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for this project, thanks to their ability to integrate contemporary buildings within a natural setting. Planning consent was applied for


in 2001, giving The Manser Practice suffi cient time to submit plans that took into consideration the listed gardens and conservation area. The challenge was to obtain permission to build a contemporary spa on the land and the result is a series of low visual impact buildings connected together using ‘links’ – external courtyard spaces. The only surviving original building


is an old cottage, which has now been connected to two accommodation blocks and the spa. “The project was effectively a new


build,” says Guy Barlow, director at The Manser Practice. “This resulted in us designing a series of modern, simple and restrained buildings which integrate seamlessly into the natural settings and grounds. Importantly, we also feel that we have successfully created buildings that are designed around the user and their experience.” Jane Johnson, director of interior


design at The Manser Practice, was given carte blanche when it came to suggesting ideas. “One of the ideas I’m most proud of is the atrium within the spa,” she says. “It’s a pivotal, curled, shell-shaped space in the middle of quite a large building, through which


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guests need to pass in order to visit the treatment rooms, pool and bathhouse, all of which are dark and moody spaces. “We needed to make the area


interesting and give it character, but also create an air of mystery and excitement. The result is an all-white space featuring sheer curtains and subtle lighting which highlights various shapes in the room.” Johnson also suggested a unique


double-sided fi replace that creates atmosphere and warmth in the bar, but also features in the outdoor terrace, creating a magical area that can be enjoyed all year round.


future plans Hawkins’ aim now is for Lifehouse to become the UK’s leading residential spa, and a centre of excellence for fitness and weight loss – Cohen has already moved from London to Frinton so he can be based permanently at Lifehouse. But ultimately it’s all about changing


people’s lives. “We want our guests to take what they have learnt and experienced with us back home with them,” concludes Hawkins. “At the heart of what we do is our core proposition: to improve our guests’ habits and enhance their general wellbeing for the long term.”


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