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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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