Displaying the brilliant craftmanship of West Sussex-based Fowler Swimming Pools, the multi-million-pound Spa Garden at Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel & Spa near Brighton was one of last summer’s success stories with the finished project exceeding all expectations.
Set amongst 22 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland within the South Downs National Park, the beautiful Spa Garden is part of an investment by The Hunter Group to establish Wickwoods as the leading lifestyle venue and private members club in the south. Given the brief to create a year-round facility, a sheltered sun deck with a swimming pool, hydro pool, bio sauna and heated loggia, Fowlers took their inspiration from a Nordic Spa.
Delighted with the result, Lee Goossens, MD of The Hunter Group, declared: “As a high-end residential and commercial developer, the collaboration between ourselves, Fowler Swimming Pools and Certikin has produced an exceptional facility, adding value to the underlying asset value and enhancing the client experience. The eye-catching, newly added outdoor swimming pool and hydro pool mean that members of the popular country club can now enjoy the mature woodland setting.”
Winning the contract to build Wickwoods’ indoor pool, it was natural that the task of constructing the outdoor spa should fall to Fowler Swimming Pools. Work commenced in early March but quickly came to a grinding halt due to the government’s Covid 19 lockdown. As restrictions were gradually lifted, work started again with the hard-working Fowlers team taking advantage of the clement weather to complete the project in August.
Instructed to get the facility up and running to make the most of the remaining summer without any further delay, Fowler turned to Certikin to supply its market leading NIVEKO bespoke monopool. A 9m x 3.6m x 1.4m insulated deck level overflow pool in white, featuring corner steps and a small beach area, topped off with an automatic, remote controlled slatted solar cover was duly selected. The cover is hidden in an integral cave for great aesthetic appeal – below ground and out of sight.
A NIVEKO technical consultant was on hand on the day of delivery to oversee the smooth installation of the pool into the pre-prepared hole. This is all part of the Certikin service package – what more can you ask for?
Proudly lying alongside the pool is a bespoke deck level spa. The enticing fully tiled mosaic spa (5m x 3.5m x 0.9m) features stainless steel fittings, a combination of 70 various sized water jets including air to give its users a therapeutic, all over body massage. To add atmosphere, the spa is fitted with mini colour changing LED lights.
Fowler used Certikin for much of the pool and spa’s associated equipment including a Calorex Pro-Pac air source heat pump for pool water heating; glass filtration media, automatic dosing system and UV system to keep the water sparkling clean, with training provided by Fowler Swimming Pools to Wickwoods staff.
Fowler MD, Tom Holman says: “We have a long-standing relationship with Certikin. The product range is second to none and, when considering the Wickwoods project, it was a no brainer. From the NIVEKO pool and the bespoke deck level spa to the filtration and heating equipment, the Certikin service was exemplary.”
The spa garden was completed in time for some late summer sunshine and was warmly received by Wickwoods’ members as a fabulous additional facility.
Lee Goossens added: “Whilst many members were excited, it is fair to say the majority were sceptical about the club investing so heavily in an outdoor spa facility. Now, without exception, members have fallen in love with this sensational facility, particularly so at this current time. ‘Heaven on earth; a different world; my retreat and my favourite facility’ are amongst many flattering comments. Our biggest concern was what would happen when the weather turned, would it still be as popular? With winter around the corner late October brought some dismal wet and windy days. Regardless, I’m delighted to report that just as many members wrapped up in their club gowns and headed for Wickwoods’ Thermal Utopia!”
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