Leisure design and build specialist Createability has completed the second phase of the refurbishment and redesign to Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre, the oldest of three leisure centres owned by Wychavon District Council.
Createability initially won the design and refurbishment project after scoring 98.83% on Wychavon District Council’s tender scoring matrix, making it a sure fire win for the company.
The second phase of the £1.1 million project, funded by Wychavon Leisure (Rivers), a not-for-profit company that manages the facility, and Wychavon District Council sees the leisure centre’s male changing rooms and a storage garage converted into a steam and sauna area, and the health suite relocating next to the wet-side changing rooms. Working closely with DaleSauna, Createability created a new health spa suite, which features an aroma steam room, salt inhalation room, sauna ice feature, rain showers and heated benches.
Peter Head, Property Project Manager at Wychavon District Council commented:
Createability have a good knowledge of the leisure industry and understood our needs for high quality and minimum disruption during the works. They were adaptive to issues and provided workable solutions if there was something to overcome. I would be more than happy to work with them again.
Phase 1 of the refurbishment work took Createability around 12 weeks and is already complete. The focus was on updating the café, refreshing the reception area, extending and refurbishing an existing function room, which has been reopened as a new 65 sq m studio space on the ground floor, as well as a £400,000 transformation of the Rivers fitness facilities. The 215 sq m gym on the first floor benefits from redecoration and installation of new ceilings, lighting, flooring and ventilation, along with bespoke murals on the walls. On the ground floor an existing sauna was removed and a new functional training room created with a dedicated stairway leading to the back area of the upper gym. The ground floor 50 sq m free weight area gained new flooring and spot feature wall areas of metal chequer board to replace the old mirrors. The 170 sq m cardiovascular area, located near the freeweight zone, utilised existing Technogym equipment but with a new layout for an enhanced customer friendly flow. A strong contemporary interior design approach was used throughout, with PVC wall panels in a range of bright and invigorating colours used to reflect the Rivers brand and enhanced with bespoke in-house designed murals.
Mark O’Shea, Head of Operations at Wychavon Leisure said:
“Wychavon Leisure is excited with the refurbished facilities at Rivers Droitwich recently completed with its building partners Createability. The new look facilities have been well received by our customers old and new.”
Additional work will be carried out at a later date to improve the outdoor areas and car parking facilities.