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OpenAire designs retractable roof for River Point restaurant
26 Apr 2017 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
OpenAire installed a custom retractable roof at River Point's roof-top restaurant
River Point, which opened earlier this year, is a new riverfront landmark in Chicago.

The 52- storey building was designed by architecture firm Pickard Chilton and has a convex structure that is designed to provide spectacular panoramic views of the city from every floor.

River Point is located at the exact point where the North and South branches of the Chicago River meet, and features a 1.5 acre plaza and riverwalk, a fitness centre and a roof top restaurant.

The restaurant features a bespoke retractable roof, designed by retractable roof and skylight specialist OpenAire.

The roof is a single-slope skylight that measures 21 m (69 ft) by 7 m (21 ft). It is divided into three panels and has three motorised bays along the length of the structure. The bottom two panels of each bay retract upwards and telescope beneath the top fixed panel so that two thirds of the restaurant opens up to the Chicago skyline.

The roof is designed to offer both an indoor and outdoor dining experience. On warmer days the roof panels and front wall will open so that guests can enjoy an outdoor dining experience in the sunshine. The roof can close at just the touch of a button so is able to provide warmth and shelter during adverse weather conditions without obstructing the view.
HIT HUB – the functional frame to unleash the athlete in everyone
22 Mar 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Escape Fitness has launched an innovative, space efficient frame-based solution for functional training in boutiques, studios and gyms looking to offer challenge, community, novelty and results to their experience-seeking member bases.
Gantner’s smart card technology – Helping build the foundation of networked fitness
22 Mar 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Technology in today’s health clubs is being increasingly geared towards creating an ultra- convenient, intelligent workout experience.
London's new pollution-eating living wall has air purifying power of 275 trees
21 Mar 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Commercial real estate company The Crown Estate has partnered with Westminster City Council and Evergen Systems to install a CityTree in London’s West End.
Versaclimber launches contra-lateral climbing edition
21 Mar 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Vertical cardio climbing machine Versaclimber has undergone a makeover, moving from its original up-down climbing pattern of movement to a contra-lateral or crawling pattern.
Picsolve to capture guest reactions on the Wicker Man
20 Mar 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Digital content solutions specialist Picsolve has installed it’s advanced on-ride image capture solution on Alton Towers’ incendiary new wooden coaster, Wicker Man.
Physical Company launches combat fitness range
20 Mar 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Physical Company has launched a comprehensive range of combat fitness equipment.
Technogym named as lead supplier for Nuffield Health
19 Mar 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
Nuffield Health has announced a new partnership with fitness equipment supplier Technogym, that will see the company become the key equipment provider for Nuffield Health.
FitQuest to launch next generation body analysis machine
19 Mar 2018 . BY Lauren Heath-Jones
UK-based performance specialists FitQuest has launched a second-generation version of it’s body composition machine.

The Life Fitness family now encompasses Hammer Strength, Cybex, SCIFIT, InMovement and Brunswick Billiards, to offer an industry-leading portfolio of solutions to get the world moving and help people lead active and healthy lives.

Through our Life Fitness Solutions Partners, we can deliver design and build services, finance solutions, management solutions, and marketing support.
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Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park reveals details of new spa
The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has revealed details of its newly-renovated spa.
Revealed: Winning design for €125m Pompidou satellite and design museum in Brussels
London architects Sergison Bates have won the international competition to convert the Citroën Yser Garage in Brussels – once Europe’s largest car factory – into a new branch of the Pompidou Centre art museum.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel museum opens in Bristol
A new museum exploring the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel has opened its doors to the general public in Bristol.

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