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Client: Ragdale Hall Spa
Project value: £1.1m

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The new rooftop infinity pool was part of a multimillion-pound investment at the award-winning Ragdale Hall Spa in Leicestershire.

The 42m2 pool is Ragdale’s sixth pool and offers guests an open air, heated rooftop pool experience, complete with breath-taking views over the grounds and rolling Leicestershire countryside in the distance.

The pool is complemented by a new relaxation lounge, changing facilities, grand access stair from refurbished exercise pool area, featuring bespoke LED mood lighting – designed in part by the team behind the light show at the Rio Olympics’ opening ceremony – and new plant room.

Before works could begin on the M&E installation, extensive modifications were required to the existing roof-mounted air handling plant and electrical services cabling to make way for the new facilities.

It was pivotal that the existing building remained open to the public throughout the works with as minimal disruption as possible, and this was facilitated by the team through extensive enabling works to the existing heating, ventilation and electrical services to enable the remainder of the building to continue operating as usual.

We were faced with the challenges of having no available as-installed information, meaning the team had to undergo extensive survey works prior to the commencement of the design stage. Additionally, extensive architectural and structural re-design was later required post-contract, due to unforeseen obstructions underground, resulting in unexpected services diversion and re-design.

Despite these potential obstacles, the outcome of the project is a state-of-the-art facility which effortlessly complements the other spa facilities at Ragdale Hall, include the Thermal Spa and indoor and outdoor pools, making them the most extensive in the UK.

The project completed in December 2017.