Following on from our blog post last month, we have heard of more exciting things happening in Margate. A crowd-funded project – the brainchild of local natural fragrance and skin care brand Haeckels – saw the creation of a sea-bathing machine to be used as a sauna and massage treatment space on Margate sands with views over the English Channel.
Bathing machines were popular on 19th Century beaches, allowing users to modestly enter and exit the sea for recreational, and sometimes medicinal purposes. The nearby Royal Sea Bathing Hospital, founded in 1791 and now a housing development, prescribed the natural elements of bracing coastal air and sea water to treat patients.
We first became aware of the project in the October edition of World of Interiors (that included Hub’s full page advert, to coincide with London Design Festival). Yesterday, it featured on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces showing how the community pulled together to support the project. The steel framed and wooden hut was created with local architect Chloe Young, Whitstable based Moosejaw Woodworks and Prestige Saunas.
I am looking forward to seeing it the next time I visit – maybe there will be more in production by then as I can see this new addition to the Margate beachscape being popular with locals and visitors alike.