Next Generation Kings Park recovers quickly from day spa fire

Richard Hardy on the pool deck. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d428679
Richard Hardy on the pool deck. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d428679

RICHARD Hardy became general manager at Next Generation Kings Park just as the final touches were being put on the club's biggest revamp since it opened in 2007.

However, after just a few weeks as the boss, a fire in the day spa threatened to put a serious dampener on the $1.5 million upgrade.

The fire started in a dryer on Thursday, October 23 but the health club was open again two days later with no more than a little water damage to the new changerooms that got a $650,000 upgrade.

There are also new couches in a common area that now has Wifi and new umbrellas and deck chairs beside the pool on the top level.

‘It’s back to being how it should be; an exclusive-looking facility with a country-club feel in the city,’ Mr Hardy said.

‘People are coming for a work out or can go into the lounge for a business meeting or have a corporate event.

‘If we can connect with the members then we’ve done our job.’

Mr Hardy moved to Perth from the UK in 2008 with his family and landed a sales manager job with the company soon after.

In 2013, he became the club manager at Next Generation Perth South and was this year promoted to general manager at Kings Park.