Abbey Leisure Centre

A luxury thermal spa created by DaleSauna has opened at the new £14m Abbey Leisure Centre in east London.

Designed by AFLS+P Architects for the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham, the new leisure centre in Barking town centre replaces the existing Abbey Sports Centre.

DaleSauna partnered again with AFLS+P and contractors Willmott Dixon to design a range of heat experiences for the 100sq m thermal spa area. These include a large sauna with luxury benches, LED lighting and two hidden heaters; an aromatherapy steam room; crystal steam room and salt inhalation room.

Other facilities in the spa, called The Abbey, include a tiled deck level hydrotherapy pool with massage jets, an ice feature, a tiled heated bench and two feature showers.

The project is the latest in a string of luxury spa facilities developed by DaleSauna for the public sector, which include the likes of the Verulamium Spa at Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre in St Albans and the One Spa at Wimbledon Leisure Centre.

“We are delighted to have worked on this project with AFLS&P. Both companies are highly experienced in this sector and having such an enlightened client as Barking & Dagenham Council has allowed us to create a thermal suite which boasts the same quality of design, facilities and finishes that you would expect to find in five star hotel or destination spa. The council has been very innovative in their choice of facilities ensuring that the new spa will act as a great additional revenue stream, and also attract people who may not have considered using a local authority centre previously. It is a great facility for local residents,” says Dean Edwards, sales manager at DaleSauna.

The centre also includes a 25m x 12.5m main pool, a separate teaching pool, a 140 station gym, three large studios, a soft play facility and a café.