Barr + Wray steams ahead with annual results

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Two contract wins for the supply, installation and commissioning of wet areas in the spas at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and Rocco Forte Hotel, both Abu Dhabi

UAE: Barr + Wray has increased turnover by 17% for the second year in a row. The company has completed work on major projects in the Middle East which has contributed to strong results for 2011.

The news comes in the wake of the firm’s increasing presence overseas, with business driven from the company’s divisions in Dubai and Hong Kong, both of which have expanded significantly in the last year. Overseas markets, particularly those in the Middle East and Far East, now account for about 35% of the group turnover.

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Launched in 1959 as a distributor of pump and filter products, Barr + Wray has established itself as a UK supplier of spas, swimming pools and water treatment services and designed and installed spas in more than 40 countries worldwide. Clients include hotel groups such as Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons and the Jumeirah Group.

Among its latest projects are the spas at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and Rocco Forte Hotel, Abu Dhabi. “Barr +Wray collaborated with Al Farida Investments and Rocco Forte to set up a 2,000m2 spa in its new Abu Dhabi property, the first in the UAE,” said Peter Rietveld, managing director, Barr + Wray.

“For the Talise Spa at Jumeirah, Etihad Towers we were appointed by EDP International, a specialised spa interior design company, and later contracted to the interior fit-out company Decovision in Abu Dhabi.”

The Rocco Forte collection is a mixed use development that includes a 281-room hotel. The company was asked to carry out the delivery, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of facilities such as custom-made hammam steam rooms and scrub rooms, sauna for female and male areas, experience showers and steam showers and Hydro Vichy showers.

The Talise venue has 13 treatment suites, hammam and rasul. Barr + Wray was awarded the delivery, supply and installation of a custom-made sauna and steam room, steam showers, scrub table, mud bath, spa baths and water features.

“The spa concept of the Rocco Forte is described as “fresh, crisp and edgy” and the interior design combines minimalistic and futuristic features with an Arabian twist,” said Rietveld.

“It comprises of seven treatment rooms, a double spa room, spa suite and hydrotherapy room. The hammam has a traditional feel and includes a steam room, experience showers and heated scrub rooms.

“The main challenges with any wet area spa installation are the preparation of the floor, drainage locations and ventilation. The ventilation of an area using humid air and essences must be perfectly engineered so as to preserve the climate while maintaining an appropriate fog within the room.

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