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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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