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Busy. That one word seems to sum up perfectly the start of 2016 and I don’t just mean for myself. It seems everyone has been exceptionally busy since the Christmas break and just when I, or anyone else for that matter, thought it couldn’t get any busier, then SPATEX happened and… well things did! SPN exhibited at the annual SPATEX show along with well over 100 other companies and it was without doubt the best UK show we have attended. It too was busy – really busy. But not just with visitors, which there were plenty of and who seemed to literally flood into the Coventry venue across the three days, it was busy with great looking and professional stands, which presented a wide range of new and innovative products. The twin seminar programme was busy too. So, yes, busy is indeed the single word that sums up 2016 so far and I promise I’ll not use it again in the rest of my letter! Such a frantic start to the year does of course provide an indicator to the season ahead, so without wishing to tempt fate, it seems like the year is shaping up to be a good one for the industry. Going back to SPATEX, in this issue we review the three-day event. For those that missed it, it really is something that needs to be attended so ensure you make a note in your diary for 2017, as the show

Also in this issue, we report on the winners from this year’s British Pool & Hot Tub Awards held by BISHTA and SPATA. The annual event takes place during SPATEX and puts the spotlight on some of the best swimming pool, hot tub and swim spa projects from across our industry. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the quality and excellence that is present within the UK industry. Energy saving products also play a part in this issue with automatic pool covers and heat pumps both being featured as green and cost saving technologies. We also explore what’s new in the one-piece and fibreglass pools market, a sector that is taking the hassle out of installations for both pool builders and owners alike plus we’ve also a feature on the latest in pool liners and systems too. With the year up and running, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams examines the reasons why people are looking forward to a great 2016 season while RLSS UK’s Alex Blackwell looks at the issues surrounding poorly designed public pools and how greater communication between pool designers, builders and operators is needed to create a safer pool environment. There’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA plus information from the STA concerning Biofilms and their impact on Water Plant Management. Finally, we’ve also got our roundup of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and abroad. So with this issue of SPN covered, all that leaves me to say is I hope you enjoy reading the issue.

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The industry’s finest celebrate at the 2016 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards

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The industry’s associations dedicated pages STA’s Technical Pool Plant Team take a closer look at biofilms


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A closer look at the time and money saving options, which have safety, built ins


Environmentally friendly products that are reducing the costs of pool water heating


New build and refurbishment solutions for the season ahead and beyond

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Start Of Year Seminars Draw The Crowds For Certikin In January, members of the trade were able to get a preview of a number of exciting new products and latest innovations from Certikin International, as the company hosted two seminars ahead of SPATEX and the new season. The well-attended events took place on 12 January at Tortworth Court Hotel, Wotton-Under-Edge in Gloucestershire and 19 January 2016 at Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon in Surrey. Each followed the same format and provided attendees with a great opportunity to pick up ideas to help drive their businesses forward. Each day included product presentations and a showcase exhibition of new products. In addition to Certikin’s team of technical staff, some of the manufacturers whose products were being discussed were also on hand to give specific advice where required. Managing Director Neil Murray got each of the morning sessions underway with a welcome followed by an appraisal of the current wet leisure market which included, some facts and figures that are released exclusively at the events plus thoughts on the industry and where Certikin sees a number of opportunities. Presentations were then made on a variety of new products including the stunning NIVEKO custom built one-piece pools, the ingenious Walu Deck mobile safety decks and Walu Air inflatable

winter cover and the Certikin commercial products range. Morning sessions were then rounded off with a talk on the CertiChem range along with a highly effective visual demonstration on chemicals. After lunch, discussions moved on to Calorex along with an informative Q&A session held by Graham Kneale, plus more new innovative products were showcased including Millboard Decking products, stainless steel fittings, Coverstar pool covers and Aquacomet pool enclosures to name just a few. Last up was the eagerly awaited launch of OC-1 – Certikin’s ground-breaking new filtration media which is manufactured in the UK and which is unique in its action and performance.

As with previous events, Certikin also held a competition at each event and both days were rounded off with the winning attendees receiving their prizes from Neil Murray.

Certikin Managing Director Neil Murray with the groundbreaking new filtration media – OC-1

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PWTAG Industry Forum Seeks Members And Technical Input The rationale behind the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) Industry Forum is simple. The Group want to enhance its work through technical input from the pool industry and also to encourage the industry to feel that it has an active role in PWTAG’s work and thus an investment in its outcomes. The PWTAG Industry Forum works by the Group inviting companies in the pool industry who support their standards and guidelines to apply to join the forum. So far PWTAG have signed up 15 members and they include: ATG, Barr & Wray, Dryden Aqua, FT Leisure, Hanovia, Hydrospec, JAK Water, Jetform, Latis Scientific, Lovibond Tintometer, Palintest, Pollet Pool Group, Prominent, Triogen and Ustigate. Membership entitles companies to have a say in formulating and reviewing the publications, technical notes, code of practice etc that

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PWTAG produce. This reflects the value PWTAG puts on the expertise represented by commercial interests. It is a way of ensuring that PWTAG guidelines properly reflect the realities in the pool industry. So far the Forum has dealt with technical notes on UV standards and balance tank design and is currently looking at the updating of PWTAG’s book “Swimming Pool Water: treatment and quality standards for pools and spas’. There is work to be done on reviewing PWTAG’s Code of Practice too. The Forum operates through a dedicated section of the PWTAG website at and that’s where technical drafts and consultation documents are placed, for member input. Forum members are listed there and they are encouraged to publicise the fact that they are members. The membership fee is £500 a year. 21/03/2016 20:47

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NEWS HULL’S OLYMPICSIZED POOL PLANS SCRAPPED Proposals that were revealed last year for a 50m swimming pool for an area of disused land in Hull city centre have now been scrapped. Instead, hundreds of thousands of pounds now set to be invested into the city’s existing leisure centres at Beverley Road Baths, in west Hull, and east Hull’s Ennerdale Leisure Centre. Councillor Terry Geraghty, portfolio holder for culture and leisure said: “We were looking at a giant swimming pool, but the fact is, instead of a 50m pool, we might as well refurbish the existing ones instead. “It keeps with our procedure of keeping and maintaining services like Beverley Road and Ennerdale Sports Centre. “The changes should be great to encourage to get more people into water sports in the city. We are really excited by them.” The upgrades will include a £250,000 makeover of Beverley Road Baths and a £500,000 upgrade to Ennerdale Leisure Centre

COVENTRY COULD BE IN LINE FOR NEW 50 METRE POOL A deal, which could see a new Olympic-sized swimming pool built in Coventry, has been agreed by local council bosses. Following the transferal of ownership of the Alan Higgs Centre to the Coventry and Warwickshire Award Trust, Council leader Ann Lucas revealed the Council is in talks to build a new 50 metre pool at the site. The news follows months of discussions between the council and various sporting bodies and the proposed Olympic-sized pool with 500 permanent seats could be open to the public as early as 2018. The council closed the city’s Grade II listed sports centre and only 50 metre pool in September 2014, arguing that it could not continue subsidising its running. 4-7_SPN_Apr_16_News_General.indd 7

PRS And ePIPE Tackle Indoor Pool Leak A leak from an indoor pool at a home in South Kensington, London was creating significant water loss and considerable cost to the customer in water bills as well as heating, maintenance and water treatment chemicals. Pipe Restoration Services (PRS), contractors for Certikin North’s exclusive ePIPE solution were contacted to investigate the extent and location of the leak and offer a solution. Access points to the skimmer line were identified and the route of the pipe work traced under the pool surround using specialised electronic tracing equipment. This allowed the certified ePIPE technician to establish both the position of the pipe and its depth below the surface. This was followed by an extensive internal camera inspection of the pipe and a pressure test to establish the extent of the damage to the pipe, the size of the leak or leaks and the suitability of the proposed ePIPE solution. Following approval of the proposal, PRS was asked to quickly re-establish on site and deliver the ePIPE in-place solution to fix the leak. The process involved operations to dry and clean the pipe work, collecting all cleaning material and dust in specially engineered vacuum equipment, ensuring a dust free and clean environment. The pipe was then coated and leaks sealed from the poolside into the plant room using their engineered ePIPE epoxy lining material and patented process. On completion of the curing process a pressure test was applied to the system

verifying no loss in pressure and proving that all leaks had been sealed. The ePIPE solution not only delivered a significant cost saving over traditional methods such as repair or re-pipe but was also less disruptive. This project was completed in only three days. Certikin North 0113 393 4545

FT Leisure Carry Out Full Plant Replacement For Nova The major transformation of leisure facilities at the Nova, Prestatyn were completed at the end of last year. As part of the £4.4m refurbishment, swimming pool specialist, F T Leisure were appointed to carry out a full plant replacement

including the water treatment and filtration systems for the retained original 25-metre, 5-lane swimming pool and a toddler splash pool. The project has delivered improvements to the building’s energy and thermal performance, reducing running costs and the facility’s carbon footprint. F T Leisure specialises in the provision of innovative products and professional technical services to the commercial, municipal and private swimming pool industries. Other recent F T Leisure projects include Sherwood Park Special School in Carshalton, Rushcliffe Arena in Nottingham, Edenbrook Leisure Centre in Fleet and De Vere Gardens in Kensington. F T Leisure 0161 494 5785

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NEWS PLANS FOR NEW PROJECT LABELLED ‘REVOLUTIONARY’ Multimillion-pound plans for a ‘revolutionary’ Mildenhall complex which would include a new swimming pool and leisure centre have gone out to public consultation. Forest Heath District Council had previously identified the current Mildenhall Academy Sixth Form College site as being the best location for a hub which would bring together a number of public services in one area. Eight sites around the town that could all move onto the one site include two Academy sites, the fire station, swimming pool, council offices, the library, the police station and the Dome Leisure Centre. “That is the vision for the Mildenhall Hub – but it is not just about convenience or saving you time,” said district council leader James Waters. “Many of these buildings will need millions of pounds of investment over the next few years just to keep them going. “By investing in the hub now, we can save on our annual running costs and freeing up eight other sites in and around Mildenhall for other uses.”

COUNCIL ACCUSED OF ‘SPYING’ IN PUBLIC POOLS A council has been accused of secretly fitting underwater ‘spy’ cameras its public swimming pools without informing bathers. North Somerset Council has installed eight cameras in two pools at a total cost of £67,000, but some concerned users have accused officials of fitting them without informing the public first. Defending its decision, a council spokesman said: “The cameras are an additional safety feature to help the lifeguards spot if any swimmers are in danger under the water. “These types of cameras are regularly installed as a standard safety feature in new leisure facilities with a pool and are supported by the Health and Safety Executive.” 09_SPN_Apr_16_News_General.indd 9

Newly Formed Pool Lift Company To Provide Access Solutions Following 15 years as the Managing Director of the Platform Lift Company, Sean O’Sullivan has introduced a sister company. The Pool Lift Company provides dignified and independent access solutions to swimming pools and spas. Sean is passionate about two things in this industry, firstly providing access to what the majority of us take for granted and secondly, delivering outstanding and innovative solutions. The new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines, insist that all swimming pools, whether new or existing, are fully accessible for disabled swimmers. Although this applies solely to the US, businesses all over the world have been looking to see how they can improve accessibility. By adding a pool lift, commercial pool operators are increasing their target audience and making a pool

or spa accessible to all. Recently, the facilities team at Wadswick Green Village made contact with The Pool Lift Company. They required a swimming pool hoist product that would fit within their contemporary environment but most of all, wanted to ensure that the product would be fit for purpose in providing access to the less abled in and out of their swimming pool and spa. A site survey was carried out and within five days the

10th Pool Joins Historic Pools Of Britain Historic Pools of Britain, the association launched in September to support the nation’s heritage swimming baths and lidos, recently signed up its 10th member pool. The heritage pools that have joined the campaign so far are: • Bramley Baths, Leeds • Broomhill Pool, Ipswich • Cleveland Pool, Bath • Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire • Jubilee Park, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire • Mounts Baths, Northamptonshire • The Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre, Aston University, Birmingham • Victoria Baths, Manchester • Weston Baths Club, Glasgow • Yearsley Pool, York “These are pools that are at different stages of their journeys to save, restore and operate them,” said Gill Wright who has helped to found Historic Pools of Britain and has led the campaign for Manchester’s water palace, Victoria Baths for the past 20 years. “Each recognise the value of having a national profile and awareness through a sustained and organised campaign, to capitalise on the massive public support for these buildings. Crucially though, it is the support that comes with working together and sharing experiences, that will be the greatest advantage of all.” Historic Pools of Britain is offering a shared voice

swimming pool hoist was making swimming more accessible for the residents of the village and when not in use, the mobile and compact Italian Panda Pod pool hoist can make its home in a very tight space until needed again. “The Platform Lift Company has worked with some of the largest businesses all over the world. We’re hoping to continue this success with the Pool Lift Company and have already completed several commercial and residential projects,” said Sean who added: “We have a range of products to suit all your swimming pool and spa access needs and can offer a wealth of experience and advice, coupled with a complete supply and installation service.” The Pool Lift Company 01256 896000

The Sir Doug Ellis Woodcock Sports Centre, Aston University, Birmingham

Outside the Victoria Baths, Manchester

to the hundreds of indoor and outdoor pools in the UK, mostly pre-dating 1939; to celebrate these buildings, their contribution to the nation’s social and architectural history and to recognise the important role they continue to play in our communities today. Initially the membership will benefit from networking, campaigning and lobbying, the potential for joint funding applications and PR and marketing support at regional and national levels. Its next move is to launch a crowd funding campaign for a dedicated Historic Pools of Britain website. Historic Pools of Britain 0161 832 3588

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New Chesterfield Sports Centre Opens The new Queen's Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield is the latest F T Leisure project to open its doors to the public. The complex includes a 25-metre, 8-lane competition pool, a 16.5 x 7 metre learner pool with moveable floor and children’s fun water features, including water cannons and sprays that are integrated into the stainless steel balustrading. The centre also boasts a café, an activity studio, an 80-station gym and two squash courts. F T Leisure provided the water treatment and filtration systems for the two pools. The filtration systems are traditional medium rate sand filtration combined with chlorine dosing, pH control, filter coagulation and UV sterilisation. In the main pool, F T Leisure installed a motorised wall mounted pool cover system to retain heat as well as designing and installing an integrated hydraulic disabled access system. This will lower and raise bathers in and out of the water safely and discreetly enabling dignified, independent access for any swimmer who finds pool access difficult. F T Leisure has also designed a full

parallel moveable floor system that maximises the functionality of the pool and the range of activities available for all level of bathers. The main contractor for the £11.25m project was Morgan Sindall working with Darnton B3 Architects and the Sheerwater Consultancy. The project was paid for with funds of £6.725m coming from Chesterfield Borough Council, £2.5m from Chesterfield College, £2m from Sport England and £25,000 from Squash England. F T Leisure 0161 494 5785

Aquatics Plays Important Role At New London Trade Event A new trade event, designed to bring together industry leaders, academics, practitioners, policy makers and performance experts focused on getting the nation moving is set to take place 4-5 May at Olympia, London. In particular, one of the feature areas will examine the latest evidence and products supporting aquatic activities. Over 4,000 individuals are expected to attend the free information programme boasting more than 100 speakers. In addition, the exhibition will consist of seven feature areas, two attractions and 150 exhibitors. With inspiring, practical demonstrations, attendees can immerse themselves in the latest products and research. Max Quittenton, Director of Elevate, comments: “The benefits of learning to swim at a young age are well known and swimming remains the country’s number one sport by participation. Encouraging the population to engage with swimming activities is widely regarded as a key component of the nation’s strategy for tackling physical inactivity. To represent the importance of swimming Elevate is placing particular emphasis on the role of aquatics.” One of the key exhibition feature areas will be ‘Active Aquatic’. Over 2.2 million people swam at least once a week between 2013-14, and despite recent challenges, swimming remains the UK’s leading participation sport. Elevate will be presenting the latest in pool and open water swimming equipment, research and performance. Speakers and exhibitors include: Amateur Swimming Association, Zoggs, Speedo, Royal Life Saving Society, SWIMTAG, Swimming Teachers’ Association, Safe Space Lockers, JP Lennard and Aquamat. Martin Symcox, Director of RLSS UK training subsidiary, IQL UK, comments: “We’re proud to be exhibiting at Elevate as we feel that this is the perfect opportunity for those passionate about tackling physical activity to come together and promote change. At RLSS UK we understand the importance of education in promoting water safety and drowning prevention and we are keen to work with organisations, who share similar views on encouraging the benefits of activity in everyday life.” Elevate 01737 855000

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IQL UK Endorses STITCH Accident Benchmarking Tool New figures have been released for accidents in swimming pools as IQL UK, the trading subsidiary of the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), puts its weight behind Right Directions’ accident benchmarking platform STITCH. The first annual report for the online tool, developed by the quality and health and safety specialist that delivers Sport England’s Quest quality scheme, ukactive’s Code of Practice and accreditation for the ASA’s Learn to Swim Pathway, found that swimming pools were the second most likely place for an accident to occur, with changing rooms coming in third. The most recent data, released in February shows the top six causes of swimming pool accidents are contact with an object, contact with a wall or the floor, slip, human error, contact with another person and water incidents. Ninety seven per cent of all swimming pool accidents relate to customers and just 2.4% to staff. Only 0.82% of these resulted in hospital treatment. Capturing, collating and aggregating accident and ‘near miss’ data, STITCH provides a live snapshot of KPIs that allow management to monitor accident trends locally and nationally, and club and centre managers to review site trends and avoidable incidents. Endorsing the product, IQL UK’s Director, Martin Symcox said: “With swimming pools and changing rooms high on the list for accident hot spots, we are keen for operators to put their weight behind STITCH and monitor what’s happening on a national level to try and reduce the number of incidents occurring each year.” Most likely to have an accident within the swimming pool area were children aged 8 – 15, however more than 96% of these were considered not preventable. This age group are also the most likely to have an accident within the changing rooms, where just over 5% of incidents (generally within the changing room itself, the toilets or the shower) could have potentially been prevented. Symcox continued: “If we can use STITCH to help operators and centre managers identify accident trends in swimming pools, this will further support our aim of keeping people safe in or around water. STITCH could help to steer operators to improve operational procedures and promote early intervention by lifeguards, all of which would be a very positive outcome indeed.” Right Directions 01582 840098 21/03/2016 20:51

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Largest Horizontal Fibreglass Filters Achieve NSF 50 Certification Waterco Ltd has achieved another major milestone, with its range of Micron horizontal commercial filters achieving NSF/ANSI Standard 50 certification. They are the largest fibreglass horizontal filters on the market to achieve this certification. “This is an outstanding achievement – for a number of reasons,” said Bryan Goh, Waterco Group Marketing Director. “It demonstrates our commitment to environmental conservation and public health, by reinforcing that these filters meet the requisite criteria to ensure the materials do not contribute harmful contaminants to the water. Not only that, it proves our filters are corrosion resistant, which is another key criterion. They’re manufactured from the highest grade of noncorrosive materials and are designed and built for many years of trouble-free operation.” Clint Holland, Vice President of Waterco USA explained: “This award is testament to the quality and durability of Waterco’s Micron Horizontal filters. These are the largest such filters to be certified to this Standard. The certification means that these very large FRP filters can now be used on high flow waterparks

across the United States.” NSF/ANSI Standard 50 is the American National Standard for swimming pool equipment, spas, hot tubs and other recreational facilities including filters and filter media, pumps, valves, water circulation devices, hose, piping, fittings, pool alarms, pool covers, chemical generation and feeding systems, and advanced water treatment and oxidation technologies, such as ozone and ultraviolet (UV) systems. Most state and local pool codes for commercial, waterparks, splash pads, municipal, hotel, motel, apartment, and condominium require compliance with NSF/ ANSI Standard 50. “NSF certification also provides peace of mind for our commercial customers – builders, specifiers, installers – that our commercial filters comply with the appropriate NSF Standard. This is a pre-requisite for many operators and, indeed, for commercial tenders,” says Goh. “Thus we believe this will help open up the US market for our range of commercial filters, particularly the horizontal models. It’s hugely beneficial in the US, as it means our filters only have to meet one set of requirements

Calorex And Dantherm Announce New Partnership Two of the biggest names in swimming pool ventilation, mobile drying and commercial dehumidification manufacture have joined forces, following their acquisition by new investors. Effective from 20 January 2016, Procuritas Capital Investors V has wholly purchased Calorex Heat Pumps Ltd and the HVAC division of Dantherm A/S. The acquisition of both companies results in a consolidation of two major European brands within these product areas, creating increased business opportunities for both companies, which for many years have worked side by side in a number of European markets. Calorex and Dantherm will continue to operate in the market as two independent brands and the two companies will utilise each other's market and product strengths. It will make it possible to realise synergies, thereby forming the basis for increased growth of both companies. Procuritas is a private equity house with over 30 years of investment experience focusing on mid-sized northern European companies. Bringing together Calorex and Dantherm is fully in line with Procuritas’ strategy to expand within swimming pool ventilation, home ventilation, mobile dehumidifiers, portable air conditioners and commercial dehumidification. Richard Carrington, Managing Director at Calorex said: “We look forward to this exciting development that will provide us with the ability to offer additional value in new areas as well as staying loyal to the core road map that Calorex has always followed.” Ian Furmidge, Managing Director at Dantherm UK comments: “This partnership brings together over 80 years of experience in the swimming pool market and an unrivalled technical expertise of both ventilation and heat pump technology. We look forward to expanding our product portfolio and taking our energy efficiency and funded ESCO solutions to a wider market.”

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instead of a wide array of requirements that may vary by locality.” NSF is accredited as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and as a certification organisation by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for numerous product standards. As part of the stringent NSF criteria, filters must meet structural durability requirements that includes design burst pressure testing, hydrostatic pressure testing and assessment of filtration performance. Waterco Europe Ltd 01795 521733

King Kev Officially Opens The Spa At Ramside One of the North East’s leading venues welcomed Kevin Keegan to mark the official opening of its new state-of-the-art spa. The former football manager, player and Newcastle United legend unveiled a special plaque at Ramside Hall Hotel’s John and Suzanne Adamson with Kevin Keegan multi-million pound Spa unveiling the new plaque at Spa at Ramside at Ramside, as part of an official opening ceremony on 5 February. “I’ve been a frequent visitor to Ramside Hall over the years and it just gets better and better,” said Kevin. “The spa is absolutely amazing, as good as any I’ve seen anywhere in the world.” The Spa at Ramside, near Durham includes a hydrotherapy pool, an outdoor vitality pool, five heat experiences and a 25m swimming pool along with a balcony infinity pool, which overlooks the hotel grounds. “We’re absolutely delighted and honoured that Kevin Keegan agreed to officially open our new Spa,” said John Adamson, owner of Ramside Hall Hotel. “The facilities that our spa offers really are among the best in the region, so it’s great to be able to mark the hotel’s newest addition with the help of such a regional icon.” The £8m spa is part of Ramside Hall Hotel’s recent £16m extension, which also included a second golf course and a new wing of bedrooms. 21/03/2016 20:51

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Alex Kemsley Takes Up The Reins As BSPF President BISHTA Chairman and co owner of both Waterstream and Compass Pools, Alex Kemsley has taken over the presidency of the BSPF from Calorex’s Richard Carrington. Speaking prior the handover, which took place during the annual British Pool & Hot Tub Awards evening, Alex said: “It is reassuring to me, that when I take up my post as BSPF President, I have some prior knowledge about BISHTA (British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association) and PIP (Pool Industry Promotions), to know what these companies get involved with. I have already worked with Richard Carrington, the BSPF’s outgoing President and SPATA’s Chairman (SPATA is the

Richard Carrington hands over the BSPF Presidency to Alex Kemsley during the annual British Pool & Hot Tub Awards

Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association). As BSPF President, I am also responsible as the shareholder’s representative for working with Jamie Adams (PIP’s Chairman) and also with Howard Gosling (SPATEX’s Chairman) who have been committed to their respective roles for many years. “The BSPF provides a voice for each of the companies mentioned above and also for the STA (Swimming Teachers’ Association), who themselves provide much-valued advice and support. It is important that BISHTA and SPATA members are reminded that they are also BSPF members, because by working together, this can strengthen the industry’s voice. “As BSPF President, my role is ultimately to be the person responsible on behalf of the Board for ensuring that the staff employed are given the right resources to carry out their roles and to oversee the work programme. The BSPF office is a very professional team, and they are committed to providing the highest quality of service. “Finally, the BSPF is not only represented at home but provides a much-valued voice in Europe and is an active member of EUSA. Work with our European colleagues is a highly prized resource for the BSPF, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the EUSA committee members for their continued commitment.” BSPF 01264 356210

Gary Mitchel Joins Aquamat With A Dual Role Aquamat are delighted to announce that Gary Mitchel has joined their team with the responsibility of heading up both their Slatted Cover Division and Commercial Pool Cover Servicing Division. Being one of the first people to install a slatted cover in the UK, Gary brings with him a wealth of experience and is probably one of the most knowledgeable people in this field having worked with most makes of slatted covers over the years. Gary will add his experience to Aquamat’s fifteen years of manufacturing slatted covers in the UK. Gary is an experienced Service Manager and will also have the responsibility for building Aquamat’s new Commercial & Public Pool Cover Servicing Division. Aquamat 01453 884411

Certikin Expands Its On The Road Team A familiar face is joining Certikin’s mobile sales executive team, which plays an important role in enhancing and supporting links with the company’s office based teams in Oxfordshire and Certikin North in Leeds. Customers in the South West, Wales and the Channel Islands will shortly see former CertiChem Sales Manager, Mark Rowlands, in his new role of travelling Sales Executive. Mark spent 15 years in the CertiChem division, nine years as manager, so he brings with him a whole wealth of knowledge on water treatment, testing and equipment. However, after so many years at Certikin, his knowledge of the entire Certikin range is very strong! “Nothing beats face to face contact and I am relishing the opportunity to meet more of Certikin’s customers and offer hands on advice and support,” says Mark. “It’s an unparalleled service that Certikin offers; no other UK wet leisure company can match it in terms of its scope and, of course, our customers can access it free of charge.” Mark joins Certikin’s three other highly experienced roving sales executives. With the arrival of Mark, their ‘patches’ have been redefined. Sally Laver is now 15-17_SPN_Apr_16_People_News_rev.indd 15

covering Midlands, Northern England and Ireland; David Steptoe, South East England and Scotland whilst Certikin’s H&V field sales manager, Graham Kneale, covers all of the UK. Although each member of the team has their own areas of specialism, they are all highly knowledgeable when it comes to the extensive Certikin product portfolio. With Mark vacating the position, Vanessa Lloyd has been promoted to CertiChem Product Manager. Vanessa has been with Certikin since 2011, most of that time has been spent in the CertiChem division, where she is widely acknowledged as an expert on chemical dosing and monitoring. Indeed she has been highly instrumental in developing Certikin’s chemical dosing business which has gone from strength to strength and grown immensely over the last five years. Vanessa is ably assisted by technical sales advisers, Andrew Stickley and Craig Williamson who has recently returned to Certikin after a break of four years.

Vanessa Lloyd has been promoted to CertiChem Product Manager

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Mark Rowlands has joined Certikin’s sales executive team

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SWIMMING POOL SERVICE MANAGER & SWIMMING POOL ENGINEER REQUIRED Poolcare Leisure Ltd is based in Warwickshire and operates nationwide serving the private and public sectors. We are looking to recruit a swimming pool service manager and a swimming pool engineer. Experience of working within the swimming pool industry is essential and experience within the commercial sector is desirable. The successful candidates must be able to work alone and use their own initiative, as well as part of a team. They will be organised, self-motivated and able to build good working relationships with others. A competitive salary is on offer to reflect abilities & experience. To apply please send an email, with your CV to: or contact Richard Shephard on 01926 337756 / 07545 502954.


Bonasystems Starts Jeremy Keeps Golden 2016 With Sales Coast On The Move… Team Shakeup

When you’re the UK’s leading independent supplier of wet leisure products to the trade, you understand the importance of smoothrunning warehouse and logistics operations… and the men and women behind them.

Hertfordshire-based Bonasystems, a market leader in specialist floorcare chemical products and services, has re-organised and expanded its sales team in order to provide a greater regional presence to clients and boost market share in its target markets. The company has appointed a senior central sales manager to bolster its head office sales team and added two experienced regional sales managers. The changes support the next phase of growth for Bonasystems which has quadrupled its turnover since 2011. They are being spearheaded by John Wright, new Business Development Director, who joined the company recently from OCS Group UK Ltd. Nathan Buckley joins as Central Sales Manager, heading up the central telesales team based in Hemel Hempstead. Reporting to John Wright, Nathan’s priorities will be to grow the client base, manage and develop existing client relationships and raise the profile of Bonasystems. Nathan joins Bonasystems with an 18-year career in contact centre management, specifically at Haven where he led a team of 12 team leaders and 100 agents and was responsible for delivering over £35m in sales each year. Meanwhile Dan Yarwood and Gary James will be responsible for identifying new customers and developing existing relationships within London, Birmingham and the Midlands and giving them ongoing support, advice and training. Gary has worked in the contract cleaning industry for over 20 years, developing and managing major national contracts. Dan joins Bonasystems from Nathan Buckley joins the coffee industry Bonasystems where he was Business as Central Sales Manager Development Manager for a national vending company, growing contacts in the manufacturing and commercial sectors. Bonasystems 01442 927100

With that in mind, Barnstaple-based Golden Coast has presented its 15th long-service award, to Warehouse Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams (left) presents Jeremy and Transport Manager, Hill with his long service award Jeremy ‘Jez’ Hill. The award recognises his commitment to keeping Golden Coast – and its customers – on the move for more than 20 years. Forty-year-old Jeremy, from Barnstaple, has more cause for celebrations this year as he’s also recently become a father to twin boys. Jeremy has worked tirelessly to improve Golden Coast’s distribution channels since joining the family-run firm in 1995. Most recently, his team implemented the ‘Predict Service’ for customers. The service, available through Interlink, keeps customers informed of delivery times by SMS and email messages. A fixed one-hour delivery window means that customers no longer have to waste time waiting for deliveries. Managing Director, Jamie Adams, said: “As a family company, we like to celebrate our staff’s commitment. Half of the Golden Coast team has been with us for more than ten years and that really is something special to celebrate. “It is the unwavering customer commitment of individuals like Jeremy that allows Golden Coast to be the foremost company of its kind in the UK.” Golden Coast 01271 378100

Swimtime Bolsters Team With New Recruit After a record year of growth, Swimtime – the UK’s largest swimming lesson franchise business – has expanded its team with the appointment of Heather Horrocks as Swimming Technical Manager. Horrocks, who is a Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA)-qualified swimming tutor, will oversee compliance within the business from the North West-based headquarters. She will ensure that individual franchisees are working to the business format franchise model by following industry regulations. Alongside her role at Swimtime, Heather is also a swimming tutor and fitness instructor at Trafford Community Leisure Trust, where she has taught children and adults for over ten years. Speaking of her new role, Heather commented: “Managing compliance is particularly important for franchise businesses to ensure a streamlined operation across the 15-17_SPN_Apr_16_People_News_rev.indd 17

board. After working as a swimming tutor for many years, I’m delighted to take my career to the next level with Swimtime and help boost the current support team and its core values.” With 19 franchisees trading across 26 regions, Swimtime currently works with over

300 independent swimming instructors and is a full member of the British Franchise Association (BFA). Linda Price, Swimtime brand director and Chair of Northern Forums for the BFA, said: “As a franchise, ensuring consistency and maintaining our high standards can be a challenge. Last year, we implemented new company literature to ensure brand guidelines are met across the board and Heather’s appointment will help us achieve a constant message. “With Heather’s wealth of experience and knowledge of the industry, we’re confident she will become an invaluable part of the business as we continue to expand.” Swimtime 0333 200 1717

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PEOPLE NEWS Marke Reid will be taking over as Managing Director from the start of May

New Managing Director for The Tintometer Ltd After more than 11 years, at the end of April, Chris Counsell is stepping down from his post as Managing Director of Queen’s Award winner The Tintometer Ltd. He will continue to work for the company which is based in Amesbury, Wiltshire on a part time basis as Director International Development, focusing on the new start-up in India, as well as assisting with other projects. Marke Reid, who has been with the company since 2005 as Sales & Marketing Director, is looking forward to taking on the role and said: “I am delighted to have been appointed. It is a great honour to have the confidence of Cay and Maja Voss, the owners of the business, and I am committed to continuing the success enjoyed by the company in recent years.” Commenting on his time as Managing

Director, Chris Counsell said: “I have enjoyed my time as MD enormously and I am pleased that the company is now set fair with a very good range of products serving an ever-increasing number of customers. We have also just moved into a brand new building, which will provide plenty of room for expansion and help to increase the efficiency of operations. Overall, it is the right time to be handing over to someone new, and I wish Marke every success. Finally I would like to thank all our customers who make our days so worthwhile, bright and interesting, and I can assure them that the company is going to keep improving, under the leadership of Marke.” The Tintometer Limited 01980 664800

New Marketing Manager Means It’s All Change At Calorex There’s a new look and feel about Calorex in 2016 and it’s all down to new Marketing Manager, Anne Guerrero. Anne joined the Essex based manufacturer late last year from her role as Marketing Manager at publishing company Cayman Free Press, based in the Cayman Islands. Prior to that, Anne worked at London-based investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort, where she spent ten years as an account manager within the communications department, working directly with the marketing team. Anne has brought a wealth of marketing knowledge to her new role, where she has already developed a company rebranding initiative, including improvements to the website and an extensive social media strategy. “It’s a whole new world for me coming from a banking then publishing background. It’s interesting to learn and market about something completely different,” explained Anne. “Branding is my strength and since starting at Calorex I have implemented a rebrand of the company to give it a modern look and to make sure that all marketing materials have a cohesive look.” Anne will play a key role in promoting Calorex’s vast portfolio of heat pump and dehumidifier products. Anne added: “I want to take the company to the next level and make it stand out from the competition. We have excellent products and they need to be shown in the best light.” Calorex Heat Pumps Ltd 01621 856611

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Joint Effort Provides Tiles By The Ton! 164 tons of wall, floor and ceiling tiles that were kindly donated by the nation’s largest tile supplier, Topps Tiles, created a logistical problem recently for an international Charity called Trade-Aid. The charity which is run by Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club and Chaired by founder John Asher, Managing Director of Asher Swimpool Centre Ltd, were transporting the donated products to a project in Africa. The tiles were put into 40ft containers, along with bedding and hospital equipment, however the last 30 tons of tiles were located in a warehouse in Wigan, over 160 miles from the charity’s base in Lincolnshire. When Tony Welsby, Managing Director of Spa Crest Europe Ltd, heard of the logistical challenge faced by the charity, he kindly supplied staff and lifting equipment to help get the tiles to Kenya, where three new hospitals and two schools were being built. Following the intervention, a delighted Trade-Aid sent thanks to Tony and his staff as without their help, delivery of the tiles would not have been possible. 21/03/2016 16:32

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Golden Coast Highlight Advantages Of Custom-fit Control Panels While many things that are bespoke or custom may be viewed as a luxury, when it comes to pool and spa control panels, it makes good economic and practical sense. Golden Coast’s resident technical guru Andy James explains: “With an off-the-shelf product you could be paying for a lot of functions that you will never use, while other features that you would value are missing. However, when you opt for custom-made panels you get exactly what’s needed.” He adds: “Every project is different, so we start every project from scratch to ensure we meet its precise needs. For example, a customer may have existing parts or equipment that we can incorporate into the control panel. “The real beauty of our customised panels is that they can be easily adapted at any time. So if you needed to upgrade your facilities,

there would be no need to start again.” Golden Coast’s bespoke control panel service benefits from an efficient specification process which has been developed to save time and money. This quickly establishes what equipment needs to be controlled, so that a custom-fit solution can be created each and every time. The quality and versatility of the custom panels was best illustrated at SPATEX 2016 where visitors were able to discover how much could be achieved. Golden Coast’s bespoke display featured a two-door, high quality control panel, with connected load, monitoring and display. Fitted with a seven-inch HD touch screen, it offered full function PLC, with a remote IO governing digital, analogue and temperature. With a variable speed drive (VSD) controlled and monitored via the PLC, the system also

included sump pump monitoring, a heat pump start unit and a remote controlled, water feature. Its DMX storage and control featured a full-function, internet-connected DMX glass plate controller. Golden Coast 01271 378100

New Filtration System Makes Its Mark We may only be weeks in to 2016 but a revolutionary new filtration system has already made its mark on the UK’s swimming pool industry. Total Pool Filtration teamed up with the Danish company Provital to market their Ceramic Microfiltration (CMF) system in the UK and the pool market was able to get its first glimpse of this pioneering technology at SPATEX in Coventry earlier this year. The successful application of membrane technology to swimming pool water has allowed this exciting new system to gain an advantage over more traditional filtration methods. Sand and glass can typically filter out 5 to 7 micron particles when a flocculant is used. When a flocculant isn’t used, particles as large as 10 microns will pass through. The CMF system can filter down to 3 microns, which is sufficient to remove up to 100% of Cryptosporidium oocysts from the pool water, hence providing exceptional water quality. As well as improved water quality this new system offers many cost savings for potential new pools and existing pools. For potential new builds, installing a CMF system will help save on construction costs as it requires a much smaller plant room. This is a direct result of it

taking up just 30% of the footprint of sand filters and also its need for less headroom, a smaller balance tank and no backwash holding tank. In addition to this, significant savings can also be made on water and energy bills as just 75 litres of water is needed per membrane per backwash. For existing pools the CMF system is an ideal solution for plant rooms that are tight for space and where balance tanks are undersized. It is also straightforward and hassle-free to install and will create minimum disruption to the day-to-day management of the pool. Finally the CMF system is very user friendly. All backwashing is fully automatic and every component of the filtration system can be controlled at the touch of a button on a computer or tablet device. In the unlikely event that any problems occur, engineers can log in remotely to investigate, and in most cases fix the problem, without the need for a call-out. Total Pool Filtration Ltd 01829 740290

Sparkle Salt Water Chlorinator Featuring Technology Of The Future The DAVEY ProMatic™ MKII Salt Water Chlorinator is ideal for residential in-ground and above-ground swimming pools and is part of a range of products from the Australian manufacturer that is now being supplied by SCP in the UK. The product incorporates the first genuine automatic self-cleaning cell, meaning there

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is no need to acid wash the cell which has a long life of up to ten years. The all in one product design makes installation simple and one model that suits a wide range of pools sizes makes life easier for the pool professional. The ProMatic™ MKII has a large, multilingual and easy to read LCD digital display which can rotate 90°, meaning it is able to accommodate either vertical or

horizontal installations. The product is tolerant of a wide range of salt levels – from 3,000 ppm to seawater and integrated no flow protection means that it is suitable for use with the latest low flow variable speed pumps. SCP UK 01293 546126 21/03/2016 16:33

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Stepoc Provides A Fast And Flexible Concrete Solution Anderton Concrete’s name is well known with the concrete products manufacturing sector and as part of the Ibstock Building Products Group they have a wealth of experience and knowledge to bring to most construction projects. Anderton manufactures a number of dry laid concrete block products that can be used for a variety of solutions with one of these being Stepoc. Stepoc has been manufactured in the UK by the group for 30 years and is a cost effective alternative to shuttered concrete providing solutions for retaining walls, basements and swimming pools. Whether it is a new build or retro-fit construction, Stepoc provides a fast method for erecting the swimming pool walls prior to any surface finishes being applied. The product is very easy to install and its design allows for the incorporation of all necessary pipework used in the construction of modern swimming pools and spas. The flexibility of the product also allows for the construction

of pools with curves therefore not limiting the designer to the traditional rectangular shape. Stepoc has been successfully used on the construction of a number of award winning swimming pools across the UK and a number of contractors have started using the product instead of other more traditional methods. Stepoc is manufactured in three different widths therefore accommodating the

majority of design situations including dive training tanks in excess of 4m deep. For further information on the product or to discuss a specific project, contact the Anderton Concrete Sales Office. Anderton Concrete 01606 535300

The Heat Is On – Golden Coast Launches Tylö Air A new heater from Tylö, available exclusively through Golden Coast, delivers the soothing heat of age-old sauna traditions in a contemporary stainless-steel design that delivers consistent and soothing comfort. Intuitive by design, Tylö Air is equipped with an over-sized stone compartment which

ensures the soft, delicate and effective delivery and distribution of heat. Air is controlled with Pure touch control. The ultrathin black control panel delivers functionality and advanced technology, without compromising on aesthetics. Lighting, temperature and sauna time can be set easily

with a few presses of a button. Like every Tylö product, designers have looked to simplify set up for installers and the Air’s ‘quick connectors’ ensure that fitting is quick and easy. Golden Coast 01271 378100

A Revolution In Residential Pool Filters Available from AstralPool UK, the self-cleaning NanoFiber Filter for pools is not a traditional cartridge filter. The difference lies in the innovative material used to make the filter, which is of a higher quality than other filters thanks to the NanoFiber network. Moreover, its ease of handling makes the NanoFiber filter the perfect choice for residential swimming pools. Advantages include: • Easy to use • Reliable • Lower water consumption • Higher water filtration quality • Compact • Easy to clean • Dirt slow to build up without limescale 23-25_SPN_Apr_16_Prod_News.indd 23

• Compatible with current or existing filtration and pump systems • Replaceable cartridge. The secret lies in the NanoFiber’s filter material as it does not become impregnated with dirt, which improves the quality of water. After backwashing the flow rate returns to practically the same level each time. Thanks to its unique backwashing, system, the selfcleaning filter negates the need for operators to remove the cartridge thus saving on handling and cleaning the filter. AstralPool UK 01329 514000

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EVA Optic – Setting The LED Standard For In-pool And Ambient Lighting At SPATEX, Golden Coast showcased the latest lighting developments from LED pioneers EVA Optic. Golden Coast, the exclusive UK distributor for EVA Optic’s complete LED solution, introduced visitors to the Dutch manufacturer’s latest intelligent lighting technology including the EVAline LED Linear Light Aqua HE. The comprehensive product range has been specially designed to perform in aggressive pool environments. As well as coping with moisture and chlorine, it effectively handles high ambient temperatures. Near the roof of a pool facility, heat can be extreme and very damaging to LED technology, so EVA Optic has pioneered a highquality system that prevents any negative impact on lighting units and the efficiency of the LEDs. The system includes ATS (Auto Temperature System) self-regulating heat control – which offers smart protection against overheating and the risk of premature failure. Developed around the exacting demands of athletes, it delivers bathers with powerful, yet pleasant, light. LED is spot lighting which can result in blinding glare. EVAline’s unique microprism cover minimises glare, ensuring a very low glare rate (UGR < 19), with optimal visibility. Where multicoloured (RGBW) lights are specified, pool operators can experience light capacity losses of up to 75%. Addressing this, EVA Optic developed Intelligent Power Control (IPC). This smart system ensures the LEDs operate at full capacity at all times – for optimal lighting. For down-lighting, EVA Optic is the first and only manufacturer to provide a chlorine-resistant coating. The LED line strip lights use anodised aluminium which is highly resistant to an aggressive pool hall environment. Meanwhile, its underwater lights are pressuretested to 16 bar and can cope with water as deep as 25 metres. Golden Coast 01271 378100

The EVAline LED Linear Light Aqua HE

Healthy Heat For Improved Wellbeing Heat has been used for thousands of years to treat a variety of ailments and for general well-being. Physiotherm has been very successfully making use of the positive effects of heat for 19 years now. As the world's largest manufacturer, the Austrian based company is able to offer this combination of low-temperature infrared and patented lava sand technologies which is so finely attuned to the requirements of the human body. This gentle application of heat – the Physiotherm principle – has been achieved through extensive, targeted research. Regular usage, at as low as 30°C, is gentle on the circulation and can relieve tension, reduce back pain and strengthen the immune system. Physiotherm infrared cabins allow users to experience a unique sense of wellbeing as well as offering optimum comfort and ease of use. A fully electronic and easily adjustable touchscreen control system inside the infrared cabins can be used to regulate the intensity of the heat individually, according to personal needs. The user can also choose between five pre-programmed user programmes or set more programmes individually according to their heat preferences. Ergonomically-designed back and armrests comfort the spine, while optional glass and wooden panels ensure smooth integration into any environment – with an unobstructed view, they blend elegantly into any living room. Physiotherm Ltd 020 7738 2911

Lighthouse Offer Complete Zodiac Support With their ever-expanding product range and customer base, Lighthouse Pools are pleased to announce, that they now offer technical support and spare parts for the complete range of Zodiac products. As the UK’s only Zodiac specialists, their level of support and spare parts holding is unrivalled. The company’s in-house team have attended the Zodiac Expert Partner training scheme in France, which provides Lighthouse staff with the tools to service not only current products, but also previous generations of Zodiac products too. With an advanced product testing system, Lighthouse Pools are able to repair, test and run all Zodiac pool care equipment, ensuring a correct and cost effect service every time. In addition to being able to contact the company’s friendly and knowledgeable staff by phone, to enhance support further, Lighthouse Pools have made available on their website a single page where all customers can find spare parts catalogues and 23-25_SPN_Apr_16_Prod_News.indd 25

manuals for all product families. The new facility includes diagrams and UK retail prices which will assist customers to identify the exact part required. Lighthouse Pools 01752 253525

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Calorex Delta Is Top Of The Class Consistent water and air temperatures and reduced noise levels are just some of the benefits that young swimmers at Kingham Hill School in Oxfordshire are enjoying thanks to a brand new Calorex Delta swimming pool environmental control system. The new style Delta 14 was selected as a direct replacement for an old Delta model, which had provided 15 years of trouble-free service at the school. Scott Birnie, Head of Hospitality & Leisure at Kingham Hill School explained: “The 25m, five-lane pool at the school is used by pupils, prep schools and members of the local community during school hours and is also hired out at evenings and weekends for swimming lessons and clubs.

“The previous Delta unit had done a sterling job, but after 15 years of continuous service it had pretty much reached the end of its life and was increasingly needing repairs and maintenance.” Scott turned to Calorex’s long-standing approved service agent Central Heat Pumps, who suggested upgrading the unit to a new Delta 14. These clever machines are designed to control the environment, pool water and air temperature all through one simple PLC controller and with pool water heat recovery as a standard feature throughout the range. With new touch screen technology and a remote internet connection, Calorex’s upgraded Delta range allows the user to control the pool room directly from

a smartphone. All the models in the range now come with a 7” touch screen display providing a more flexible approach to system management. The unit can be controlled and adjusted on site to match fan speeds precisely

to ductwork resistance and automatically vary exhaust speeds to match building load requirements. Calorex Heat Pumps 01621 856611

An Award Winning Team

Portrait Pools & Enclosures are one of the country’s top wet leisure experts and regularly turn dreams into realities with sumptuous swimming pool design and construction in both residential and commercial markets. The company recently won an accolade for ‘Residential Indoor Pool of the Year’ with an installation that featured a bespoke 13m x 5m pool constructed in steel reinforced concrete which also included a spa pool and custom built sauna. Heatstar environmental control units are featured on this pool and on more award winning UK pools than any other manufacturer. David Bland of Portrait Pools explained that the client’s brief was for a high spec, bespoke swimming pool and sauna that was visually stunning and had a luxury, high quality finish. The completed design from Portrait created what, in reality, is a luxurious private leisure suite. In addition to being beautifully designed and constructed, award winning pools need to work efficiently and economically on every level. Heatstar was specified by Portrait Pools for the supply and installation of the environmental control system for this prestigious pool. Portrait Pools have been working with Heatstar for 20 years and see the main advantages of Heatstar as the reliability of their units and their energy efficiency. For this installation the environmental control of the pool was entrusted to a Heatstar XF EC 3000 Super Plus unit. Centred upon a high efficiency ‘Cross Flow’ plate air-to-air heat recuperator, the XF EC utilises fresh air introduction to provide natural dehumidification and utilises the recuperator to maximise heat extraction from the expelled room air. By specifying the Super Plus version the Heatstar Phoenix also incorporates an integral air heating coil to provide the main pool air heating plus a pool water heating pack also to provide the main pool water heating. In addition, the XF EC utilises the latest ‘Blue-EC’ ultra-efficient,

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intelligent digital inverter fan technology and is fully compliant with the latest building control regulations for both residential and non-residential applications. Very importantly, it is also fully compliant with the Ecodesign of Energy Related Products Directive (ErP) 2016. Last but by no means least, the XF EC unit comes with Heatstar’s unique flexible configuration options: • Vertical or horizontal format • Variable positioning for controls, pipe and air duct connections • Sectional ‘split’ units where installation access is restricted • Weather proofed for external installation. With regard to unit controls, Heatstar units are now available with a choice of a standard control panel or the new Heatstar Lynx Energy Management System where pool functions can be controlled from any location. Stunning design and construction linked with state-of-the-art environmental control systems make for an award winning combination. Heatstar 01983 521465 21/03/2016 16:56

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VIP Guests Join Vita Spas Seminar John Johnson, the CEO of MAAX Spas Corporation along with Factory Manager Jerry Keller and Director of Business Development Jim McClure were VIP guests who recently joined the Aqua Warehouse team and Vita Spas dealers for a two-day event at the Greenwood Hotel & Spa in Essex. The interactive nature of the seminar allowed for a (left to right) Jim McClure, Richard Hart, busy and varied agenda, which John Johnson and Jerry Keller included an in-depth report on the industry by John Johnson, while Jerry Keller captivated the dealer audience with new developments including the new and exciting Northern Exposure Insulation which incorporates both copper and 3M Thinsulate and provides a major step forward in energy efficiency. Graham Message reported that once again Vita sales were up across the board and significantly, the Vita Spa luxury 700 series was up 28%, while the swim spa series was up by 30%. Commenting on the day, Richard Hart Aqua Warehouse Group Managing Director said: “Once again all the Vita dealers were given there democratic opportunity to vote on all major aspects, such as the pricing and marketing for the year ahead, which is just so refreshing.” Richard continued: “We don’t force anything, we listen and allow the network to decide the important matters.” Following on from the previous year’s Facebook talk, the Vita dealers were enthralled with an ex BBC journalist and producer who gave a morning hands-on training session on how to take good quality video and edit it on your mobile phone. The Seminar was rounded off with a presentation ceremony by Richard Hart in which the following dealers received awards: • 1 Stop Spas • Hot Tubs Hampshire • Hydro Active • Pools & Spas Windlesham • Spyrys Aqua Warehouse Group 01245 477400

Master Spas Kicks Off 20th Anniversary With Top Dealers And Special Guest Michael Phelps Nearly 200 of Master Spas’ top dealers from across the globe, along with Michael Phelps and coach Bob Bowman, converged on Master Spas Headquarters recently to learn about exciting new products and to kick off the company’s 20th anniversary. The three-day dealer meeting opened with the introduction of the completely redesigned line of Clarity Spas. The 2016 Clarity Spas line consists of four brand-new models, each expertly designed and built with a host of luxury features not commonly found in entry-level spas. Master Spas also introduced new dealer programmes and training, including a comprehensive, online dealer education platform – Master Spas University. In addition, Master Spas unveiled an all-new website, which will launch in the near future. Dealers toured the state-of-the-art factory and were able to see, firsthand, the expansion that has occurred as a result of Master Spas’ unprecedented growth. As part of the dealer meeting, dealers also had the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman. Phelps’ relationship with Master Spas began in 2010, with the launch of the industry-leading Michael Phelps Signature Swim Spas line. Master Spas has continued its reputation for leadership with the addition of innovative, industry-first features, such as the Swim Number App (SNAPP) and the, new for 2016, Treadsoft Swim Spa Floor System, by SeaDek. Today, Phelps’ relationship with Master Spas has expanded to also include the Michael Phelps Legend Series, an ultra-premium, high-performance line of hot tubs. Master Spas is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 90 miles northeast of Indianapolis and operates out of a state-of-the-art, 265,000-squarefoot manufacturing facility on a 27-acre manufacturing campus. The company’s management team boasts more than 150 years’ of spa manufacturing success and one of the strongest track records in the industry. Master Spas +1 260 436 9100

Introducing the NEW Dream Maker™ Dream 600L 6 Person Spa The new Dream 600L is manufactured by Dream Maker Spas in Florida and exclusively distributed in the UK by Catalina Spas. The Dream 600L is 2030 x 2030 x 910mm and represents a revolutionary step forward in hot tub manufacturing. This specialist production process uses Linea High Density Polyethylene (LHDP) incorporating a special ‘mica’ fill package that produces a ‘metallic’ appearance. This unique material combined with a specialist machined mirror finished moulds ensures the Dream 600L is a hot tub with all of the looks and feel of acrylic but with the impact resistance, durability and reparability of LHDP. Available in six colour combinations –

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Sterling White or Metallic Graphite and four side feature panels – it also boasts a list of standard features that include, Ozone, Balboa™ pumps and controls, 30 Waterway™ adjustable jets, eight LED cabinet accent lights, eight LED perimeter

lights and LED waterfall. The Dream 600L achieves low running costs using ECO Green Guard cabinet insulation and a deluxe safety insulation cover. The cover is unique in that it fits into a deep recessed channel within the shell, giving double seal insulation and reducing the chance of being blown off. The Dream 600L has a five year warranty on the shell, two years on the equipment and plumbing and has an RRP of only £4,400 inc VAT plus a nationwide delivered cost from as little as £200 inc VAT. Catalina Spas 01980 611555 21/03/2016 21:32


endless swimming Freshening swimming and relaxing, exciting experience of a hot tub in a swimming pool! As the newest product of Wellis, the Rio Grande jakuzzi provides combined experience for its users. Thanks to the unique solutions of the counter current system, it serves as a swimming pool, and after the exhausting swimming you can relax in the massage section with 3 seats and one berth. As for its dimensions, the jakuzzi with its length of 6 meters and the depth of 1,5 meters it is unique on the market. Considering the space required for the traditional swimming pools, the Rio Grane can be the perfect highlight of a wellness section.

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New Catalina Atlantic Pool An Alternative To More Traditional Pools The Catalina Atlantic Pool is a massive 21 feet long (6.35m) and has three different internal depths and unlike many above-ground pools, the Atlantic is fully insulated and fully self-supporting. The Atlantic’s shell is made using a two pack gelcoat fibre reinforced resin system, which is insulated with a thick layer of spray applied foam and a special radiant GAURD Reflex-Air™ coating is added to the inside of the cabinet. This together with a four piece deluxe safety / insulation cover makes the Atlantic one of the most energy efficient and cost effective products on the market. The Atlantic Pool is available either above or in-ground and in four power settings. A 6kW heater and Ozone is standard on all models and for those looking for ways to keep fit as well have fun, the Atlantic Pool has all the options. The Atlantic’s shell is available in Ice Blue, off White and Blue and PVC cabinet options are Grey, Walnut and Mocha. Standard features include: variable internal depths of 1.2m, 1.37m and 1.5m, internal walk in steps with highlighted tiled edge and LED lighting, 2 x 900mm exercise bars, 3 x 450mm LED Cascading waterfalls, 2 x LED underwater lights, Pro Swim and rigid insulation / safety covers.

Wellis Launch New Swim Spa Range Hungarian manufacturer Wellis, along with its new UK distributor Superior Spas, used their debut appearances at SPATEX to promote a number of new features on the company’s latest hot tubs plus unveiled the new Wellis swim spa range. The new range, which consists of five models, includes the top of the range Rio Grande, which was on display at the three-day event in Coventry. The new swim spa models are being manufactured at the company’s new factory that opened last year and the range includes Rio Grande, Amazonas, Amazonas Power, Danube and Danube Power models. All of the new swim spas have a 5mm fibreglass reinforced acrylic spa shell and are constructed with a stainless steel frame. They also feature UV-C water sanitisers, exclusive chromotherapy lighting and come with a Thermo cover. A number of other options are also available across the range too. The flagship Rio Grande model has 58 jets and incorporates a separate spa seating area that features seating for three people plus a lounge seat, whilst in the swim side, three River Jets provide a powerful and even flow of water. Both the Amazonas Power and Danube Power models also feature three River jets, which is the main difference between them and the standard models, which are only equipped with one. Over recent years, the European brand has gone from strengthto-strength and the addition of the swim spa range along with the appointment of Superior Spas as the UK distributor is a statement of intent from the manufacturer who are now in a position to produce in excess of 20,000 units per year. Superior Spas 01246 559071 28-31_SPN_Apr_16_Hot_Tub_News.indd 31

Optional upgrades are available and these include: 12 Crystal water fountains, 21 perimeter LED lights, Turbo heated air and 6 x 75mmØ LED under water pool lights. Compared to a traditional swimming pool, the Atlantic gives massive savings as initial outlay costs are considerably less due to less preparation being needed. The self-supporting structure of the Atlantic Pool means it can simply be dropped into place and because all of the mechanical components are mounted inside the cabinet the only thing that needs connecting is a power supply. The Atlantic Pool and all Catalina spas, swim spas and fitness pools are all backed with the unique Catalina ten year warranty plan. Catalina Spas 01980 611555

Golden Coast Adds Aqua Broom To Its Cleaning Line-up The latest addition to Golden Coast’s comprehensive line-up of pool and spa cleaners answers the demands of hot tub and above-ground pool owners for an affordable and efficient cleaning solution. Pool Blaster Aqua Broom, which is available exclusively through Golden Coast, offers a cost-effective alternative to labour-intensive pool wands and ineffective garden hoses. Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams explained the problem: “For this ever-growing group of owners, a garden hose makes perfect sense, but, as they’ll discover, it’s ineffective, slow and results in lots of cold water being introduced into the small pool or spa. “Inexpensive pool wands are more effective, but they require a lot of effort from pool users. While they’re effective at capturing large debris, they aren’t as effective with sand and algae – so water is never really clean. “Aqua Broom offers an affordably priced, effective alternative – that is more powerful, too – ensuring cleaning is quicker and easier. It operates on just five D-Cell batteries and owners need only to place it in the water and turn it on to begin creating a cleaner and safer environment for their families.” For customers looking for more enhanced results, optional micro-filter bags can be fitted to remove sand, silt and even algae. Golden Coast 01271 378100

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to all the exhibitors and visitors at SPATEX 2016, which saw an amazing 28% increase in attendance! We look forward to seeing you all again in 2017 to celebrate our 21st anniversary.


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A Successful Start To 2016 BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes reflects on a successful start to the year, highlights contributions from key individuals and looks at what’s next for European standards


hank you to everyone that made the 20th anniversary of SPATEX such a tremendous success. The quality and quantity of the exhibitors and visitors were extremely high (the visitor figures were up by 28% on last year). This increase is accredited to the growing pool and spa trade sector and also from a wider audience that included architects, specifiers, leisure facility managers, holiday park operators and also a good number of non-trade visitors. Congratulations are due to Michele Bridle, Helen Mulingani, Penny Studdy, the SPATEX Directors and the rest of the on site team for the positive response to the show. Congratulations also go to all of the BISHTA and SPATA award recipients at the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards held at the industry gala dinner during SPATEX. It was great to see so many people from the industry supporting the event, which included the re-presentation of the ISPE Awards and further information is available starting from page 34. The evening was overseen by Jan Hardy, Rebecca Melhuish and Sallie Golding and my thanks are due to them for such an excellent event. I would also like to thank the sponsors, whose details are found below. While mentioning the Industry Gala Dinner, I would like to highlight the generosity of the pool and spa industry who responded to a plea for financial help to assist Jonah Gillingham with some medical expenses to assist his fight with a disease called aHUS. This is a rare, life-threatening, genetic disease that can damage vital organs such as the kidneys, heart, and brain. In patients with aHUS, blood clots form in small blood vessels throughout the body. Jonah’s condition is treatable with a drug, but his treatment is no longer being funded by Guernsey Health & Social Services. 33_SPN_Apr_16_CH.indd 33

Gillingham Pools are long-standing SPATA members, and Jonah is the grandson of the founder, Richard Gillingham while Jonah’s parents Geoff and Sonia Gillingham now run the company. Following the collection Carl Quirk (CCM Pools), Bryan Lennox (Lennox Leisure) and Lloyd Burden (Hydropool UK) generously added £1,000 each to the fund and to date, the money raised has been £4,195. Following the Gala Dinner, Alex Kemsley (Waterstream) has now formally taken on the role of BSPF President and as the current BISHTA Chairman, he already has a good insight into the new role. During the Gala Dinner, Alex thanked Richard Carrington (Calorex Heat Pumps) for his invaluable role as President over the previous 12 months in promoting the BSPF and the wider industry. Richard now becomes the Immediate Past President, Will Dando (Plastica) is Vice President, and Patrick Thorpe is Company Secretary. Their expertise (and that of the other Board members not mentioned above) is greatly valued. Regarding my regular updates on the development of European standards, the latest milestone has been reached, which is the completion of the work on domestic swimming pool filtration, circulation and treatment (as part of the EN 16713 series). These standards are now available to be purchased from BSI and please remember that SPATA members can get a 20% discount if purchasing them through their trade association (as SPATA is a BSI distributor). The next focus of attention for European standards is the mini pool standard (EN 16927) which is being finalised this year by Working Group 3 (of TC 402). Depending on the Final Vote, this document is believed to be getting prepared to be publicly available

at the end of this year (or possibly just into the New Year). That will then leave the work of WG4 who are developing a European standard on Domestic Spas and Hot Tubs. The next meeting of this group is due to be held later this month in Helsinki. The experts are hard at work to ensure these standards are developed to avoid any safety issues. BISHTA continues to chair the meeting to develop these standards. SPATA is also busy lobbying on the next challenges facing the pool industry. The dialogue in Europe is ongoing about an issue involving swimming pool pump efficiencies and at the time of writing this article, there is still no definitive answer as to whether pool pumps will be included in a wider piece of work to save energy with other pumps. This work was originally included as part of ‘Lot 29’ but is now included in ‘Lot 11’. The lobbying continues and the alliance forged with Europump (the European Pump Manufacturers Association) and EUSA to identify suitable ways of increasing efficiencies without severely restricting the options available on the market continues. I wish you all a great year. DIARY DATES 2016

11 April SPATEX Board, Andover 25 – 27 April TC 402 WG4, Helsinki SPATA Technical Committee, 10 May WebEx 23 June BISHTA Committee, WebEx President’s Weekend, 9 – 11 Sep Weybridge 20 – 21 Sep LIW, Birmingham

A full list of Diary Dates is available on / – look under the Trade heading

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Guests enjoying the Gala Dinner evening

Guests at the Awards enjoyed a pre-dinner drinks reception

Celebrations At The British Pool & Hot Tub Awards 2016 Presented by BISHTA and SPATA, The British Pool & Hot Tub Awards highlight the achievements of the wet leisure industry, by showcasing the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation from trade association approved companies and the Awards provide a platform to drive press and consumer interest for the UK’s Wet Leisure and Wellness industry


or the third year, the gala awards evening took place at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, alongside SPATEX (celebrating its 20th anniversary), the UK’s leading and largest Wet Leisure and Wellness Exhibition. The gala evening is open to the whole industry, giving visitors and exhibitors to SPATEX the opportunity to extend their stay to enjoy the show and attend the evening. The evening was hosted by Rob Malone, supported by Richard Carrington (BSPF President and SPATA Chairman) and Alex Kemsley (BISHTA Chairman) to present

the awards along with the awards category sponsors. The awards evening began with the re-presentation of the ISPE 2015 awards by the ISPE’s President, John Cheek. A fantastic night started with pre-dinner drinks, with a three-course dinner, with magicians keeping guests entertained between courses, followed by entertainment from variety guest duo, the Harper Brothers. Back by popular demand, the Photo Booth returned to capture candid shots for guests to take away as a memento and the night continued until late with a disco. The SPATA and BISHTA awards provide a

fantastic opportunity for the industry to come together, providing not only a great night, but an opportunity to promote the awards far and wide. In business terms, it’s a chance to network with industry peers, where new contacts and business relationships are begun. Ultimately, the awards are an important platform to showcase the best available hot tubs, spas and swimming pools, raising the profile of the wet leisure industry (as a whole) driving awareness to UK consumers. It’s never been a better time to join BISHTA/SPATA, working together to give our industry a stronger voice! SPN

Magicians kept guests entertained between courses

At the Gala Dinner, the industry raised £4,195 for Jonah Gillingham, son of the owners of SPATA members Gillingham Pools, to assist with medical expenses to fight a disease called aHUS

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POOL & SPA INDUSTRY Aqua-Blue Designs & David Hallam Gold Winning Residential Pool Over £200,000 also won Pool Of The Year

Cresta Leisure picked up five awards including two Golds and also won Pool Contractor of the Year

Origin Leisure picked up four Awards, including two Golds across the ‘Residential Pools’ categories

Tanby Pools enjoyed a number of successes and employee Anita McArthur picked up the Paul Kite Award For Pool Star Of The Year

Oyster Pools & Leisure collected The Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence along with a SPATA Residential outdoor pool award and numerous BISHTA awards XL Pools followed their 2015 successes with three more Awards including Gold in the Residential Pools Over £75,000 & Under £125,000 category 34-35_SPN_April_16_Awards_Evening_Rev2.indd 35

North Spas collected ‘the full set’ with Gold, Silver and Bronze BISHTA Awards across three categories

Cheshire Wellness picked up awards in three categories and secured a Gold in the Special Requirements Pools category

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BRITISH POOL & HOT TUB AWARD WINNERS 2016 Pool of the Year AND Residential Indoor Pools over £200,000 (JOINT ENTRY) Aqua-Blue Designs 023 8026 0888 David Hallam Ltd 01709 723183

Award Winners 2016 The UK Trade Associations BISHTA and SPATA announce the 2016 British Pool & Hot Tub Award Winners


inners of the 2016 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards were celebrating after being revealed at the industry gala evening, held during SPATEX at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on 31 January 2016. Rebranded in 2015, the first SPATA award recipients were celebrating way back in 1978 with the first

BISHTA honours being won in 2008. These well-established awards are the UK’s number one wet leisure industry accolades. Residential Above-Ground Pools under £15,000 Spruce Pools 01722 323895

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Hosted by the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) and the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA), the awards evening brings together the two UK trade associations at a joint event which showcases the wet leisure industry with the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation.

Pool Contractor of the Year AND Residential Outdoor Pools over £40,000 & under £75,000 Cresta Leisure 01305 259253 21/03/2016 16:51


Residential Outdoor Pools up to £40,000 New Dawn Pools 01367 253333

The awards are an annual opportunity to promote these exciting projects to the consumer and trade press, while providing award winners with an endorsement that can bring fantastic kudos. The event was also an opportunity for the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) to re-present their 2015 awards. Big winners of the night were Cresta Leisure who won ‘The Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contactor of the Year’ award. Also celebrating were Hydropool UK, who picked up seven BISHTA awards and Tanby Pools who won seven SPATA awards including ‘Pool Star of The Year’ awarded to Anita McArthur. Oyster Pools & Leisure won eight awards across the combined BISHTA and SPATA categories including ‘The Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence’. A joint entry submitted by Aqua-Blue Designs and David Hallam won the ‘SPATA award for Pool of the Year’.

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We set a high standard for our judges from across both the pool and spa industry to score each entry on visual impression and technical merit. This means that an award won at the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards is very well deserved” Chris Hayes, Managing Director of both BISHTA and SPATA, said: “We congratulate all the winners of this year’s British Pool & Hot Tub Awards. BISHTA represents 111 specialist hot tub companies and SPATA represents 173 companies. We set a high standard for our judges from across both the pool and spa industry to score each entry on visual impression and technical merit.

This means that the winners at the British Pool & Hot Tub awards deserve their success. Ownership of at least one award stands as a strong endorsement to consumers of the standard of work offered by those companies. Each year, the outstanding quality of submissions creates stiff competition. The high quality of the entries provides a fantastic opportunity for showcasing what our members can do for their customers and reinforces why it is so important to choose a BISHTA or SPATA member to turn a dream into a winning project. The publicity generated from the awards evening helps to promote consumer awareness, to generate demand for products and services to kick start the New Year”. There is the added bonus that BISHTA and SPATA winners are also eligible to be entered into the EUSA European Pool and Spa Awards.” Over the coming pages, we take a look at the Gold winning projects from this year’s Awards plus the other winners from the non installation categories and whether picking up a Gold, Silver or Bronze, SPN would like to congratulate all of the companies, people and projects that were recognised at the 2016 Awards.

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BRITISH POOL & HOT TUB AWARD WINNERS 2016 The 2016 SPATA award winners: RESIDENTIAL OUTDOOR ABOVEGROUND POOLS UNDER £15,000 Gold: Spruce Pools RESIDENTIAL OUTDOOR POOLS UP TO £40,000 Gold: New Dawn Pools Silver: Oyster Pools & Leisure RESIDENTIAL OUTDOOR POOLS OVER £40,000 & UNDER £75,000 Gold: Cresta Leisure Silver: Spruce Pools Bronze: Cresta Leisure RESIDENTIAL OUTDOOR POOLS OVER £75,000 & UNDER £125,000 Gold: XL Pools Silver: Spruce Pools Bronze: Tanby Pools

Residential Indoor Pools up to £100,000 (JOINT GOLD) Jetform Swimming Pools 01268 270505

RESIDENTIAL OUTDOOR POOLS OVER £125,000 Gold: Origin Leisure Silver: Tanby Pools Bronze: Tanby Pools RESIDENTIAL INDOOR POOLS UP TO £100,000 Joint Gold: Origin Leisure Joint Gold: Jetform Swimming Pools Joint Silver: Origin Leisure Joint Silver: Rigo Spa Bronze: XL Pools

Residential Outdoor Pools over £125,000 Origin Leisure 01895 823366

Special Requirements Pools Cheshire Wellness 0151 336 3417

RESIDENTIAL INDOOR POOLS BETWEEN £100,000 AND £200,000 Gold: Rockingham Swimming Pools Silver: Whitewaters Joint Bronze: Origin Leisure Joint Bronze: Tanby Pools RESIDENTIAL INDOOR POOLS OVER £200,000 Gold: Aqua-Blue Designs & David Hallam (joint entry) Silver: Rio Pool Construction Co. Bronze: New Dawn Pools SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS POOLS Gold: Cheshire Wellness Silver: XL Pools Bronze: Cheshire Wellness

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IN-GROUND RESIDENTIAL SPA Gold: Rigo Spa Silver: Cheshire Wellness


IN-GROUND COMMERCIAL SPA Gold: Cresta Leisure Silver: Cheshire Wellness Bronze: Centurion Leisure SUSTAINABILITY AWARD Gold: Whitewaters Silver: Rigo Spa Bronze: Waterstream

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REFURBISHMENT POOLS Joint Gold: Grayfox Swimming Pools Joint Gold: Tanby Pools Silver: Tanby Pools Bronze: Cresta Leisure




POOL OF THE YEAR Winner: Aqua-Blue Designs & David Hallam (joint entry)

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Paul Kite Award for the Pool Star of the Year Anita McArthur (Tanby Pools)

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Refurbishment Pools (JOINT GOLD) Grayfox Swimming Pools 01427 788682

Refurbishment Pools (JOINT GOLD) Tanby Pools 01883 622335

In-ground Residential Spa Rigo Spa 0151 236 4259

Pool Contractor of the Year AND In-ground Commercial Spa Cresta Leisure 01305 259253

Sustainability Award Whitewaters 0191 551 2048

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BRITISH POOL & HOT TUB AWARD WINNERS 2016 The 2016 BISHTA Award Winners: RESIDENTIAL HOT TUB BELOW £7,000 Gold: Oyster Pools & Leisure Silver: Hydropool UK Bronze: North Spas RESIDENTIAL HOT TUB £7,000 TO £14,000 Gold: Euphoria Lifestyle Joint Silver: Oyster Pools & Leisure Joint Silver: Complete Spas Bronze: Oyster Pools & Leisure

The Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence Oyster Pools & Leisure 01291 690614 Residential Hot Tub Below £7,000 Oyster Pools & Leisure 01291 690614

RESIDENTIAL HOT TUBS £14,000 AND OVER Gold: North Spas Silver: Euphoria Lifestyle Bronze: Complete Spas RESIDENTIAL HOT TUBS IN AN OVERSEAS SETTING Gold: Hydropool UK

SWIM SPAS AND EXERCISE POOLS Gold: Castle Hot Tubs Silver: Hydropool UK Bronze: Oyster Pools & Leisure HOT TUBS CHANGE LIVES Gold: Hot Tub Suppliers BEST HOT TUB IN A HOLIDAY SETTING Gold: Castle Hot Tubs Joint Silver: Oyster Pools & Leisure Joint Silver: North Spas BEST SHOWROOM Gold: Hydropool UK Silver: Oyster Pools & Leisure Bronze: Complete Spas BEST WEBSITE Gold: Euphoria Lifestyle Silver: Hydropool UK Bronze: Hot Tub Suppliers

Best Hot Tub in a Holiday Setting Castle Hot Tubs 01348 840509

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Residential Hot Tub £7,000 to £14,000 Euphoria Lifestyle 01903 892 555

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Best Website Euphoria Lifestyle 01903 892 555

Swim Spas and Exercise Pools Castle Hot Tubs 01348 840509

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Biofilms And Their Impact On Water Plant Management This issue, Robbie Phillips and Richard Lamburn, STA’s Technical Pool Plant Team look at Biofilms – what they are, how they occur and how to prevent and control them


iofilms are organic ecosystems that play a very important role in the provision of hygienic conditions for all water-based systems. Simply put, if they are not prevented from infecting these systems they can rapidly develop into high-risk unhygienic colonies, resulting in huge numbers of bacteria growing inside the system. The risk, if left uncontrolled, is the potential to infect exposed bathers in our leisure provisions i.e. swimming pools, spas and interactive play features.

SO WHAT’S NEEDED TO START A BIOFILM? Generally, all you need is a suitable surface submerged in water (or some other aqueous solution) microorganisms and favourable conditions. However, it’s not quite that simple though. Not all biofilms grow at the same rate or even require similar conditions to survive – each type of microbe has its own needs. Still, there are some factors that can affect biofilm attachment and growth regardless of species: • The availability of nutrients in the water sample, body fats, skin particles, phosphates (from pool and spa chemicals) and general organic contamination. • The physical and chemical characteristics of the surface(s) e.g. pipe material, sand grains, balance tank and overflow channel surfaces, filters and stagnant water in these items. • Incorrect pH levels. • Temperature. • The rate of water flow, in the sample i.e. poor hydraulics in the pool, spa etc. • Incorrect levels of disinfectants in the water at any time – chlorine, ozone, bromine, UV etc.

Biofilm formation on dehumidifier fins

• The number of species of organisms in the water. • If the microorganisms can move on their own. • Hidden areas, where often due to lack of maintenance and/or lack of effective cleansing the biofilm establishes. Sand filters are perfect and it is one of the main reasons why they should be inspected and tested regularly. Ultimately, it’s essential to understand that microorganisms don’t necessarily ‘think’ while forming a biofilm; it just happens if the conditions are favourable. If a microbe is pushed by water flow or accidentally bumps into a surface, it may or may not attach the first time or even at all for that matter. It’s unclear what causes a cell to attach to a surface and some researchers say it’s a combination of factors – flows (including shear rates), electrostatic forces, conditioning layers (debris already on the surface) and nutrients available to the microorganism. The establishment of biofilms in the wet leisure sector is relatively easy to identify with a number of indicators and signs of biofilm growth:

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Dirty spa balance tank with ideal surfaces for growth

• Combined chlorine odours during water agitation – e.g. swim squad activity. • Cloudy water. • Areas of filter surface inactivity identified as ‘dead spots/areas’ during recommended filter inspection. • Musty smells around the system plant and balance tanks. • Little control and low free chlorine (also disinfectant) levels. • Slimy gel like deposits on surfaces or detection of the same in water samples. The prevention and control of biofilms within the wet leisure sector is essential and should consist of: • Regular inspections of balance tanks, filters, surface draw off components and grids. • Regular maintenance of these areas. • For intensely bathed facilities, e.g. unit spas, interactive play feature systems (with their own dedicated purification systems) consider super chlorination with scrubbing. • Regular chemical and bacterial testing and prescribed interpretations with reactions. • Addressing identified infections by indicator organisms, Pseudomonas aeruginosa for example. STA 01922 645097 The cause of Legionella infections is primarily initiated from a biofilm where infective microorganisms are developed in a biofilm then released as a parasite within a host bacterium which in turn is killed only to release the harmful agent.

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Safer Pool Design Managing a poorly-designed commercial pool can be extremely expensive. Alex Blackwell, Head of Vocational Qualifications at the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) calls for greater communication between pool designers, builders and operators to create safer pools


here are a number of factors that affect the safe management of commercial swimming pools. For lifeguards in particular, these include lighting, glare, reflection, blind spots, turbulence, depth of the water and the pool’s finishes and colours. Any factors that impact the ability to lifeguard a pool, the lifeguard’s view of swimmers and the pool floor, and the ability of staff to reach a casualty in an emergency have the potential to drive up staffing and lifeguarding costs. In the current economic climate, operators need to be able to run their pools as efficiently and safely as possible. But it is not uncommon for operators to find themselves in the position of having to invest in more lifeguarding staff to manage the challenges caused by the design of the pool, which can be extremely expensive. The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK) is passionate about drowning prevention

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and providing a safe swimming environment without driving up costs unnecessarily. With this in mind, we encourage architects to meet with pool operators to discuss the design of a swimming pool with regards to aesthetics as well as running costs. Increased communication between pool designers, builders and operators at the design stage of the project would go a long way to minimising some of the problems listed above, if not eliminating them entirely. A few architects already do this well and as a result are designing and building swimming pools without losing any design creativity. However in our experience, most don’t seem to have a grasp of the day-to-day needs of pool operation resulting in a greater need for lifeguarding staff and therefore greater costs.

THE PROBLEM OF GLARE Glare and reflection are arguably the most common problems experienced by pool

operators. Visibility issues can be caused by light reflecting onto the pool water, either by sun streaming through windows or internal lighting, and can cause significant problems for those lifeguarding a pool. When RLSS UK reviewed the training resources of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), we found many pools where the design of the pool and visibility directly impacted the number of lifeguards required. In some instances a casualty on the bottom of the pool could not be seen at all when the lifeguard moved two metres along the side of the pool. A video demonstrating this issue is included in our training resources to show the dangers of glare/reflection. For some operators, the problems of glare/reflection are such that an extra one or even two lifeguards are required, which significantly increases operational running costs. The trend for glass facades and floor to 21/03/2016 21:27


Glare and reflection are arguably the most common problems experienced by pool operators and can cause significant problems for those lifeguarding a pool

ceiling glazing shows no sign of abating. Glare and reflection can vary according to the orientation of the building, the time of day and the time of year (eg low sun in winter) and has to be managed. Early dialogue between pool designers, builders and those managing the facility could potentially mitigate some of these issues and reduce operational running costs whilst maintaining safety. In existing facilities, many operators have tried blinds or glare film to help minimise or remove the problem. But if these fail to solve the issue, operators may have to invest in more lifeguarding positions on each shift to ensure the pool is supervised appropriately with good visibility for lifeguards.

OTHER KEY CONSIDERATIONS Artificial lighting within the pool hall and its location may also impact visibility through the water and make the lifeguard’s role more challenging. Underwater lighting undoubtedly creates a pleasant atmosphere but in some cases it can cause dark spots under the water making it more challenging to see areas of the pool floor. Where some pools do not use lifeguards and rely on CCTV to view the swimming pool environment, a member of staff such as a receptionist needs to be able to monitor the cameras on a regular basis. However, staff often have more than one role to perform, and in the case of a receptionist, will not be able to check the cameras when dealing with a customer. Cameras will have the same challenges as lifeguards and the monitor may not be able to show the swimming pool environment clearly and the entire volume of pool water with a clear view of the pool bottom. And this is not even considering the response time to

reach the poolside and effect a rescue or give emergency first aid. The shape and layout of a pool is another factor affecting the safe management of swimming pools. Curved walls, play structures, pillars and stepped access can obstruct the lifeguard’s view of these areas or create complete blind spots meaning the lifeguard simply cannot see what’s happening in this area of the pool at all. The position and numbers of lifeguards should be considered at the design stage and simply moving a pool feature or wall can significantly reduce running costs. Another area that often gets overlooked is access to the pool. This includes village changing facilities that lead directly onto the deep end of the pool – a nightmare for containing excited young children who want to get into the water as quickly as possible. The simple solution here is to ensure access doesn’t lead onto the deep end and to make sure a barrier is in place when the pool is closed to prevent unauthorised access. In addition to the physical structure of the pool, there are a number of other factors that can hinder the role of the lifeguard in safeguarding a swimming pool. Humidity, air temperature, chemicals used to disinfect the pool water and inadequate ventilation can lead to a challenging environment for the pool lifeguard. Consideration of the lifeguard position and environment is crucial. Can a lifeguard be expected to remain alert within these environments? And don’t forget about the colour of the pool. Dark pool tiles, especially when combined with poor lighting, can make it very difficult to see a casualty on the bottom of the pool. White or light coloured

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tiles are best.

BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS There are many problems that operators encounter when lifeguarding pools but, as explained, many of these could be solved if those designing and building the facilities engaged with operators in the early stages. This would ensure that swimming pools not only look great, but meet the needs of operators and don’t cost a fortune to manage. In any event, we would recommend that operators conduct a lifeguard zone visibility test (LZVT) when risk assessing any pool to reduce danger by allocating an appropriate number of lifeguards to the pool. For information or advice on how to safeguard swimming pools, please contact RLSS UK. SPN RLSS UK 01789 773994

When RLSS UK reviewed the training resources of the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), they found many pools where the design of the pool and visibility directly impacted the number of lifeguards required

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SPATEX 2016 Is Hailed An Industry Triumph

The annual SPATEX exhibition returned to Coventry’s Ricoh Arena at the end of January for a 20th anniversary celebration that promised to feature the best line up to date. We report on the three-day event, which didn’t disappoint By Jon Wadeson


uring the setup at this year’s SPATEX, there was a real air of calmness among exhibitors as the stands with the Ricoh Arena’s Jaguar Exhibition Hall gradually took shape without seemingly a hitch or problem in sight. It really was a case of the calm before the storm because I don’t think anybody from the in excess of 120 companies that were exhibiting quite expected what was then to unfold over the following three days. Shows can often get off to a sluggish start, but that wasn’t the case at SPATEX and it

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seemed that from the moment the show opened its doors, there was a constant stream of visitors arriving at the Coventry based event. For three days the Jaguar Exhibition Hall was a vibrant and often verging on manic networking extravaganza, bursting with great looking stands displaying all the latest wet leisure innovations and products. Every sector of the industry was represented – from saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools to spas and hot tubs and everything else in between. Even on the last day, the Tuesday afternoon, when shows are notorious for going quiet,

visitors were still searching the aisles, looking for the latest gadgets and products for the season ahead. One impressed visitor, Toby Lamper the owner of Affordapool commented: “The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the packed car park, then I came into the hall and the stands were packed too! We’ve been coming to SPATEX four or five years now and 2016 was definitely the best!” That epitomised the views of many with the show being widely acknowledged as the best edition to date.

The smart looking Aqua Water System stand contained a selection of products from their comprehensive range

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With plenty of products on show, both Golden Coast and SCP enjoyed busy stands for the duration of the show

Taking a prominent position on the Heatstar stand was their Phoenix EC Hybrid Heat Recovery Ventilation System along with their new state-of-the-art Lynx Energy Management System

Returning after an absence of a year, Paramount Pool Products were impressed with the overall experience and showcased a number of their products

SPATEX isn’t just an exhibition of products though and the impressive stands were complemented with a comprehensive double seminar programme, which was extremely well attended too. Hosted by a highly knowledgeable team of industry experts, the seminars offered visitors a chance to update their professional skills free of charge and gain valuable CPD points. Ross Alcock of the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) who organised the programme of workshops in Arena One said: “Four hundred and fifty delegates attended the seminars which was 6% up on SPATEX

2015. Allen Wilson’s session on Monday ‘Dealing with Pool Problems’ attracted an audience of 54 which is a record, since SPATEX has been in Coventry.” Taking the entire offering into account, the thoughts of Richard Adams MSIPE and Sales Director at New Dawn Pools summed up what many were saying. He said: “Once again the highlight of the swimming pool calendar was SPATEX 2016, the showcase of the swimming pool industry. An array of professional stands and experts within the industry showing off the latest innovations and ideas available to our clients. Well

done to the SPATEX team.” “SPATEX 2016 surpassed all our expectations with a constant flow of high quality visitors throughout the duration of the Show,” said exhibitor Cath Saunders from Certikin International, whose comments are typical of those that have flooded into the SPATEX office since the Show closed. “We were particularly pleased to see a large commercial representation, particularly from the holiday park sector. SPATEX is easily the best way of accessing all that the UK wet leisure industry has to offer.”

Fairlocks Pool Products enjoyed a busy three days and exhibited a wide range of products including new LED lighting and underwater tools

Lighthouse Pools exhibited a range of products from Zodiac along with a live demonstration unit, which showcased their iAqualink automated control system

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SPATEX enjoyed a constant flow of high quality visitors throughout the duration of the show

More than a show of just swimming pool products, John Mabey of Aqua Spa Supplies talks accessories

A regular at SPATEX, Waterco returned to Coventry and presented filters, filter media and their new commercial pump – the Hydrostar Plus

Richard Hart of Aqua Warehouse Group succinctly said: “Thank you Michele and your team for the best ever Show!” which perfectly summed up the thoughts of those who were at the event. In fact, it’s fair to say that the whole event was nothing short of what you would expect from the UK’s leading wet leisure Exhibition. Post Show, the figures reveal what a success the event was and with a staggering year on year increase in visitor numbers approaching 30% (many of which were from the commercial sector) the 20th anniversary

The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the packed car park, then I came into the hall and the stands were packed too! We’ve been coming to SPATEX four or five years now and 2016 was definitely the best!” SPATEX Exhibition appears to have delivered on all fronts. In fact it has been hailed an industry success story and is now one event that really is not to be missed. Delighted SPATEX Organiser, Michele

Bridle said: “We pulled out all the stops to celebrate our 20th anniversary and the industry handsomely rewarded us with exhibitor space sold out some two months early, but the visitor numbers exceeded

The focal point of the stunning NIVEKO stand was a fully functioning overspill pool, which incorporated their ‘Whisper’ solution

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After a busy day, Exhibitors enjoyed a Mexican themed drinks reception at the Ricoh Arena

A rodeo bull provided further entertainment at the Exhibitor drinks party

Every sector of the industry was represented – from saunas, steam rooms, swimming pools to spas and hot tubs and everything else in between

SPATEX 2016 – THE FACTS & FIGURES • • • • • • • •

Over 100 exhibitors 34% of exhibitors were new to the Ricoh Arena 1,426 confirmed unique visitors Unique visitors increased 27% YoY Unrivalled double education programme across all three days 450 delegates attended ISPE seminars ISPE delegates increased of 6% YoY Monday ISPE session attracted record audience for the Coventry based show • Networking events included the Industry Awards and Gala Dinner

Stainless steel pool and spa specialists Morgan Bros Leisure Ltd were one of a number of new exhibitors at the Ricoh Arena

even our expectations. Visitors flocked from both home and abroad, representing a huge cross section of disciplines and facilities – leisure centres, hotels, councils, schools, holiday parks, spas, animal hydrotherapy pools, to name but a few.” With thoughts already turning to next year, Michele added: “Far from resting on our laurels, it’s onwards and upwards for SPATEX! This year has proved to be a fantastic platform upon which to build SPATEX 2017, which we are planning to make even bigger and better. Watch this

space for news of our landmark 21st.” SPATEX returns to the Ricoh Arena in 2017 and will run from Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 2 February. With a new mid week schedule, the event is being brought in line with the other major European shows and a potential benefit of this could be that the visitor attendance is spread more evenly across the three days. SPATEX 01264 358558

The impressive stands were complemented with a comprehensive double seminar programme, which was extremely well attended too

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2016’s Leading Liner Options Liner pools are the most popular type of swimming pool in the UK and as a result, there will always be a demand for the products associated with them. Whether it’s for a new build or a refurbishment, thankfully the days of limited choices are well in the past and an increased offering of high quality and durable options are now available. Whether it’s liners or on site systems, we cover the range of liner pool options on offer this year By Andrea Hartshorne


s each year comes around, the sheer range of styles, designs, colours and patterns available for pool liners increases. Long gone are the days of just a handful of options and the choices on offer in 2016 mean more options for new pools and more possibilities for existing pools that may have seen better days. It is, after all, at this time of year when many pool owners may find that what was once their pride and joy is now in need of more than a just little TLC. Of course, there are numerous ways to transform a swimming pool from a tired or even unsightly vision to one that looks as good as new, but one of the cheapest and easiest ways is through the fitting of a new pool liner. Whether it’s a bag liner or an on site solution, renovating a pool with a new liner is sure to get people talking and we look at the options available this season.

SMOOTHLY PROFESSIONAL AQUAFLEX Synonymous with quality pool liners and professional on site lining, Aquaflex are a company worth contacting when building or refurbishing a pool. When it comes to tailor made bag liners Aquaflex use only the very highest quality materials and can manufacture in almost any shape or size. They can even incorporate walk in steps so avoiding the outlay of an acrylic or fibreglass step unit. To top off the liner, Aquaflex have a large range of tile bands that complement the range of available liner colours and provide a professional and attractive finish. For added interest Aquaflex can weld a motif into the liner. There are some that Aquaflex hold in stock or the customer can design their own by providing the artwork for something individual that makes their pool stand out. 57-60_SPN_Apr_16_Liner_Pools.indd 57

Aquaflex’s ‘Touch’ on site lining is 3D embossed and offers three distinctive and natural finishes

When it comes to on site lining, Aquaflex use only the best quality Alkorplan material and have a resident team of installers who work year round updating tired old painted pools with a modern long lasting finish by using the unique and tactile ‘Touch’ material that is 3D embossed and offers three distinctive and natural finishes: Touch Authentic, Relax and Elegance. New pools can be given a finish that is completely out of the ordinary and can even take on the appearance of a lagoon or sandy beach. Strength and beauty are a superlative combination and the 2mm material plus layers of acrylic glaze in a ‘Touch’ pool will withstand many years of the wear and tear that occurs in a well used pool without so much as a wrinkle denting its supreme good looks. Size and shape of the pool hold no barriers for Aquaflex and quirky designs that incorporate obstacles such as stepping stones or central islands are smoothly and expertly covered – as are all Aquaflex pools.

POOL DREAMS COME TRUE WITH DELIFOL’S HELP On-Site Pool Linings deal with the UK distribution and installation of delifol liners, a product which is suitable for both indoor and outdoor pools of any purpose. The linings can be installed into a new pool or used for renovation of an old tired shell and can be installed on top of any existing pool finish with the minimum of preparation. delifol features a tough 1.5mm thick PVC membrane which is reinforced with a strong woven webbing set into the material during manufacture, this gives it the stability to resist stretching under the extreme pressure of water. The chemical formulation, constantly checked and monitored gives it the perfect balance to protect it from damage from sunlight, pool chemicals and the extremes of weather and temperature whilst keeping it supple enough to be laid into the most awkward of shapes. The edges of the material are over-lapped, welded

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On-Site Pool Linings deal with the UK distribution and installation of delifol liners, a product which is suitable for both indoor and outdoor pools of any purpose

and sealed with the very latest hot-air welding tools. The material remains flexible to absorb any slight movement of the shell and existing cracks. The product can only be installed by specialist fitters. The work is quick and clean and with no ‘curing time’ to wait for so refilling can begin whilst the finishing touches are being made. The pool can be back in action very quickly, making it very economical. delifol is treated to protect against damage from sunlight, pool chemicals and algae growth and meets the highest European physical and chemical standards. It is also guaranteed to remain watertight for a full ten years and is suitable for pools heated up to a maximum of 34°C (94°F). delifol allows customers to develop and design a creation of their own to ensure their requirements are met.

A TOUCH OF QUALITY WITH PROFLEX LINERS Available through SCP UK, Proflex Swimming Pool Liners by Haogenplast are high-quality, durable, 100% watertight vinyl reinforced swimming pool liners that deliver

long term performance. Designed with built-in versatility, they are an optimal solution when constructing new swimming pools or when renovating existing pools. The liner can be installed over almost any type of surface and easily adapts to all pool shapes and configurations. The exceptional physical and chemical properties of Proflex liners deliver a number of outstanding features, including high resistance to chemicals and UV radiation. This ensures that the liners only require standard ongoing maintenance, which results in significant cost savings in the long term. This advantage makes Proflex a preferred solution for refurbishment of old pools. The advanced manufacturing and design of Proflex pool liners results in a high quality combination of functionality and aesthetics, for an effective pool lining solution that blends harmoniously with the surroundings. In addition, Proflex delivers enhanced protection against mechanical abrasion and wear, plus offers superior performance in watertight sealing, for improved longevity and durability. Developed and produced according to the

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YEAR ROUND SERVICE FROM PLASTICA Plastica have found that pool professionals are increasingly offering reinforced on site lining as an alternative to the thinner conventional bag liners. On site lining can be installed at any time of the year and can be installed into virtually any shape of pool regardless of its construction. Plastica offer a year round service meaning the end customer doesn’t have to wait until the spring to have the lining installed so their pool can be up and running when they want to use it. A typical pool installation can be


Peppa Pig World is part of Paultons Family Theme Park which is located in the beautiful setting of Hampshire’s New Forest. When the penguin enclosure adjacent to Peppa Pig World needed refurbishing, Ambassador Pools who had successfully won the refurbishment contract, were quick to engage the services of Aquaflex to carry out the on site lining. The brief was to make a natural looking pool in as short a time as possible so that the penguins could return to enjoy their new look home. Whilst Ambassador dealt with the updating of the pool’s equipment, Aquaflex’s expert on site lining team began the job of preparing and installing the super tough, but soft to the touch, lining system. The pool at the penguin enclosure measured 18.6m x 18m with a constant depth of 1.55m and incorporated an underwater viewing area. The chosen lining material was Renolit Sand and ‘Touch’ Relax. The installation was completed within two weeks to the satisfaction of Paultons Park and voted a p p p perfect pick me up by the resident family of Humboldt penguins.

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specifications of Standard (NF 5 54-803-2, EN 15836-2-2011), Proflex liners meet strict standards of quality, in a product that is easy to install in swimming pools of any shape, size or type. The versatility, professional installation and exceptional properties of Proflex liners make it one of the industry leaders worldwide. Available in a range of solid colours and patterns, Proflex liners are available as rolls only (25m x 1.65m) or SCP UK offer a professional on site installation service.

The fabulous finished pool at Paultons Park with the residents enjoying an inaugural swim

Image supplied by Ambassador Pools


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Plastica offer a year round on site service meaning the end customer doesn’t have to wait until the spring to have the lining installed

completed in 3 – 4 days and with no drying or curing time to wait, for the pool can be re-filled on completion of the installation. Plastica have been installing the Extreme Pool lining material supplied by Renolit for over 35 years since they introduced the system into the UK. With over 3,000 successful installations completed since then the system has become one of the go to solutions for the pool professional. The material is 1.5mm thick with a reinforced webbing for added strength and is unaffected by frost and ice. It is easy to clean and maintain, with protective lacquers on the surface to help resist the effects of scratching from automatic covers. It also contains algaecides to help prevent bacterial growth. It can be run at higher temperatures than thinner domestic liners making it ideal for schools, hotels, holiday parks, hydrotherapy pools and domestic pools. Plastica have found that although it is more expensive than a standard domestic liner more pool companies are offering the Extreme system to all their customers, not just commercial installations, as the system gives complete piece of mind when completed. With a ten year guarantee but a realistic life expectancy of 15 – 20 years it’s easy to see why the system continues to grow in popularity year on year. A recent addition to the already wide choice of colours and patterns available is their 2mm thick 3D range of patterns which are designed to give a completely different swimming experience and give the effect of swimming in a natural environment.

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There are numerous ways to transform a swimming pool from a tired or even unsightly vision to one that looks as good as new, but one of the cheapest and easiest ways is through the fitting of a new pool liner” tile patterns from the well-known Canadian company Kafko, who have been in operation for over 50 years. Their high-quality liners are not only resistant to bleach and UV damage but are also treated to prevent bacteria and algae growth, and as standard come with Ultra-Seam technology which reinforces the seams to make them stronger while making the seam itself virtually invisible. With a wide variety of options for pattern, colour and shade, all Kafko liners can be made to fit a huge variety of styles and custom shapes. The vinyl liners are designed to match with their granite-look steps and spas, and also provide an Over Step system which can be used to create a seamless effect in any pool, whether made from polymer, steel, concrete or fibreglass. Kafko are so assured of the high quality of their products that they offer a 25 year limited warranty on their vinyl liners. These ideas and options are just the tip of the iceberg as to what using a liner can achieve – with some thought and careful planning, a complete overhaul that renews and revolutionises a pool from a scruffy or tired, unusable and unsightly hole in the garden to a beautiful swimming pool to be proud of and show off. Like everything, fashions change and the advantage of liner pools is that they enable the client to update

to the latest colours, styles and shapes for a fraction of the cost. Rather than splashing out on the rather large investment of replacing a pool which has enjoyed many years worth of use and therefore looks a little tired, it can be brought bang up to date with the latest technologies and styles with a new liner.

QUICK AND EFFICIENT LINING OPTIONS FROM CERTIKIN Having a vinyl lining system installed into a pool is without doubt the quickest and most cost efficient means of achieving an attractive, durable and watertight finish. Whether it be a UK factory made bag liner, or an installation by one of their nationwide Infinite on site lining teams, Certikin offers the most comprehensive range of vinyl colour and pattern by sourcing from a selection of accredited suppliers. Manufactured in a purpose-equipped facility at their Northern Division, Certikin’s factory-made bag liners boast both variety and quality. With a colour and pattern range boasting many exclusives and varieties from traditional, well established designs right through to the latest contemporary design, the palette choice is as varied as it has ever been. From the initial stages of CAD conversion of pool dimensions, through automated dispensing and cutting and to high

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Certikin’s Infinite On-site Lining System was chosen by Fowler Swimming Pools to renovate this domestic pool

frequency seam welding on purpose-made machines, the amount of care and attention poured into every liner is obvious. Take, for instance, their ‘smooth seam’ welding technique. By adopting a unique ‘soft bar’ welding process, the seams on their liners soften into one another, creating a flatter, smoother and better looking liner, without compromising the quality. In fact,

Certikin are so confident in the integrity of the liner that they have increased the product guarantee from five years to ten years. Likewise, for their Infinite on site lining installations, they now offer a 15 year as opposed to ten year guarantee on the installation. The popularity of on site lining continues to grow as more and more clients begin to appreciate the wide range of benefits


This 28-year old reinforced concrete pool was crying out for some TLC so Isle of Wight wet leisure specialists, Solent Hot Tubs & Swimming Pools (part of Island Mechanical Services) called on the services of the original builder, pool consultant Roy Eccott who recommended Certikin’s Infinite site liner. Based in Ryde, Westbrook is run by the Christian charity, Urban Saints (formerly known as Crusaders) and provides a safe and fun environment for young people to form lasting relationships, express their faith and have the tools to learn more about it. Westbrook’s tired looking 60ft by 25 ft pool had long since seen better days and Roy and his son-in-law and pool builder, Mike Turner, felt that the quickest and easiest solution was to call in Certikin’s on-site lining team. The installation took some seven days to complete and more than surpassed Roy’s and Mike’s expectations. “We were impressed with the quality and versatility of the Infinite liner and the expertise of the installers,” says Roy. “We have worked with Certikin for many years and the company’s back-up service and attention to detail is unparalleled so we

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brought by this process. Once a domain for pure commercial pools where just a plain blue or white was in demand, the advances in printing and colouring technology of the vinyl producers has allowed the development of an increased number of pattern options to flourish so that many of the patterns which were exclusive to thinner vinyl are now available in this heavier duty product. This includes printed anti-slip finishes so all-over patterns can be created even on steps and slopes. The versatility of lining at site means that the scale and complexity of pools is almost no longer a concern, so full scale Olympic pools, right down to smaller domestic pools which may have steps, pits, ledges, awkward angles and myriad of other features can be accommodated within this system.

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had no hesitation in my choice. The thing we really like about this method is that if there are any cracks in the pool, the liner expands and then shrinks providing a solid and water-tight layer. This is the first site lining that the company has done on the Isle of Wight and such was its success, we have got another one about to start in Bainbridge.” Island Mechanical Services Ltd 01983 401800 Certikin North 0113 393 4545

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One-Piece Wonders Available in 12m, 10.5m and 9m sizes, the Cube with integrated in pool safety cover from Leisure Pools

With the major benefit of being able to be installed in a matter of days rather than weeks, for many, one-piece pools are the ultimate solution for a hasslefree pool build. But the benefits don’t stop there. Add in improving production techniques combined with quality materials and excellent finishing touches plus impressive warranties and it’s easy to see why the sector is being embraced. We take a look at the options that are available By Andrea Hartshorne


he one-piece pool market is one of a number of success stories in the UK and it shows no signs of slowing down in 2016. The popularity of these pools can be largely put down to their quick and straight-forward installation. With everything including the plumbing in place and ready to go, they cause the minimum amount of fuss and installation disruption. Anything that makes life easy is going to be embraced and welcomed. Add to that the engineering strength of the construction and the impressive warranties available, it’s easy to see why the popularity of this type of pool is on the up. In fact, it’s difficult to see any downside to these wonderful forms of construction and even access challenges are rarely an issue thanks to an array of creative delivery methods. Their durability and convenience has, for many, made the decision to buy an easy one and the fact these pools could last up to 50 years is the icing on the cake. Strength, versatility and almost endless options and styles mean that the market for one-piece fibreglass pools continues to grow year on year and the sales show no sign of 63-66_SPN_Apr_16_One_Piece_Pools_rev2.indd 63

slacking. This issue, we take a look at the one-piece wonders that are available.

LEISURE POOLS – FEATURING VINYL ESTER RESIN TECHNOLOGY One of the key improvements that has been introduced to one-piece pools over the last 20 years has been the use of a corrosive resistant vinyl ester layer. Vinyl ester is a high performance resin that provides improved strength properties and inhibits water penetration into the laminate, which is commonly referred to as osmosis, which can cause failures such as blisters, bulging, delamination and yellowing. Available through Easy Pools, each Leisure Pools manufactured composite fibreglass swimming pool benefits from Corrosive Resistant Vinyl Ester Resin for each layer of the pool construction (except the gelcoat colour layer). The layers being: Gelcoat colour layer; Corrosive resistant vinyl ester resin with fibreglass layer; Structural polyester resin with fibreglass layer and a Polyester resin finishing layer. Leisure Pools is the only composite pool manufacturer using patented Composite

Armour™ technology which is a combination of four of the most superior and strongest composite (fibreglass) materials used in one process to create not only one of the best looking pools, but also one of the strongest structures available for swimming pool designs. Standard fibreglass pool manufacturers often only use vinyl ester resin as one layer on the swimming pool as vinyl ester resin is generally double the cost of a polyester resin, which is a cheaper resin used to provide bulk to the swimming pool. Unfortunately, even with this one layer of vinyl ester resin, osmosis has still, on occasion, appeared and swimming pools have sometimes failed using this standard manufacturing method. Testing shows that a Leisure Pools’ Composite Armour™ full vinyl ester resin swimming pool is 111% stronger than a standard fibreglass swimming pool. A swimming pool is something that should last a long time. Customers spend tens of thousands on a pool project and as a result the swimming pool shell must last. Leisure Pools full vinyl ester resin swimming pool is another key step to ensure that this occurs

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Benefitting from Composite Armour™ technology, the Elegance from Leisure Pools

and as a result of using vinyl ester resin for each layer of the pool, Leisure Pools are able to offer both a lifetime structural warranty and lifetime structural osmosis warranty. Leisure Pools do not take any short cuts and have a Patent Pending to be the only company able to offer a composite fibreglass swimming pool with a full vinyl ester resin construction.

NEW MODELS ENHANCE THE SUNDANCE RANGE Sundance Pools has been supplying fibreglass pools to the UK market since 1997. Four years ago they added Ceramic flat bottomed pools to the range which they offer and having been an extremely popular choice for many, have added three new models to the range – Apollo, Kalipso and Pico models. One of Sundance’s larger one-piece pools, the Apollo’s flat bottom is highly practical and saves on heating a deep end! It also features a well designed seating bench that maximises swimming space. The impressive Roman steps of the Kalipso make it a popular choice where a symmetrical look is required as well as providing a good sized family pool. Both the Kalipso and Apollo feature a factory moulded fibreglass shell with a ceramic core for added robustness and insulation. Ideal for small spaces, and for use with a counter-current jet system, the neat Pico offers entrance steps to one side and a seating bench – both allowing maximum swim space. Due to its smaller dimensions the Pico has excellent stiffness properties and therefore does not have a ceramic core as standard but as a special order, the Pico is available with a ceramic specification. All models are supplied with a sand filter and circulation pump, return jets and skimmers, underwater light, pool cleaning equipment with test kit and a thermometer.

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Each of the three models come in white as standard, although other colour choices are available, With the new models, Sundance are able to offer a wide range of one-piece pools which includes UK manufactured fibreglass Jetswim exercise pools which were introduced last year. The Jetswim range are available in standard 4 and 5 metre models up to a 9 metre (30 ft) lap pool and are also available as an aboveground pool with the necessary support built in therefore offering a ‘plug and play option’ as an alternative to the traditional swim spa. Sundance’s fibreglass pools have a ten year guarantee and the Ceramic pools have a 20 year guarantee, however in reality, the pools are likely to last 50 years plus, if run properly.

PARAMOUNT ABLE TO COVER ALL ONE-PIECE POOLS TASTES Offering a range of size and styles,

Paramount Pool Products are delighted to offer a new range of luxury one-piece GRP pools from Luxe Pools. Manufactured within a 15,000 square metre area factory using more than 100 tons of resin every month, Luxe pools are designed to cater for the extreme temperature changes in northern Europe, Scandinavian and Russian climates. The pools are provided with a 20 year structural warranty and a ten year colour-osmosis guarantee. Ten layers of composite technology are incorporated into each pool, nine of them are fully hand laid. With over 15 different models to choose from, Luxe Pools are able to accommodate most of your customer’s pool requirements and the range includes the City Pool and Mirror Line offerings. Purposely designed and priced to cater for the smaller garden and exercise enthusiast, the City Pool measures 4750 x 2540 x 1350 and is a self contained unit including pre-plumbed filtration, swim jet, electric heater, LED light and controls within the pool shell. It’s a modern looking swim spa type pool which will fit into almost any garden and is suitable for below and above-ground installations. Named for the beautiful mirror-like effect that comes from the water level of this particular pool, the Mirror Line is perfectly sculpted for shape. Inspired by the size of Luxe’s ever-popular Wanaka pool, an in-built water balance tank is incorporated, presenting a 30mm freeboard. Mirror Line pools come with everything needed, including a separate overflow tank, filtration and equipment, automatic water level control and natural border stones. The complete Luxe range and options available provide something for every customer, whether a pool is required for a small or extensive plot. Entrance steps on one or both sides of the pool, roman steps, pits for submersible covers, modern Four years ago Sundance Pools added Ceramic flat bottommed pools to the range that they offer and they have been an extremely popular choice for many 21/03/2016 19:48

ONE-PIECE & FIBREGLASS POOLS The Mirror Line and City Pool (inset) are two options in the Luxe Pools range, available through Paramount Pool Products

or traditional styles and a range of colours means that whatever tastes your customer has, they can be accommodated with beautiful, long lasting results.

MONOBLOCK – A READY-TO-USE CONCEPT FROM STARLINE Starline has long been an international household name in the world of swimming pools and related products and over the last two years, the Benelux based manufacturer has added to their range of polyester insulated ‘monoblock’ pools. Available through DB Pools Ltd, the Starline Monoblock is a ready-to-use concept which consists of one-piece, including steps and each can incorporate Starline’s Roldeck pool cover systems. Built-in parts such as skimmers, lighting


Over the last two years, Starline has added to their range of polyester insulated ‘monoblock’ pools which now include the Nexxt

and jetstreams are all pre-assembled to customer specification in the factory and the pool is delivered to site in one visit. Dynamic, Nexxt and Nova are the more recent additions to the Starline Monoblock family, joining the established Carre, Romana and Ergonomic ranges. Dynamic pools are very luxurious and spacious and feature clean lines. Options include lounge steps with a spacious sunbathing platform. These are majestic swimming pools with many options available. The new Nexxt pool range provides an infinity pool, which is not only attractive but also very simple and quick to install. The coping stones provided are designed to create a weir for the water to flow over producing a very sleek and professional look. Available in 8, 10 and 12m long, all 4.1m wide, with a range of colour finishes and slat options for the Roldeck pool cover. The Starline Nova range of pools are straight walled pools with a conventional skimmer system and are available in four

different sizes up to 12m by 4.1m. With the wide choice of models, sizes, steps and colours, a customer will always find a pool that meets their requirements. The term ‘one-piece pool’ sums up the whole package. An easy and straightforward offering which could be the introduction that non-pool owners need to encourage them into the world of happy pool ownership. With summer just around the corner it’s a great time to get clients interested and signed up in time for the warmer months ahead and can enjoy the sun’s rays with the rest of the growing population who are appreciating the benefits and advantages of owning a onepiece pool.

NIVEKO – THE CUSTOM-BUILT MONOPOOLS PRODUCER For more than 20 years, the NIVEKO company has been engaged in the production of onepiece or ‘monopools’. They offer pools with various options for skimmers and a wide variety of overflow pools.


The James family of Brockenhurst in Hampshire are the delighted owners of a black, 11m x 4m Compass Pools XL Trainer, the first one of this model and colour in the UK. It is beautifully complemented by a black granite surround and is the perfect accompaniment to her idyllic thatched cottage in the New Forest. Mrs James hails originally from Australia and has fond memories growing up there and learning to swim in backyard pools. With children of her own now, she felt that she wanted them to have the many benefits of their own pool too and decided that they were at the ideal age to make the investment. She initially made contact with a number of local pool builders, but was unimpressed by their apparent lack of willingness to answer questions and give her the information she sought. She then discovered Compass Pools UK during a Google search. She liked the idea of a composite one- 63-66_SPN_Apr_16_One_Piece_Pools_rev2.indd 65

to locally who own pools reported issues with concrete structures cracking over time, which would not be a problem with a one-piece composite product. She then visited Compass Pools UK’s headquarters near Gatwick Airport, as she felt it was important for her to see the product in the flesh and to test out the counter-current swim-jet which she was considering specifying for her pool at home. Mrs James was very impressed with the quality of the Compass product and loved the finish of the black model she chose, as it’s not offered by other one-piece pool companies. Mrs James was reassured by Compass Pools’ reputation and was also attracted by the product’s incredibly short installation time. piece pool as the ground in her area has a lot of clay and associated ground water issues. Many people that she’d spoken

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ONE-PIECE & FIBREGLASS POOLS NIVEKO are preparing the introduction of a new intelligent ‘nPooL control’ in 2016 which will simplify and facilitate control of the customer’s pool and its associated technology

The NIVEKO range of pools are now available through Certikin International

NIVEKO Pools are always designed according to the customer’s individual requirements, to the required dimensions, shape, colour and equipment. Lights, nozzles and other built-in options are installed and put through pressure tests and depending on the size of the pool, are delivered directly as a single piece direct from NIVEKO production. If the pool size does not enable transport in a single piece, the prearranged pool parts are assembled at the customer’s location within two days. The entire process has the great advantage in no more than two days after the NIVEKO team has left the project site, the pool is completed in a single piece.Then, with all built-in options (lights, nozzles) and circuits having been installed and put through on site pressure tests, the pool is ready to be concreted. As one of its innovations for this year, NIVEKO are preparing the introduction of a new intelligent ‘nPooL control’. Similar to many other modern technologies, it is ready to simplify and facilitate control

of the customer’s pool and its associated technology. From the outset, this elaborate and sophisticated system has been developed in-house by NIVEKO staff. The nPooL control is supported by its own application which will enable remote control via a smartphone or tablet. In addition to providing control to the owner, the system will be fully monitored by the NIVEKO company and the pool supplier, which will provide relief for customers who may be concerned about pool maintenance and will allow them to enjoy trouble-free ownership. More information on the nPooL control will be available soon on the NIVEKO company website. Also new for 2016 is the announcement that Certikin International will be supplying NIVEKO pools. No stranger to the market itself, Certikin has a flourishing One-Piece Pools Division and has over the last couple of decades established a loyal customer base across the UK.

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With over 30 years of experience, PoolLock is one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading manufacturers of automatic and manual safety covers, automatic slatted covers and heat pumps for swimming pools. Thousands of satisfied customers in Britain over the past 10 years bear testament to the quality, service and reliability of PoolLock products. In 2013, PoolLock opened its first UK production facility in Gatwick, London, with installation teams that are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. The result: even better service and faster delivery times for our UK customers. For more information on our complete range of products, please contact us at


Automatically And Effectively Sheltered Pools Providing a labour saving and stylish solution with the additional benefits of built in safety, automatic pool covers are increasingly seen as an essential rather than just a luxury for many pool owners. Their use is also an obvious and logical step that helps owners save money and makes pool ownership ‘greener’. With additional innovations in the sector for 2016, there’s now more choice than ever and we take a closer look at what’s on offer By Karen Witney


t’s a fact that swimming pools need to be covered when not in use and whilst a bubble cover or a manual option will do the job, they just don’t have the advantages of a fully automatic cover up. Price wise, automatic covers do hit the pocket a fair bit harder but they will see the pool through many years of use, plus many have the edge in the looks department. Safety wise there are automatic covers that are manufactured and installed with it specifically in mind. Other designs can be installed and double as safety covers if certain modifications are carried out in the pool. Believe it or not, there are even covers available that cover the covers themselves through the closed season!

ASTRALPOOL OFFER NEW SLATTED COVER IN 2016 AstralPool UK are pleased to announce for 2016 the launch of the Hydrodeck slatted pool cover. Completely re-engineered, the innovative slatted pool cover range is available to the UK water leisure market exclusively through the Hampshire based distributor. As well as offering superior and proven energy-saving credentials, Hydrodeck covers are available in a choice of polycarbonate or PVC slats and comprehensive spares are stocked and are easily accessible on short lead times. Hydrodeck has everything – fully automated operation, safety, heating, insulation and new innovative build in options. The strong slats provide effective, environmentally friendly heating of the water and Hydrodeck pool covers can be fitted perfectly into the surroundings of the swimming pool with the aid of made-to- 69-72_SPN_Apr_16_Auto_Pool_Covers_rev.indd 69

In 2016, AstralPool UK are now supplying the completely re-engineered Hydrodeck slatted pool cover and HydroBench system

measure build in and build on systems. Once installed, operation takes place by means of a simple key switch or a wireless remote control. A great example of the innovation can be seen in the provision of the ‘Hydrobench’. With the HydroBench system, slats can be concealed under its housing. The product is robustly constructed from stainless steel consoles covered with aluminium finishing and profiles and is suitable for heavy loads. The motor is an in-tube motor specifically developed for above-ground systems. The aluminium parts are powder coated in grey or white.

UK MANUFACTURED AQUAMAT AUTOMATIC COVERS Aquamat have been manufacturing their range of automatic pool covers since 2001. They have a comprehensive range of top quality slatted covers, for pit, cave or floor bench installations. Not only do they cut and end out slats, they also fabricate all their own stainless parts. There is an extensive range of colours in both PVC and polycarbonate, with free display/presentation boxes available, which they are happy to send

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AUTOMATIC POOL COVERS This floor bench Aquamat slatted cover is neatly installed on this outdoor countryside pool

SCP UK distributes the Abriblue range of slatted covers, which just like each pool, are unique and therefore made to measure

to the trade or direct to potential end users. The full range of colours available can be seen on their website, which omits any contact details and has been designed to help the trade to sell to end users as Aquamat is a trade only supplier and they like their customers to feel safe that they will not sell directly to end users. Aquamat also manufacture a range of above-ground slatted cover rollers for retro fitting to older pools plus a semi-automatic range of electric and solar rollers for foam and bubble covers, which can also be found on their website. With everything manufactured in their own factories and with a very experienced slatted cover team led by Gary Mitchel, they are able to offer some of the best support and technical advice available. Aquamat can make special, difficult or large systems and offer trade customers a cover installation service or a replacement motor service. They can also obtain motors to match most manufacturers’ systems or for systems from manufacturers no longer trading.

COVREX® – AN AUTOMATIC SOLUTION FROM FAIRLOCKS The ability to cover an outdoor swimming pool safe in the knowledge that the heat will be retained and the pool will remain safe from debris and rain water shouldn’t be a negotiable for a swimming pool owner, it should be fact. Fairlocks Pool Products, the UK supplier of Covrex® automatic swimming pool covers, offer a range of slat colours easily matched to any swimming pool scheme. The covers also boast innovative slat technology including perfectly fitted slats to the swimming pool offering complete coverage and total rigidity from one side of the pool to the other with no end caps to break or leak. At the touch of a button, the pool can be closed up and protected against the elements offering unique thermal insulation. This is no ordinary pool cover; it also offers huge advantages over traditional PVC slatted covers in terms of insulation properties; Covrex® pool cover systems have an average thermal conductivity of λ= 0.12 W/(m*K). The profile structures are made from expanded PVC-foam, coextruded with polyurethane. The exterior is high density PVC,

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which gives a perfectly smooth surface to prevent algae formation either above or below the water level and can withstand temperatures from -20°C to +80°C. They provide excellent resistance to weather and UV which makes them suitable for use all year round and come with an amazing standard five year warranty. Covrex® pool covers are the ideal solution for level deck or infinity edge pools since their design allows them to roll out perfectly straight every time, without the need for guides which can easily get jammed in the pit.

A WIDE RANGE OF SOLUTIONS FROM SCP AND ABRIBLUE SCP UK distributes the Abriblue range of slatted covers, which just like each pool, are unique and therefore made to measure. Abriblue Covers conform to the French Safety Standard NF P90-308 and more than 60,000 of them have been installed throughout Europe. With a wide range of solutions on offer that are suitable for both existing pools and new builds, every requirement can be catered for including Surface Mount, Retractable Surface Mount, Bench type, Solar Powered, In-pool and Pit type. Abriblue’s fully automatic covers are quick and easy to install and feature an end-of-run automatic stop. Various slat colours are available across the range including in polycarbonate.

This stunning indoor pool is effectively and perfectly covered with Fairlocks unique Covrex® automatic pool cover

An option that is suitable for some of the range is an ingenious patented ‘wing system’, which is unique in the market and caters for side steps, roman ends and curved free form swimming pools. SCP offer an Installation Service for all Abriblue Slatted Covers along with their Walu Lock Hydraulic Safety Covers.

MANUFACTURING AUTOMATIC POOL COVERS SINCE 1995 It was over 20 years ago when Ludo Vervoort founded Technics & Applications (T&A) and today, the company is one of the main pool cover manufacturers in Europe. The AquaTop slatted cover is still the company’s main product. This high quality pool cover with slats made from UV stabilised PVC or shock resistant PC has become a key feature for modern, low energy pools. In addition to comfort, aesthetics and insulation, this cover also offers increased safety for adults and children. For those wanting to heat as well as insulate the pool, T&A’s solar slats in PVC or PC are the perfect solution. The AquaTop cover is also user-friendly and easy to install and maintain providing a quick and carefree installation to dealers. T&A also manufactures a fabric automatic safety cover – the AquaGuard. This cover offers absolute safety and closes the pool completely. All the parts are locally manufactured and assembled in their factory in Geel, Belgium. Last year, T&A celebrated their 20th anniversary and during this year they also took the decision to invest more in production capacity resulting in shorter lead times. The company also reinforced their product development department resulting immediately in a new cover profile out of polycarbonate – the Premium Clean Profile. Since its creation, T&A has grown a lot, but they have never changed their strategy or company values and still focus on offering a high quality product for a competitive price in combination with good service and reliable lead times. Other crucial services offered are product training, which is available either in their factory or on site plus giving advice, offering technical backup and the immediate availability of spare parts. 21/03/2016 18:00


It’s a fact that swimming pools need to be covered when not in use and whilst a bubble cover or a manual option will do the job, they just don’t have the advantages of a fully automatic cover up” These ‘Alu look’ slats from Technics & Applications cover the pool with the contemporary look of polished aluminium

CERTIKIN’S COVERSTAR UNCOVERS NEW FEATURES FOR 2016 Certikin’s Coverstar is supplied with under coping, flush or top track and can either be pit mounted (with optional pit lids available) or deck mounted. The new Diamond braid rope is a detachable type rope that behaves like a shock absorber. It also resists distortion that is common with auto-cover ropes, making it easier to install and operate with fewer adjustments. It comes with a two year no-break warranty. Coverstar is based on strength and this is echoed in the Eclipse Mechanism which is manufactured with almost all stainless steel components. The sliders are four times as strong as any other slider used in the industry. Furthermore, the pulley diameter is 2” providing five times the load bearing capacity of commonly used pulleys. Coverstar are so confident with their product that they have applied a 20 year limited warranty to the mechanism. The fabric is as important as the mechanism and Coverstar does not disappoint. The fabric that Coverstar uses is not industry standard vinyl, but the Ultraguard III vinyl composite. The high level of UV resistance offered will reduce the level of colour fading. In addition, it offers high resistance to chlorine, acid, ozone and other harsh pool chemicals. The Ultraguard III is available in 11 colours and comes complete with the patented heat sealed webbing which prolongs the life of the cover and ropes. In addition, the webbing is colour matched to the fabric for that aesthetic touch. The cover fabric has its own

warranty, which is seven year pro-rata. Also new for 2016 is a low profile leading edge, which is available in exposed or fabric wrapped options. Ideal for concealing the leading edge when the cover is off the pool, it is made of anodised aluminium and suitable for pools up to 24ft in width (track to track). Assembled and supplied in the UK, a new compact one-piece power pack provides auto bypass valve protection complete with 24V control switch.

This DEL Ultima safety cover from Golden Coast complements the pool’s surroundings and blends in perfectly

GOLDEN COAST’S ULTIMA(TE) GIVEAWAY Golden Coast are the UK’s exclusive distributor for French manufacturer DEL’s complete range of automatic cover products, which includes the Ultima. Ultima offers a complete solution for covering pools. Designed for all-season use, it completely isolates water from dust, insects and other contaminants – while making the pool safer for children. Its powerful, reliable hydraulic motor ensures that operation is quick and effortlessly smooth. A sophisticated system, Ultima complies with the stringent French safety standard NFP 90-308 – ensuring the quality of its build and design. Available for either built-in or above-ground installation, it’s a practical and aesthetic addition to new-builds, refurbishments and free-form pools measuring up to 7 x 14m. Between now and 16 December 2016, customers purchasing DEL’s new Ultima pool cover system will be in with a chance to win a cheque for £5,000. Announcing the competition, Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams said: “The ultimate cover systems warrant the ultimate incentives.

“And, better still, as soon as you have entry into the draw, we’ll give you an additional entry for each qualifying DEL product you purchase throughout the year, you need to be in it to win it!”

BELGIAN AUTOMATIC COVER MANUFACTURING Automatic pool cover specialist Oase has 45 years of auto cover experience and is emphasising its high-end and sustainable solutions for covering indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The company underlines the fact that its covers are custom-made, economical (reducing heating costs by a claimed 80%), safe and comfortable. The company offers more than 20 different polycarbonate slats: 60mm profile, 63mm profile, 83mm profile – standard hinge, antialgae hinge or anti-algae with extra uv-protection – solar-coloured and transparent-coloured, and more than 15 different PVC-slats: coloured, transparent, solar, 60mm, 83mm. Today, Oase can look back at more than ten years’ experience of using PC-slats. Oase Blue lagoon and Blu sky are just two of the many colour choices in Oase’s slats available in polycarbonate or PVC

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Aquatrac is the only safety cover manufacturer in the UK fabricating cover material in-house

In 2015, Oase finally moved to its new production premises. With an extra 3,000m² production floor, it will gain extra flexibility and will be perfectly organised to handle the diversity of custom-made jobs.

AQUATRAC SEES AN IN-HOUSE EXPANSION Aquatrac has expanded and now manufactures 80% of the components that make up Britain’s best leading safety cover in-house. Aquatrac is the only safety cover manufacturer in the UK fabricating cover material in-house enabling them to offer unrivalled service, both with new installations and replacement covers. The Aquatrac Automatic Safety Cover completely seals the pool when closed, guaranteeing safety. Additional benefits include substantial savings in heating, chemical and cleaning costs not to mention the sheer luxury of effortlessly opening and closing the pool in seconds. Whether above or below ground there are a variety of housing finishes available to ensure the cover blends in with the surroundings. In addition to standard models Aquatrac specialise in custom build covers, offering slim line leading edges, invisible pit covers, supports and

PoolLock ensures pools are safe and secure for children of all ages

transparent vision panels. The company pride themselves on their ability to offer support with quick response from start to finish, whether its technical telephone support or engineers on site.

POOLLOCK PROVIDES A SOLID BARRIER With over 30 years’ of experience, and installations in over 20 countries, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of automatic safety and slatted covers for swimming pools. PoolLock’s unique hydraulic-drive system means that pool owners do not need to have any electrical components near the pool. The electrical power pack used to operate the cover and drive the two hydraulic motors can be placed as far from the pool as required. Opening and closing the pool is as easy as turning a key switch. PoolLock safety covers provide a solid barrier between the water and surrounding area, effectively preventing any access to the water and making them the safest covers on the market. In addition, all PoolLock covers will reduce the amount of heat, water and chemicals lost through evaporation, saving pool owners money on electricity and chemical usage.

Golden Coast Introduces DEL IVERNEA Winter Shield Always looking for ways of bringing pool ownership and maintenance within range of the widest possible customer base, Golden Coast has introduced DEL’s IVERNEA winter shield to the UK market. Available exclusively through Golden Coast, this unique and economical approach to protecting slatted covers is compatible with all of DEL’s in-ground and above-ground models and can also be fitted to those of other manufacturers. Designed for use between October and April, the IVERNEA shield keeps slatted covers clean and defends them against damaging UV radiation, while helping to maintain water quality. It consists of a robust polyethylene fabric sheet with a peripheral screen which filters rainwater and traps dirt and leaves. Easy to attach using its clip and elasticated cord system, the shield fits directly onto the cover slats with no need for unsightly fixtures on the pool surround. Golden Coast notes that IVERNEA is only suitable for use with solid colour PVC or polycarbonate slats, but that these form the basis for most slatted covers. IVERNEA comes in a choice of two colours, green or blue, which blend discreetly into their surroundings. “We think IVERNEA is an excellent practical and highly affordable addition to the DEL range,” said Golden Coast’s Managing Director Jamie Adams.

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PoolLock covers represent an elegant and stylish way to cover the pool. Custom-made to fit almost any size or shape of pool, whether residential or commercial, indoor or outdoor. Customers can choose from an extensive range of automatic and manual options to suit all requirements and budgets. PoolLock Automatic Covers offer the safest, most convenient and reliable way to cover the pool. SPN

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Environmentally Friendly And Efficient Heat Pumps Heat pumps are a firm favourite within the UK industry and are an economical choice to heat the water in pools in an environmentally friendly way. It’s a sector full of choices and keen to offer that little bit more than the competition, manufacturers are constantly improving technologies and releasing increasingly efficient models. Choosing the right one is essential though so this issue, we put heat pumps under the spotlight By Jon Wadeson


roducing several times more energy than they consume, heat pumps are an efficient and environmentally friendly option for heating pool water and easily outperform more conventional heating methods. Despite recent reductions in the price of UK energy, the advantages of using a heat pump still remain clear and it’s no real surprise that both the industry and pool owners have been quick to invest in the technology and enjoy the ongoing savings that can be achieved through their use. With an increasing number of brands and models in the market, choosing the right one isn’t always quite so straightforward as you would think but with some careful research and professional advice, the correct solution for any pool setup is out there and this issue we look at the options available for the season ahead.

In addition, extra large twin evaporators provide enhanced heat absorption, while twin 660mm fans maximise airflow and six titanium coiled exchangers provide maximum heat transfer plus protection against corrosion. Each unit is made from heavy duty powder coated sheet metal meaning the Electroheat PRO can easily handle the very worst of the UK’s weather. At the other end of the scale and one of the newer additions to Waterco’s Elecroheat line-up is the Electroheat XL with heat output capacities 12, 15, 19 and 23kW. A compact Electroheat XL is an ideal choice for heating plunge pools, swim spas, spas and swimming pools as a solar replacement/season extender. The Electroheat XL has been designed with ease of use and maintenance firmly in mind. For example, the LED control panel features a continuous digital pool temperature display and incorporates a self diagnosis system. In the event of a problem, the control panel will

display diagnostic error codes. The complete range of Waterco heat pumps is available in the UK through Paramount Pool Products.

CERTIKIN TURNS UP THE HEAT WITH CALOREX With ambient air temperatures becoming more and more erratic, the challenge is to provide a reliable and economic solution to swimming pool heating, whatever the weather, without costing the earth. Calorex and Certikin have come to the rescue with the ProPac heat pump. The ‘green’ range of highly efficient Calorex ProPac heat pumps are designed to heat UK pools to Mediterranean temperatures with minimal impact on the environment. Using state of the art technology, Calorex heat pumps are heating pools for a fraction of the cost of gas, oil and direct electric heaters, but without the carbon footprint.

WATERCO HAS THE SOLUTION FOR A WIDE RANGE OF POOLS Greater interest in environmentally friendly and cost effective pool heating has seen an increase in the use of heat pumps to heat all manner of pools and Waterco’s wide range of Electroheat heat pumps offers solutions that cater for both public and private pool environments. Offering superior performance for commercial applications, the PRO 96kW heat pump commercial grade pool heater features electronically controlled temperature management, fault diagnostic system and inbuilt protection devices and operates with dual high performance Sanyo hermetic scroll compressors using R410A refrigerant. Described as the refrigerant of the future, ozone friendly R410A refrigerant has dual benefits. Not only is it kinder to the environment, but it also improves the heat pump’s performance. 75-78_SPN_Apr_16_Heat_Pumps.indd 75

Offering superior performance for commercial applications, the Electroheat PRO 96kW heat pump commercial grade pool heater

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The ‘green’ range of highly efficient Calorex ProPac heat pumps are designed to heat UK pools to Mediterranean temperatures with minimal impact on the environment

Now incorporating a new lid with less fixings, a ten year anti-corrosion warranty on the casing, plus dual position option for the digital stat, the Calorex domestic heat pump is by far the most efficient heat pump on the market, plus it comes with a three year on site parts and labour warranty to give you peace of mind. The ProPac at a glance: • Designed and manufactured in the UK • Super quiet due to the new owlet fans • Pool pump synchronisation control to maximise efficiency and reduce running costs • Ten year anti-corrosion warranty on the casing • Two digital thermostat positions available – making positioning the unit easier • Fully supported by a nationwide network of Calorex engineers. In addition to the ProPac, Certikin also have their budget range of heat pumps available – the Compac units are ideal for those price sensitive projects. Available in three sizes and to suit swimming season March to November, the Compac heat pumps have a two year (parts) warranty and are very competitively priced ie. Compac 6 will heat an 18sqm pool and retails at just £995 + VAT!

The Hydro-Pro Inverter has three modes, so the user can choose the one that best fits the needs for any situation. The ‘Powerful’ mode is ideal for the beginning of the pool season, with 100% output it increases the temperature of the pool in a very short period of time. In the ‘Smart’ mode, the Hydro-Pro Inverter regulates a constant water temperature with 75-100% output which ensures maximum swimming comfort. With only 50-75% output at its lowest ‘Silent’ setting, the Hydro-Pro Inverter noiselevels now drop to an all time low of just 41dB. This mode is perfect to maintain the pool water temperature. Bosta UK also want to offer a unit of the highest quality by using only quality components such as compressors from reputable brands, Hitachi and Panasonic. Every Hydro-Pro Inverter unit comes with

BOSTA’S HYDRO-PRO INVERTER OFFERS AN INTELLIGENT SOLUTION Pool owners continue to focus on energy savings, a fact that is demonstrated by the growth in variable speed pump sales. Now heat pumps are following suit. Bosta UK are proud to launch the latest in swimming pool heat pump technology, the new Hydro-Pro Inverter, a product which offers customers an amazing 7.6 COP (A27/W27) which gives great heat-gain for minimal cost. The fan-motor and compressor are fitted with inverter technology allowing the unit to decrease speeds dependent on your pool water temperature. This can reduce running costs by more than 30% over the pool season when compared with the noninverter heat pumps on the market.

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Bosta’s Hydro-Pro Inverter has three modes, so the user can choose the one that best fits the needs for any situation

soft-start as standard which prevents power spikes at startup and further decreases electrical consumption. Customers who visited Bosta at SPATEX were also able to see the dramatic impact provided by the stainless steel 316 casing which, with a more aesthetic and modern structure, perfectly reflects the high quality of the heat pump. The Hydro-Pro Inverter is offered in 14kW up to 26kW options in single-phase, meaning Bosta can cater for pools up to 120m3.

REGULATING HEAT – THE HEATINVERTER FROM FAIRLOCKS POOL PRODUCTS The team at Fairlocks are the proud suppliers of the ‘Heatinverter’ high efficiency heat pump, offering swimming pool owners a unique system through heat regulation of thermal power flow. Increasing heat pump efficiency by 15-20% compared to traditional conventional technology is a huge saving if you are heating the pool for a large proportion of the year, in order to enjoy the benefits that come with swimming pool ownership. A traditional heat pump either works at maximum capability or is switched off as the compressor’s speed cannot be varied. In order to regulate temperature a thermostat is used to measure the ambient air temperature and switch the compressor on when the water temperature is too far from the required temperature. The Heatinverter uses a rectifier to convert the incoming AC current to DC and then uses pulse-width modulation of the DC current within an inverter (electrical) to produce AC current of a desired frequency. As the speed of a brushless motor is synchronised to the frequency of the AC current it is thus possible for the Heatinverter compressor to be run at different speeds. A microcontroller 21/03/2016 21:37


The team at Fairlocks are the proud suppliers of the ‘Heatinverter’ high efficiency heat pump, offering swimming pool owners a unique system through heat regulation of thermal power flow

then samples the ambient air temperature and adjusts the speed of the compressor appropriately. The effect of eliminating stop-start cycles is to increase efficiency, extend the life of components, and eliminate sharp fluctuations in the load the heat pump places on the power supply. This reduces the demand on the compressor which in turn reduces the running cost and improves efficiency. The ‘Heatinverter’ range from Fairlocks operate down to an ambient air temperature of 0°C, with sizes from 12 - 30kW.

HEATSTAR – ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CREATORS OF HEAT PUMPS FOR POOLS The history of heat pumps in the UK is, in many ways, the history of Heatstar. The heat pump as a heating method for swimming pools was developed by Tony Andrews, the founder of Heatstar and the father of current Heatstar Director Jackie Scott.

During the last 35 years Heatstar have continued to innovate and have pioneered the design and development of a wide range of modern, highly energy efficient pool climate control systems and their ‘Aquarius’ heat pump continues to be a major product in Heatstar’s portfolio. Today’s Heatstar Aquarius heat pump has built on the company’s pedigree and has taken full advantage of all the changes in materials and technology to produce a stateof-the-art heat pump that is the highest quality heat pump on the market. This Aerothermal heat pump utilises ‘direct contact’ technology to transfer heat from the refrigerant directly into the pool water and also incorporates an ultra- quiet ‘low energy’ digital air fan. These ‘top of the range’ Heatstar Aquarius heat pumps maintain their visually unique appearance due to the utilisation of an anodised aluminium frame chassis. Specified and applied for its long term corrosion resistance and physical strength this eye-catching aluminium profile serves instantly to reflect the true quality offered from the Aquarius. Underscoring the quality of this heat pump Heatstar offer a 20 year anti corrosion guarantee on the Aquarius’ heat exchanger and a 20 year guarantee on the anodised aluminium chassis. The Aquarius continues to be manufactured only in the UK and still utilises the finest quality components. Accordingly, Heatstar pride themselves on their outstanding warranties and proven on-site after sales support and assistance using only Heatstar technicians. The Aquarius range now also extends to encompass large capacity models for nonresidential pool applications so for projects

both residential and commercial, where a heat pump solution offering assured long term durability and genuine quality is a priority, the Aquarius stands clear of the rest.

SCP’S BRANDS COVER ALL HEAT PUMP REQUIREMENTS SCP has a range of heat pumps under the Garden Pac brand. The range is CE and TUV certified and one of the main features is EEV technology, which is ten times more efficient than tradition Capillary/TXV technology when controlling the gas-flow. It ensures optimal efficiency under various ambient temperature conditions. Other features include a totally insulated compressor for quiet running conditions, full digital controller and there’s even 5% silver included in the welding. The Garden Pac COP rating is fully classified and certified unlike a number of other brands on the market. SCP also offer the UltraTemp-E from Pentair. The UltraTemp-E is a powerful heat pump that uses the ozone-friendly coolant R410A. This heat pump is user-friendly, has an excellent performance curve and a long life, while fitting in with Pentair’s policy of marketing increasingly sustainable products. The product features a Thermostatic Expansion Valve (TXV) which controls refrigerant flow for optimum efficiency and BTU output over a wider operating range. This results in the highest efficiency available, meeting or exceeding existing codes and standards. The UltraTemp-E is one of Pentair’s EcoSelect™ branded products. These products represent the ‘greenest’ and most efficient products produced by the company and contribute to a more environmentally friendly responsible equipment system. Finally, SCP are also distributors of the Calorex range of heat pumps. This premium range covers all possible permutations from domestic to commercial environments. All year round usage with sub-zero performance as well as seasonal options are available.

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Producing several times more energy than they consume, heat pumps are an efficient and environmentally friendly option for heating pool water and easily outperform more conventional heating methods” diagnostic, fully programmable and feature a reverse cycle defrost and all come with a twp year warranty on all components. More recent additions to the HeatSeeker range, the larger vertical 17kW and 21kW models are also available with a soft start option, which typically lowers the startup amps by at least 50%. The larger vertical 17kW and 21kW models in Plastica’s HeatSeeker range are also available with a soft start option, which typically lowers the startup amps by at least 50%

EASY INSTALLATION WITH PLASTICA’S DISTINCTIVE HEATSEEKER RANGE Manufactured for over 20 years by one of the world’s largest heat pump producers, the distinctive HeatSeeker heat pumps in their green livery are available from Plastica and the range features models from 5.6kW to 21kW, meaning there is a solution available for any swimming pool up to 85m3. A HeatSeeker consumes less than onefifth of the electricity of conventional electric pool heaters. The efficiency of heat pumps is measured by a ‘coefficient of performance’ (COP) and the HeatSeeker range produces a COP of approximately 5 for every 1kW of electricity consumed. In addition to their efficiency, proven reliability and unbeatable value, models in the range are extremely quick and easy to install and feature standard 1.5 inch connections for ABS pipe work. Thanks to their rugged design, which incorporates a strong steel casing, models are suitable for outdoor installations. A unique fan and highly efficient compressor design ensures extremely quiet operation and the compressors, which are Japanese engineered, are widely accepted as the most reliable on the market. In addition, all HeatSeeker models also come with a titanium heat exchanger, a programmable digital control which allows precise control of the pool temperature and which can be installed remotely to enable convenient fingertip operation plus a bypass kit, which contains all fittings required including pipe and glue. HeatSeeker heat pumps are self

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ZODIAC’S ZS500 – A VARIABLE AND SILENT OPERATOR As energy costs rise, and with a greater understanding of the environmental impact our energy usage has on the planet, pool owners are increasingly looking at ways in which new technology can help. The ZS500 heat pump, from Zodiac, is the only truly variable speed heat pump using the patented Heat Select technology. By utilising both an inverter fan and compressor the ZS500 range can fluctuate it’s operating speed best to suit any pool requirement. The three operating modes, Eco – 50% running with 70% output, Boost – 100% or Smart – automatic adjustment between Eco and Boost modes depending on how much heat is needed to reach the set point, give the user The ZS500 heat pump, from Zodiac, is the only truly variable speed heat pump using the patented Heat Select technology

the flexibility and knowledge that they will be making increased savings, around 30% of a standard on/off heat pump, whilst still maintaining the pool temperature. Developed by Zodiac’s in house R & D team, special attention has been given to the noise generated by heat pumps with the result being that the ZS500 is so quiet the client often wonders if it is actually running. Unlike conventional heat pumps that require clear space for installation, the ZS500 has a vertical blower system, allowing it to be concealed behind a wall or trees, without affecting its performance. The heat exchanger used also features a 20% larger surface area than other heat pumps on the market, meaning improved performance and a user friendly and intuitive display rounds off the impressive package. Exclusively available through, and stocked by, Lighthouse Pools the ZS500 perfectly complements Zodiac’s standard Z300 heat pumps, giving a Zodiac option for all pools and budgets.

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Almost Heaven Aims To Make ‘The Sauna Experience’ a US Institution Michigan is part of Almost Heaven Saunas’ ambitious plan to make the benefits of traditional sauna use as well known to the American population as it is in Europe. The company has been headquartered in Holland for nearly a decade, selling saunas throughout the world, including in the Netherlands. “Fitness is a top concern of Americans, yet the centuries-old sauna experience, so much a part of European culture, is not yet widespread in the United States,” said Rick Mouw, President of Almost Heaven Saunas. “We want more Americans to learn the benefits of an authentic sauna experience: Sauna use can lower blood pressure, increase circulation, improve skin tone, ease joint and muscle pain, and provide a feeling of total wellbeing. It is a wonderful – and affordable – addition to any health and exercise routine.” In recent years, home saunas have become more mainstream in the United States. For example, Google searches for the word ‘sauna’ have increased 20% per year for the last few years. Almost Heaven Saunas have been hand-crafted in West Virginia with Western cedar for nearly 40 years. The company’s sales have increased by 25-30% each year for the last seven years. Part of this impressive growth has been their recognition and partnership with industry leaders internationally, such as the Finnish company Harvia. Almost Heaven now offers some

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of Harvia’s most luxurious and authentic saunas, which are on display in the new showroom. Almost Heaven expects to sell 2,000 home saunas this year, and about 1,000 Passion Spas. “Fitness trends come and go, but saunas have been around for centuries, and they still work wonderfully well. We want people to know that our home saunas, both outdoor or indoor, are affordable, and will enhance their health,” said Mouw. Almost Heaven Saunas + 888 355 3050

Watkins Wellness The New Name For Leading Manufacturer The world’s largest manufacturer of hot tubs and maker of Endless Pools® aquatic fitness products, Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, has rebranded itself as Watkins Wellness, with a new logo and tagline, ‘Feel Good. Live Well’. The Watkins Wellness mission is to deliver wellness solutions to homeowners around the world who live active lifestyles and are health conscious. The company’s growing portfolio of wellbeing products and systems for at-home

use provides multiple pathways to wellness. Whether a consumer seeks a place for improved physical, mental or emotional wellbeing, or an environment to relax and reconnect with others, Watkins Wellness has developed a bestin-class product to meet those needs. Watkins Wellness will leverage a 40-year heritage as an innovator of hot tubs that are sold in 70 countries around the globe. With the 2015 acquisition of Endless Pools®, Inc., Watkins Wellness expanded into the

aquatic fitness business. This evolution into the broader personal wellbeing space is now reflected throughout every aspect of the organisation, including its new name and logo. “We don’t simply make products, we make wellness appliances that improve the lives of our customers,” stated Steve Hammock, President of Watkins Wellness. “The strategic change to Watkins Wellness is a demonstration of our dedication to helping people achieve their wellbeing goals.”

Innovations Day A Success For Peraqua Peraqua Managing Director Wolfgang Irndorfer and his team recently welcomed more then 100 VIP clients from 15 countries to the company’s head office in Austria for a unique pool industry event. Guests were able to network and have a full tour of the Peraqua factory to see a wide variety of the company’s innovative products. The occasion also allowed the company to host a number of

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important seminars with key subjects covered that included Marketing Support and Smart Pool Control Technology. Guests were then treated to a night out and entertainment at a traditional Austrian restaurant where a number of presentations were made. The company, which have attended SPATEX for the last two years in Coventry, are currently looking for a

distributor in the UK for its Smart Pool Control Technology and other innovative products. Peraqua +43 74 3558 4880

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IN BRIEF NEW ZEALAND MOVING TOWARDS MANDATORY POOL INSPECTIONS The New Zealand Parliament recently had the first reading of the Building (Pools) Amendment Bill which will, amongst a number of other changes, bring in mandatory five-yearly inspections for residential swimming pools. However, the lowering the depth at which pools need to be fenced has been backed away from after doubts about the effect on paddling pools plus councils being concerned about potential compliance costs. Another change in the proposed legislation is that spa owners will no longer need to have fencing if a lockable cover is present. Previously, the presence of such a cover meant owners had to apply for fencing exemption, costing NZ$455. Building & Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith said the existing regulations were cumbersome and frustrating and the new bill will be performance-based, providing greater flexibility and will improve compliance. “The new law says you must ensure pools cannot be accessed by a young child. How you do that provides for a greater degree of innovative design. We are confident the bill will result in fewer drownings because the principle problem with the current regime is the lack of compliance,” he said.

CROATIAN MINISTRY RESUMES POOL GRANTS SCHEME The Ministry of Tourism in Croatia will once again give out grants for the construction of swimming pools in tourism projects. The news follows three already successful rounds of the programme. Minister Anton Kliman confirmed that the Ministry will keep supporting the construction of swimming pools because any project that elevates the quality of available accommodation should be supported. 80-81_SPN_Apr_16_World_News.indd 81

Help Support The Leading Aquatic Educational Conference Exclusive, year long benefits are offered to sponsors of the World Aquatic Health™ Conference (WAHC). Several influential organisations have already signed on to help sponsor growth for the industry, but many opportunities are still available to participate in the 13th annual WAHC. The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®), host of the WAHC, is looking for sponsorships at all levels for the conference that takes place in Nashville, Tennessee 19 - 21 October. Sponsors allow NSPF to deliver the highest level of scientific and educational information to the aquatic industry. Special benefits are provided to the sponsors for their continuous effort and support of the evergrowing and prestigious conference. The levels of sponsorship deliver different rewards, but every giving organisation will receive one conference registration ($445 value), access to full attendee information pre-conference, company logo on attendee materials and on the WAHC website until 2017, as well as recognition before the keynote addresses.

A diverse group of aquatic experts attend the WAHC, from CEOs, business owners, academia, and pool builders, to service technicians, aquatic managers, EH officials, retailers, and pool operators. The WAHC is filled with professionals who are ready for growth and involvement with other industry leaders and through educational seminars. “Over the years we have seen the importance of the World Aquatic Health Conference grow and grow each time,” stated Mike Fowler, Commercial Marketing Manager of Pentair. “We’re proud of our sponsorship, association with the WAHC, NSPF, and its importance to our industry; especially the commercial aquatics industry. The attendees are top notch, the speakers are first class, and it’s a great way to share knowledge to key individuals in our industry,” concluded Fowler. WAHC +1 719 540 9119

Fluidra Brings Together More Than 400 At Sitges 2016 Fluidra’s most important General Sales Meeting took place between 26 and 30 January in Sitges, Barcelona. More than 400 of the pool multinational’s sales managers and reps from all over the world were given presentations and technical training over the four days. Fluidra’s Marketing Department organised more than 30 workshops on products and cutting-edge techniques designed to make pool maintenance easier and enhance user experience. The event is held every two years with the intention of sharing best practices and acquainting the group’s sales force with the latest trends and solutions for pools. Over the course of the meeting, the attendees were able to try out products at a private fair with 28 stands of both group companies and other suppliers. They also tested their knowledge in the Fluidra Sales Championships, a virtual competition with hundreds of technical and corporate questions. Fluidra operates in 44 countries by way of 150 branches and production centres located in the main markets. Fluidra products are distributed to more than 170 countries due to an extensive sales network.

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Thermalec Pool & Spa Heaters have been manufactured at our factory in the UK for nearly 50 years, to the highest standards and have been installed in the harshest environments because they are the reliable heater for industrial use. • THR models from 3kW to 120kW • Zenith models from 8kW to 168kW Titanium elements are used in both THR and ZENITH models. Suitable for sea / salt water pools and spas. Bespoke heaters are also available for: Ponds, under- floor heating, central heating, cheese vats, baptismal fonts, diver training pools, luxury yacht spas. Buy your Original spare parts direct from us. Parts available for all our existing range of heaters as well as many of the heaters previously manufactured by Thermalec.


We are also distributors for Salt Chlorinators, Electrochlorinators and Anodes (a must for all salt water pools).

Specialists in design and construction of new and complete or partial refurbishment of existing swimming pools for leisure, hydrotherapy and special needs. Complete service offered including filtration and chemical dosing systems, heating and ventilation and full after-sales service and maintenance. Contractors to Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, MOD, Facility Maintenance Companies, Schools, Leisure Centres, Clubs, Holiday Parks etc. Call: +44 (0)1752 313343


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Cool, contemporary, elegant... The material of choice is stainless steel Aquinox stainless steel pool lining system

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Certikin manufactures, distributes and exports a vast range of superb swimming pool and leisure equipment throughout the UK & overseas. As the UK’s largest distributor, dealing solely with trade businesses, Certikin has become synonymous with top quality products and service backed up with a level of expertise that simply cannot be beaten. Certikin International Ltd T: +44 (0) 1993 778855 F: +44 (0) 1993 778620 E:




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Suntrap Systems supply Disabled Pool Lifts for swimming pools and spas, and also offer a drilling and installation service. Their range of specialised pool equipment includes KBE Moving Floors and Submersible Booms, STARK movable fibreglass Bulkheads, ALGE Timing Equipment, also Stainless Steel and Competition Equipment, Swimsuit Dryer, etc.




The right product at the right price delivered on time is just a part of the customer service we offer. But it’s the part we get right first.

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Is This Going To Be One Of The Best Seasons Ever For Our Industry? All We Need Is A Little Ray Of Sunshine “All in all, I would say that our industry is in pretty good shape at the moment. In fact, 60% of us are looking forward to a great 2016. What are some of the reasons for that and do you agree?” asks Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams


o how do you judge the health of an industry? How do you tell if it’s poised to make the most of the year ahead? An industry show should be a good indicator and this year’s SPATEX was a real success. There were lots of great exhibitors and ‘best ever’ visitor numbers. It was particularly good to see commercial visitors from other leisure and tourism sectors. An industry show should be there to keep members of that industry informed and up-to-speed with innovations, trends and all the latest developments. It should also sell that industry to other areas of the business world and it seems that SPATEX 2016 succeeded in doing that. The Ricoh Arena might be a bit more mainstream and accessible. It might have been the fact that SPATEX marketed the show as ‘The Pool, Spa and Wellness Show’ but, according to many of the people I talked to there, the show drew an unusually high number of visitors from the health and tourism industries.

MAKING FITNESS FUN IS THE SECRET The health sector is a booming part of UK business and it’s good to see our industry is becoming clearly associated with that. Messages that urge people to live a healthier lifestyle and look after their wellbeing fill the media in all of its forms and people are making more and more decisions that are influenced by them. Everyone knows that pools, spas and saunas have benefits for health; they also know that they provide fun and relaxation, and that is a very powerful combination. They are looking for holiday parks and

If you haven’t read the survey results yet, you can download them from


hotels that have pools, holiday cottages that boast a spa and health clubs that offer a sauna. And they want those same benefits when they are at home. That all makes for a healthy business.

WHEN YOU ARE HEALTHIER, YOU FEEL MORE CONFIDENT How else might you judge the health of an industry? Well, one way would be to ask the people who work in it what they think and how they feel. And the Wet Leisure Survey does just that. The results of the survey are made freely available to everybody at SPATEX and this year they made for some rather positive reading. Sixty per cent of us are expecting to find business conditions ‘Good’ or ‘Very Good’ this coming year. I think that confidence is really important. In the same way that you are more likely to do business with an individual who is confident, an industry that feels it is on the up is more likely to attract attention and make sales. The survey provides some reasons for that positive outlook as well as charting some of the trends and growth areas in our industry.

I think that confidence is really important. In the same way that you are more likely to do business with an individual who is confident, an industry that feels it is on the up is more likely to attract attention and make sales” 88 April 2016 SPN 88_SPN_Apr_16_Opinion.indd 88

I’ve always been a great believer in marketing. It doesn’t matter how great your business is if no one knows about it. If 2016 does turn out to be a bumper year that success is going to be measured in terms of sales and marketing is the first step towards making a sale. According to the survey, more and more wet leisure businesses are turning to social media to connect with their potential customers. As one survey respondent puts it, ‘Social media is widespread and definitely a positive way to get the company out there, but it’s constantly evolving and needs to be managed correctly’. At one end of the spectrum, social media, particularly Facebook, can be a digital form of word-of-mouth. It can keep your customers in touch with what is going on in your business and let them know about new products or new offers. Posting updates and replying to comments is something that anyone can do. At the other end of the scale, Facebook can be used to target advertising specifically at people who live within a certain distance from your showroom and have an interest in swimming, health or even spas. For me, what form of marketing you choose is less important than the fact that we are increasingly recognising its importance and doing something to spread the word about our industry to a wider audience. So I think our future looks bright. All we need now is that little ray of sunshine. So fingers crossed for a good, hot summer. Jamie Adams is Managing Director of Golden Coast, the current Chairman of Pool Industry Promotions (PIP) and a board member of the British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF). 21/03/2016 16:57

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) April 2016  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) April 2016  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...