A new £5m refurbishment and extension to the Blyth Sports Centre in Sunderland has been completed by Brims Construction. Designed as a ‘wellness hub’, the facility includes a new state-of-the-art gym and spa together with a modernised pool and changing areas.
For the scheme by JDDK Architects, Helmsman Lockers and Cubicles designed, supplied and installed a range of lockers and seating in both the spa and dry areas of the centre. To keep the look uniform across the project, high-pressure laminate was used for both seating and lockers. The spa area features ‘wet spec’ bespoke bench seating topped with an Abet laminate in a teak finish and complemented with matching 2-compartment leisure lockers. The woodgrain effect exudes an air of luxury throughout the space and the clever use of extending it to the bench seating and adding a floor in complementary tones creates a stunning overall effect. White wrist straps with locker number and keys complete the scheme and add a subtle contrast.
In the ‘dry’ area, slatted bench seating was created along with matching 2-compartment leisure lockers and hook bars using Abet’s ‘Spring White’ laminate. The seating was fabricated into slats with a smoke-coloured frame and creates a space of clean-cut lines and symmetry. Abet’s compact grade features a solid core construction in 6mm, 10mm or 12mm thickness which makes it a perfect choice for areas prone to high moisture and humidity as there is no risk of peeling, cracking or delamination. They are fully self-supporting, are easy to work with for cutting and fabrication and have resistance to wear, impact and scratching.
Helmsman is the leading manufacturer of a complete range of lockers and cubicles in the UK and a specialist in providing solutions across different sectors from leisure, healthcare and education through to commercial, retail, construction and industrial. With a dedicated and experienced in-house design team supported by its on-site factory, the company produces high-quality bespoke lockers and cubicles manufactured for each project.