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A Correction To Our February Edition

University Unveils Sustainable Sports Facility Plans The University of Portsmouth has unveiled plans for a new sustainable sports facility produced by international design practice FaulknerBrowns Architects. The project is the first major phase of the University’s estate development masterplan, which aims to reshape its city centre campus to enhance the student experience and strengthen connections with rest of the city. The proposed plans will significantly enhance the non-academic life of students, promoting health and wellbeing through the provision of a wide range of opportunities for activity and include an eight lane 25m swimming pool. The site for the new sports facility is located on the corner of Ravelin Park at an important juncture between the University campus and the city centre. The building design strategy places dry sport activities addressing the urban edge, while the pool is positioned in the setting of the park. The building design sets new standards for sustainability for a sports building and

as a result is on target to be the first to be BREEAM rated Outstanding. Considered arrangement of the building’s spaces provides the opportunity to exploit natural light and ventilation, whilst top lighting of the sports hall and pool hall provides further opportunity for energy reduction. An array of photovoltaic panels and a biodiverse green roof bolster the buildings sustainability credentials further. Irina Korneychuk, Project Leader at FaulknerBrowns, said: “We are excited to unveil our plans for a sports facility which promotes integration of the University campus with its surroundings and applies the contemporary principles of active design. This will create an environment which promotes health and wellbeing by inspiring people to be more active, throughout the University of Portsmouth, and the city as a whole.” FaulknerBrowns Architects 0191 268 3007

On page 12 of our last edition, we ran a story about Horwich Leisure Centre and the architects on the project were incorrectly named as FaulknerBrowns. It has been brought to our attention that the actual architects for the project were in fact GT3 Architects who have offices in Newcastle and Nottingham. NEWS

£10m Horwich Leisure Centre Opens In Bolton

The new Horwich Leisure Centre is now open. The £10m development includes various keep fit facilities along with a 25 metre six lane swimming pool and a separate teaching pool. The new building has taken just over a year to construct and it is part of a wider investment in Horwich including a new primary school and 3G pitch. The centre has been jointly funded by Bolton Council and Bolton Community Leisure Trust (BCLT), who will also manage the facility. Work was officially completed on Friday 24 November 2017 with the formal handover of the keys to the council. Cabinet member for sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “This is a fantastic new, modern leisure centre. I am delighted that our residents in Horwich and the surrounding area have all these wonderful facilities. We would invite everyone to take the opportunit y to come and look around the centre – and use it. It will provide first-class facilities and encourage people to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle. It is an exciting day for Horwich.” The modern facilities will encourage more people to take up sports and leisure and help build better links with schools and clubs which will promote healthier habits and reduce anti-social behaviour. The main contractor for the project was Willmott Dixon Construction, the architect was Faulkner Brown and engineers were William Dyers. F T Leisure was responsibl e for the design, supply and installation of the water treatment and filtration systems for the two pools and the Oxford Dipper Hoist disabled access system. This was also the first Myrtha Pool Tank installation for F T Leisure. F T Leisure 0161 494 5785

Certikin Equipmen Breathes Life Into Portishead Lido

Opened in 1962, Portishead Lido has afforded many families a great day out but after suffering major water loss, its operators – the Portishead Pool Community Trust – were forced to embark on an emergency refurbishm ent ope Cracks in the base of the pool tank and the ground movement were an issue despite them up a number of times. It was always the plan refurbishment when sufficient funds were ava be brought forward when it was discovered the Using the combined talents of DG Pool’s Glyn filtration and mechanical services and Carl Porte construction, the Trust embarked on upgrading t Carl set about the design of the pool to ensu sumps and inlets adhered to industry flow rate He supervised the installation of a new liner on old ceramic tiles. To complement the modernis tank, the plant room was also refurbishe d. The installed in 1962 so they were replaced with th Certikin. The pumps were old and they struggl required flow rates, especially on busy days. Th was broken up and removed by DG Pools and re new plant. All pipework, suction/return fittings supplied by Certikin. Certikin’s Commercial Manager, Steve Nelson work closely with our customers on big filtration sure that we comply with all the current relative always double check the calculations for the flo grilles, velocities in pipework and filtration rates Andy Thatcher of the Portishead Lido Commu “The job came in on time and on budget and th users are absolutely delighted with the outcome Certikin International 01993 778855

Pool Refurbishment Utilises An Inno vative Sol whole width of the pool, complete with a 10m

Faced with a difficult task of replacing the light fittings and repainting the ceiling above the pool of a leisure centre within very short timescales, Wigan Council recently approached Floating Pontoon Solutions to understand if they could offer a solution to assist with the refurbishment using their modular pontoon systems. Due to budget constraints it was not an option to empty the pool nor have a complete scaffold system built over the pool, and using their experience of similar scenarios, Floating Pontoon Solutions provided a large 12m x 4m floating pontoon spanning the

wide tower scaffold that could be adjusted depending on the contours of the ceiling. This allowed the electricians and decorators to carry out the work on all the areas as the pontoon was floated down the pool as the work was completed. Additionally, the installation of the system was completed within a day, which also helped as the whole project had to be accomplished in as little as 4 weeks. This modular pontoon system is proving to be a very effective way of undertaking

Topics Requested For Future ISPE Seminars The last of the 2017/18 autumn/winter ISPE Seminars took place on 8 March at the popular Watermill Hotel at Bourne End, near Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire. ISPE President John Cheek, FISPE, welcomed 35 delegates to the day which featured a wide range of speakers covering a variety of subjects. Before lunch, Graham Kneale, FISPE, from Certikin International looked at details of pool hall designs and in particular, the areas that builders and architects are generally unaware of. He was followed by Lesley Hipkiss, TnISPE(Cert.), from the Pollet Pool Group who talked about automatic controller chlorine measurement methods. Allen Wilson, FISPE, who delivers ISPE-endorsed Pool Plant Operator training, then spoke about the

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with pipework installations. After slipping back into his role of ISPE President, John also advised that the Institute Council would 12 February 2018 SPN soon be planning the seminar programmes for the autumn/winter 2018/19 season, and he asked delegates to let General Secretary Ross Alcock know if there were any topics that they would like to see covered. This invitation is to the whole industry, not just ISPE members, so if you would like to see a particular subject covered or would like to give a presentation at a future ISPE Pollet Pool Group’s Lesley Hipkiss, seminar, please get in touch with Ross. TnISPE(Cert.) giving her talk An ISPE Filtration Workshop will take place during autumn 2018 and now’s the time to register your interest.

importance of meaningful training and urged delegates to obtain site-specific PPO training wherever possible. After lunch, Jimmy Lamb, TnISPE (Cert.), also from Pollet Pool Group, talked about the importance of backwashing while Plastica’s Will Dando, FISPE, gave an interesting presentation on how to maximise savings with swimming pool covers. As the final speaker, Hydrospec’s John Cheek talked about problems and pitfalls

this type of work in swimmin has also commonly been use inspections. Talking about th Lee Garner of Floating Ponto said: “Due to budget cuts on facilities, many local authori to carry out maintenance wo pools using traditional metho now looking at other innovati address this which the ponto doing at a fraction of the cos

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) April 2018  

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 2018  

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...