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New £11.9m Wyre Forest Leisure Centre Opens The Official Opening Ceremony of the new £11.9m Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, took place on 27 October at the site on Silverwoods Way in Kidderminster. Many honoured guests were in attendance to celebrate the official opening of the site including, Chairman of Wyre Forest District Council, Councillor Rose Bishop, representatives from Sport England, 2 x Olympic Gold and Bronze Medallist Swimmer, Rebecca Adlington OBE, Places for People Leisure, and its team of Pellikaan Construction and Roberts Limbrick Architects. The consortium who designed and built the new leisure centre was led by Places for People Leisure, and since opening the centre has seen around 10,000 people using its

facilities every week. Opened to the public on 6 July, the centre includes a six lane 25m swimming pool, learner pool with moveable floor, a health suite with sauna and steam room, 100 station fitness suite and numerous other facilities. Speaking at the Official Opening, Rebecca Adlington commented: “It is an absolute pleasure to be here. The facilities are just amazing and the swimming pool and learner pool are brilliant. I’ve been to many leisure centres across the country and Wyre Forest is without doubt one of the best.” The talk of the day focused on the continual need to improve participation and encourage engagement in physical activity within the local community.

Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council commented: “We are delighted to open the new Wyre Forest Leisure Centre officially and have been overwhelmed with the positive response we’ve had so far.” Places for People Leisure CEO, Sandra Dodd explained: “In partnership with Wyre Forest District Council we work hard to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and this new leisure centre is a step in the right direction.” Places for People Leisure will be operating and managing the centre on behalf of the Council for the next 25 years. They won the contract to design and build it with their construction partners Pellikaan Construction and architects Roberts Limbrick.

Modular Spa Concept Ideal For Boutique Hotels And More After five years in the planning stages, one of the UK’s leading spa consultancies, Spa Creators, launch their first modular SPAShell solution for the spa, wellness and luxury hotel sector. SPAshell offers boutique hotels two modular pod size options; one which offers four treatment rooms and one which facilitates

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eight treatment rooms. Both come with thermal suites to boost guests’ relaxation experience with stylish and sophisticated Italian designed sauna and steam rooms. Each SPAshell also includes a commercially-graded outdoor vitality pool, made from beautiful cedar wood materials with bucket shower and

monsoon drench showers, ideal for cooling off. The spa pods are especially well suited to sites where space and the cost of a full build may be a barrier and the solution enables hotel owners and hotel operators with no prior spa experience or knowledge, to deliver a luxury spa experience for their hotel guests. SPAshell is pre-designed to suit existing sites/locations and delivered fully fitted and the design concept will also appeal to country house and landowners who are looking to diversify and increase their revenue and broaden their market appeal. Each SPAshell is approved to the highest building standards required for any UK spa enterprise and integrates the best possible operational spa business practices offering an exceptional spa experience for guests.

Laura Penman, owner of Fishmore Hall – a 15 bedroom boutique hotel based in Ludlow, Shropshire – is the first operator in the UK to have a SPAshell installed and believes it could revolutionise the luxury hotel spa industry. She said: “Fishmore Hall is sited on just over an acre so there isn’t a huge amount of land and so this solution is absolutely ideal for us, as the interior is so well designed and makes the best use of space, inside and outside.” Spa Creators 0118 947 1857 28/11/2016 09:25

SPN (Swimming Pool News) December 2016