment Lounge and Business
Area offers passengers the luxury of woollen aubergine
carpets and silver fabric lined walls. An opportunity to relax in Oscar chairs, and
Kab chairs by Karim Rashid, whilst catching up on last minute emails or surfing
the net in the Internet Forest. Our younger passengers can enjoy gaming in the
Wii and Guitar Hero areas whilst perching on Morph’s Ten Degree stools.
Family Lounge is
flooded with natural light and provides the perfect area to relax in Delta
chairs whilst toddlers play and learn nearby in a dedicated Playground. The
brightly decorated room has a selection of toys and games, including classic
Eames elephants and wishing tree, for younger children, and TV with dedicated
children’s channels showing through out the day.
In The Snug passengers can enjoy the opportunity to catch up on the latest
TV, news or movies in our flexible Snug, boasting a smoked black mirror wall
cladding, naturally inspired movable woven screens, and a gallery of
inspirational artwork curated by jottaContemporary, who identify young and
emerging artists from the creative community jotta.com.
Travellers can relax in the Mini George chairs
designed by Stefano Gallizioli, whilst the flexible screens allow them to
change the environment to their requirements if they require more privacy.
Jeremy Brown, Senior Design Manager, commented:
“The design of the Gatwick Clubhouse perfectly
captures Virgin Atlantic’s ethos; it’s sophisticated, stylish, and fun. A
challenging brief has been answered by providing the relaxation of a Sunday
morning, whether it’s a secluded, luxurious area to relax and enjoy the
wonderful service and views, or a haven of tranquillity to allow our passengers
to be pampered before boarding their flight. We know our customers will have a
unique and memorable experience.”
The Clubhouse is nothing without great service. We have defined
waiter points at the bar and by the Snug area.
The whole environment comes together with our staff to create a Sunday
morning every day of a week.