Client: Pave Aways Customer: Carden Park Spa Service: HVAC Mechanical Services Project value: £900k Project completion: January 2020
Working with an experienced team, Kimpton were responsible for delivering the mechanical services throughout the £10m build of the New Carden Park Spa, in the 1,000 acre of grounds at Carden Park Country Estate in Cheshire.
The build stretches over 4,500sq.m and includes two large vitality pools, a beauty lounge and relaxation spaces. In addition, there is an ice fountain, snow shower, experience showers, foot baths and heated loungers. There are treatment 14 rooms, a restaurant and bar, changing facilities and the outdoor spa garden.
The Main Contractors for the project were Pave Aways, with Barr & Wray managing the Interior Design. The spa itself was created by spa consultant Nicki Kurran, alongside HB Architects.
With the build now complete and the Spa in full operation. We’re now also managing the ongoing PPM for the HVAC throughout the site too.
Scope of works
The project involved the completion of full mechanical services and HVAC throughout the Spa development. There were a number of individual technologies throughout the build. For the common spaces and treatment areas, Air conditioning and heating was provided by a combination of 20 Mitsubishi PEFY cassette units supported by radiators. We also installed refrigerant pipework throughout, which lead to the external condenser units.
Three Potterton Sirius 50kW boilers provided general heating for common areas, fed through slimline grilles and heated water for showers as well as feeding individual plate heat exchangers.
The swimming pool area temperature and humidity was managed by a stand-alone Air Handling Unit, with the water heated by a separate plate heat exchanger.
There were four external hot tubs and an external pool. Each of these was heated by its own plate heat exchanger. Finally, we provided water services for the experience areas that delivered an ice fountain, snow showers and heated foot baths.
The contract was lead by Chris Tolley from Kimpton. Chris has worked on many projects where high-end finishing is required. What is interesting about this particular project is that as our work progressed, much of the work was literally being hidden. He summed it up succinctly.
“It’s another great example of the Kimpton team playing to our strengths. Carden Park Spa is all about super quality, high-end work and that’s where we are at our best. What is slightly frustrating is that literally none of our work is on show as it’s all hidden from public view. But an exceptional HVAC solution is almost always invisible. You can only judge our work on the way it actually works – but we’re fine with that.
I’m delighted with the way the team worked to get this project completed. From our perspective, it’s another superb quality job under our belt and now we’re onto the next one – which is something quite different!”
What is unusual about this particular spa destination is that it stretches outside as well as in. There’s a spa garden, complete with heated pods, hot tubs as well as indoor treatment rooms, pool and relaxation areas on the ‘wet’ side and a whole series of common and circulation spaces requiring different temperatures and humidity.
Given all of this, our installations all had to be fully hidden from public view. This meant very methodical and tidy working to ensure that as the project reached completion, the HVAC literally disappeared.
Our role to complete the HVAC throughout both inside and outside spaces brought some interesting challenges, with one of the keys being delivering a solution that allowed full operation of the spa and indoor/outdoor pools 365 days per year, in any weather or temperature.