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Wellbeing sculptures from Pinder Trust to feature in new leisure park’s hydrotherapy suite

Winchester City Council has partnered with local charity, The Pinder Trust, to put wellbeing at the heart of its new sport & leisure park. Opening next year, the new centre will be home to a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy suite which will now benefit from a specially-commissioned series of sculptures funded by the charity.

The hydrotherapy suite – which will be accessible for general relaxation, pain relief, physiotherapy, support with sports injuries and for patients with long term health conditions – will feature a sequence of figurative sculptures to illustrate the transformative effect of physical wellbeing and the experience of hydrotherapy.

The three figures are being sculpted by Michelle Castles, who has spent 20 years observing the human form and created works for other leisure facilities across the country. Located within the courtyard overlooking the suite, the sculptures will be made with wire mesh and will reflect the initial feeling of restriction and how the body can be gradually released from pain.

It is hoped that users of the hydrotherapy pool will benefit from its therapeutic environment and experience a sense of wellbeing and relaxation during their sessions.

Angus Sladen, Chair of The Pinder Trust, said:

“It’s really important that users of Winchester’s new hydrotherapy suite truly experience the range of benefits it can bring, which include a relaxing environment and supporting overall wellbeing. The adjoining courtyard provides a fantastic space in which people can enjoy looking out at whilst benefitting from hydrotherapy, so we’re delighted to have Michelle provide us with a bespoke piece that truly demonstrates how our suite can support personal and physical development and wellbeing.

“There is often a great sense of achievement and independence gained from hydrotherapy and we believe Michelle’s sculptures demonstrate this perfectly.”

Cllr Malcolm Prince, Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Communities, added:

“Winchester’s new Sport & Leisure Park is progressing at speed and in recent months we’ve really started to get a feel for what it will bring to residents and visitors. The latest addition of the sculptures to our fantastic hydrotherapy suite really helps to highlight how our new services will support health and wellbeing and we look forward to welcoming members and patients to the new suite in spring 2021.”

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