Leisure and hospitality
South East England
Pennyhill Park is an exclusive five-star hotel and spa set in the Surrey countryside, which includes an extensive range of bathing experiences. The hotel decided to add a dry sauna room to complement their existing thermal rooms, as one of the first steps of a spa rejuvenation project.
The brief was to design and construct a sauna with a strong visual impact, both internally and externally, with minimum guest disturbance. The work had to take place within in a working spa in a timeframe of just two weeks.
The client requested that Dröm would be on site during a specific two-week period so that the project could be finished ahead of the England rugby team taking up residence for their World Cup 2015 training.
To begin with, CAD drawings were produced to show the client the initial design concept and once these were agreed, a build programme was arranged.
Beautiful cedar wood tongue-and-grooved panels, chosen to give a more natural feel to the room, were used on the walls and ceiling with a two-tier bench created from complementary Thermo aspen timber.
Frameless glass was used for the walls and door so that guests can look out across a view of the outdoor swimming pool. The frameless glass door and frontage was decorated with etched flowers (in keeping with the spa’s existing theme) which gives greater visual impact both internally and externally.
The majority of work was undertaken behind the existing walls before they were removed and the sauna benches were built off-site to cut down on noise, disruption and dirt. Noisy work was undertaken early in the day before guests arrived or overnight, such as the removal of the walls and floor tiles.
The glass had to be ordered before the sauna was built due to a long lead-in time and limited time on site. This meant that the sauna had to manufactured to precise tolerances to ensure the glass fitted perfectly when it arrived.
Dröm's installers overcame the challenge of constructing the sauna with minimum guest disturbance within a working spa.
Several different trades were co-ordinated within the given timescale, including tilers, glass installers, plumbers and electricians. Changes to materials procurement schedules in particular were overcome to ensure that all elements of the spa could be brought together in the allotted two-week period.
The finished room looks beautiful and spa guests have been tweeting their delight with the new dry sauna experience.