Calcot Spa set for £3m expansion
Leading country house spa Calcot Manor will embark on a £3m-plus expansion this year. The 8,400sq ft expansion will boost the capacity of the spa from 500 members to 750, which includes increasing its treatment rooms from seven to 12, redeveloping the grain store into a family-friendly swimming pool, creating a bigger laundry area, four heat cabins and a crèche. The development received planning permission in 2009 but was put on hold later that year when Calcot bought Barnsley House Hotel out of administration. Spa director Cathy Ball told Professional Beauty that the new development would help future-proof the spa by increasing its heat experience offer, as well as building a second swimming pool for children. She said: 'We feel we are a bit behind on our heat treatments so we are building four heat cabins, one outside and three inside.' She added: 'We also want to be more family-friendly because having children in the spa can be a controversial area as it compromises what you can do on a day spa level. By having a separate swimming area for families we are hoping to combat this issue.' Ball added that while it's Calcot's firm intention to improve the facilities of the spa, they would put the development on hold again if another location for a local spa became available, allowing them to expand to three sites. Read more about Calcot in our Most Inspiring Spas feature in the January issue of Professional Beauty.