Innovative spa gets the Gilberts treatment

  • 2 Jan 2020

Gilberts is giving the ultimate treatment to an innovative relaxation development in Cheshire, through extending The Spa at Carden’s four-star atmosphere to the smallest detail.

The air movement specialist has even designed and hand-assembled a bespoke ventilation grille in the main reception area, that appears to be floating in the air in a feature marble wall.

The aesthetic challenge of the reception grilles was just one of many challenges Gilberts faced in developing the tools to meet the ventilation strategy designed by Kimpton Ltd.

Performance challenges included finding aesthetic solutions that addressed airflow rates, ranging from as little as 15l/s in the 14 treatment rooms through to 1000l/s in the swimming pool/hydrotherapy suite.


Ian Rogers, Gilberts’ Sales Director, commented: “The marble wall is a focal point of the main reception, designed to make an impact and set the scene for the high quality throughout the Spa.

“Therefore, any ventilation inlets and extracts in the vicinity had to continue that aspirational, dramatic ambience. A linear bar grille was the obvious choice to ventilate the area, so we designed a bespoke version. 

“The blades within the grille appear to be floating in the air within the marble wall. We gave those grilles the Gilberts version of a Spa treatment!”

Chris Tolley, Kimpton’s Senior Projects Manager, commented: “We knew we could rely on Gilberts as a single source to deliver solutions, that met all the demands, to the high level of style required.”

Beyond the main reception, Gilberts’ high capacity two-slot slot diffusers now ventilate the main Spa areas, including the 14 treatment rooms, manicure and pedi room.

Linear bar diffusers address ventilation in the bar, and café and form continuous runs ventilating the swimming/hydrotherapy pool. 

Adjustable swirls air the offices, staff rooms and male & female changing rooms, whilst air valves ensure fresh air, that is moisture and odour free, within the toilets and showers. 


Gilberts of Blackpool,
Gilair Works,
Clifton Road,
FY4 40T

Phone: 01253 766911
Fax: 01253 767941

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