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NEWS SCOTLAND’S KOHLER WATERS SPA OPENS AFTER RENOVATION Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews has reopened following an extensive multi-million refurbishment. The renovated facility is the only Kohler Waters Spa outside the USA and offers guests a luxury retreat on the east coast of Scotland. The Spa area will focus on hydrotherapy, offering ‘Salus Per Aquum’ – health through water – with signature wet treatment rooms and a number of facilities. Guests can enjoy a hydrotherapy pool providing therapeutic bathing, a cold plunge pool and a refreshing ice fountain to experience showers plus much more. The renovation has seen the addition of a new 20 metre lap pool as part of the large health and fitness centre, a steam room, a Finnish sauna and a rooftop garden complete with hot tub.

WORK BEGINS ON LATEST BELFAST SWIMMING FACILITY Work has started on the £15m Brook Leisure Centre in West Belfast – one of seven key projects which form the city council’s £105m Leisure Transformation Programme. Facilities at the centre will include a 25-metre, four lane pool – bringing swimming to the Colin area of the City for the first time. Work on a new £25m facility at Andersonstown Leisure Centre is already underway and when opened in summer 2019, it will feature a large family fun focused area of leisure water, a 25m six lane pool with 50 spectator seats, a learner pool plus a confidence water area for small children and toddlers. The Council are also investing in a £20m aquatic centre in outer east Belfast and plans are also in place for the restoration of the City’s iconic Templemore Baths too.

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World Leisure Installs Modular Pool at Rivermead Leisure Complex

Leyland-based World Leisure (UK) Ltd has completed the construction of a modular swimming pool on land at Rivermead in Reading, Berkshire. Modular pools provide cost-effective permanent solutions, as well as temporary solutions during refurbishment of traditional pools. World Leisure is one of only a handful of modular pool specialists in the UK, servicing customers including leisure centres, health clubs, hotels, schools, colleges, universities, multisport venues and domestic locations. The new 25 metre, five-lane pool at Rivermead will provide continuity of swimming for central Reading whilst the permanent replacement for Central Pool, which closed in January 2018, is built. Reading councillors welcomed the temporary solution. Councillor Sarah Hacker, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Sport, said: “I’m delighted with the opening of the new pool, which has been built to a very high standard by World Leisure. “Pools of this kind have been used successfully in other parts of the country to bridge the gap between old pools closing and new facilities being built. The demountable at Rivermead will provide continuity of swimming in Reading whilst the Council works towards its ambition of delivering modern, new swimming facilities for Reading.” Reading Council is in the process of letting a

contract for the running and updating of all its facilities which will commence next year. It is the Council’s intention to build two new swimming pools, including a 25m Community Pool with teaching pool plus a new competition pool with both diving and viewing facilities. Simon Smith, Managing Director of World Leisure said: “Modular pools are a relatively new concept and provide a fantastic solution for local authorities to continue providing swimming facilities for local residents while upgrading permanent facilities. We are very pleased to have completed this project, which adds to our portfolio of swimming pool solutions of all shapes and sizes throughout the UK.” World Leisure 01772 284883 www.worldleisurepools.com

Kent Pool Receives Quest Stretch Plaque Tonbridge Swimming Pool celebrated retaining its ranking as one of the top performing facilities in the country recently after receiving a Quest Stretch plaque. The plaque, which was awarded by the UK’s leading assessor for sport and leisure, was unveiled by Alan Nicholl, Chairman of Tonbridge & Malling Leisure Trust (tmactive), Cllr Maria Heslop, Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, and Tonbridge Swimming Pool’s General Manager Gary Littlejohn. The Centre, which is operated by tmactive on behalf of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, passed the toughest assessment offered by Sport England’s national quality scheme (Quest) to be rated ‘outstanding’ for a second time. It is one of only 16 centres nationally to achieve this award along with Larkfield Leisure Centre, also operated by tmactive. The scheme is designed to ensure that sports and leisure centres continuously improve to meet the needs of their customers and staff. The advanced award shows that Tonbridge Swimming Pool is delivering the highest standards in all aspects – from the hygiene and cleanliness of

the centre and its facilities to the quality of its programmes and general service. Tonbridge Swimming Pool underwent a meticulous two-day assessment as well as a mystery visit with assessors appraising all elements of the Centre’s management and operations as well as the service it delivers to customers (which were consulted as part of the assessment). The Centre demonstrated excellence in its contribution to the health and wellbeing of the local community. “This is a truly excellent achievement and all credit goes to Gary Littlejohn and his team at the Centre for all of their hard work in ensuring that Tonbridge Swimming Pool is one of the best performing centres in the country,” said Martin Guyton, Chief Executive of tmactive.

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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...