Porchester Spa consultation

As part of the planned refurbishment of the Porchester Spa, Everyone Active and Westminster City Council consulted on the plans for the site over the course of February 2017.

We had a large number of responses and we are carefully considering the feedback that was offered. Discussions are taking place with spa users and other stakeholders to ensure the revised plans meet their needs.

A revised planning application will be submitted later this year. It's anticipated works will commence in the Autumn.

 

1. Proposed changes at Porchester Spa

Entrance

In order to accommodate the change in treatment room layout we are proposing to change the access to use the Porchester Hall entrance in order to gain access to a new reception and to allow use of the treatment areas regardless of the session running in the spa. This change will also improve the accessibility for those with mobility issues (who will be able to access the spa via the library lift).

New changing rooms

It is proposed to create 2 new changing rooms by utilising the existing wet treatment room along with the existing shower vanity area. New showers, hairdryers and lockers will be provided and the existing lockers will be relocated from relaxation area to the new changing rooms.

Spa facility changes

It is proposed to relocate the sauna for greater inclusivity and to improve the access to all facilities.

Treatments

Four new treatment rooms will be created including one wet treatment room. A new nail bar will be introduced off the new reception area.

Relaxation area

It is proposed to remove the lockers from the lounge and relocate them in the new change rooms. New furniture will be installed and the area will be reorganised to provide a more comfortable relaxation area.

Spa cafe proposals

These include an enhancement of the menu to include healthy eating options and the introduction of a new table service within the dining area.

Heating and ventilation

It is proposed to replace the dated mechanical and electrical equipment serving the sauna, steam and hot rooms to ensure more reliable and consistent temperatures throughout the spa and increased environmental efficiency.

Clothing

It’s proposed to introduce a ‘cover up’ policy in the relaxation area to allow for the new dining service. Towels, robes and slippers will be offered for all spa users and it’s proposed to introduce a swim wear policy within the thermal area to encourage more participation of these health.

Accessibility

These alterations will introduce access to the basement level via the lift. This will enable wheelchair access to the basement which is not currently possible.

2. Proposed timetable amendments

It is proposed to introduce additional mixed sessions to encourage more use of the facilities. The proposed changes to the timetable are as follows:

Monday: male session running 10am to 6pm, introduction of the mixed session 6pm to 10pm.

Tuesday: female sessions running 10am to 6pm, introduction of the mixed session 6pm to 10pm.

Saturday: closing at 8pm instead of 10pm.

Sunday: mixed all day 10am to 8pm instead of female only 10am to 4pm then mixed 4pm to 10pm.

All other sessions remain the same as per the current schedule.

It is also proposed to close the Spa at 8pm during weekends, in line with closure times for the rest of the centre. 

Day Current session No of hours Proposed session No of hours
Monday Male only: 10am to 10pm (last entry 8pm) 12 Male only: 10am to 6pm (last entry 4pm) 8
Tuesday Female only: 10am to 10pm (last entry 8pm) 12 Female only: 10am to 6pm (last entry 4pm) 8
Wednesday Male only: 10am to 10pm (last entry 8pm) 12 Male only: 10am to 10pm (last entry 8pm) 12
Thursday Female only: 10am to 10pm (last entry 8pm) 12 Female only: 10am to 10pm (last entry 8pm) 12
Friday Female only: 10am to 10pm (last entry 8pm) 12 Female only: 10am to 10pm (last entry 8pm) 12
Saturday Male only: 10am to 10pm (last entry 8pm) 12 Male only: 10am to 8pm (last entry 6pm) 10
Sunday Female only: 10am to 4pm (last entry 2pm) 6 Mixed session: 10am to 8pm (last entry 6pm) 10
  Mixed session: 4pm to 10pm (last entry 8pm) 6

Last updated: 21 March 2017
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