A well executed wellness hub with Helmsman

  • 23 Mar 2021

A new £5m refurbishment and extension to the Blyth Sports Centre in Sunderland has been completed by Brims Construction – 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.

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. 

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 two-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 two-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 simple to work with for cutting and fabrication and have resistance to wear, impact and scratching.

About Helmsman

Helmsman is the leading manufacturer of a complete range of lockers and cubicles in the UK and a specialist is 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. 

To maximise optimal performance and the longest life cycle, the company also offers a complete range of after-sales care and service.

This ranges from a regular maintenance contract to ad hoc repairs. Helmsman also stock a comprehensive range of replacement parts available for immediate delivery which are compatible for all lockers regardless of their original make.

More information and samples on the ranges of lockers, cubicles, vanity units and seating is available from Helmsman on 01284 727626 or via its website.


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