Spa London Wimbledon

A day spa has launched at Wimbledon Leisure Centre, the latest offering from the Spa London brand from GLL, the charitable social enterprise that runs sport, leisure and cultural facilities in partnership with the London Borough of Merton. The new spa is part of a £1m investment at the south London leisure centre which originally opened in 1901.

Designed to offer affordable luxury, the centrepiece of the spa is the thermal suite and developed by sauna and steam experts DaleSauna, who previously worked at Spa London’s day spa in the Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom.

Working with architects Architecture & Design Services, contractors KJ Evans and GLL, DaleSauna created a range of thermal experiences in the 90sq m space including a tiled aroma steam room with LED lighting, a pine sauna with automatic essence dosing and LED lighting as well as a 3m diameter hydrotherapy pool, which was delivered in two halves and completed on site due to restricted access.

DaleSauna’s in-house design team developed the finishes for the spa. Between experiences, guests can relax on heated Hamman benches finished in a mix of large format and mosaic tiles. Other facilities include DaleSauna’s latest design of ice fountain with a recessed ice bowl, two luxury ceramic foot spas sourced from Germany with automatic fill and drain facilities, and a dedicated Hammam treatment room featuring a Hamman bed with a heated Corian top, mosaic tile base and Hansgrohe shower fittings. A bucket shower and a Hansgrohe Raindance feature shower complete the thermal offering.

Located on the first floor on the site of the centre’s former bath house, the thermal suite retains many of the building’s original features including steel columns and beams as well as sky light windows to create an unusually light and airy space.

“When we first visited the site, the centre still had its old cast iron slipper baths. Working within the confines of this historic building provided some challenges, but it’s been well worth the effort. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a thermal spa area with so much natural light. The effect is quite stunning,” says Dean Edwards, sales manager at DaleSauna.

Elsewhere, the spa offers a relaxation lounge, four treatment rooms offering more than 50 treatments and a small retail area.
”We are delighted with the work completed by DaleSauna, the design and finish of our latest Spa London is high class. The work has been part of a major refurbishment by GLL and the London Borough of Merton and has significantly improved and extended the facilities at Wimbledon Leisure Centre,” said Andy McCabe, director at GLL.

The new spa in Wimbledon joins other Spa London’s sites in York Hall Leisure Centre in Bethnal Green, Rainbow Leisure Centre in Surrey, Ironmonger Row Baths in Old Street, Marshall Street Leisure Centre in Oxford Circus and Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre in north London.