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The short period between SPATEX and the start of spring is always a busy one for many within the UK wet leisure industry and this year (following on from what has to be one of the busiest of years for the industry ever) has been no different. If anything, it’s been even busier than usual with overhang of orders and tasks from 2020. In fact I’ve not spoken to anyone that hasn’t been busy and who doesn’t feel optimistic about business for the year ahead. Any negatives have fallen into the ‘not enough time’ or ‘not enough product’ categories. Of course the pandemic has created a number of difﬁculties, and no doubt will continue to do so. Brexit has also posed challenges, but on the whole, I think the sector has been tremendously fortunate recently. With commercial operators now opening up too, I’m sure I am not the only one in the industry who is breathing a sigh of relief at the return of some small sense of normality. It’s somewhat strange looking back a year to my piece in 2020’s corresponding issue. Everything was up in the air at that stage of the pandemic but I’m glad my inkling that the Industry could ﬁnd itself at the forefront of any recovery has largely proven to be correct – well, so far at least – and I hope peoples’ health and wellbeing remains more of a priority going forward. Having mentioned SPATEX above (which of course took place virtually rather than in Coventry this year), inside this issue we highlight all the Gold winners from the annual British Pool & Hot Tub Awards which for obvious reasons, BISHTA and SPATA had
We also explore what’s new in the one-piece and ﬁbreglass swimming pools market, products that have enjoyed an amazing period and which hope to take the hassle out of installations for both pool builders and owners alike. Still on the subject of convenience, we’ve an in depth look at the latest automatic cover systems for the domestic swimming pool sector. Pool liners and systems – perfect for both new build and refurbishment projects – are also once again featured in this edition and if that wasn’t enough to keep you going, we’ve a piece on high-end swim spas which have, like most products over the last 12 months, also been selling extremely well to both families and those in search of some serious exercise while public pools and leisure centres have been closed. Looking at the season ahead, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams looks at some of the factors that are likely to make or break 2021. The STA’s Luke Grifﬁths discusses some of the considerations and risks as a result of the boom in hot tub sales over the last 12 months, plus we’ve a piece on Darlly Europe who have had to expand their operations in Europe following logistics difﬁculties as a result of Brexit. Something that the wider industry is also struggling with, especially when combined with the pandemic. There’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA plus we’ve also got our round up of all the latest industry, product, eco, people and wellness news from both here in the UK and abroad too. So that’s this latest issue covered. All that leaves me to say is I hope you enjoy it and of course, stay safe during these still exceptional and uncertain times.
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A Swimming Pool And Spa That Dreams Are Made Of Creating a haven for peace and tranquillity, this impressive pool and spa is the work of Surrey pool retailer, Falcon Pools Ltd and both fit perfectly into the beautiful garden. The fully tiled pool and concrete spa with its unique hand cut copings complements and, at the same time, enhances its surroundings. Attention has been paid to every detail… and the detail is Certikin. Certikin’s market leading safety cover, the Coverstar was high on the owner’s shopping list. Not only for its safety credentials but because the pool is designed for all year round use and the Coverstar is first class in its heat retaining qualities − it can save up to 70% on heating and chemical costs. Composite decking at the far end of the pool conceals the pit for the Coverstar pool cover and the cover operates simply with the push of a switch. Safety extends to the grab rails and Certikin pool ladders. The Certikin 1.7” ladders are manufactured to comply with the Domestic Pool Standard EN165821:2015. Built using 316 grade stainless
steel, they are supplied with stainless steel antislip treads as standard, as well as the Certikin pinch anchors which give a sturdy, secure installation on all types of pool surround. Other Certikin equipment featured on this pool includes a Bowman heat exchanger, pool fittings (skimmers, inlets, sumps, vacuum point and auto top up unit), pipework, Vision sand filter, Sta-Rite pump, Autopilot salt
generator, Polaris pool cleaner, LED PU6 pool lights, Certikin maintenance kit and Fi-Clor chemicals. Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk Falcon Pools Ltd 01932 353040 www.falconpools.co.uk
Pool Water Inactivates COVID-19 In 30 Seconds, According To Study A study by virologists at Imperial College London has revealed that swimming pool water can inactivate the COVID-19 virus in only 30 seconds under the right conditions. The findings, which have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, suggest the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in pool water is incredibly low. Swim England worked collaboratively with baby swimming business Water Babies and the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) to commission the study and provide context and materials for the research. As indoor swimming pools across the country reopened on Monday 12 April as part of the Government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions, Swim England Chief Executive Jane Nickerson hailed the results as ‘fantastic news’. The study into swimming pool water was undertaken by leading virologist and expert in respiratory viruses, Professor Wendy Barclay, together with research associate Dr Jonathan Brown and research technician Maya Moshe from Imperial College London and project managed by
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Alex Blackwell, Head of Pools and Facilities from Water Babies. It looked at the effects of swimming pool water on the virus that causes COVID-19 to assess the amount of time and contact needed to inactivate the virus in varying chlorine and pH levels. The research established that 1.5mg per litre of free chlorine with a pH between 7-7.2 reduced the infectivity of the virus by more than 1,000 fold within 30 seconds. Additional testing of different free chlorine and pH ranges confirmed that chlorine in swimming pool water was more effective with a lower pH – which is in line with current guidance for swimming pool operation. Jane said: “These findings suggest the risk of transmission from swimming pool water is low, and adds to the evidence that swimming pools can be safe and secure environments if appropriate measures are taken.” Swim England 01509 640700 www.swimming.org
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IN BRIEF WORK TO START ON MELKSHAM COMMUNITY CAMPUS Alliance Leisure is partnering with Pellikaan Construction Ltd to deliver a £20m community hub in Melksham for Wiltshire Council. In addition to awarding a grant of £1.6m, Sport England played a significant role in the design development stages of the project to ensure the new Melksham Community Campus provides the right leisure facilities to meet the needs of the community. As a result, the new campus will include a six-lane swimming pool and a learner pool, fitness suite, fitness studio and other facilities.
COUNCIL AGREES £150K FUNDING FOR SETTLE AREA SWIMMING POOL Craven District Council has agreed to give Settle Area Swimming Pool £150,000 to help fund a health and wellbeing extension. The Council will also underwrite up to £135,000 by way of a loan, to provide cashflow support to the pool while a community fundraising campaign takes place. Councillor David Ireton, Lead Member for Resilient Communities, said: “I’m delighted that the Policy Committee has agreed to fund this important project. “Settle Area Swimming Pool is a vital facility for the health and wellbeing of communities in the north of the district. “This project will help provide a long-term sustainable future for the pool and will improve the health and happiness of residents – even more crucial as we emerge from the COVID19 pandemic. I look forward to seeing the extension take shape.” The pool has been in operation since 1974 when it was built by local subscription, responding to local concerns about the need for children to learn to swim. It has operated since then managed by trustees and sustained by strong local fundraising and support.
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SPATEX 2022 To Return Live And Kicking To Coventry’s Ricoh Arena! Fresh from this year’s £10m refurbishment, Coventry’s Ricoh Arena will once again play host to SPATEX 2022 when it returns to being a live event from Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 February next year. The announcement, coupled with the imminent lifting of lockdown plus the promise of warmer weather, has added to the feel-good wave of optimism sweeping the industry. Clocking up 23 years at the helm, delighted SPATEX Organiser, Michele Bridle, said: “Whilst February’s SPATEX Virtual presented an excellent online opportunity to connect all in water leisure during a challenging period, there is no substitute for face-to-face business. The team looks forward, with eager anticipation, to staging a special live edition to celebrate bringing the industry together again under one roof.” Much of SPATEX’s business is often continued or conducted outside the exhibition hall, so the addition of a new sports bar will be welcome news both to
exhibitors and visitors. The state-of-the-art bar will be immediately obvious upon arrival as it is to be located by the front door to the complex. Catering for up to 160 covers at a time, it will boast an array of TVs including wall-sized screens as well as interactive games such as table football. A double-sided bar will serve a range of craft beers, cocktails and soft drinks, with plenty of tables for group gatherings. The bar is part of wider improvements planned ahead of the staging of the Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham in 2022. Taking its name from the event, the Commonwealth Convention Centre will be built in the Ricoh Arena’s lower halls on the south side of the venue and provide visitors with more than 8,000 square metres of impressive conference and exhibition space. SPATEX 01264 358558 www.spatex.co.uk
Heatstar Technical Support With New QR Codes By using QR codes, Heatstar is helping its customers to access essential product technical information easily for faster troubleshooting. In the future, the specialists in highly efficient swimming pool climate control systems will be expanding the service to include information regarding spare parts too. Heatstar have implemented a new QR code label to help end users easily access technical literature associated with that particular Heatstar system. End users can scan the label with their smartphone QR code reader and link directly to the specific model information on the company’s resources section of their website. Available documents currently include
operations manuals and a touchscreen user guide. “On a daily basis we receive a large number of telephone calls with users asking for technical help, and a lot of the time the answers can be found in the product literature,” said David Hayles, Heatstar’s Technical Director. “Having this new system whereby the user can quickly scan a QR code on the product and find the necessary documents can reduce downtime if there is an issue with the unit and also help ensure the equipment is installed and maintained correctly.” Heatstar 01983 521465 www.heatstar.com
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IN BRIEF FIRST SWIMMERS TEST OUT LONDON’S ‘SKY POOL’ The world’s first ‘floating’ pool has welcomed swimmers above the streets of London. The Sky Pool is situated 115 feet from the ground in the Embassy Gardens development in Nine Elms, and it spans two buildings and features a completely transparent base that allows swimmers to feel as if they’re flying high above the ground. The pool isn’t officially open just yet, but will be on 19 May 2021, but the first swimmers have been in to test it, and unsurprisingly, it appears that it offers a unique experience. If you’re worried about heights, you may well want to skip a length or two in its raised waters!
NORTH YORKSHIRE SWIMMING POOL FINALLY TO RECEIVE INVESTMENT A massive £1.26m looks set to be pumped into Richmond swimming pool in North Yorkshire. This is its first major refurbishment in almost 30 years and Richmondshire District Council, will also look to agree to continue the annual running grant of £240,000 to the Richmondshire Leisure Trust. The council owns the facility but has leased it to the Trust since 2005. “This pool is a major facility for the district. People come from across Richmondshire to learn to swim with the Richmond and Dales Swimming Club,” said Leader of the Council, Councillor Angie Dale. “It is also a major asset of the councils and it’s only right that after so many years we allocate some money to bring it up to date and future proof it. With the health and wellbeing of our residents uppermost in our minds as a result of the pandemic this has never been more needed.”
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2020 Sales Surge Provides Welcome Boost For Industry
The results of the 10th annual Wet Leisure Survey produced Golden Coast have revealed some fascinating insights into how the sector performed in 2020. Not least of these was the fact that despite – or perhaps because of – the pandemic, the market remained remarkably buoyant with 87% of respondents reporting OK, good or extremely good sales. Hot tub sales in particular soared. The companies that took part in the survey saw a 30% sales increase in the hot tub market. This could be due to the population spending more time at home, with many being furloughed, during an exceptionally warm spring and summer. “Historically the weather has been the biggest influence on what kind of year we have,” said Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams. “Of course, COVID and the initial lockdown impacted everything at first, but we were aided by the sunniest May on record and hottest August in 17 years. “It seems that customers were spending money on their pools and spas to make the most of their
time at home. So it stands to reason that many respondents in the Wet Leisure Survey have reported a boom in areas like installation and maintenance. In fact, above-ground pools also saw their best year ever recorded by the survey.” In terms of sales, 96% were attributed to middle and top-end product ranges, implying many customers were investing in quality. Top-end sales were most prevalent in the South East and South West. Perhaps reflecting a wider uncertainty across society, only 16% of respondents expect business conditions to be extremely good in 2021, while 39% expect them to be good, given that the same contributing factors are unlikely be repeated this year. The full Wet Leisure Survey results are available at wetleisure.com Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com
The ISPE Announce Training Plans For Autumn Now that the ‘roadmap’ is in play and with lockdowns easing, many people will be wanting to catch up on their training and education, and the ISPE will be announcing further details of their Seminars to be held in the Autumn/Winter of 2021. In the meantime, they can already advise that (subject to everything going to plan and with exact details still to be confirmed) there will be two ISPE events which can be reserved now. The ISPE Back-to-Basics/Revision Seminar will take place, at a central venue, probably near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, in (hopefully) September. The event is free of charge for all ISPE Students (all other ISPE members and non-members are welcome too for a small charge of £25 and £30 respectively). Each of the four ISPE Tutors will be present to guide delegates through some typical exam questions looking at how marks may be won or lost with examples of good and not so good answers. There are refresher sessions on each of the four subjects (Heating, Chemicals, Filtration and Construction) and questions are positively encouraged.
The ISPE Hands-on Filtration Workshop will take place, probably in November, and in recent years has been held at Plastipack’s premises at St. Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. This workshop is open to all ISPE students, members and non-members (£60 for ISPE members – all categories and £80 for nonmembers). The workshop is run by (ISPE pastPresident) Chris Carr, FISPE and (current ISPE President) Phil Barlow, FISPE, with assistance from ISPE Council member, Kim Mumford, MISPE and gives practical instruction on filter stripdown and re-building, pipe fitting, pump stripdown and re-building and in addition there are theory sessions covering pipework installation and sizing, sizing a pump, filter and pipework for a domestic pool, installation and servicing tips, and sizing equipment for commercial pools. To register your interest in either or both events, please contact the ISPE office. ISPE 01603 499959 www.ispe.co.uk
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PWTAG’s First Online Conference Reveals Some Interesting Takeaways In March, PWTAG’s first online conference ran as smoothly as the deadly virus which was its subject. It was an ambitious programme which included reports and research from across Europe and the US. It was also an ambitious format – presented live (much of it recorded in advance but taking questions live) with paper sessions and live interactive workshops run in parallel – and a live ask-the-experts session at the end. Some takeaways from the conference included the news from Austria where legislation dictates filtration, dye testing, chlorine residuals, pH, redox – and a 4-log reduction of Pseudomonas aeruginosa within 30 seconds. They favour process control to endproduct control. Dutch researchers have a very direct approach. Jan Bakker observed, COVID-19 tested and health checked swimmers. The only problem was the misbehaviour of young swimmers. This despite disinfection issues, including high chlorate. Maarten Keuten’s team measured aerosols directly. Recreational equipment could quadruple aerosol levels; upping outside air and fan speed could half it again. Christiane Holler reported on the political pressures to reopen pools in Bavaria. When they did, in June last year, distancing was difficult to enforce and there were two COVID-19 cases linked to a spa. Greece was challenging too. Athena Mavridou and colleagues surveyed pool managers – half found hygiene measures difficult to apply and had often failed to install screens. The overall message was clear and one hopes unsurprising. Yes, pools can run safely despite COVID-19, provided disinfection etc are scrupulously attended to and particular care taken with ventilation, hygiene and distancing. Aerosols are the big threat, as everywhere. With an hour of virtual sponsors rooms before the 9.30am start and with a 6pm finish, it was a pretty full-on day. For £40, to all 14 papers and other reports can be purchased directly from PWTAG. PWTAG 01509 640730 www.pwtag.org
Refurbishing Swimming Pool Lockers During Lockdown With a scheduled reopening in April, like many leisure facilities around the country, Bunn Leisure Holiday Park utilised the lockdown period to revamp its facilities at its resort in Chichester, West Sussex. Part of the works included the supply of some new leisure lockers and the refurbishment of the existing lockers for both the wet and dry areas of the swimming pool complex. Here, Helmsman Lockers & Cubicles were appointed to design, supply and install the new units as well as completely overhauling the existing lockers on site over a five day period. The leisure lockers are all three compartments in standard 1,800mm x 300mm wide and 450mm deep banks with an aluminium body and laminated doors in a mix of colours from wenge wood grain to blues and greens to add vibrancy and
colour. Works included replacing hundreds of door springs along with new coin lock replacements, number wrist straps and locker number tags. This was a perfect example of how Helmsman is able to offer an unparalleled after sales service in addition to the manufacture of new lockers. Whether a regular maintenance contract or ad hoc repairs, Helmsman stocks a comprehensive range of replacement parts available for repairs and maintenance. From replacement doors to hinges to numbers through to replacement locking systems and keys, the company can replace, refresh or renew any locker regardless of its original make. Helmsman Lockers & Cubicles 01284 727626 www.helmsman.co.uk
Willmott Dixon Wins £15.9m Leisure Contract Willmott Dixon has been awarded a £15.9m contract to develop a new leisure centre in Bingham, Nottingham, on behalf of Rushcliffe Borough Council. The contract win sees Willmott Dixon expand upon its ten active leisure sites across the UK, which result in a combined value of £264m, with support from key partners Parkwood Leisure, Bingham Town Council and funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) subject to signing grant funding agreement and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. The Bingham Arena will feature a 25-metre sixlane swimming pool with seating for 330 spectators to accommodate swimming competitions
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and will provide a valuable resource for local schools and swimming groups. The facility also includes a 13 x 7-metre learning pool, a café, two exercise studios, a spin studio, a fitness gym and changing room facilities. A highlight feature of this development is the use of innovative Myrtha Pool technology, a steel-framed pool in comparison to a traditional concrete solution. By optimising the Myrtha Pool technology, Willmott Dixon will be able to provide Rushcliffe Borough Council with a more cost-efficient
solution that will support a shorter build programme for the development and will result in a safer swimming pool installation process. Willmott Dixon is highly experienced in delivering leisure centre facilities having recently completed on site at the award-winning £37m Sports and Wellness Hub at the University of Warwick; a development that has subsequently gone on to become the most energy-efficient leisure centre in the UK. The Bingham Arena and Bingham Enterprise Centre project is expected to complete in May 2022. Willmot Dixon 0115 977 1322 www.willmottdixon.co.uk
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PEOPLE NEWS Mark Beer
Celebrating Staff At The Heart Of Golden Coast As a family-run business, leading wet leisure supplier Golden Coast is fully aware that people matter just as much as the products they sell. Indeed, the entire Golden Coast team is regarded as an extended family, working together to provide the best possible support to the trade. It’s why the company is once again demonstrating its commitment to employee loyalty, this time by presenting two staff members, Mark Beer and Andy James, with Loyal Service awards marking ten years at the business. Senior Designer at Golden Coast, Mark Beer said: “I felt really proud receiving this award. It’s nice to be recognised. That said, it certainly doesn’t seem like ten years. I feel like I’m just getting going!” As the resident digital expert Mark leads development of the website and online shop, the latter being one of his earliest projects at Golden Coast. Its creation has gone on to transform the company’s position in the market. Most recently, Mark
has been spearheading brand design for new products due for launch later this year. Also marking a decade at Golden Coast is Technical Engineer Andy James. Not only does Andy provide customers’ support and in-house staff training, but he is also the star of the hugely popular ‘Andy’s Answers’, a series of YouTube videos explaining anything from repairs and maintenance, to troubleshooting and set up, that to date have amassed over half a million views. “We get enquiries from around the world,” he explained. “It’s easier to answer people’s questions in a video where you can get hands-on with the product. When I started I never expected to do anything like Andy’s Answers. But new things come along, products change, and my role as technical back up changes continuously.” Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com
A Tribute To Historic Pools Campaigner Gill Wright After a relatively short illness with cancer, Historic Pools of Britain (HPB) have announced the passing of Gill Wright. The awareness surrounding historic pools would not be what it is without the input of Gill who not only founded the heritage organisation, but also provided many of the connections, support and advice that has gone on behind the scenes of projects around the country. Gill began her journey with years of supporting and working for Victoria Baths and, with utter dedication, going through the unique challenges necessary to help secure the future of Manchester’s water palace in which she played an instrumental role. Seeing more and more historic gems around the country being lost, witnessing growing community campaigns to save pools that were under threat and knowing how important they are to Britain’s communities and heritage, Gill believed there was a great deal to be gained by historic pools joining forces, sharing insight, supporting each other and celebrating their important role to the nation’s heritage and so in 2015 came the Historic Pools of Britain organisation. All of the work that Gill has carried out has been with quiet strength and determination, passion and love. Giving a voice to historic pools, she would present their story magnificently and in doing so awakened the public’s realisation of what precious and beautiful community assets they are.
SCP Europe Sees A Historical Transfer of Power!
A historical and moving handover of power took place recently between Sylvia Monfort, SCP European General Manager for 20 years, and Jean-Louis Albouy, whose own career within the company since 1999 should not be overlooked. The pair have been working together for many years – Sylvia at the European Headquarters and Jean-Louis working as Managing Director at SCP France. The handover is the second part of a series of changes to develop SCP Europe. On a consolidated basis, Jean-Louis will continue with the same dynamic, validating internal and external growth, while completing the next stages of the company’s growth. The development and implementation of a new global ERP platform and highperformance digitisation tools, which mobilise more than 100 people from the
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POOLCORP Group, will intensify in France and then in Europe after the start of operations in the United States. The opening of new branches and acquisitions remain on the agenda, as well as the increase in storage capacity (a tripling of surface areas is planned). However, a new impetus will be given through major investments planned over the next three years with the aim of increasing productivity and speed in order to move
up a gear. The company have also strengthened their teams at SCP EU HQ, in the IT, Data and HR teams to be able to meet the many challenges that lie ahead in terms of efficiency and productivity. In conclusion, the torch is being passed on, but SCP’s influence will remain, based on the same strong values and attitude. The objective is to capitalise on what has always made SCP Europe a success: to maintain the ‘pure player’ approach by pursuing the 100% B to B distributor model in a European market that has sometimes lacked clarity in its positioning. SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com
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INTRODUCING THE NEW AND INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS FROM CERTIKIN 2021 sees the launch of a host of new products for the UK’s market leader Certikin. As well as developments to existing key products, we have a wide range of innovative products which offer solutions for both domestic and commercial pools. These include products for disinfection and sanitisation which with the current pandemic are now more important than ever.
A revolutionary microfibre pool broom specially designed for fibreglass, tiled and vinyl lined pools. Also ideal for cleaning glass fences, windows, pool covers and pool coping.
Aquasense embossed pool vinyl is designed to bring life to the pool, creating real-to-touch natural textures which enhance smooth surfaces into three dimensional patterns.
Granit Grey Granit Sand
A digital control instrument designed for multiparameter control of swimming pool and spa water treatment. CENTURIO POOL offers everything you need to manage even the most complex swimming pool system.
Plant Room Shield
EPS Easy Build In-pool Corner Steps
Quantum utilises ceramic nano crystal technology to create one of the most powerful forms of sterilisation – photocatalytic oxidation. Manufactured by Elecro Engineering, Quantum eliminates contaminants leaving water looking fresh and clean.
Protect your pool 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with the Plant Room Shield. Suitable for both domestic and commercial environments, it detects leaks within the swimming pool plant room helping to prevent major flood damage.
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The QUEST ioniser / oxidiser produces hydroxide and oxygen ions via electrolysis to break down organic debris. It also prevents hard calcium build-up as well as preserving the pool plumbing efficiency and helping the sanitisation.
Made from a 25kg/m density EPS block which is covered in shaped non-corrosive Magnelis steel sheeting, the units are lightweight and easy to handle. No concreting or rendering is needed, and with adhesives included and no specialist tools required the build time is approximately one hour. 3
Xclear Surface uses UV-C technology to disinfect all kinds of surfaces. This is not only safe and sustainable but is also a very reliable way of disinfecting. Recent research has shown that UV-C light is also very effective against the highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus (causative agent of Covid-19).
The use of superior materials throughout results in a premium-quality product offering high levels of durability and heat retention at a competitive price. Certikin spa covers are manufactured in-house and can be made to order to almost any size and shape.
PRODUCT / ECO NEWS
TLS Announce Four New Plate Geometries
Introducing The New Pro Elyo Touch Heat Pump From AstralPool AstralPool has redesigned its signature heat pump (the Pro-Elyo Inverboost) into the new Pro Elyo Touch. With a revamped design and a more intuitive and practical user interface combined with the same robustness and reliability that characterised the technology of its predecessor, the new Pro Elyo Touch has everything it needs to become a benchmark in the outdoor installation sector. The new Pro Elyo Touch features a redesigned interface to make life easier for the pool owner, with the control screen now located on the front instead of the side of the machine for greater convenience. The display has been upgraded from mechanical and digital to an intuitive wide LED touchscreen with even greater information. Users can see the active operation mode, programme the machine, water temperature, activate/ deactivate the turbo or silent modes, as well as access the system settings. Another new feature is that Pro Elyo Touch has a revamped and updated design. For the new model, AstralPool has opted for more modern and up-to-date lines for the housing, an ABS plastic casing to prevent corrosion, a new injected fan grid and a galvanised steel evaporator protection grid. The environmental impact has also been reduced, with most versions operating with R32 refrigerant, a gas that has a low global warming potential (GWP), high energy efficiency and excellent cooling power. The Pro Elyo Touch is incredibly silent and the range includes eight power levels (from 8.5 kW to 35 kW). Not only that, it also makes it possible to extend the swimming season even in regions with colder climates, since it works at an ambient temperature as cold as -20ºC. AstralPool UK 01329 514000 www.astralpool.co.uk
2020 was a challenging year for many, including Thermic Leisure Supplies (TLS) along with their suppliers, but the company and the manufacturers who supply them remain engaged to press ahead with the same target – of providing added value solutions to all their customers with heat exchange needs. For this reason, TLS are proud to announce four new plate geometries, which have been designed through the use of innovative tools and which provide dedicated solutions. Featuring high thermal efficiency and exceptional mechanical performance, these new, compact and efficient units retain all the features of the company’s existing models, which include: • Heat exchanger completely contained within the insulation: minimised thermal losses and condensation, high degree of safety and comfort for those who work
around the heat exchanger. • Low installation costs. • Quick and easy access to the heat exchanger for inspection. • Varying options of stainless steel, titanium plates with Various thicknesses down to 0.4 mm with patented glue free plug in design of NBR and EPDM gaskets. • Moplen, threaded or flanged connections. With the emphasis on sustainability these days, heat exchangers are manufactured from 95% recycled materials. The stainless steel frames to avoid corrosion and long product life with easier maintenance operations make these heat exchangers suitable for both chlorine and salt water swimming pools. Thermic Leisure Supplies 01772 422528 www.thermicleisure.co.uk
Certikin’s Wysiwash Makes Spring Cleaning Pools Easy! It’s pool re-opening time again but this year it’s a whole lot easier, thanks to the arrival of Certikin’s highly effective new Wysiwash Sanitising System. Designed to be used with a standard garden hose, the eco-friendly cleaning solution allows users to spray down the entire pool deck – including chairs, showers and more – in just minutes. Wysiwash is biodegradable, saves water, is non-irritating for humans and animals and is plant safe too – all while providing effective sanitisation. There’s no rinsing or mixing required
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either as each Wysiwash canister contains a highly compressed calcium hypochlorite solution that has been designed to dispense a constant stream of freshly mixed sanitiser. Each Wysiwash canister provides three hours of spraying. With a neutral pH, the pool-safe formula is
designed to kill viruses, bacteria and mould, including coronavirus and deodorises at the same time. The product complies with both EU and UK regulatory requirements and its patented dispensing technology has been scientifically developed to ensure that it emits the correct ratio of chlorine to water. Wysiwash is non-corrosive and is safe to use on stainless steel, coated metals, cement, treated or painted wood, plastics, glass, tile and most hard surfaces. Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk
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PRODUCT / ECO NEWS
PoolBravo – An Allin-one Solution For Managing Pool Water
Certikin’s New Solutions For Easily Cleaning Surfaces With consumer demand for effective, simple cleaning solutions at an all-time high, the launch of Certikin’s Xclear Surface, featuring the latest UV-C technology, is timely. By gently shining the compact and lightweight Xclear device over a surface, it damages the DNA of harmful micro-organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, preventing them from reproducing and spreading. Recent research has shown that UV-C light is also very effective against COVID-19. Simple to use, plug into an electric socket and it is ready for irradiation within 30 seconds. Gloves and face mask are provided, along with a portable battery pack. Suitable for all surfaces from changing rooms to offices, it is far superior to cleaning with detergent which removes some of the microorganisms and viruses, but also spreads them. In addition, chemical cleaning agents can be harmful to health, and pathogenic microorganisms can even build up resistance, in contrast to UV-C radiation.
For use in a more traditional cleaning regime, there’s the Aqua Fingers multi-purpose microfibre broom from Certikin – a product specially designed for fibreglass, tiled and vinyl lined pools, which is also excellent on glass fences, windows, pool covers and pool coping. Cleaning is made easy by the wide surface-area covered by its high-density microfibre chenille attachment, flexible body and curved underbelly, ensuring no nooks and crannies are missed. It features a reinforced neck for long-lasting durability. Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk
Available through SCP UK and new for the 2021 season, the PoolBravo integrated system from EMEC has been designed to offer an all-in-one solution that is easy to use and highly accurate, whilst at the same time being able to minimise the need for manual intervention on swimming pool water and reducing the consumption of chemical products. An elegant cover makes PoolBravo suitable for any installation and in addition to safeguarding against accidental liquid loss, preserves the cleanliness of the inner components and ensures their integrity. PoolBravo is a turnkey product available in different configurations to manage the main measurement parameters concerning the treatment of swimming pool water immediately and easily. The LD multiple reading digital system inside PoolBravo gives users complete control over the measurement parameters and over the dosing of chemical products necessary for the compliance with chemical-physical water requirements. It is easy to use thanks to the LCD display and the encoder control knob that makes it simple to browse through the product’s configuration menus. Complete control also comes from the wide range of probes that can measure hydrogen peroxide, oxygen, bromine, chlorine, ozone, peracetic acid and chlorine dioxide. EMEC V series dosing pumps complete the PoolBravo dosing system. ERMES – EMEC’s exclusive online system – enables users to control and regulate the product remotely from any smartphone or PC, meaning the status of the swimming pool can always be under the control of the owner, wherever they are. SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com
Introducing Slidelock Max Telescopic Reels For Larger Pools Following on from Plastica’s enormously successful Domestic Slidelock System, the company have introduced their new Slidelock Max Telescopic Reels which feature upgraded and unique 138mm diameter anodised aluminium tubes. These new products give the manufacturer a range from 6.0m to 8.0m for covers up to a maximum of 7.7m width (19’ 9” to 25’ 3” maximum cover width). • Small Slidelock Max system tubes go from 6.0m to 7.0m, for covers up to a maximum 6.7m width (19’ 9” to 23’ tubes – 22’ maximum cover width) • Large Slidelock Max system tubes go from 7.0m to 8.0m, for covers over 6.7m up to a maximum 7.7m width (23’ to 26’ 3” tubes – 25’ 3” maximum cover width).
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The manufacturer has kept popular features from the Domestic Slidelock System and cover straps connect to the Slidelock Max’s tubes by way of Plastica’s slide and lock fixing system whilst the company’s own locking device holds the tube in position, stopping the cover from unwinding. The tubes and covers are supported by
a new range of end stands made from highly polished 48mm diameter 316 stainless steel tubes. Slidelock Max Telescopic Reels use Plastica’s new special end bosses and bearings that encapsulate the tube, made from Acetal which has very low friction characteristics and very little moisture absorption. A new stainless steel steering wheel is also included. The new range also includes the company’s upgraded T-Model, Base Plate and their shaped wall mount. Plastica Pools 01424 857857 www.plasticapools.net
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HOT TUB, SWIM SPA & WELLNESS NEWS
The Hydro Is Hot Off The Press – Literally!
Golden Coast Makes A Splash In The Hot Tub Accessory Market Poised to take advantage of its buying power and product knowledge, Golden Coast has recently launched its brand-new spa and hot tub accessory range: tubhub. The tubhub collection has been curated to include everything a hot tub owner needs to maximise their spa experience. It is a one-stop-shop for products, covering every aspect of hot tub ownership, from access and maintenance, to relaxation and entertainment. Following years of planning and research, its creation represents the next stage in the natural evolution of the wellknown and trusted Essentials range. With tubhub, Golden Coast will be directly sourcing more accessories in order to respond quickly to market demand, while delivering the full support and customer service of #TeamGC. Available for immediate despatch, all products are
supplied complete with a guarantee for product quality. “This new venture will essentially transform the supply chain, as we will be empowered to provide our customers with the exact products and services they are looking for,” explained Adam Clark, Sales Director at Golden Coast. “We have sourced many products directly from the manufacturer, so we can not only vouch for the quality, but we are better equipped than ever to provide follow-up support at every stage, from order to installation and beyond. “For hot tub retailers, tubhub presents an attractive opportunity to update their showroom with new and exciting products. Accessories can be a lucrative source of additional sales at the point of purchase.” Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com
In March, this 2m x 2m hot tub – The Hydro – made a small piece of history for Chesterfield-based Superior Wellness. The unit was the first off the production line for the new and exclusive ‘Thermals by Superior Wellness’ hot tub and swim spa range. Superior Wellness signed an exclusive agreement at the end of 2020 to supply a new range of models to the UK market in 2021 and beyond. Thermals by Superior Wellness sees a well-balanced range offering stylish moulds and a mixture of single and dual pump spas covering an array of sizes with three swim spas to complete the range. Built using a corrosion free steel frame, Aristech acrylic and Gecko equipment, models in the range also feature R-10 full insulation technology which has been very popular and has matured in the hot tub industry. Its purpose is to reduce the running cost of hot tubs and to achieve energy-saving and environmental protection. As part of the two-model ‘Intro’ range, the Hydro provides a more affordable option for those looking to invest in their first hot tub. As its name would suggest, the Hydro, along with all the hot tub models in the Thermals by Superior Wellness range, delivers outstanding hydrotherapy – with each providing the perfect way to improve wellbeing. Offering great value for money, it’s the perfect introduction to hot tub ownership. Superior Wellness 01246 559071 www.superiorwellness.co.uk
Strong Start Means Further Expansion For Welsh Leisure Company Following record-breaking sales in 2020, UK Leisure Living is set to recruit staff and open a satellite base in Flintshire. The multi award-winning group – which includes Carbon Zero, The Swim Spa Centre, The Holiday Let Advice Centre and Stop Digging! North Wales and North West – already has sites in St Asaph and Mochdre. Managing Director Gareth Jones advised the new sales centre and showroom on Deeside Industrial Estate will meet demand in the area and serve customers from Cheshire, Manchester, Wirral and beyond. “We have had a very busy start to 2021 and that looks set to continue into the summer season
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as sales are already up 100% up on this time last year, which was also very busy,” said Gareth, who added: “People are anticipating we will all be at home in the UK rather than on holiday abroad, so they are again investing in their homes and gardens.”
Speaking about the latest showroom, he said: “The Deeside site is something we had been looking at for a while; we are getting more and more customers from north east Wales and from across the border who will now be able to come and see us in person, when restrictions are eased, and it is safe to do so.” The business also expanded its Mochdre showroom to 6,000 sq ft in early 2020 – featuring an innovative swim spa facility – and was listed in the top five businesses in North Wales and 21st in Wales at the Fast Growth 50 Awards. UK Leisure Living 0845 034 3550 www.ukleisureliving.co.uk
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HOT TUB, SWIM SPA & WELLNESS NEWS
Innovative Welsh Company Shows Its Green Credentials
A Welsh company that pioneered development of water cleaning products to protect people from pool, spa and hot tub infections – by innovatively using British shells – is now also preventing plastic from heading to landfill or the ocean. Pennosan was well placed to respond to the boom in hot tub and pool sales at the start of the pandemic having created a range of natural water clarifiers to help keep people safe. The company’s products are made using crab, langoustine and shrimp shells from around the UK that were destined for landfill. But when the hard outer skeletons of shellfish are specially treated, they produce chitosan, a type of sugar polymer which has a number of commercial and biomedical uses. As well as being a natural product that is wholly biodegradable and 100% allergen free, chitosan is also antimicrobial. Chitosan cleans pool and hot tub water by clumping together floating dirt, oils and dissolved metal particles, which are too small or light to sink to the bottom to be filtered out. Sue said: “Sustainability has always been a driving force behind our business. As well as recycling seashells and putting them to a good use, we wanted to do what we can to help reduce the number of plastic bottles going into the recycling system. “Our products are supplied in recyclable plastic bottles, made from HDPE, with removable labels. Although HDPE can be recycled up to 10 times, the plastic in each bottle has an expected service life of up to 20 years.” It is estimated that around 13 billion plastic bottles are used in the UK every year with only 7.5 billion being recycled. Pennosan 01766 810345 www.pennosan.com
Wave Spas’ Tom (left) and Dan (right) are joined by Alex Marsh of Growth Partner
North East Hot Tub Business Gets Multimillion-pound Investment Boost Two friends who built up a multimillion-pound e-commerce business selling inflatable hot tubs during the pandemic have won major investment to grow their company further. Wave Direct (who trade as Wave Spas) was founded in 2019 by Daniel Luper and Tom Jeffrey, and with the lockdown seeing a huge rise in hot tub sales of all types, their inflatable spa brand took off. So much so that the company now have plans to move into overseas’ markets and they have just received investment from Leeds-based investment group Growth Partner. With strategic insight from Richard Harpin, the Growth Partner team have been working with founders Daniel and Tom over the last six months to put in place the foundations of an exciting step-change growth plan which includes
international expansion, new products and new brands. Investment Director Alex Marsh led the deal for Growth Partner and said: “Growth Partner’s goal is to identify, back and support the UK’s most talented and ambitious entrepreneurs to grow market leading consumer businesses and br ands. Daniel and Tom certainly fit into that bracket and they have had an exceptional start with Wave Spas. In a very short space of time, they have launched a really high-quality and innovative range of products, that are fun, affordable, and experiencing strong online growth in demand – all themes that will remain true as they launch into other new outdoor and leisure product categories.” Wave Spas 0191 580 1700 www.wavespas.com
USSPA Hopes To Send Good VIBES To The UK Market
USSPA, one of the most recognised spa manufacturers in Europe, celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year and to mark the occasion, the family owned company introduced a new range of hot tubs. VIBES by USSPA is a quality range of products that sits within the middle of the spa segment. With four different models available, it’s able to fulfill a variety of requirements and needs. With modern design and an interesting quality to price ratio, it targets the middle-income group of young families. As standard, each VIBES hot tub offers a modern UV protected and maintenance free cabinet and thermocover in GreyTex fabric, which can be matched together with one of four shell colours. To make life with the spa easier and bring more enjoyment, two different equipment sets are available. When it comes to design, everything is
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conceived in a factory in the heart of Europe, starting from the first draft to the mould and final manufacturing – a process which enables short lead times. For easy service and installation, VIBES are equipped with proven components from well-known EU and US suppliers. Having recently taken part in SPATEX Virtual, USSPA is currently strengthening its export activities and expanding their dealer network. To ensure easy implementation of
VIBES into the showrooms and help with product promotion and sales, USSPA has prepared a complete set of supporting POS materials available to all of its partners. This traditional producer approaches each of the partners individually and provides tailor made training and support, based on their needs. Professionalism is an essential part of the business and therefore every dealer has access to its own client web-zone where they can easily create and manage orders by using a spa configurator. The online area also provides a complete set of supporting marketing materials. USSPA +420 731 504 446 www.usspa.eu
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IN BRIEF FLUIDRA STRENGTHENS INDUSTRY POSITION WITH US ACQUISITION Fluidra has announced it has acquired Custom Molded Products (CMP), a Georgiabased manufacturer of pool and spa components, from Tenex Capital Management. CMP is a leading supplier of innovative solutions for the recreational water industry with a strong portfolio of reputable brands such as DEL™, Brilliant Wonders®, SpaMASTER™ and Bobé. Headquartered in Newnan, Georgia, CMP operates manufacturing and distribution facilities from multiple locations in the United States and China. CMP’s products are supported by distributors and OEMs in the North America, Latin America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. With this acquisition, Fluidra will rapidly expand its offering in several strategic growth categories, such as fastgrowing alternative sanitisers, white goods to support its Jandy equipment range and dedicated spa equipment, a substantial adjacent segment and opportunity for the company. Additionally, CMP’s broad range of LED solutions and water and fire features will complement and extend Fluidra’s existing portfolio. CMP’s product strengths, coupled with its operational and manufacturing expertise, will help Fluidra accelerate growth by providing its customers with a wider range of pool and spa technologies as well as through increased product delivery capabilities.
AUSTRALIAN POOL AND SPA EXPO SEES RECORD GROWTH Following an horrific year for exhibitions around the world, Australia’s Pool & Spa Outdoor Living Expo, held at the Adelaide Showground over the weekend of 27 and 28 March has reported record figures, with visitors pouring in from the time the doors opened. There was a more than 30% increase in attendance compared to the last event which was held in 2019.
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Award-winning Project Is A Unique Spanish Pool Collaboration This pool called Las Palmeras Borguede, located in Xàbia, in the Alacante region of Spain, scooped an award at the Pool Design Awards held by Piscine Global Europe late last year. Normally held in the French city of Lyon, but with the physical event postponed due to the pandemic, Piscine Global Europe is not just another trade fair. The biennial event is hugely important in the European market. As a matter of fact, the Awards were coveted by all businesses in the sector. These prizes bring recognition and showcase quality, beauty and a job well done. The project featuring Ezarri’s mosaic tiles won third prize for ‘La plus belle petite piscine’ (The prettiest small pool) for its quest for excellence and innovation. The pool is equipped with the automated Top Clean system which keeps the pool bottom in a perfect state of cleanliness. The filtration system uses activated glass to achieve better filtration quality and longer-lasting results.
The back massage jets are activated using stainless steel piezoelectric buttons, while LEDs provide colour variety and ensure minimal energy use. Las Palmeras Borguede was created with an Ezarri mosaic by Gunitec, who like the pool itself, are located in Xàbia. This third prize makes Ezarri and Gunitec the only Spanish companies to have won such recognition. The company used the Ezarri Zafiro 3.6 x 3.6m mosaic to tile this marvellous pool and cream Valencian marble for the terraces. Zafiro, from the Ezarri Iris collection, is an iridescent cobalt blue mosaic specially designed for cladding interiors, pools, spas, saunas and wellness spaces seeking a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere. Ezarri Mosaico +34 943 164 140 www.ezarri.com
Fluidra Sponsor Catalan Swimming Federation In Its Centenary Year Fluidra has reached a sponsorship agreement with the Catalan Swimming Federation (FCN) to partner in the events celebrating the centenary of the institution, which officially turned 100 in late February. The deal will see Fluidra feature at the competitions held in the framework of the FCN centenary such as the FINA Artistic Swimming World Series, the City of Barcelona-Mare Nostrum International Swimming Trophy, the City of Barcelona International Diving Trophy, and international matches by senior Catalan water polo squads. Fluidra Executive President Eloi Planes said: “With this agreement we shore up our commitment to sport and especially water disciplines. It is a source of pride for us to be able to partner in the federation’s centenary
and continue to support Catalan sport.” Catalan Federation president Enric Bertrán thanked Fluidra on the institution’s behalf and expressed his desire for the partnership to continue into the future. He said the aim was to further power Catalan swimming, a global benchmark both in water polo and artistic disciplines. The sponsorship is the latest among various agreements Fluidra already has with the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation (RFEN), the Swimming Union of the Americas (ASUA), the Asia Swimming Federation (AASF), and the Oceania Swimming Association (OSA), as well as with clubs such as Club Natació Sabadell, Club Natació Atlètic-Barceloneta, and Club Natació Terrassa.
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KLAFS USA Launch Wellness At Home Brand To Better Serve Demand KLAFS, a leading manufacturer of saunas and thermal experiences sold worldwide, and its exclusive US distributor, Design for Leisure, have joined forces to form Wellness at Home by KLAFS USA. The new division will focus on making luxurious, at-home wellness dreams a reality for US wellness seekers. Design for Leisure is a leading designer and builder of award-winning hydrothermal spa and wellness areas and has worked with well-known wellness destination brands across the globe, including Canyon Ranch, Fairmont, Four Season, Sofitel and Six Senses, to name a few. The just-launched KLAFS USA website is the starting point for anyone seeking to
replicate and build an at-home wellness sanctuary that rivals the quality of spa and wellness experiences found in 5-star hotels and resorts across the globe. “KLAFS USA is committed to delivering the truest benefits of hydrothermal bathing to customers,” said Don Genders, Design for Leisure’s CEO. “This means providing all the components required to build a complete, holistic wellness suite at home, one that supports the evidence-based practice of hot/ cold contrast therapy and encourages pure relaxation and stress relief.” With Google searches for ‘home sauna’ up 73% YoY and searches for ‘luxury sauna’ doubling post-pandemic, it’s clear that US consumers are ready to embrace sauna bathing into their home lives. “Before COVID struck, residential inquiries were growing steadily, but, after the reality hit that it might be a very long time before people could go back to their local spa or club for sauna or steam experiences, we were inundated with homeowners and builders looking for hydrothermal solutions to complement and enhance their luxury residential properties,” said Matthew Williamson, Design for Leisure’s COO.
will become even more important in the light of the current situation and in future too!” Further development also includes continuous adaptation of the hygiene and space regulations. Based on the concept ‘Safe Expo – Safe for People. Good for the economy’, Messe Stuttgart is creating a framework for the safe implementation of interbad 2021. “We assume that some of our international participants will still not be able to fully travel again. We are therefore developing the congress and accompanying programme with our partners in such a way that these visitors will also be offered something interesting even if they are unable to come to Stuttgart this year. Our objectives are to facilitate the transfer of know-how and create inspiring encounters both on site and digitally worldwide,” said Project Manager Dagmar Weise.
Structure Studios has announced the release of Pool Studio Version 3 (along with Vip3D Version 3 and VizTerra Version 3), all of which are available for download now. With a totally redesigned 3D Engine and a dramatically improved 3D library, Version 3 of each software package gives pool designers, landscapers and builders the tools they need to create elegant 3D presentations quickly and easily that amaze and delight their customers. Version 3 leverages the most advanced technology to make available powerful and innovative tools, features, models and materials that radically improve the design process. With Version 3, users can emotionally engage more clients with stunning, interactive and immersive presentations that make their virtual outdoor living spaces feel like home. “Last year alone, designers created 1.8 million outdoor living projects with our software,” said founder Noah Nehlich. “After a year of remarkable growth in the pool and landscape industry, including a significant uptick in project inquiries and high demand for pool and landscape design and installation, Version 3 now makes it faster and easier for designers, landscapers and builders to rise to the occasion and not just meet that demand but also share with their clients a vision of their outdoor living space like none other.” Version 3 includes numerous timesaving tools that make it as enjoyable for designers to create outdoor living spaces as it is for clients to explore them. Features like Fast Mode, professional camera tools, and sky and water controls, make it incredibly easy to add the perfect finishing touches to projects, faster and more beautifully than ever before. Version 3 is available now as a completely free update for all current users and as a download for new members.
interbad +49 711 185 600 www.messe-stuttgart.de
Structure Studios +1 800 778 8996 www.StructureStudios.com
interbad 21 Will Be A Live Event With A Virtual Component The preparations for interbad – the international trade fair for swimming pools, saunas and spas – have started according to schedule, with floor space being allocated within the event’s two exhibition halls. Scheduled to take part in Stuttgart from 21 to 24 September 2021, under the slogan ‘Water is our element – competence our offer’, the forthcoming edition of the trade fair will also focus on innovative technical trends and creative design ideas relating to swimming pools, saunas and spas. With a qualified safety concept, interbad will be the first industry event this year for operators, builders, planners, tradespeople, service providers, spa managers and hoteliers. Christian Mankel, Managing Director of the German Association for the Recreational and Medicinal Bath Industry (DGfdB), stated: “Everyone involved in interbad is pulling in the same direction. “The success of the trade fair is due to the fact that it is developing continuously and is therefore always up to date. This
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SPATEX represents all sectors of the water leisure industry from pools, spas, saunas to hydrotherapy, steam rooms and play equipment, in both the domestic and commercial arena.
POOL & SPA INDUSTRY
COVID-19 Can’t Mask Our Industry’s Successes With the pandemic still affecting the normal running of our industry, BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes highlights the effort and achievements from the last year and progress being made, often behind the scenes
would like to start this update by repeating a huge thank you to all of the exhibitors, contributors and visitors who supported the SPATEX Virtual show. It is hugely appreciated and a timely reminder about the importance of having opportunities to come together (even online) to keep the industry informed of key updates. But also, for the entertainment through the virtual awards ceremony – for the re-presentation of the 2020 ISPE awards and the announcement of the 2021 British Pool and Hot Tub Award winners. I know talking to a number of members, they were able to celebrate the event with staff in a COVID-secure environment to bring people together, so thank you to you all. In addition, a heartfelt thank you to the entire SPATEX team, my fellow SPATEX Directors and vFairs for providing the online platform to put on the unique, virtual event. Having briefly mentioned the 2021 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards and the re-presentation of the ISPE awards for 2020, my thanks also to Jan Hardy, Sallie LeslieGolding, Isabel Lock and Caroline Cross for their excellent organisation of this Industry event. Jamie Smith (BSPF President), Pete Grinnall (BISHTA Chairman), Richard Carrington (SPATA Chairman) and Phil Barlow (ISPE President) also made a huge difference with their role in announcing the winners. I would also like to thank the sponsors, whose details are below. Further details of all of the award winners can be found on pages 30-36 of this issue.
Each year for the Gala Dinner, we are honoured to be joined by a guest (usually from the world of sport) to announce some of the winners, and this year was no exception, with the hugely inspiring presence of Danielle Brown MBE. For those of you unaware of Danielle’s achievements and her aim this year to be part of a world record attempt, please see page 29 for more details. As in previous years, many of the 2021 British Pool and Hot Tub Award winners will be shortlisted for the European Pool and Spa Awards 2021, hosted by EUSA. Work with both EUSA and WAPSA continues. See the next page for more information about the importance of these links with other national pool and spa associations and the 2021 EUSA awards. Other news from Europe regards the progress of the draft domestic pool standard prEN 17645. Environmental performance efficiency – Performance evaluation, methodology, and classification of the use of outdoor pools and their equipment. Feedback has been provided on this standard by SPATA’s Technical Committee, and both SPATA and BSI are fortunate to benefit from the presence of Will Dando (Plastica) on the relevant European committee (CEN TC 402 WG5). It is envisaged that the feedback on the standard will be addressed at meetings this year, and so it is likely that there will be updates on this standard at SPATEX 2022. Returning to home, with the changes brought about by Brexit, BISHTA and SPATA have been arranging monthly webinars, with the first one focusing on some of the key messages from Hampshire County Council Trading Standards regarding the knowledge expected from companies who are importers. Adam Chambers (who featured in the last issue of SPN) oversaw this session. He provided members with some really useful information and there have already been
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some follow-ups from members seeking further advice. A webinar has just been held on lifting equipment used for hot tubs, exercise spas and one-piece pools. Following an incident with a hot tub that fell at height while being lifted out of a garden, although nobody was injured, BISHTA and SPATA liaised with ALLMI and the CPA to draft some guidance to minimise the chances of a repeat incident occurring again. The Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI) was founded in 1978 at the request of the Health & Safety Executive. It is the UK’s only trade association devoted exclusively to the lorry loader industry, and its members include manufacturers. ALLMI promotes the safe use of lorry loaders, produces good practice guidance, assists in the formulation of relevant legislation and Standards, and provides a training accreditation service. The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) was founded in 1941 and is the leading trade association for this UK sector. CPA Members supply over 85% of hired plant to the construction industry. CPA publishes a wide range of safe-use and technical guidance documents and other publications, including through their special interest groups such as the Crane Interest Group (CIG). All publications are distributed free of charge widely throughout the construction industry to support and promote safety. Webinars will be continuing this year, with a H&S webinar being hosted on Tuesday 20 April. These webinars are free to BISHTA and SPATA members.
DIARY DATES 2021 14 May 20 May 25 May 8 Jun 23 Jun 1 Jul 2022 1-3 Feb
BISHTA Technical Committee, WebEx BISHTA Committee, WebEx SPATA National Council, WebEx PIP Committee, WebEx SPATEX Board, Andover BSPF Board, WebEx SPATEX, Coventry
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Working With Colleagues From EUSA And WAPSA In this latest issue, Chris Hayes illustrates the importance of BISHTA and SPATA having close ties with leading International Associations
ISHTA and SPATA are always willing to embrace a challenge – adopting new ways of working to be more effective and efficient. It helps that the ethos of the staff and committee members also fosters this attitude. There is an added dimension that BISHTA and SPATA can reach out to like-minded National Pool and Spa Associations, both in Europe and in other parts of the world, for their feedback. This article explores what working with EUSA and WAPSA brings to the British Isles.
(3 parts), EN 16713 (3 parts), EN 16927, and EN 17125. There is currently work on a draft European standard for prEN 17645 on the ‘Environmental performance efficiency – Performance evaluation, methodology, and classification of the use of outdoor pools and their equipment’. SPATA is also currently contributing to work on public spas and wellness, and this work continues both in Europe and at home (albeit online)!
EUSA The European Union of Swimming Pool and Spa Associations was founded in 2006 and currently has 12 members. The countries represented are National Pool and Spa Associations in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the UK. Historically, meetings would be held twice per year in the President’s country (this role would be shared amongst the members every two years). At the moment, the Presidency is held by the bsw, the German Pool Association. However, due to COVID, there has only been one face-to-face meeting (which was in Brussels, as this is where EUSA is officially registered). Other meetings have been held, all of which have been online via zoom. At the meetings, the main topic of business includes promotion through the annual European Pool and Spa Awards, a monitoring service to assess what is being discussed with the EU institutions, regular sharing of good practice, and technical matters. In its eighth year, the European Pool and Spa Awards have seven categories for domestic pools, spas and hot tubs: outdoor pools, indoor pools, pools by night, pools with an automatic cover, pools with an enclosure, spas and hot tubs. Each year the Awards are held at a European exhibition, which has included aquanale (Germany), Forum Piscine (Italy), Piscine Global Europe (France), Piscina & Wellness (Spain) and SPATEX. The 2020 Awards were announced at the beginning of this year, but due to COVID-19, the presentation has been delayed. The Awards presentation will now be held at aquanale on Thursday 28 October. The 2021 Awards are being presented at Piscina & Wellness on Monday 29 November. Over the years, both BISHTA and SPATA members have benefited from rubbing shoulders with colleagues across
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Europe and obtaining invaluable PR from their wins at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. There is great importance in knowing what the EU institutions are considering with regulations and directives that could impact our industry, which is important even though we have left the EU. This is because many supplier members export to Europe and because many installer members rely on European imports. Having a say in what goes on in Europe through EUSA is therefore very useful to ensure our voice is heard to prevent misunderstandings about what is known about our industry. In terms of technical matters, European standards are not EU documents, but they are agreed across the 27 EU Member States and seven other European countries (including the UK). While not necessarily enshrined in law in all European countries, they are always seen as an essential benchmark document when deciding if an issue has arisen and if it is because a standard was not followed. BISHTA and SPATA are very proud of the work undertaken by members of their respective technical committees in helping to develop domestic pool and spa standards, such as EN 16582
The World Alliance of Pool and Spa Associations brings together each of the 12 National Associations within EUSA plus Hungary, Romania, and then also Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, and the USA. Having input from these other countries allows some excellent sharing of ideas, and there has been a concerted attempt to seek market data from across the world. An annual meeting has been held, and as a result of the recent (4th) meeting as part of SPATEX Virtual, there is planned to be work on revising the data questions to be asked, including some key safety messages. The main thrust of development work is around education and environmental sustainability. Finding out what works in another country can then lead to items being brought back to our country to put something similar into practice. Having a collective voice also means that an issue in one country (such as drought) can be shared with other countries to learn what messages are effective if the same problem arises in another country. The 5th annual WAPSA meeting is to be held at aquanale in Cologne on Monday 25 October 2021. At this meeting, EUSA colleagues plan to share some ideas on benchmarking the services that each association offers its members, which can provide BISHTA and SPATA with new development opportunities and best practice to bring back to our industry. BISHTA / SPATA 01264 356211 / 01264 356210 www.bishta.co.uk / www.spata.co.uk
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An Awards With A Difference Determined to acknowledge the quality installations from across the industry, BISHTA and SPATA produced a digital British Pool & Hot Tub Awards with great success!
n Tuesday 2 February, during SPATEX Virtual, the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards took place as an online event for the ‘first time’ since the SPATA Awards began in 1978. With 29 categories to be contested, this year’s winning and highly commended entries demonstrated the breadth of talent and commitment to quality and service in the industry, even when faced with the restrictions of a pandemic! BISHTA and SPATA were delighted to welcome online their special guest of honour, Danielle Brown MBE, to present the top
industry awards. Gina Mellotte was also welcomed as this year’s awards compere. The online awards ceremony was opened by Chris Hayes (BISHTA / SPATA Managing Director), and it began with the re-presentation of the ISPE Awards 2020 by Phil Barlow, the ISPE President. BISHTA and SPATA have been very grateful to Phil Barlow, Jamie Smith (BSPF President), Pete Grinnall (BISHTA Chairman) and Richard Carrington (SPATA Chairman) for their muchvalued support in announcing their respective awards. Thanks are warmly offered to all of the 2021 British Pool & Hot Tub sponsors –
without their support, the awards ceremony would not have been possible! All winners received a personalised press release and local press distribution, digital awards badges, digital awards email/web banners and their framed certificates and trophies (where applicable). A number of them can be seen on this page celebrating their wins in a safe environment. If you could not join BISHTA and SPATA for the presentation ceremony, it is still available to view on the BISHTA and SPATA YouTube channel or from the website homepages www.bishta.co.uk / www.spata.co.uk.
Danielle Brown MBE: Why I’ve Signed Up For A World Record Attempt It began with a new follower on Instagram. @claw_global stumbled across my account, so I fired off a quick message to introduce myself. Within minutes they got back to me, and it became clear that we had similar beliefs around sport’s potential to inspire change. Over lunch, I found myself speaking to the team, and by the end of the call, I had signed myself up for a World Record attempt. I will be part of the largest team of disabled people to scuba dive in the open sea. I’ve never been scuba diving in my life, so this is a big step out of my comfort zone. So why did I decide to team up with CLAW? Sport is a powerful vehicle for change, and the world badly needs changing. Disability is still one of the most marginalised populations in the world. Barriers touch all aspects of disabled people’s lives, which are propped
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up by grossly outdated stereotypes and misunderstanding. All that truly matters is ability – what a person can do – but the sad reality is that this often gets overlooked. Instead, people focus on the wrong thing, judging disabled people by what they can’t do. Without changing our attitudes towards and understanding of disability, we cannot hope to challenge the stigma, prejudice and isolation that still exists in the world. The World Record attempt is just a start, one piece in a complex jigsaw. It is a catalyst for change, a chance to see disability as it truly is. It’s a tough time to set a challenge like this – learning how to dive and finding sponsorship in the middle of a pandemic is hard. I’m excited, and nervous, and determined to see it through. To find out more visit: www.daniellebrown.co.uk
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BRITISH POOL & HOT TUB AWARD WINNERS 2021
BISHTA And SPATA Recognise The ‘Best Of The Best’ Digitally
Residential Indoor Pools over £175,000, Outstanding Pool of the Year Plus Dick Milward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year Whitewaters 0191 551 2048 www.whitewaters.co.uk
Revealed online during the SPATEX VIRTUAL in February, we highlight the winners from the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards held by BISHTA and SPATA
eading the way for the UK water leisure industry, BISHTA and SPATA once again invited their members to enter the annual British Pool & Hot Tub Awards. With 29 categories to be contested, this year’s winning and highly commended entries demonstrate the breadth of talent and commitment to quality and service in the industry, even when in the
restrictions of a pandemic! BISHTA and SPATA were delighted to welcome online their special guest of honour, Danielle Brown MBE, to present
their top industry awards this year. Danielle congratulated a number of companies including Whitewaters, who won the Outstanding Pool of the Year and were also the recipient of the Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year. Centurion Leisure was named as the winner of the much-celebrated Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence.
Residential Outdoor Liner Pools under £45,000 New Dawn Pools 01367 253333 www.newdawnpools.co.uk
Residential Outdoor Liner Pools over £45,000 Mermaid Pools 01580 753031 www.mermaidpools.co.uk
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Residential Outdoor Concrete Pools over £90,000 Falcon Pools 01932 353040 www.falconpools.co.uk
Outdoor Living (Leeds) won Gold as the hot tub company with the best showroom, providing consumers with everything they need to choose their new hot tub, accessories and products in a relaxed and inspiring environment. The BISHTA judges also awarded Gold to Hot Tub Suppliers for the Hot Tubs Change Lives category, and they also won Gold and Bronze awards in the Hot Tub Happiness category. Judged by a group of industry experts, these awards not only recognise and reward companies for their superior work, but they also create an inspirational gallery of awardwinning projects for consumers to view, in the knowledge that as trade association members, every company is expected to
Residential Outdoor Concrete Pools under £90,000 Falcon Pools 01932 353040 www.falconpools.co.uk
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With 29 categories to be contested, this year’s winning and highly commended entries demonstrate the breadth of talent and commitment to quality and service in the industry, even when in the restrictions of a pandemic!” work to British and European Standards. Plus, the awards provide an opportunity to gain press coverage nationally and locally, with every winner receiving a complimentary personalised press release, press and media distribution and coverage tracking. Chris Hayes (Managing Director of BISHTA
and SPATA) commented: “The British Pool & Hot Tubs Awards provides an exceptional stage to celebrate the calibre of talent we have in our industry. I want to congratulate every award winner for their achievements and their continued commitment to providing end-users with high standards of quality and service.”
Residential Outdoor One-piece Pools Mermaid Pools 01580 753031 www.mermaidpools.co.uk
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BRITISH POOL & HOT TUB AWARD WINNERS 2021 SPATA WINNERS: Residential Outdoor Liner Pools under £45,000 Gold: New Dawn Pools Silver: Home Counties Pools & Hot Tubs Residential Outdoor Liner Pools over £45,000 Gold: Mermaid Pools Silver: Blue Cube Pools Bronze: Home Counties Pools & Hot Tubs Residential Outdoor One-piece Pools Gold: Mermaid Pools Silver: Mermaid Pools Silver: XL Pools Bronze: XL Pools
Residential Indoor Pools under £90,000 Mermaid Pools 01580 753031 www.mermaidpools.co.uk Overseas Residential Pool of the Year Xterior Experience Landscaping +971 52 552 6090 www.xterior.ae
Residential Outdoor Concrete Pools under £90,000 Gold: Falcon Pools Silver: Centurion Leisure Bronze: Falcon Pools Residential Outdoor Concrete Pools over £90,000 Gold: Falcon Pools Silver: Asher Swimpool Centre Bronze: New Dawn Pools Bronze: XL Pools Residential Indoor Pools under £90,000 Gold: Mermaid Pools Silver: Mermaid Pools Bronze: Home Counties Pools & Hot Tubs
Residential Indoor Pools £90,000 to under £125,000 Plus Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year Whitewaters 0191 551 2048 www.whitewaters.co.uk
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BRITISH POOL & HOT TUB AWARD WINNERS 2021 Refurbishment Pool of the Year Tanby Pools 01883 622335 www.tanbypools.co.uk In-ground Residential Spas and Wellness Plus Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year Whitewaters 0191 551 2048 www.whitewaters.co.uk
Residential Indoor Pools £90,000 to under £125,000 Gold: Whitewaters Silver: XL Pools Bronze: Origin Leisure Bronze: New Dawn Pools Residential Indoor Pools £125,000 to under £175,000 Gold: Whitewaters Silver: Falcon Pools Silver: XL Pools Bronze: Centurion Leisure Bronze: Origin Leisure Residential Indoor Pools over £175,000 Gold: Whitewaters Silver: Whitewaters Bronze: Rockingham Swimming Pools
Residential Indoor Pools £125,000 to under £175,000 Plus Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year Whitewaters 0191 551 2048 www.whitewaters.co.uk
Commercial Pool of the Year Gold: Penguin Swimming Pools Silver: Penguin Swimming Pools Bronze: Centurion Leisure Bronze: XL Pools Overseas Commercial Pool of the Year Gold: Waves Trading and Contracting Silver: Waves Trading and Contracting Overseas Residential Pool of the Year Gold: Xterior Experience Landscaping Silver: Silver Fox Contracting Bronze: NIVEKO Bronze: Xterior Experience Landscaping Refurbishment Pool of the Year Gold: Tanby Pools Silver: Centurion Leisure Bronze: Tanby Pools
Commercial Pool of the Year Penguin Swimming Pools 01295 258900 www.penguinpools.co.uk
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BRITISH POOL & HOT TUB AWARD WINNERS 2021 In-ground Residential Spas and Wellness Gold: Whitewaters Silver: XL Pools Bronze: Falcon Pools Bronze: Penguin Swimming Pools In-ground Commercial Spas and Wellness Gold: Penguin Swimming Pools Silver: Penguin Swimming Pools Sustainability Award Gold: Rockingham Swimming Pools Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence Winner: Centurion Leisure In-ground Commercial Spas and Wellness Penguin Swimming Pools 01295 258900 www.penguinpools.co.uk
Paul Kite Award for Pool Star of the Year David Short from Asher Swimpool Centre
Sustainability Award Rockingham Swimming Pools 01922 455520 www.rockinghampools.co.uk
Overseas Commercial Pool of the Year Waves Trading and Contracting +974 4441 6319 www.waves-qatar.com
Paul Kite Award for Pool Star of the Year David Short from Asher Swimpool Centre
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Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence Centurion Leisure 01708 463 090 www.centurionleisure.co.uk
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BRITISH POOL & HOT TUB AWARD WINNERS 2021 Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year Winner: Whitewaters
Residential Hot Tubs £14,000 and Over North Spas 0191 410 9988 www.northspas.co.uk
Outstanding Pool of the Year Winner: Whitewaters
BISHTA WINNERS: Residential Hot Tubs below £7,000 Gold: North Spas Silver: Home Counties Pools & Hot Tubs Bronze: Concept Spa Bronze: MySpa UK Residential Hot Tubs £7,000 to £14,000 Gold: North Spas Silver: Euphoria Lifestyle Bronze: MySpa UK Bronze: Concept Spa Bronze: Falcon Pools
Swim / Exercise Spas Goodwins Hot Tubs 01843 220966 www.goodwinsmargate.com
Residential Hot Tubs £14,000 and Over Gold: North Spas Silver: North Spas Bronze: Outdoor Living Bronze: MySpa UK Swim / Exercise Spas Gold: Goodwins Hot Tubs Silver: Euphoria Lifestyle Bronze: MySpa UK Bronze: Welsh Hot Tubs Hot Tubs Change Lives Gold: Hot Tub Suppliers
Residential Hot Tubs below £7,000 North Spas 0191 410 9988 www.northspas.co.uk
Residential Hot Tubs £7,000 to £14,000 North Spas 0191 410 9988 www.northspas.co.uk
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BRITISH POOL & HOT TUB AWARD WINNERS 2021 Hot Tubs in a Holiday Setting Welsh Hot Tubs 01974 241 642 www.welshhottubs.co.uk
Hot Tubs in a Holiday Setting Gold: Welsh Hot Tubs Silver: UK Leisure Living Silver: Welsh Hot Tubs Bronze: Cornish Hot Tubs Merit: Hot Tub Suppliers Merit: Concept Spa Hot Tub Happiness Gold: Hot Tub Suppliers Silver: Cornish Hot Tubs Bronze: Hot Tub Suppliers Showroom of the Year Gold: Outdoor Living (Leeds) Silver: North Spas Bronze: MySpa UK (Leicester) Merit: UK Leisure Living Best Use of Digital Media Gold: North Spas Gold: Hot Tub Suppliers Silver: North Spas
Hot Tubs Change Lives Hot Tub Suppliers 0116 251 3378 www.hottubsuppliers.com
Hot Tub Happiness Hot Tub Suppliers 0116 251 3378 www.hottubsuppliers.com
Best Use of Digital Media North Spas 0191 410 9988 www.northspas.co.uk
Best Use of Digital Media Hot Tub Suppliers 0116 251 3378 www.hottubsuppliers.com
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Showroom of the Year Outdoor Living (Leeds) 0113 271 3469 www.outdoorlivinghottubs.co.uk
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STA POOL PLANT – HOT TUB SAFETY
Hot Tubs – The Risks Following The Lockdown Sales Boom In this article Luke Griffiths STA’s Qualification Development Manager for Pool Plant discusses some of the considerations and risks as a result of the boom in hot tub sales over the last 12 months
ith summer on the horizon, many Brits who contributed to the 1,080% rise in hot tub sales on eBay in 2020, compared to 2019, will be dusting off the covers and getting into 2021’s finest swimwear ready to take a long hot soak. The emergence of the inflatable hot tub alternative has made this luxury item accessible to the vast majority of UK residents and last year’s lockdown accelerated the demand. This issue’s article takes a brief look at the associated risks and methods for managing hot tubs in a business setting safely, but much of this is applicable to domestic hot tubs too.
RISK ASSESSMENT Due to the obvious hazards in the operation of hot tubs, a risk assessment must be carried out, including but not limited to: • Entrapment and entanglement • Drowning • Chemical dosing • Bacterial infection. HSG282 ‘The control of Legionella and other infectious agents’ is an essential guidance document by the HSE primarily for those who manage or operate spa pool systems and it explains how to manage and control the risks from legionella and other infectious agents. When developing risk assessments and safe operating procedures for spas and hot tubs, ensure this guidance is utilised. PWTAG also have a book dedicated to hot tubs for business containing some really useful information.
UNIQUE PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH HOT TUBS There are a number of specific challenges when it comes to the effective sanitisation of hot tubs: • Due to aeration and agitation, there will be potentially zero visibility in the water. • Due to the low water content, it is easy to overdose chemicals. • Agitation of the water and its high temperature will cause disinfectant loss.
• Aeration of the water will commonly cause the pH to rise. This is due to water being able to absorb gases until saturation point is reached. Any further gases will then be released from the water. Amongst them will be the carbonate gases including CO2. • CO2 is generally added to lower the pH. Therefore, if CO2 is removed, the pH will invariably climb. • It is likely that there will be two water circulation systems, with the secondary system providing the supply to the water therapy jets. • Ratio of bathers to water volume will be extremely high. • Higher operating temperatures will increase risk of bacteriological growth. Some hot tubs operate at 37°C which should be risk assessed. Higher operating temperatures will cause higher release of bodily fluids, perspiration, fats etc. High temperatures will ‘burn-off’ body fats and cosmetic oils. In any event, higher temperatures up to and above 37°C can provide an excellent temperature for bacteria to multiply. • The risk of biofilm formation in poorly maintained hot tubs is great and particularly for inflatable hot tubs, there is an additional risk of biofilm formation as a result of having awkward to clean areas and the difficulty posed by drying between uses. For the reasons above it is important that water in hot tubs is treated and monitored just as closely as swimming pool water. For hot tubs used in a business setting, the recommended chemical parameters are: • Free chlorine levels between 3-5mg/l • Combined chlorine levels should be kept as low as possible, less than half the free chlorine level and no higher than 1.0mg/l • Total active bromine 4 –6 mg/l • pH between 7.0 and 7.6 (the closer to 7 the better). Furthermore, we need to address the problem of higher relative use by bathers and the
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higher use of chemicals. One of the items to consider is dilution with fresh water; this is often neglected or ignored which can lead to: • A high level of dissolved chemicals • Fats and oils fouling the filter • Reduction in efficiency of the disinfectant • In bromine dosed spas, high dimethyl hydantoin levels leading to ‘Bromine Itch’. For hot tubs used for business, the total volume of water should be replaced after each group of users or at least weekly – whichever is shorter. It is good practice when refilling to dose to 5mg/l free chlorine in the filled hot tub so the pipework and fittings get a shock dose of disinfectant and the hot tub is not full of unchlorinated water. It is, of course, essential that all staff involved in the operation of hot tubs are trained to recognise industry standards, with appropriate risk controls strictly adhered to. Those carrying out a risk assessment of a hot tub or similar should have the necessary experience and knowledge to do so. STA’s Level 3 Award in Pool Plant Operations qualification – which is CIMSPA professionally endorsed – covers all that operators need to ensure safe, clear and hygienic water practices in pools, spas and interactive water features – very relevant to hot tubs. BISHTA also offers a range of workforce training courses, including Water Hygiene Management training, which are available to non-members and are a membership stipulation. As BISHTA’s logo strapline highlights, the association’s principal focus is to ‘Promote Safe Hot Tub Standards’. Having the right equipment and the correct water hygiene management and maintenance regimes in place is vital. Safety Training Awards 01922 645097 www.safetytrainingawards.co.uk
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COMPANY FOCUS Darlly Europe Ltd’s new premises in Telford which they moved into in 2020
Darlly Europe BV’s dedicated storage and distribution centre in Eindhoven
Darlly Remove European Borders With unforeseen logistics challenges rapidly occurring following the UK’s departure from the EU, filter manufacturer Darlly Europe Ltd have expanded and set up a new, dedicated distribution centre in The Netherlands
arlly Europe, a leading supplier of pool and spa replacement cartridge filters throughout the UK and Europe, have been forced to create a new, European business – Darlly Europe BV. Set up as a result of shipment and logistic nightmares following Brexit, this entirely new operation located within The Netherlands consists of a dedicated storage and distribution centre for their premium filters and is the answer to trade challenges for the well-known brand. Darlly Europe had only moved to their new premises in Telford just before Christmas when, within months, it became clear that Brexit would not be the smooth, barrier-free, tariff-free affair as promised by politicians. In fact, it was proving far worse than anything feared pre 31 December 2020. Whilst over 200 of Darlly’s dealers are based in the UK and 150 are located in mainland Europe, their European transactions represent over 55% of sales income, with 100% of their dealer base operates within the pool and spa trade sector – a fact the company are very proud of. In addition to Brexit uncertainty, the entire pool and spa industry was severely challenged throughout 2020, with high demand, low supply and operational difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Director Phil Moseley declared: “We had dealt with the COVID challenge, which in itself had brought a 50% increase in demand. And then towards the end of that year we also moved to a new, much larger warehouse with modern offices and dedicated goods inward and outward with capacity to store over 100,000 filters and handle a throughput of 3,000 filters daily. “With this new set up, we were looking forward, no matter what Brexit threw at us, to our new operation still being able to supply all 27 European countries. Alas, very quickly through January and, frustratingly, into
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February it became evident moving goods from the UK into Europe was not going to work to the high standard of efficiency our customers had come to expect from us. What’s more, it was proving far more expensive for ourselves and our loyal customers. “Goods that were normally delivered anywhere within the European Union within four days of order, were not taking just weeks, but in some cases months to get there. That’s in addition to the complicated documentation, tariffs and VAT implications.” Darlly’s Gil Gingell added: “The Brexit deal had given UK logistic companies a week (from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve) to prepare for EU business, however even after three months, it was apparent, tariffs, customs fees (both here and in EU), the precise details necessary on Commercial Invoicing and the cross-border delays for transport as a result, that we had to quickly move our European business into the European Union itself. “Fortunately, from some long-standing contacts within The Netherlands, we were able to find a well-established, extremely professional transport and fulfillment company based in Eindhoven that currently stores 22,000 pallets and handles eight inward containers daily. Moreover, they were building a brand-new transport and logistics centre, opening in June, that could handle double this amount. “In one move, we had removed documentation red tape, border logjams and higher delivery costs – in fact, deliveries to our EU customers will be quicker and much
cheaper than pre-Brexit. Good news at last!” It is hoped that by the end of April, containers and UK stock will go directly to Darlly’s new partners – Van der Heijden in Eindhoven – which is only a few kilometres from the Tilburg Train Depot. And whilst all order processing and the customer helpline will continue from Telford in the UK, all pallets will be sent direct from Eindhoven across the entirety of the European Union. Trade customers with just small carton orders, not requiring pallet loads, will be directed to Spa Plus based in Bergeijk, who have been a successful Darlly premium distributor for over ten years and they will be charging exactly the same trade prices for cartons, again with much lower shipping charges. Phil concluded: “The other new challenge at the moment to add to COVID and Brexit which, again, is affecting the entire industry, is the Chinese container crisis. “Whilst container costs have quadrupled recently, and the Suez container ship blockage has poured more fuel onto the fire in delaying shipments from one month to three months, there is also a hope that being so close to Tilburg means we can use the extraordinary train service which brings containers directly over land from China to The Netherlands in just over two weeks. “Which gets a huge and thankful nod of approval from us!” Darlly Europe Ltd 01952 580500 www.darllyeurope.com
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SWIM SPAS – HIGH-END
High-end Swim Spas For Serious Users Top of the range swim spas have been a niche choice for many in the UK over recent years, but during the pandemic, sales have been boosted. As a training aid, they have become a widely accepted alternative to more traditional pool choices. Many models also offer spa options too, resulting in the complete swim and relax package. Offering the very latest in technology for swimming and more, we take a look at some of the premium choices in the popular swim spa sector By Jon Wadeson
s a product that offers the benefits of an effective swimming area combined with the relaxing jets of a hot tub, high-end swim spas have steadily increased in their popularity over recent years but unsurprisingly, they remained somewhat niche when compared to the overall market. That didn’t stop manufacturers expanding their ranges though, after all whilst volumes may not have been high, price tags often were for these flagship products. The pandemic changed that steady progress with many more people taking a closer look at the top of the range models on offer. Competitive pricing and ownership convenience versus more traditional alternatives has resulted in an appeal that has never been stronger for families looking for a premium, multi-use product that can be used by all. But it’s not just families that are taking notice of the various swim spa solutions on offer. Athletes and keep fit fanatics are really the core target market for the majority of these products and many have being tempted by the thorough exercise and post workout relaxation options that are provided by today’s high-end models. So what’s on offer this year at the upper end of the swim spa market? In this issue, we examine just some of the brands and models that are competing at the premium end of the swim spa sector.
combined experience for its users. Thanks to the unique solutions of the counter-current system, it serves as a swimming pool, and after an exhausting swim, users can relax in the separate spa massage section. Two variants of this flagship model are available but it’s the turbine version that really will appeal to those who are looking for the ultimate water-based workout. The W-Power Turbine – instead of the three hydromassage pumps – is capable of propelling 50-160 m3 water per hour. In contrast to standard swim spa pumps, the Rio Grande’s turbine consumes 75% less power while delivering twice the amount of water – that’s incredible performance combined with energy savings. As a relatively new model, the Rio Grande also benefits from the latest in good looks too. Its 5mm fibreglass reinforced acrylic shell is available in Sterling Silver and is complemented by a brushed grey cabinet. Two UV-C water sanitiser and five
antibacterial filters look after the water while two Smart Touch control panels located in each distinctive section of the Rio Grande make operation a simple task. There’s a total of 40 jets on offer in the Rio Grande’s spa section and chromotherapy lighting, aromatic therapy and a swim tether all come as standard.
THE ATV™ RANGE FROM MARQUIS® ACCOMMODATES EVERY NEED Marquis®’ Aquatic Training Vessels™ (ATVs™) were created to elevate the swim spa experience and provide a more convenient option for aquatic training. They are true action vessels for the whole family to enjoy all year-round and allow for a more spacious swim and workout space than comparable rectangular swim spas. Whether they’re used for training, rehabilitating or spending time with loved ones, an ATV will accommodate every need. The Marquis ATV line includes four
POWERFUL PERFORMANCE – THE RIO GRANDE TURBINE FROM WELLIS Wellis produce a number of swim spas models and they are available in the UK through Wellis direct and SCP UK. Sitting at the top of their range is the Rio Grande which was refreshed in 2019. This large swim spa measures 6,000 x 2,350mm and as with all models in the Wellis range, it has a generous depth of 1,470mm. Considering the space required for a traditional swimming pool, it could easily be viewed as the perfect highlight of a wellness section. The Rio Grande swim spa provides a
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SWIM SPAS – HIGH-END models including the larger 17 foot ATV-17 Kona and ATV-17 Sport topping the range. The ATV-17 Kona is the ‘big dog’ though. The ATV-Kona has three pumps like the ATVSport models, but offers higher performance with two dual-speed 360 GPM / 1,363 LPM pumps and one dual-speed 160 GPM / 606 LPM pump to create a flow rate of 1,000 GPM / 3,785 LPM! The Kona offers worldclass swim training and conditioning for the ultimate challenge. The innovative Kona exclusive Whitewater-4™ jets provide a wall of water to maximise the swim pace options and workout rigor. Class 4 white water is known as ‘advanced’ in the outdoor sports world. With Whitewater-4, users will feel the flow difference. The Kona’s exclusive system design actually uses the Whitewater-4 jets to deliver water flow beyond the volumes created by the pumps, delivering up to 39% more flow than comparably sized jets available anywhere else in swim spas. The Kona ATV also offers a pair of midvessel Buoyancy jets that will deliver mid to lower torso lift during swim exercises. This provides a unique alternative dynamic to the body position in the water during a workout.
WORKING WITH ATHLETES ENSURES THE BEST RESULTS FOR MASTER SPAS Master Spas are one of, if not the largest swim spa manufacturers in the world, and make 100% of their products in the USA. Supplied exclusively in the UK through The Hot Tub Superstore, they have products to suit various needs and abilities. The company actively works with athletes and triathletes to design, test and further develop their products and sitting at the top of their swim spa range are three products which are endorsed by the legendary swimmer Michael Phelps. The MP Force Deep offers the best of a swim spa but with a smaller footprint. Ideal for swimming, aquatic fitness, hydrotherapy, and entertaining, this nearly 17-foot swim spa features a smooth, wide current, 39
Marquis®’ ATVs™ were created to elevate the swim spa experience and provide a more convenient option for aquatic training
massaging spa jets and therapy cove. Made for more than just swimming, the MP Signature Deep combines the benefits of aquatic exercise and hydrotherapy. Walk, jog, swim, strengthen, and stretch in the generous swim area. Retreat to the therapy seats where massaging spa jets ease muscle aches muscles and deliver maximum relaxation. With the MP Momentum Deep, owners don’t have to choose between a swimming pool and a hot tub. Two sets of temperature controls allows users to exercise in cooler water and retreat into warm water up to 40°C. A generous swim area is ideal for aquatic fitness and refining a stroke and the innovative propulsion system delivers a smooth, wide current that can be adjusted based on wellness goals. The adjoining
hot tub features ergonomic seating and adjustable jets that target pressure points to promote relaxation and recovery – for both body and mind.
TIDALFIT OFFER VARIABLE FLOW OPTIONS AND A UNIQUE LAYOUT TidalFit is the swim spa brand of Artesian Spas and the company produce a variety of models to suit a range of budgets and needs. At the top end of their range, you’ll find the DT (dual temperature) models and then something a little different in the DTL. The DTL range consists of two models – the DTL-6 and DTL-8. Unsurprisingly, the DT also stands for dual temperature, but these two swim spas are arranged in an ‘L’ shape. Each combine Tidalfit’s world-class
With the MP Momentum Deep from Master Spas, owners don’t have to choose between a swimming pool and a hot tub
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The TidalFit DTL-8 from Artesian is a combination of a world-class 14ft exercise pool with an 8ft hydrotherapy spa
Competitive pricing and ownership convenience versus more traditional alternatives has resulted in an appeal that has never been stronger for families looking for a premium, multi-use product that can be used by all” 14ft exercise pool with a choice of either 6 or 8 feet hydrotherapy spa, and the company seamlessly integrate both into one amazing L-shaped unit. Both models come with Tidalfit’s Quad Swim Jet System as standard, however there is the option to upgrade to the company’s Variable Flow Swift Water Trainer (VFSWT) which incorporates a powerful swim system containing true variable speed pumps and expertly designed jets to provide a balanced, stable swim current. This system allows a variety of swim options by varying swim resistance, simply by pushing a button on the Touch Screen LCD Panel. Swimming resistance can be set anywhere from 0% to 100%. Interval Training can be set up by using the ten available swim programmes, which can be varied in time from 1 minute to 30 minutes and power from 0% to 100%. This allows the TidalFit to be used by beginners through to advanced swimmers. There’s also the option to add the new Advanced Integrated Streaming Stereo. Owners simply connect through Bluetooth with any smart device to start enjoying their favourite songs instantly.
Design & Leisure. With well over 30 years of experience in the sector, the company are well known for producing some of the most efficient, powerful and beautiful models that money can buy. With all the knowledge gained over the years, Catalina have adapted their range of swim spas to remain at the cutting edge of innovation. They produce one of the largest ranges available, with models from 12 feet (3.8m) all the way up to 21 feet (6.4m), and they have even been known to produce swim spas for other spa brands. At the top end of the Catalina range, Dual Temperature swim spas are featured.
These provide separate areas for swimming and for relaxing. With each side controlled independently, users can set a cool temperature for a swim in the pool and warm water for hydro massage in the spa. Models in this category include the Relay 18, Marathon 18 and Catalina’s flagship model, the Olympic 21. The company also offer the Atlantic 21 one-piece self-contained pool, which has the largest swimming area of any of their models. Catalina’s largest swim spa models are an area where they have seen huge growth over recent years, with customers opting for the more cost effective and energy efficient swim spas over a traditional pool. The benefits don’t stop there either – owners can also use a swim spa all year round, thanks to its built in heater and high levels of insulation. They are much easier to install and maintain too, and owners don’t have to give up a huge area of garden to install one. And if that wasn’t enough, a ten year warranty gives purchasers peace of mind, knowing that their investment will give years of trouble free use. Catalina’s flagship model, the Olympic 21 has proved highly successful for Aqua Design & Leisure
LARGER MODELS A GROWTH AREA FOR CATALINA As the original swim spa manufacturer, Catalina Spas is the longest established swim spa brand in the world and their models are available through Wiltshire-based Aqua
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SWIM SPAS – HIGH-END THERMALS PRO SWIM SPAS PROVIDE A PROFESSIONAL AQUATIC WORKOUT The recently launched Thermals by Superior Wellness range includes a range of swim spas, but for those looking to exercise seriously, the Pro Swim Spas are the models that will get most attention. Measuring the same size, the dual-zone Apollo and single-zone Athena have been designed around a state-of-the-art propulsion system with a professional workout in mind. With these advanced devices, users have all the options at their finger tips. A leisurely relaxing swim, high-intensity workouts or just relaxing in the water with friends, these swim spas can do it all. Thermals PRO Swim Spas are available in a number of shell, cover and skirt colours and a selection of further configuration options means a high degree of customisation is available. The Thermals propeller and swim pump system can produce a broad, deep and powerful waterflow without adding air and at an extremely low noise level. Specifically designed diverters in the water outlets create an ideal swimming environment, even for ambitious swimmers. For the PRO Swim Spas series, the manufacturer developed a dedicated low pressure backwater system. Unlike traditional water suction systems, PRO Swim Spas feature generously proportioned water inlets which drastically reduce the flow speed through the water suction inlets. Not only does this almost completely eliminate undesired currents, but it also contributes to a unique, ocean-like swimming experience. Both models can also be upgraded to include a treadmill too. This high-tech option greatly improves the sense of technology of
Packed full of innovation, the Vitality from Passion Spas is a large model and measures in excess of seven metres in length
these two PRO Swim Spas, and increases the interest as well as function of them. The underwater treadmill is driven by hydraulic pressure and running speed can be adjusted by the control panel from one to nine levels – from one kilometre per hour to eight kilometres per hour – making the option suitable for users with very different needs.
INNOVATIVE OPTIONS ARE ALL INCLUDED WITH PASSION SPAS The new swim spa designs from Passion Spas combine the company’s exclusive Current-Lift Technology and provide some of the most innovative spa massage techniques ever developed. Spirit, Vitality and Energy models – along with their ‘deep’ variants – all feature this technology combination. In fact, with these models, Passion Spas have combined all of their unique massage therapy innovations into a single swim
spa. Aqua Rolling Massage™, Intense Therapy Zone™ and Therapy Wave Zone™ are all included in these three models, giving users a full menu of therapy choices. In addition, because the swim and spa sections are separate, users can vary the temperatures between the two units, experiencing a lower temperature workout in the swim lane before soothing tired muscles in the hot water of the spa. The Dual Zone heating systems in the Spirit, Vitality and Energy swim spas allows the best of both worlds – swimming and relaxing in a single spa product! The Energy is the largest model that Passion Spas produce and it’s closely followed by the Vitality. Both of these models measure in excess of seven metres in length, so if space isn’t an issue but creating an impression is, with so many innovative features included, they‘re sure to receive a lot of attention in showrooms and beyond!
FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Aqua Design & Leisure 01980 611555 www.aquadesignandleisure.com Artesian Spas 01302 730295 www.artesianspas.co.uk Marquis (ATV) +1 800 543 8603 www.atvswimspas.com
Below: The Thermals by Superior Wellness Apollo PRO Swim Spa and above, the Athena PRO Swim Spa – both featuring an optional treadmill
Passion Spas +31 577 456 040 www.passionspas.com Superior Wellness 01246 559071 www.superiorwellness.co.uk The Hot Tub Superstore 01253 599330 www.thehottubsuperstore.co.uk Wellis +36 29 564 380 www.wellis.com
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POOL LINERS & SYSTEMS
Superb Lining Solutions For Projects Both Big And Small With liner pools still being the most popular type of pool in the UK, there will always be a demand for a variety of lining solutions for both new build or refurbishment projects of any size. So whether big or small, the good news is that the days of limited choice are well and truly in the past thanks to an everexpanding offering of high quality and durable manufactured and on site options. So what’s available for the 2021 season? We examine some of the options By Jon Wadeson
here are various ways to transform any kind of swimming pool from an unsightly vision to welcoming oasis of calm, but one of the simplest and most effective ways for both outdoor and indoor liner pools is a complete refresh of the interior – and for the vast majority of pools across the country, that means some form of new lining. More often than not, that means a new pool liner and each season, the quality and range of designs, colours, patterns and now textures that are available increases, meaning pool owners who wish to transform or renovate their pride and joy can do so fairly quickly and at a relatively low cost. “Whether it’s a factory made ‘bag’ liner or a heavy-duty site applied liner, the range and quality of swimming pool vinyl linings has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years,” said Certikin Product Manager, Craig Williamson. “The strength and durability of pool vinyl has increased enormously thanks to the application of improved protective lacquers which, when combined with high quality inks and colourings, improves stain and abrasion resistance, reduces plasticiser migration and helps combat UV degradation.” It goes without saying that these products
are suitable for new projects, but they really come into their own with refurbishment pools, both big and small as a new pool lining whether produced in a factory or applied on site has the ability to give used pools the chance to impress again and often gives them the appearance of being ‘nearly new’ again. Regardless of size, style or aesthetic requirement, there’s sure to be a liner or lining solution that ticks all the necessary boxes and over the next few pages, we take a look at just some of the available options.
CREATE A BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE POOL WITH AQUAFLEX SYNERGY Aquaflex is proud to provide the UK swimming pool industry with Alkorplan approved site lining teams to cover the ever growing commercial and domestic swimming pool market. Site lining is the perfect solution for non-uniform shaped pools and offers a cost effective solution compared to other finishes such as ceramic tiles. With an expanding range of 1.5 and 2.0mm site lining patterns, customers have a variety of choices ranging from natural and ceramic embossed designs to conventional
standard patterns used widely in the commercial market. Aquaflex also produces .750mm pretailored liners in their 22,000 square foot factory in Salisbury, Wiltshire where they have a strong reputation for complex designs and non-conventional steps and features. With a design team that has the skill and the experience to incorporate new, revolutionary designs, they strive to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with liners. One of the company’s popular innovations is their Synergy offering. This perfect blend of Aquaflex pool lining system and ceramics offers a unique and beautiful combination, transforming any pool and giving it a sophisticated and elegant look. The installation of Aquaflex Synergy is similar to that of the company’s normal pool lining system but with the additional installation of a 300mm heavy weight PVC coated metal profile around the top perimeter of the pool. Once the pool has been lined, using a special adhesive, ceramic tiles are laid onto the PVC coated metal. A customer’s chosen tiles are then grouted in the normal way, achieving a beautiful tiled finish at the waterline of the pool. Aquaflex’s large range of lining system materials can be married with any complementary ceramic tiles. So create something beautiful and request a quote now for the Aquaflex Synergy, simplicity at its best.
NEW OPTIONS ADDED TO SCP’S ALREADY EXTENSIVE PROFLEX RANGE
Aquaflex Synergy is a perfect blend of one of the company’s pool lining systems and ceramics that offers a unique and beautiful combination
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Available from SCP UK, Proflex on site pool liner solutions from Haogenplast provide a high quality, durable, 100% watertight vinyl reinforced swimming pool liner that delivers long term performance, with professional installation and excellent aesthetic properties. There are many reasons to choose a Proflex pool liner, amongst which include an excellent resistance to microbial growth, UV stability and colour fastness plus great
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New for 2021, Proflex’s Metallic Grey and Metallic Blue Matrix 3D mosaic tile designs are available from SCP UK
resilience to super-chlorination. Hot-air welded for strength, these superior lacquered liners also have excellent abrasion resistance and are produced using a superior quality assurance process. The Proflex ElvaFlex range is a premium solution which provides durability to chemicals and an extreme lifespan. The StoneFlex and TileFlex ranges offers premium designs and enhanced acrylic coating properties. Expanded to five options last year, the StoneFlex range is a premium design option offering unique stone-like finish formulated with specialised enhanced surface coating, demonstrating: superior stain resistance and clean-ability properties for their deep 3D design, exceptional UV resistance and waterproofing properties, as well as non-slip grip. Another premium design option is TileFlex – an exclusive 50cm by 25cm tile design which features a 3D surface and the feel and grip of a real tile. It is formulated with enhanced surfacing coating, demonstrating superior stain resistance and clean-ability properties, exceptional UV resistance, as well
as a non-slip grip. The stunning Matrix range offers 3D mosaic tile designs that can give a pool the look and feel of real mosaic tiles while providing unparalleled impermeability of leakfree performance. With Metallic Grey and Metallic Blue having been added to the range for 2021, five colours are now available. The Matrix line includes a pearl and silver layer which produces a dynamic prismatic effect similar to the shine of real glazed mosaic tiles. Matrix surfaces and the grout in their grooves are protected with an enhanced acrylic coating which provides superior stain resistance and makes them easy to clean.
CERTIKIN’S COMPREHENSIVE LINING PORTFOLIO COVERS ALL OPTIONS Certikin sources pool vinyl from three of the world’s leading pool vinyl manufacturers – Elbtal Plastics, Canadian General Tower and Renolit. All vinyls are specifically formulated for use in swimming pools and meet all the required standards. Every Certikin factorymade liner comes complete with a free-of-
charge Certikin fittings kit and is securely packed in a re-enforced card fibre drum for ease and safety of handling. Over recent years, the company’s traditional classics have been joined by liners featuring vibrant colours, photographic printing, metallic, pearlescent finishes and engraved finishes that offer a natural stone look. The finished look can be unique, classical, dramatic or plain and simple. Each can be combined with a contrasting or complementary anti-slip material for steps and slopes (many of which are an exact match to the main pool pattern). There’s also much more variety in commercial grade materials and the site applied lining option is now increasingly popular with domestic owners due to its durability. Certikin’s Infinite range uses a 1.5mm – 2mm three ply product compared to the traditional single ply 0.75mm vinyl used for factory made liners. The range of colours and patterns means that a tile effect (e.g. the Renolit ‘Ceramics’ range offers a very authentic real tiled effect) can be re-created to look very authentic and areas of
CASE STUDY CREST LEISURE, ALKORPLAN AND AQUAFLEX – A WINNING TEAM From domestic to commercial applications, Cresta Leisure is an advocate of the use of Renolit Alkorplan pool lining materials and has worked with lining specialists Aquaflex on many projects using a variety of the brand’s solutions. The products produced by Renolit have provided the Dorset-based pool builder with durability and
some amazing finishes. Whether it be the luxurious Touch range or general domestic patterns, Alkorplan has been able to provide a high quality finish and smart appearance on any pool. Perfect for use on either a new pool project or in the refurbishment of an existing pool, the versatility of on site lining has given Cresta’s customers a number of affordable and alternative finishing options. As a Myrtha installer, the use of Alkorplan has become the key to a number of successful installations that Cresta have worked on and as a consequence, the company were very proud to have won SPATA Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for pools that all have Alkorplan liners incorporated into the Myrtha RenovAction® and full panel systems. One such project was this six-lane, 25m swimming pool school at Bryanston School in Dorset which won the company a SPATA Gold Award in the Renovation category in 2020. In addition, the support, backup and skilled installation provided by the Aquaflex team has given Cresta the confidence to recommend and sell the Renolit material in any applicable pool situation. Cresta Leisure 01305 259253 www.cresta-leisure.co.uk
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POOL LINERS & SYSTEMS Certikin’s Infinite On-site Lining Service is quick and efficient – taking around four working days as was the case with this job for Simplex Pools
Specialist Lining Services recommend a Glass Reinforced Plastic lining for providing a value for money refurbishment solution on commercial pools such as at this lido
contrasting colour (such as racing lines) can be added at what is usually a fraction of the price of a fully tiled pool. The Infinite On-site Lining Service is quick and efficient – taking around four working days for an average sized domestic hopper pool with steps and there is no curing or standing period. It’s suitable for both new and old pools of domestic and commercial size and can accommodate complex shapes, steps, ledges and pits. The longevity of the product, when compared to thinner linings or paints, is a major advantage, particularly for commercial pools. It comes with a 15-year pro rata warranty but the life expectancy can be double this in a well-maintained pool.
With a team of professional installers who have over 60 years of experience between them, they offer a free quotation service with advice at each stage of the process – from quote to installation to after care. Their friendly, professional staff are always happy to help! On-site liners have a quick installation time, low maintenance and are tailored for an exact fit to any size, shape or design of the pool. The linings are suitable for both new and existing pools, allowing the ability to design, build or change the pool into something any customer has always dreamed of.
ON-SITE POOL LININGS HAVE ACCESS TO ALL LEADING MANUFACTURERS
Suffolk-based Specialist Lining Services know how to refurbish swimming pools and appreciate that there are a number of solutions on the market for concrete pools. They offer a different lining solution for pools by removing traditional liners from the equation altogether and have worked with many owners, particularly within the
2021 has seen a new range of patterns introduced to the swimming pool market, and according to specialists On-site Pool Linings, it’s definitely an exciting time for the swimming pool industry with all the leading manufacturers producing new patterns for customers to choose from. There are designs and colours to suit all tastes, from the traditional swimming pool linings to a more modern, contemporary range of materials. The experienced team at On-site Pool Linings are able to install the full range of materials – from all leading manufacturers – giving their customers the widest possible choice in swimming pool liners. They are the only company that offers this benefit to their customers and they are able to install liners into domestic pools, commercial pools, schools, hydrotherapy pools, holiday parks, health clubs, ponds, and natural swimming pools. As a specialist company, their business focuses solely on site lining, so they are able to concentrate on this specialist area, giving their customers excellent service before, during and after any installation.
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USING AN ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT APPROACH TO LINING POOLS
commercial sector. When it comes to selecting the best swimming pool liner cost and longevity have to be considered and they recommend Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) or Polyurea for providing the best value for money on a like-for-like cost comparison over the years. Both materials are extremely durable and have a life expectancy of 25-35 years. Each is flexible too, however, Polyurea offers a much higher degree of flexibility so it’s perfect for pool shells with high movement. Unfortunately, due to its fast setting nature, the finish needs to be speckled so it looks uniform plus it is the highest priced lining system on the market so the company has found many owners and operators have opted for their GRP solution. Using their GRP Lining system, the company are able to make swimming pool liners water tight, seamless and resistant to any chlorine added to the pool water. Using only the best-formulated materials on the market, two layers of 450 chopped strand matting with chemical resistant tissue is perfect for lining pools. It forms a superb bond to most substrates and moulds to the shape of your existing liner. The final Gel Coat can be in any colour from the BS or RAL colour range and lane lines, which again can be whatever colour is required, can even be added.
The experienced team at On-site Pool Linings are able to install the full range of materials – from all leading manufacturers
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POOL LINERS & SYSTEMS COLOUR UNIFORMITY AND FLEXIBILITY A BIG PLUS FOR AQUABRIGHT™ Looking to provide a solution for problems often found with traditional pool finishes, ecoFINISH began creating batch bespoke polymer powders specifically developed for the ease of use for the installation process of flame spray coating. The company began by developing flexible polymer powders to be used for flame spray industries and created a patented process for installing their finish on concrete swimming pools. This finish was made to withstand the abuse of underwater conditions, was long-lasting, and did not crack, chip or peel. This was the beginning of their aquaBRIGHT™ swimming pool finishes. One of the huge benefits to using aquaBRIGHT is colour uniformity. When compared to coloured masonry finishes, the product provides a more uniform colour across the entire swimming pool and as the pool ages, the installation of an aquaBRIGHT finish will not ‘mottle’ or fade in larger blotchy clouds. In addition, for some pool finishes, there can be great variations in cost, depending on the colour chosen. Sometimes the difference can be so great it becomes the sole determining factor in choosing the colour scheme for a pool. Every standard installation of residential and commercial aquaBRIGHT finishes are available at a single, low price, meaning owners can choose what they like and not what they can afford! Naturally, aquaBRIGHT is therefore available in a variety of colours, and once installed, the finish is immediately cured meaning the pool can be filled that day, the next day or the following week.
PLASTICA HAVE MANY YEARS EXPERIENCE IN ‘REFRESHING’ POOLS When it comes to lining a pool, Plastica have many years of experience surveying and manufacturing domestic and commercial swimming pool liners for the trade. They use their state-of-the-art plotter cutter to cut out and create each bespoke order accurately, from the company’s range of plain or patterned Plastica’s Ceramic Grey Extreme™ liner has been used on this pool and is guaranteed for 10 years for pools up to 32°C
ecoFINISH’s Midnight Blue aquaBRIGHT creates a clean looking pool with no need for tile lines
Whether it’s a factory made ‘bag’ liner or a heavy-duty site applied liner, the range and quality of swimming pool vinyl linings has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years” materials. All Plastica’s liner material is available in 0.50mm or 0.75mm, impregnated with algaecide and antioxidants and patterned materials are protected with a lacquer coating to extend the life and colour of the product. Co-ordinating tile bands are triple coated with lacquer to help prevent staining at the waterline, and a variety of beading colours is available to complement a liner. Plastica liners are produced at the UK’s largest and most established swimming pool manufacturing facility. The company can also weld bespoke designs as well. With a five year-guarantee, the liners offer lasting beauty and durability. All Plastica liners are embossed with a serial number relating to that order, so future replacements are quickly quoted for and re-fitted with ease. Plastica’s Extreme™ Pool Lining system has been used for on-site lining for over 3,000 pools in the UK and abroad. Pat Devaney, the Extreme™ Manager, said: “It’s the ideal solution for renovating leaking commercial and residential pools, as well as new builds. The benefit of this system is that, with no
curing or drying time to wait for, the average domestic pool would be re-filling after three days. Installation can be undertaken any time of year, regardless of the weather.” Plastica’s Extreme™ liners are guaranteed for pools for ten years up to 32°C, as well as five years for hydrotherapy use up to 35°C. There is a wide choice of patterns and colours available including a range of 3D, giving the effect of slate, white marble or sandstone and new for 2021, a 3D granite option.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Aquaflex 01722 328873 www.aquaflex.co.uk Certikin International (Liners & Covers) 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk ecoFINISH UK 01622 831933 www.ecopoolfinish.com On-Site Pool Linings 01709 542128 www.on-sitepoollinings.com Plastica Pools 01424 857802 www.plasticapools.net SCP UK 01293 813215 www.scpeurope.com Specialist Lining Services 01787 844666 www.specialistliningservices.co.uk
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ONE-PIECE & FIBREGLASS POOLS
Convenience Still Rules With One-piece Pools The LPW pool brand is a popular choice on the continent and is making its mark via Fairlocks Pool Products within the UK too
With quality materials and finishes combined with the benefits of faster installation and minimised disruption, one-piece pools are the perfect solution for a hasslefree pool build experience and like many wet leisure options, have been a popular choice during lockdown. Add in some impressive warranties for peace of mind and it’s easy to see why they have been embraced by both owners and installers alike. This issue, we discover what’s available in the one-piece pool sector By Jon Wadeson
emand in the UK for one-piece swimming pools was expanding right up until the pandemic struck – and then there was a small pause – and then they really took off! It seems the thought and then reality of lockdowns combined with uncertainty over international holidays was a tipping point for many across the UK. For those with large enough spaces, swimming pools in a variety of shapes and sizes were turned to, and one-piece options ticked lot of boxes for many people. Beyond these hopefully temporary circumstances, the popularity of fibreglass and one-piece options can mainly be put down to one very important attribute – convenience – and that includes quick delivery (under normal circumstances), relatively straightforward installation and low ongoing maintenance costs. The benefits don’t end there though. Mix in some truly stunning modern looks, competitive pricing and
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fantastic peace of mind warranties and it’s a package that’s pretty hard, if not impossible to beat. With fittings and equipment in place and ready to go direct from the factory, they cause the minimum amount of fuss and disruption during installation – and that’s a huge benefit, especially in what are already testing times, and something that should not be under estimated. If time really is money, it’s no great surprise that both installers and consumers are increasingly embracing them as a cost-effective and hassle-free options. There’s now also such a wide range of finishing options that each pool can be customised to meet the needs of even the most particular and demanding customers. In short, it’s difficult to identify any real downsides to these one-piece wonders which can often provide their owners with up to 50 years of fun and service. Even access
challenges are rarely an issue thanks to an array of creative delivery methods plus options to split the pool and join it again on site. In short, one-piece pools provide an impressive and hard to ignore list of benefits versus other more traditional pool options and for many, it’s a something that’s just too tempting to ignore – especially when there’s uncertainty surrounding travel and holidays – and manufacturers will likely struggle to keep up with the demand for them. So what’s available? In this issue, we discover what’s on offer in the sector.
SEVERAL FACTORS COMBINE IN NIVEKO’S MONOPOOL SUCCESS It is no coincidence that NIVEKO’s high-tech polymer monopools are so well-liked amongst both suppliers and owners, and there are several important factors that make them
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ONE-PIECE & FIBREGLASS POOLS When it comes to LPW, the unique design enables the added advantage for the pools to be fitted with the Covrex Automatic Slatted Cover system
There are several important factors that make NIVEKO’s monopools a popular choice
a popular choice. As NIVEKO monopools are always custom made for each client, the company are able to cater to individual dreams and wishes, right down to the very last detail. Unlike with many mass-produced pools, there are no restrictions as regards shape or uniform design – each pool that leaves the NIVEKO production hall is unique and accentuates the owner’s personality. The installation of a NIVEKO monopool is a quick and easy process – the pool leaves production with everything prepared, to ensure that the installation goes as smoothly as possible. The pool is also delivered precisely to schedule, which saves on installation costs. During the installation process the pool is concreted in, which ensures that it retains its shape perfectly, however, unlike with some traditional pools, there are no concerns regarding sensitivity to climate conditions when a NIVEKO pool is installed. There are seven pool types in the
comprehensive NIVEKO pool portfolio – two skimmer variants and five overflow designs – and the theme of a pool that will fulfil the wishes of its owner down to the finest detail is reflected in the range. NIVEKO’s line-up covers a diverse selection of pools, from the proven and simple Skimmer Top Level type through to designs suitable for more demanding users, which include the Infinity Overflow. Each type has its own qualities and characteristics, with each suited to a different environment. As regards the pool itself, there are six colours to choose from and it goes without saying that the firm offers various design options for entering the pool. To accompany its pools, the company also offers exclusive components of the highest quality, design and functionality with their NIVEKO Plus series. The recessed, builtin stainless-steel elements of this concept are another piece in a unique jigsaw puzzle tailored precisely to suit each customer.
LPW’S ONE-PIECE POOLS – MAKING MEMORIES FOR LIFE With over 55 years of experience and innovating design of one-piece solutions, the LPW pool brand is a popular choice on the continent and is making its mark via Fairlocks Pool Products within the UK too. The pools are manufactured as a single, complete pool shell that can be lowered into a pre-prepared hole in the ground. A strictly controlled construction process ensures the pools are built to the highest quality. With an insulating honeycomb structure forming the core on which there are six layers of vinyl ester resin with further glass fibre support, the reinforced structure provides strength and rigidity as well a high degree of insulation. Uncompromising quality control throughout the process enables LPW to ensure every customer gets the best out of Belgian knowhow and experience too. This gives LPW the confidence to offer the only lifetime guarantee available in the market today – how
IN AT THE DEEP END WITH MERMAID AND NIVEKO!
Given the brief to create a family sized pool with a deep end, the beautiful one-piece NIVEKO pool, with its huge versatility, instantly came to mind for Kent pool dealer, Mermaid Pools. Supplied through Certikin International, NIVEKO custom-built monopools combine all the benefits of a concrete pool with those of a traditional one-piece pool, offering high-end aesthetics, bespoke design and speedy installation. The brand’s exclusive construction guarantees no osmosis, a problem often associated with its fibreglass equivalents. All NIVEKO pools are preplumbed and pressure tested at the factory, ready to plug and play with the customer’s filtration system. Mermaid’s Steve Russell said: “Along with a deep end, the customer requested a pool with a modern contemporary look, so I immediately thought the NIVEKO custombuilt monopool fitted the bill.” A stunning 9.5m x 4m pool, with a depth
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varying from 1.5m to 2m, was duly installed without any hitches, to form a centrepiece in the garden. Steve used Certikin to supply all the additional equipment. “The project took around four months to complete. As this was a winter build, there were some stoppages for the weather but there were no problems having it ready for
the summer,” added Steve. “The client has told us on several occasions that she is over the moon with it and delighted they made the decision to have a pool.” Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk
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A 15-year construction and seven-year anti-osmosis finish warranty are included on Bosta UK’s ceramic pools
is that for peace of mind! The unique design enables the added advantage for the pools to be fitted with the Covrex Automatic Slatted Cover system – one of the best options on the market. This combination minimises energy consumption and improves pool safety as well as security. LPW offer various pool models – there’s 12 different styles, shapes and models to choose from – and each has been created and designed to satisfy a wide range of needs and budgets. All models from LPW Pools can be supplied with an electrical control panel to control the pool pump, lights and the heater. There is also an option to provide variable speed control of the circulation pump to minimise running costs further. Built in the factory and installed in a matter of weeks with far less disruption than more conventional builds… it’s easy to see why they are a popular choice. Combine that with a lifetime warranty and LPW’s one-piece pools could well be the future!
EXCLUSIVE NORSUP ONE-PIECE POOL OPTIONS FROM BOSTA 2017 was Bosta UK’s first year of offering fibreglass pools and with complete kit pricing which makes swimming pools more affordable, the company has seen a huge increase over recent years, including of course, last year. Both pool installers and consumers were excited about the possibilities given to them using fibreglass and the manufacturing methods and product range continued to expand. The following year, Bosta increased the range of pool shapes and sizes giving more choice to their customers. Available up to 10 metres in length, all come complete with built in steps, a superior finish and in metallic colours unavailable with liner pools. In 2019, Bosta UK broadened their range of one-piece pools even further to include a ceramic layering range which allows for longer life pool shells. A 15-year construction and seven-year anti-osmosis finish warranty are included, alongside the polyurethane foam insulation as standard, ensures an
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exceptional quality pool with unrivalled retail prices. The pools also come with an integral steel support structure allowing for easier backfill and installation than their polypropylene pool counterparts. The ceramic pools are available in varying sizes and with different built-in step designs. All Bosta UK pools can be supplied with a full filtration kit, including filtration, lighting and heating, and are inclusive of delivery. As well as the pool kit supplied, a number of Bosta’s customers have also looked to install a variety of upgrades including counter-current swimjets which can help turn a smaller pool into a full exercise pool at very little additional cost. The company have a range of upgrade options that their customers can offer to tailor make a package to suit every individual’s needs.
LIFETIME WARRANTIES FROM LEISURE POOLS PROVIDE PEACE OF MIND Proudly to be one of the largest one-piece pool manufacturers in Australia and the USA, Leisure Pools has now grown to develop one of Europe’s most experienced fibreglass swimming pool dealer networks, installing quality fibreglass one-piece swimming pools, fibreglass plunge pools and fibreglass lap pools.
Extensive market research combined with the industry’s most experienced fibreglass pool designers has enabled Leisure Pools to develop one of Europe’s most architecturally modern and innovative range of pools which are available at competitive prices that will suit any family and budget. Through their global experience, the company have developed state-of-the-art manufacturing processes and with superior raw materials, backed by in-house research and stringent quality control, every Leisure Pool product is assured of being of the highest standard. Leisure Pools are a leader in swimming pool technology. Their patented Composite Armour™ which features Du Pont™ Kevlar® and Carbon Fibre in all strategic structural points of the pools, combines with the company’s patent pending full Vinyl Ester resin construction. This combination allows all Leisure Pools models to be supplied inclusive of a Lifetime Structural Warranty and a Lifetime Structural Osmosis Warranty on all their swimming pools. Greg Ghalaini, Leisure Pools’ Chief Operating Officer for Europe stated: “We are very pleased with the reception the European and UK market has had to our entire range of premium one-piece pools. “The combination of our patent USPs that include invisible high water lines, sharp understated designs and our modern range of colours combined with the strongest warranties on the market today, are all contributors to our strong growth in the region. We look forward to the continued growth the next season offers us, our dealers and offering all families the experience of a true life of leisure.”
TILED LUXURY COMBINES WITH ONE-PIECE CONVENIENCE Available in a variety of sizes and designs, the one-piece Tilestone Pool is one of Paramount Pools’ latest offerings and provides the luxury of a tiled pool in a fraction of the time. Made from reinforced GRP, with a
Extensive market and quality designers have enabled Leisure Pools to develop one of Europe’s most architecturally modern and innovative range of pools
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ONE-PIECE & FIBREGLASS POOLS 50mm high-density PU foam and steel carbon framework, the Tilestone comes ready-made to fit directly into a previously excavated and prepared hole – a 100mm concrete sub-base with drainage is required – and can be delivered fully tiled or un-tiled. The Tilestone self-supporting 100mm box carbon steel frame enables the pool to be installed above or below ground and sectional pool structures are also available. Available as a skimmer, overflow or infinityedge type pool. A wide range of standard sizes is available to choose from, although a custom buildt surface is offered for more particular requirements. A standard Tilestone pool is rectangular in design with a pool depth of 1.5m, although this can be adjusted. The maximum length available in one-piece is 11.5m x 3.70m. The rectangular shape allows for the best fitting of a variety of slatted or fabric safety covers, and the fully-insulated wall and sides will considerably reduce energy running costs. A unique manufacturing process ensures the construction of Tilestone pools is 100% waterproof, with no structural leaks, and will not corrode over time like steel or RC. The flexibility of the pool – compared to concrete – allows for greater resistance against thermal or physical stresses, and structural failure is virtually unheard of. Each pool is perfectly constructed in factory controlled conditions to create a higher level of quality and consistency than found in gunite on site construction. Combining the beauty and strength of the Tilestone City Pool, a new ‘Ultra-flow’ model was launched last year with the model incorporating a counter-current system to produce a realistic river smooth like current with variable speed.
STARLINE MONOBLOCK A HIT AFTER TIMELY UK RELAUNCH Ocea UK announced at SPATEX 2020 that they were relaunching the Starline Monoblock franchise in the UK, so with what was to unfold over the coming months, the timing for they couldn’t have been better!
The one-piece Tilestone Pool is one of Paramount Pools’ latest offerings provides the luxury of a tiled pool in a fraction of the time
With fittings and equipment in place and ready to go direct from the factory, they cause the minimum amount of fuss and disruption during installation – and that’s a huge benefit, especially in what are already testing times, and something that should not be under estimated” Starline have been manufacturing for over 40 years and the swimming pools are 100% ‘Dutch’ design and have a minimalist look. The brand’s one-piece pools are manufactured using only the very best materials, with highquality composite and a very sustainable, double-walled insulated structure. Each can be completely personalised with entrance steps, various options and chic accessories and are available in various different colours. A Starline swimming pool is a clean swimming pool with the top layer of the walls being UV-resistant, scratch-proof and indestructible. The material is very hard and smooth, making it antibacterial and soft to the touch too. The company have also thought of safety. Various pools come with a standing ledge and a
safety rim for the Roldeck meaning even children can safely play around the swimming pool. Starline offer guarantees for all our their products. That includes a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their swimming pools and they offer lifetime guarantees on the water tightness of the vinylester top layer and the tub. As the company’s swimming pools are completely fitted in the factory, any pool will be ready to use in a home or garden within one week.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Bosta UK 01284 716580 www.bosta.co.uk Fairlocks Pool Products 01869 988346 www.lpwpools.co.uk Leisure Pools +44 33 0808 4822 www.leisurepoolseurope.com NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246 www.niveko-pools.com Ocea UK 01993 707910 www.starlinepool.com
Available through Ocea UK, Starline’s one-piece swimming pools are 100% ‘Dutch’ design and have a minimalist look
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AUTOMATIC DOMESTIC POOL COVERS
Automatic Pool Cover-ups Providing Safety And Style The installation of a pool cover is an obvious and logical step to make domestic pool ownership ‘greener’ and reduce running costs. Automatic pool covers go a step further by providing an effortless and stylish solution with the additional benefits of safety built in. With further innovations and numerous brands in the sector, there’s now more choice than ever and we take a closer look at what’s on offer in 2021 By Jon Wadeson
ith so many companies now operating within the sector, when it comes to automatic pool covers, there’s a wide array of brands, materials and colours to choose, meaning even the most discerning of clients are bound to find the perfect solution. Automatic options are a great choice for domestic pools, saving their owners both time and effort in terms of maintenance, plus they make opening and closing the pool as simple as pushing a button. Technology wise, they are fully up to speed too, with many being controllable remotely from a smartphone or similar device. These covers are as varied as they are dependable with manufacturers constantly seeking ways to improve their offerings both in terms of quality and operation. With plenty of options on offer, this issue, we take a look at some of the stylish coverups that are available for the domestic market in 2021.
TOP OFF ANY POOL WITH AQUATOP FROM T&A T&A’s AquaGuard next generation safety cover is gaining success rapidly as more and more customers become convinced of its benefits. The cover closes the pool hermetically and thanks to the buoyancy of the water underneath the fabric, it will provide safety for both children and adults. Available in both white and anthracite grey, the control unit of the hydraulic drive has also optimised and the cover can now be controlled using an attractive and user-friendly
touchscreen. The control unit is equipped with relay outputs to control the dosing of chlorine and/or the speed of the filtration pump based on the position of the cover. If a smart, slatted option is required, T&A’s AquaTop automatic pool cover comes with a control box Version 6G and COVERU app. The company’s control box is well-known for its reliability and user-friendliness with programmable options enabling owners to connect and control supplementary devices. The control box can also be easily connected to intelligent pool controls (e.g. OSPA, Propulsion etc). As T&A do not make use of any specific protocol, their control unit is compatible with all house automation systems too. With the user-friendly T&A COVERU app, the AquaTop slatted cover can now be controlled using a smartphone. The app allows adding multiple users but grants the administrator full control over the assignment of specific rights to each person. All activities are logged and based on personally selected alarm indicators, and users can monitor all activities remotely. Thanks to a personal code, unauthorised use of the cover is avoided. The COVERU app works in combination with T&A’s COVERU controller which needs a 230V AC power supply (adaptor included) and needs to be connected to a local Wi-Fi network.
UK MADE ENSURES QUALITY AND AVAILABILITY FOR AQUATRAC Aquatrac is the longest established and one of most widely respected safety cover manufacturers, and their covers boast several
unique features. The company is British owned and their products are UK made with the majority of parts manufactured and assembled in the company’s factory in Essex – this guarantees product quality and availability. The Aquatrac high impact extruded UPVC tracking system is the only one of its kind and is available in a choice of colours and offers a far superior finish to the more commonly used aluminium tracks. In addition, it doesn’t suffer from corrosion or deterioration caused by swimming pool chemicals and is covered by a ten year fair play warranty. In addition to their standard range, Aquatrac are now able to offer a number of design variations mostly related to leading edge beams, pit finishes and track levels. These have been introduced to accommodate the multitude of tile finishes and freeboard details commonly required today. The Aquatrac cover itself is high gloss UV resistant PVC, encasing a high tensile polyester mesh which provides a safe insulating barrier to a pool. It is available in a wide choice of colours as standard and carries a seven year warranty. The drive unit has been developed over 30 years and is one of the most reliable available. The low voltage unit is supplied via cable from the control panel in the plant room. There are no dangerous electrics near the pool and no hydraulic hoses filled with oil either. The drive unit is also covered for up to ten years by the fair play warranty. Lastly, Aquatrac’s pull cords are high tensile stainless steel stranded wire, far
T&A’s AquaGuard next generation safety cover is gaining success rapidly as more and more customers become convinced of its benefits
Aquatrac are now able to offer a number of design variations mostly related to leading edge beams, pit finishes and track levels
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AUTOMATIC DOMESTIC POOL COVERS Available through Certikin, the Roldeck Easy Cover for deck mount installations has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years
A perfect demonstration that there is absolutely no doubt to the strength and safety aspect of this PoolLock safety cover
out performing standard rope used in other covers. Pulley wheels, brackets and fixings are all stainless steel and corrosion free as you would expect too.
POOLLOCK’S SOLID SAFETY BARRIERS Due to their many years of experience designing and producing automatic covers, PoolLock is able to work with domestic customers and architects to create tailored solutions to cover almost any kind of pool. The company’s unique hydraulic-drive system means that the customer does not need 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, which means that the cover (and the pool) are actually used once installed. PoolLock safety covers provide a solid barrier between the water and surrounding area, effectively preventing any access to the water and making them some of the safest covers on the market. In addition, all PoolLock covers will reduce the amount of heat, water and chemicals lost through evaporation, which means pool owners can save money on electricity and chemical usage. In addition to the standard fabric options, PoolLock also offers HeatLock Thermofoam canvas with enhanced insulation properties. Thanks to the foamed insulation layer applied to one side of the canvas, heat transfer across the membrane is reduced by a factor of 3 when compared to standard fabrics for similar applications. HeatLock’s closed-cell foam structure ensure that PoolLock covers are not only the safest, but also the most energy-efficient available on the market. PoolLock Automatic Covers offer customers the safest, most convenient, most reliable and energy-efficient way to cover the pool. 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.
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COVREX® SOLAR AND COVLOCK ENHANCE THE FAIRLOCKS RANGE Available from Fairlocks Pool Products, the Covrex® Solar automatic swimming pool cover can offer increased energy efficiencies for a domestic pools through the use of innovative solar technology. The thermal specifications increase heat conductivity from the sun to the water to retain the temperature, meaning a pool equipped with a Covrex® Solar cover solution needs much less energy than a traditional cover to heat the pool water. Installing a solar cover like this can provide substantial cost savings in terms of heating, plus the level of pool water evaporation is decreased and there is a reduction in the use of chemical products and maintenance needed too. The covers are constructed using superior materials and they demonstrate substantial quality for both existing pools and new builds. Covrex® Solar slats are produced in polycarbonate, which makes them much more resistant to shocks or hail and generally more long-lasting than traditional PVC slats. Covrex® Solar slats have a clever anti-algae structure directly integrated in the slat profile which makes sure the cover stays clean for a longer period. Its specific structure prevents UV sun rays to enter the hollow
Soaking up the sun – the versatile and energy efficient Covrex® Solar slatted pool cover from Fairlocks Pool Products
chambers, and therefore reduces the speed of algae creation. The silver finishing coating will ensure condensation inside the slats is almost invisible. New for the 2021 season, Fairlocks have also introduced CovLock – an automatic cover that combines comfort and safety. This cover is completely waterproof around the whole cover perimeter, so any pool will stay clean in summer and winter alike. Made in France, each CovLock is completely automatic and is fully compliant with the NF P 90-308 Standard (tested by LNE). Four types of rails suitable for all pool types are available with four track options, automatic hydraulic motors, plus a choice of seven colours.
CERTIKIN’S ROLDECK – LEADING THE WAY IN AUTOMATIC COVERS SINCE 1973 The Roldeck Easy Cover for deck mount installations has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years. Available as a solar powered or full electronic system, it is an ideal solution if space around the pool is limited as the two end stands are slim and discreet. It is suitable for pools up to 12m x 6m and comes with an in-roller motor. Very competitively priced, it is available with a wide variety of slat colours to choose from, plus it is easy to install and operate. Simply turn the key, which is positioned on one of the slim side consoles, to open and close the cover. For added safety, the key can be removed when the pool is not in use. The solar powered version features a solar panel to benefit from free and eco-friendly solar power. No additional power cables are required. This allows the Easy Cover to be installed effortlessly on both new and existing pools. The Roldeck Easy Cover has a long battery capacity and will run the full programme 20 times without any solar recharging. Should the battery run empty, the Easy Cover has an integrated connection for the (optional) battery charger on the side console. Roldeck’s standard PVC slats come in white, blue, cream, grey, solar and
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Available from SCP UK, Abriblue’s OPEN AERO features adjustable, integrated ambient lighting, and above all, a remote connection
transparent (with a blue tint). The solar option, with a black base, collects heat from the sun and transfers it directly into the water, greatly reducing heating costs. The translucent slats allow underwater lighting to shine through. The PC60 polycarbonate slats are available in solar, crystal clear or aluminium look.
SCP OFFERS STYLISH, EUROPEAN COMPLIANCE WITH ABRIBLUE Distributed in the UK by SCP, there is an efficient, sustainable and safe cover solution in compliance with the French Norm NF P 90-308 – the range produced by Abriblue. To give a general overview of the safety requirements introduced by standard NF P 90-308, these are the main points which mean that a cover can be considered as a ‘safety cover’: • The cover must be constructed as to prevent a child under the age of five falling into the water plus a child must not be able to get underneath the cover • The cover must be able to withstand the weight of a 100 kg adult • The systems of fastening the cover onto the pool deck must not be liable to injure or cause a child to fall • The cover must not cause any injury to a child trying to manipulate it • For automatic slatted covers, the starter system must be lockable and child-proof. Three of their popular models are the OPEN AERO, OPEN SOLAR 2 and IMM’AX Cover. The OPEN AERO connected automatic cover is more than a safety cover. It features all the technical advantages of the OPEN CLASSIC above-water slatted pool cover but boasts a new design, adjustable integrated ambient
Customers can now choose colours that suit their pool thanks to the ever-popular range of DEL automatic pool cover systems from Golden Coast
lighting, and above all, a remote connection, so is controllable from a smartphone. The new OPEN SOLAR 2 cover is easy to install, environmentally friendly and ideal for existing pools. It is a compact deck solution to secure a pool and needs eight hours of sunlight to fully charge the batteries. Lastly, there’s the IMM’AX Cover – a motorised, submerged slatted cover providing the ideal balance between safety, functionality, discretion and aesthetics. This automatic safety cover has axial motorisation and features NON’CO material and electronic endstop sensors. This cover is controllable from a smartphone too.
UPGRADE SAFETY AND STYLE WITH DEL FROM GOLDEN COAST Customers can now choose colours that suit their pool thanks to the ever-popular range of DEL automatic pool cover systems — available exclusively in the UK from Golden Coast. DEL covers can be made from either opaque PVC slats, which come in grey, white, beige or blue; or from solar polycarbonate slats, which are available in six colours. These use the sun’s rays to heat a pool effectively, enabling the owner to reduce their dependency on electric heating. As the latest addition to the range, the DEL Tixit automatic pool cover has already made a big impact on the market. It is designed with elegant, modern end stands to ensure that the pool cover easily integrates with surroundings, and is available in solar and electric variations. The electric models even feature LED lights and built-in Bluetooth speakers, so owners can bring the party to their pool. DEL Tixit end-stands are available in
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matt grey, white or black, with a textured power-coated aluminium finish, and are 100% recyclable. The cover can be remotely operated by the wireless Wi-key control box, which is password protected to stop unauthorised access. Covers can be retrofitted to pools of 2.5m x 3m up to 5m x 13.5m. “Most importantly, a DEL pool cover will make the pool area safer, as it can be opened or closed in minutes and for extra security customers can add locking kits,” explained Adam Clark, Sales Director at Golden Coast. “But that doesn’t mean safe can’t also be stylish. Innovative DEL covers like the Tixit can be customised to suit individual tastes to ensure that they fit with the overall look of the pool area.” All DEL pool covers are highly resistant to impact, scratches, heat and UV light and meet standard NF P 90-308.
A HIGH QUALITY SOLUTION – ROLLO SOLAR FROM LIGHTHOUSE Available through Lighthouse, Rollo Solar is one of the highest quality slatted cover systems on the market today, with housing designs for
FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Aquatrac 01268 571515 www.aquatrac.co.uk Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk Dripool Ltd 02380 663131 www.dripool.co.uk Fairlocks Pool Products 01865 988346 www.fairlocks.co.uk Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com
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AUTOMATIC DOMESTIC POOL COVERS Available through Lighthouse, the Copper Solar slat option from Rollo Solar – simply a stunning colour to compliment a pool and house!
Dripool have managed to secure a much wider range of colours which means covers can be blended with surrounds much more easily
any pool, above-ground or in-pool, available. Pit exit rollers reduce damage to the top of the slats whilst they exit cave pits. Stainless steel frames are designed for easy access, and accessory design and manufacture are second to none. With its own design tubular motor system installed within the roller shaft, specifically designed and built in house, it features slats that push the profile to a new level of excellence. Rollo Solar slats are truly some of the best on the market and their design features prove this. The thing that stands out is that the slat profile is curved, offering better roll dimensions and more secure storage on the roller shaft. This in turn allows for longer end sections to be achieved on the roll. The slat has also been modified along the back edge, a curved rib has been added into the slat’s design giving a fourth air chamber. Not only does this increase the buoyancy of the slat but helps reduce the dirt and debris build up. By sealing off this edge, the top of the slat remains clean, algae is no longer able to grow plus state-of-the-art welding the end caps ensures a crystal clear finish all round. As well as a myriad of colours to complement the white, blue, grey and coloured solar slats, a RAL colour service is offered for those customers looking for that special effect, plus there’s even an on-trend and stylish Copper Solar slat option – simply a stunning colour to complement a pool and house!
DRIPOOL – PROVIDING 30 YEARS OF POOL SAFETY Dripool have been at the forefront of pool safety for over 30 years and remain the UK’s only designers and manufacturers of automatic safety covers, for all shapes and types of swimming pool. Dripool are in the enviable position of providing a complete turnkey solution to meet and exceed all requirements including site visits, customer liaison when required, Architect interaction and full technical support. The company’s over-coping Dripool ‘H’ and
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CV systems use powerful hydraulic drives and incorporate blowers (if required) allowing Dripool to cover both new and existing freeform and level deck pools up to 30 metres long by 10 metres wide. One of the market leaders is their flagship Driglide under coping system and it offers several unique features. Patented beam assisted cantilevers enable the cover housing to be paved and coped identically to the rest of the pool area, giving the most aesthetically pleasing finish available, whilst allowing even the heaviest of bather to jump or dive from on top of the housing. This also ensures the cover can be housed at either end of the pool with minimal design requirements. After a busy 2020 and following an incredible start to this year too, the company have extended their Autosafe safety cover promotion that allows all the components to create a rigid housing finish (galvanised brackets, plates and access hatches) ready for paving, completely free of charge. Dripool have also managed to secure a much wider range of colours which provides owners with the ability to blend their safety cover more easily with the pool surround than ever before.
OCEA OFFER TWO DECADES OF EXCELLENCE, ELEGANCE AND ENGINEERING By exclusively continuing to manufacture their own cover materials, Ocea are able to ensure that quality and elegance remain their objectives. In addition to providing a range of great value PVC slats, Ocea offer the largest range of polycarbonate, transparent and solar profile options on the market. Thanks to the versatility of being able to produce both dual and tri-extrusion technology, Ocea slat profiles add a conductive bottom layer to your specially-selected transparent surface layer. This transforms the cover into a vital secondary heating source. What’s more, Ocea offers the widest choice of polycarbonate, transparent and colour finishes.
By exclusively continuing to manufacture their own cover materials, Ocea are able to ensure that quality and elegance remain their objectives
Ocea’s exclusive sleek and interlocking slat profile gives an unrivalled veneer finish to any pool. Alongside the supreme design, the 65mm profile is optimally engineered with versatility as a key factor; to both seal the pool surface and maximise the solar potential. Sixty five millimetres was chosen as the profile width as it is the perfect balance between maximising surface contact for heat retention and the ability to tailor the cover to bespoke shapes and sizes without detracting from the beauty of the pool finish. When it comes to drive systems, whether for an existing or a new swimming pool, Ocea offers two kinds of systems for pool covers: the Logic system and the Classic system. Boasting a 25 year industry pedigree, the Classic motor system is the traditional method for motorising an automatic pool cover whereas the advantage of the Ocea Logic motor system is that it is fitted inside the cover roller itself, thus minimalising the installation space with no moving parts outside of the pool.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Lighthouse 01752 253525 www.lighthousepools.co.uk Ocea UK 01993 707910 www.oceacovers.co.uk PoolLock 01293 774414 www.poollock.com SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com T&A 01869 253583 www.t-and-a.be
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New for 2021 – CovLock and CovDeck Options from Fairlocks A FEW PRACTICAL BENEFITS:
The CovLock Automatic Pool Cover – 100% Comfort, 100% Design With CovLock, the cover can be opened and closed at the turn of a key. One or two minutes are enough to roll up or unroll the cover thanks to a hydraulic motor without a limit switch or power supply near the pool. CovLock is completely waterproof around the whole perimeter, so the pool will stay clean in both summer and winter. It also prevents heat loss and stops evaporation. CovLock is completely automatic, made in France and offers four models, suitable for all pool types. The CovLock automatic cover complies with standard NF P 90-308 and is designed to ensure maximum safety for children and pets.
The CovDeck Mobile Safety Deck – A Clever Design For Pools And Spas CovDeck is a timber deck and safety cover all in one. This 100% safe rolling deck slides over the spa or pool, combining both design and practicality. Watch as the pool is transformed into a real treat in under two minutes! This innovation wins over more customers every year by building up a reputation as a must have for pool and spa covers! You will love the resolutely elegant and clever design of this decking, as it will make your life easier and give you more space. Both a shelter and safety cover to be used all year round, CovDeck combines the best of protection while optimising space, as the pool becomes a playground, a place of relaxation or an open-air dining area.
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A Toe In The Water “Our industry got out of the blocks early this year and we all know what it will take to make 2021 a fantastic season so, is it going to happen?” asks Jamie Adams, Managing Director at wet leisure distributor Golden Coast
ast year was an exceptional one for the wet leisure industry and there is every sign that people who dipped their toe in the water of a new spa, hot tub or possibly an above-ground pool in 2020 enjoyed the experience enough to want to improve on it this coming summer. In fact, judging by the extraordinary volume of inlets, skimmers and main drains we are selling at Golden Coast, there’s a lot of swimming pools being built out there and if our hot tub accessories order books are anything to go by, there are plenty of people looking forward to soaking in the sun again. Those are certainly good signs that this coming season is shaping up well but what do we specifically need? Can we assume that after two years without a holiday abroad the British public have cottoned on to the fact that holidaying at home and having a pool to enjoy all summer long is an attractive alternative to jetting off for two weeks?
WHO REALLY KNOWS? If you want to know what this coming season is going to be like for our industry then you should ask Boris Johnson, Chris Witty, the European Union and the Met Office. It used to seem as if our industry went quietly and happily about its business and if you were to ask what influenced it, what made a year good or bad, then people would talk in general terms about the weather, the economy and, of course, competition from the internet. The forces that are shaping up to influence this coming season are rather more specific than that.
BORIS AND CHRIS The social and economic effects of our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic made more difference to our industry’s fortunes in 2020 than anything else and they will almost certainly do so again. Lockdowns and furloughs, travel restrictions and work-from-home practices left families across the country with unspent money in their pockets and nowhere to go to spend it. People found themselves with more disposable income and money that had been earmarked for that holiday abroad which
didn’t even get changed into Euros. This year we find ourselves on a roadmap to end lockdown, but we aren’t expecting to get to the end of that road, particularly where overseas travel is concerned, for some time to come. The earliest date for holidaying abroad has been given as 17 May but that is far from certain and of course depends on the situation in the country that holidaymakers would look to travel to. I think Mr Johnson and Mr Whitty will make sure most people will be spending their summer at home.
THE WEATHERMAN Come what may, our industry remains stubbornly solar powered. If it hadn’t been for the glorious weather, those people stuck in last summer’s enforced staycation might have spent their money elsewhere. Happily the weather was good and, importantly for the season to come, 2021 is set to be a scorcher. The Met Office has already forecast that it will be one of the hottest years on record meaning our solar powered industry can run at full throttle.
BRUSSELS Not the EU as such, but Brexit; the gift that keeps on giving. Leaving the EU has played havoc with the speed and reliability of imports from Europe and, in many instances, it has significantly added to the cost. The UK wet leisure
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industry imports a lot from the continent. According to the latest Wet Leisure Survey, last season the demand for hot tubs and spas so outstripped supply that people were happy to buy anything, even if it didn’t match what they were looking for. This year the supply chain is perhaps even more fragile and many businesses are starting the season with low stock levels. It would be a crying shame if the demand was there but our industry simply didn’t have the goods to service it. It’s in everyone’s interest to sort out problems with customs and border disruption, so we can only hope that the situation will improve.
A SHOT IN THE ARM The pandemic is dreadful, no one can deny that, but with any luck the programme of vaccinations will start to bring us back to… well, it won’t be normal. Will it? The world has changed, habits have changed and behaviours have changed. Some of those changes will stay with us. The number of people wanting to work from home, contactless – and cashless – payment, internet shopping; the differences that COVID-19 has wrought here are the cornerstones of tomorrow’s world. People have tried these things and found they liked them. They have dipped a toe in the water and the water is warm and sparkling. Attitudes to holidays have changed as well and when that is combined with increased concern for climate change, we may well be seeing the staycation as the new normal and that should profit our industry for many years to come. Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com
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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...
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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...