Believed to be the first facility of its kind in the UK, a major extension offering increased social space to guests, including the development of a large glamorous new bar, is just being completed for award-winning destination spa, Titanic Spa in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
The new bar has a vertical garden, cosy snugs and an outdoor spa garden with sunken hot tub.
The spacious bar area is likely to be a major attraction for spa guests and upcycles an old part of the Titanic Mill building which was previously unused.
It has been created in response to guest demand for increased relaxation space to enjoy pre-dinner drinks and pre and post treatment morning coffee, afternoon teas and soft drinks.
It will offer a combination of social spaces ranging from secluded areas for quiet time alone to lounges for catching up with friends. Central to the bar is an impressive vertical garden green wall reflecting Titanic Spa’s ethos for using natural resources, protecting the environment and incorporating sustainable design into its build.
Outdoors, the existing spa garden has been landscaped to include a three metre sunken hot tub and lounge area with heaters. The new outdoor space has been created to extend the current offering of socialising outside whatever the weather.
Warrick Burton, Managing Director of Titanic Spa, has project managed the entire development using local building contractor Style Matters, who previously worked on the original Titanic Spa development and Dale Sauna for the outdoor hot tub.
The new conversion creates a natural flow within the Titanic Mill building and successfully achieves Titanic Spa’s mission for sustainability, restoring original windows and recycling doors. The new space sits alongside the current ground floor facilities and the expansion has been DDA approved, in keeping with the rest of the spa.
Warrick Burton, says of the development: “The extension has been developed in response to customer demand and to further enhance the client spa experience, enabling all guests to have greater relaxation benefits and fun. Our inspiration was in keeping with the heritage of the mill, yet we have retained the softness and luxury of the spa experience.”
The new facilities will ensure Titanic spa maintains its position as a leading spa destination in the north, whilst boosting local employment with the creation of six new staff positions and increased hours for existing staff.
The UK’s first eco spa, Titanic Spa is located on the edge of the Pennines and is set within a beautiful traditional textile mill built in 1911, the same year as the passenger liner, RMS Titanic.
The spa combines a stylish modern design and the latest spa facilities with original mill features and accessories styled on its famous namesake.
Spa facilities include an extensive heat experience area which is based on the ritual of bathing where the body is heated and then cooled by a series of experiences, with the ultimate aim of inducing deep relaxation.
In addition there is an Egyptian Mud Chamber which is inspired by ancient Egyptian bathing. Spa guests are also able to make use of ‘Club Titanic’ (from 11am) which includes a TechnoGym™ gymnasium, 15m salt regulated swimming pool, hydrozone, steam and sauna rooms.
When Titanic Mill was redeveloped in 2005 it set new standards in eco builds. Renewable energy is generated through the mill’s solar photovoltaic roof panels which convert light directly into electricity, whilst low U value windows virtually eliminate draughts and thermal mass, so the building doesn’t overheat in summer and retains conformable temperatures during the winter months. Energy efficient lighting and appliances are installed through the building.
The Titanic Spa Eco Focus Group is continually monitoring and reducing the spa’s impact on the environment. The group is also responsible for researching and implementing new measures such as the combined heat plant which provides the majority of the building’s heat and hot water.
The aim is to become a fully carbon neutral and sustainable business, working in partnership with suppliers and spa guests.
The spa also has its own natural water source. Found 100m below the spa, this was the original water source when the building was working as an Edwardian textile mill. Today it provides fresh drinking water and bathing water for the plunge pool, salt regulated swimming pool, showers and ice experience.