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Knauf AMF Helps Create Facilities Fit For Future Olympic Athletes When Olympic Gold medalist, Adam Peaty, opened the £9m Holly Hill Leisure Centre late last year, the acoustics at the new facility would have largely gone unnoticed by the excited residents of Fareham. Swimming pools are often very noisy places. The sound reverberates off the hard surfaces back into the humid air. High humidity amplifies sound making the noise level seem even higher. Philip Lyons at Space & Place architects specified Heradesign wall absorbers for the swimming pool hall to reduce and manage the noise level, creating a comfortable sound environment. “As a practice, we have specified Heradesign for many different projects and have always been pleased with the results. Knauf AMF offer a solution for every interior which is why they are often our first port of call. We have a very good working relationship with the company, their specifications are clear, with good details, and we are familiar with their products which are cost effective,” said Lyons. Heradesign is fitted along the upper portion of the main wall in the pool hall to provide maximum sound absorption (Class A). The product controls the ambient sound level, reduces reverberation and improves speech intelligibility. High humidity also posed a challenge when selecting a suitable sound absorbent material but Heradesign is 90% humidity resistant which ensures the acoustic panels remain dimensionally stable making it ideal for wet areas. For additional protection from mould and bacteria, Heradesign is manufactured with a specialist resistant coating. The aesthetics of the pool interior are also important. Philip Lyons was attracted to how well Heradesign could integrate with the pool hall’s interior design and said: “We know Heradesign appeals to many architects because of the colour options available and its woven texture. But for this project we wanted the panels to blend in and harmonise with the interior. It is great that Heradesign offers this versatility.”

The Titanic Of Pool Liners One of the largest liners that Certikin North has made was recently shipped out to southern Italy for a pool built by Edge Construction. Measuring 14m by 7m and a whopping 3m deep, this pool was fully compliant to EU standards and a challenge being over 1,300 miles from their offices in High Wycombe. ‘The Italian job’ was carried out by utilising Edge Construction’s expertise giving the client a pool with the wow factor, a high-grade filtration system and sustainable heating for a longer summer. The client’s local builder built the shell using drawings and technical assistance from the team at Edge. Certikin North 01993 777200

Knauf AMF Ceilings Ltd 0191 5188600

Historic Pools Of Britain Visit Wales In April Historic Pools of Britain have announced that their next event will be held at the Grade II listed Lido Ponty in Pontypridd on Thursday 27 April. This is a project that has been hugely praised, with the

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re-opening of the lido taking place in 2015 following a £6.3m restoration by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council along with the financial support of the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government,

Heritage Lottery Fund and Cadw. Guests will enjoy the chance to have a behind the scenes look at the project which brought back to life the original 1927 lido which had been closed since 1991. They will hear from Dr Daryl Leeworthy who has been responsible for the heritage and outreach aspects of the lido’s work and be given an access all areas tour of the building and site. Owen Smith MP, who spoke at the re-opening of Lido Ponty, and has a strong connection to it’s past as well as its future, will give his perspective on the restoration project’s success. He will also discuss

how projects that celebrate their heritage and create public leisure facilities can inspire communities and put destinations on the map. Later in the day Jimmy Lamb from the Pollet Pool Group together with Keith Norris from Sandford Parks Lido will share details of the project that saved Sandford Parks Lido in the region of £8,000 last season on pool water treatment products. This event is open to members and non members of Historic Pools of Britain and fees to attend apply. Historic Pools of Britain 0161 832 3588 27/03/2017 23:48

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