The new £9.5m spa was unveiled in May at a glittering launch party, having been in the pipeline for almost 13 years with the idea first being proposed back in 2004. The construction of the new site started three years’ ago, with architects Enjoy Design going through 400 plans and more than 2,000 revisions to get to the final design. Managing director Peter Banks worked together with Rudding Park’s owners Simon and Judi Mackaness, plus a design committee to see the idea through to fruition, creating a 45,000 sq ft space home to 11 treatment rooms, a rasul, steam rooms, indoor pool and outdoor infinity pool, a new Horto restaurant headed up by chef Murray Wilson, saunas and a range of mind and sense zones that push the boundaries of a traditional spa experience. Banks, who has been at the property since 1997, said that the business turns over £15m a year and now with the new spa, he has set a target for the new facility to generate between £3m – £4m within the next two to three years. The rooftop of the new facility also boasts an extensive spa garden, designed by horticulturalist Matthew Wilson, who has worked with Rudding Park for more than a decade. The project is the hotel’s most ambitious to date, and follows an £8m development of a new bedroom wing in 2010, which saw room stock increase to 90.