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Clients: Cambridge City Council, GLL, Reebok, Active Nation, SLM, Nuffield Health, Virgin Active, David Lloyd

Alongside our leisure experience we specialise in the delivery of pools and spas. We are experienced in concrete, lined, and stainless steel pools and also work with clients to refurbish existing structures. We provide cost-effective solutions, partly as a result of our understanding of the servicing and filtration aspects of these spaces, allowing us to approach projects differently from our competitors. Within the spa sector, we carry out design and delivery, often undertaking projects in complex logistical environments. We provide clients with services from pre-contract project management to design development, cost management and delivery. We also understand the importance of a reactive aftercare service.

Case studies

Abbey Meadows

Project: Abbey Meadows Pool
Value: £1.2 million
Duration: 29 weeks

VincentStokes are extremely experienced in the refurbishment of external pools and can manage a team of specialists to provide a cost-effective solution. The works at Abbey Meadows included a full refurb of the existing building which was complimented by new M&E services and a new roof.

A new heated external pool was created within the old footprint of 2 previous pools, which now includes beach entry access for ease of access for DDA and new landscaping surround. Logistically the site is located between a stream and the river Thames with restricted use of a low weight restriction bridge, which was shared with the public.

Due to our vast experience of operational refurbishments we were able to provide logistics that allowed the construction to take place whilst allowing the safety of the public, which is paramount to our operation.

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The Spring

Project: The Spring, Battersea
Value: £2.8 million
Duration: 33 weeks

This residential gym was delivered in 33 weeks within the logistically challenging £8 billion Battersea Power Station regeneration/ redevelopment scheme. This boutique facility includes a fabulous level deck pool, spa, sauna, steam room, experience shower, ‘chill out’ lounge area and high end changing facilities, state-of-the-art gym, studio and personal PT area, atmospheric treatment rooms and meeting/juice bar areas.

Victoria Fairhall, Head of Commercial Development at Battersea Power Station commented:- Vincent Stokes enabled us to work within a budget and create a beyond expectations gym and spa for our Circus West residents – the first residents to move into the Battersea Power Station regeneration project. The team worked creatively, with our architects Shepherd Robson, to design a beautiful space whilst meeting operational needs. Vincent Stokes gym/spa delivery experience was invaluable to the process.

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Porchester Spa

Project: Porchester Spa, Listed building
Value: £700k
Duration: 20 weeks

Porchester Spa is a listed spa in the heart of London. Built in 1923 its Art Deco splendour dates back to the days of public bath houses, traditional steam rooms and icy plunge pools. The project objectives were to restore the original splendour in a sensitive and authentic way, whilst resolving the real problems warm and wet conditions present to period features and materials. Added to this was the significant issue of reducing environmental impact of energy hungry facilities within a building whose fabric was built in a different time when sustainability and energy reduction were not a cause for concern and insulation didn’t exist.

Phase 1 of the restoration was completed in time for Porchester Spa’s 90th birthday celebrations. This included all key wet areas – the existing marble slabs wet treatment areas; individual hot and cold showers; warm and hot steam rooms and original Turkish hot room.

Phase 2 works then commenced with retiling of the pool surround and an extension of the original ornate ceiling upstairs to create an ambience that is consistent with the ground floor.

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Third Space

Project: Third Space, Islington
Value: £10.5 million
Duration: 32 weeks

The new 50,000sq ft Third Space Islington club opened its doors to members in January 2020. The club will be Third Space’s first family offering with a crèche, children’s play, children’s Natural Fitness Food, as well as two children’s studios. The location of the facility in a sub basement (approx 11m underground) made the logistics of the project extremely challenging. The majority of the building materials were dropped into site via a small 3m x 1.5m hole or via a small goods lift.

Technical issues centred around the waterproofing of the 2 pools as well as maintaining the tanking system installed by the landlord to retain the ground water. The unit was part of a larger complex and therefore the ability to interface with the Landlords other specialist contractors was paramount. Coordination through deliveries and access was continually discussed and adapted. The finished product has been well received by the client, as well as by the 3000 members who signed up in anticipation of the stunning new facility.

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Project: SLM, Oadby
Value: £4 million
Duration: 44 weeks

The SLM Oadby scheme was a 1000m2 single storey extension, which housed a new 25m concrete, tiled finished leisure pool. The extension was a steel/clad frame building that directly interfaced into the existing building. The extension works also included new wet change facilities, a pool viewing area and associated services and facilities to the new wet side addition to the centre. Alongside these works an extensive refurbishment/reconfiguration phased scope of works was undertaken to the rest of the facility including; enlarged gym, 3 studios, dry changing rooms, kitchen and lounge facilities, reception and the café.

The supporting facilities toilets, staff rooms and circulation areas were also refurbished. Due to the extensive nature of the works and the increased facilities there was an upgrade to the existing buildings services. This had to be planned extremely carefully as the facility remained live at all times.

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Project: SLM, Enderby
Value: £4 million
Duration: 40 weeks

This project was heavily phased due to the facility remaining operational throughout. Constant communication with the operational team and the development of information boards enabled the scheme to be delivered with minimal impact. The centre has been transformed and has a new, open, bright spacious reception, a large state of the art first floor gym and a luxurious spa, with steam room, sauna, pool and relaxation areas.

The main pool hall has also undergone a refurbishment, making the whole area fresher and brighter, with the new village changing area, providing first-class changing facilities for bathers. The external look of the centre has been completely revamped and is now clean-lined, with a crisp, modern look.

Pool & Spa
Abbey Meadows pool
The Spring, Battersea
Porchester Spa, Listed building
Third Space, Islington
SLM, Oadby
SLM, Enderby