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PROJECT PROFILE PROMOTION SUPPLIER SHOWCASE WE PROFILE RECENT PROJECTS FROM DALESAUNA AND TECHNOGYM


AFFORDABLE LUXURY Client: St Albans City and District Council Supplier: Dalesauna


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he new Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre in St Albans, Hertfordshire, is designed not only to improve leisure facilities for local residents, but also to attract visitors from outside the area to help


contribute to the economic regeneration and sustainability of the city’s tourism market. Due to open this autumn, the centre will replace the


existing adjacent leisure facility. In addition to a wide range of health and fitness facilities, the development will offer a full-scale spa. Dalesauna has been involved with the project since


2010, working closely with both the architects and the main contractor to create a spa which features the scale of facilities and quality of finishes more traditionally found in the private sector. Located on the ground floor of the building, the design


of the split-level spa centres on the Roman concepts of bathing, where guests move through a series of heated rooms of varying temperatures. These include the caldarium, a tiled room with benches heated to a mild temperature that’s cooler than a traditional sauna, and which leads into the hotter laconium. The design also features a large kelo sauna with a capacity


for up to 20 people, constructed from the prized kelo wood from which traditional Finnish saunas are made. There’s also a larger than average aroma steam room, which can seat 15 guests and in which scented oils such as eucalyptus or lavender are infused into the steam. The new spa will offer a tepidarium – a heated seating area


where guests can relax in between other experiences, and which includes two monsoon showers as well as a bucket


The tepidarium has a heated seating area for relaxation


shower, a walk-in hydro spa pool and a relaxation area with heated loungers that opens onto an external sun terrace. Fully accessible for people with disabilities, the spa also features treatment rooms and nail and pedicure bars. “The spa at Westminster Lodge has been such an exciting


project for us. It couldn’t be more different from the sauna, steam and spa bath facilities you would usually find at the edge of a pool in a local authority leisure centre, and it will be a stunning facility in its own right,” says Dean Edwards, southern sales manager at Dalesauna. “From its size at 200sq m, to its design and layout and the


high specification of its products and finishes, the client has created a comprehensive spa offering that will operate at competitive prices,” he adds. Other facilities at the Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre


will include a 180-station gym, a youth gym, two exercise studios, a group cycling studio, a sports hall with four courts and a 12m high climbing wall. There will also be three swimming pools: a 25m x 21m 10-lane main pool, a 17m x 10m teaching pool, and a confidence water area for young children with shallow water and water slides, showers and interactive wet play equipment.


For further information: www.dalesauna.co.uk


The centre replaces an existing adjacent facility, and will include a 200sq m spa


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