The facility, which follows a Heathrow Clubhouse co-designed with Softroom which opened in 2006, features a Cowshed spa and rock garden, a restaurant and lounge boasting Pearson Lloyd’s Turtle chairs, and a family lounge with Guitar Hero and Wii zones. The 795m2 lounge has seating for 130 passengers.
Joe Ferry, head of design at Virgin Atlantic, says this is the first time the airline has worked with FD Architecture. ‘We like to use a number of external consultancies in order to reinvigorate our in-house designers,’ he adds.
Ferry says that the Gatwick Clubhouse has a ‘breakfast-y, family feel’, in order to cater for the airport’s passengers, who predominantly travel in the morning, and for leisure.
Jeremy Brown, senior design manager at Virgin Atlantic, says, ‘A challenging brief has been answered by providing the relaxation of a Sunday morning, whether it’s a secluded, luxurious area to relax in and enjoy the wonderful service and views, or a haven of tranquility to allow our passengers to be pampered before boarding their flight.’