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SPN incorporating Pool & Spa Industry is the official trade magazine for the UK wet leisure markets and is the only trade publication that invests in the industry it serves.

Since the last edition of SPN, the good old British summer has been a bit, well, extreme. June was on the whole great with Britain experiencing its hottest June day for 40 years as the mercury hit over 34°C and for the first time since 1995, there were temperatures of 30°C or over on five consecutive days. It was in fact the warmest June since the exceptional summer of 1976 but the heat was concentrated in certain parts of the UK – mainly the south and east of England – although I know of at least one Scotsman who was enjoying the unexpected but very welcome sunshine. So it was great news for our industry as a whole as many families dusted off their swimming costumes in preparation for a long and hot summer in a hopefully newly acquired garden pool or spa, public lido or anything else that contained an expanse of water to cool off in temporarily. Roll on a few weeks though and with the seemingly constant blue skies now vanishing, temperatures plunging and rain and even hail falling, I’m sure that I’m not the only one thinking “was that it?” I hope not, as a long and warm summer is of course great for our industry but it’s also great for the nation’s mood on the whole, giving families the opportunity to create memories both in and out of the water. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it wasn’t. Especially as my own holiday this year involves one of the UK’s wet leisure success stories – a lodge with a hot tub in north Wales!

With holiday thoughts aside and concentrating firmly on this latest edition, we explore what’s new in the world of pool and spa lighting, a sector that has changed tremendously over recent years and one which is now delivering some truly stunning results both inside and outside the water. We’ve also an in depth look at the latest solutions that are reducing the need for chlorine use plus we examine just some of the labour-saving products that are simply and accurately testing the water in swimming pools and spas. Stainless steel is also under the spotlight as we look at projects, pools and accessories that are utilising the benefits of what is a truly flexible, durable and timeless material. Dehumidification and ventilation is also featured as we take a closer look at some of the solutions that are providing a breath of fresh air to pool hall spaces across the land. As if that wasn’t enough, Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams gives his opinion on, well, the subject of opinions in general, whilst the STA revisit the topic of Suction Entrapment and Hair Entanglement following yet another recent tragic incident in the UK. We’ve also a piece from the UK’s Baby Swimming Industry and the teaching of ‘survival’ techniques to infants. There’s also useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and in particular BISHTA plus, we’ve got our round up of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and abroad. So with our usual wide range of subjects covered, hopefully we’ve provided something for everyone in this issue of SPN. I hope you enjoy reading it and enjoy the rest of the summer.

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Illuminating solutions that show pools and spas in their best possible light


Systems providing effective dehumidification and ventilation to indoor pools







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The latest solutions that are reducing the need for chlorine use A look at pools and accessories which feature stainless steel appeal

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The industry’s associations dedicated pages A look at the dangers of suction entrapment and hair entanglement




The latest industry news, info, projects and gossip


New appointments and updates on industry personnel

The Baby Swimming Industry unites on the teaching of ‘survival’ techniques



Innovations and new products on the market




A Hertfordshire school’s hydrotherapy pool gets a complete makeover


Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams has his say on the subject of ‘opinions’


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All the Latest News, Info, Products and Gossip From the UK Pool and Spa Industry and Beyond

NIVEKO Pool Provides Hasslefree Pool Hall Installation

Just how straightforward the beautiful NIVEKO one-piece pool is to install was recently demonstrated in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire when Paul Mortimer decided to add an impressive pool hall extension to his house. “The first thing that attracted me to a one-piece pool was cost,” said Paul. “We had been quoted over £125,000 to have a concrete pool installed, which took the pool out of our reach. I then started to look at what was available as an alternative to concrete. “I contacted AG Budget Pools & Spas of Stourport-on-Severn who were extremely helpful in pointing me in the right direction and they suggested a NIVEKO one-piece pool might be suitable for me. After some online research I thought this would be the ideal solution.” Paul placed an order for a 8m x 3.7m x 1.5m blue shell NIVEKO complete with light blue steps with Badu Jet Primavera counter-current unit and PVC white slatted cover in pit solution. Paul said: “The NIVEKO pool arrived on the back of a lorry which was positioned outside the house. The pool was lifted from the lorry sideways and craned onto the front lawn where it was laid flat. It was craned over the house where a pre-dug hole was waiting to receive it. This was quite an accomplishment because

being an indoor pool, three walls of the extension were already erected and the pool had to be manoeuvred through the open roof. “Bearing in mind I have no experience of fitting a pool whatsoever, I think it’s gone as well as it possibly could have done. The end result is I have a stunning pool with a high quality finish and it all came within budget.” A G Budget Pools & Spas are equally delighted with the installation and being in the business for over 25 years, there’s not much that they don’t know about pools.

Vanessa, who sold the pool to Paul, said: “As a company we are very impressed with the NIVEKO and the training we have received from Certikin has been first class.” A G Budget Pools & Spas 020 8941 6618 Certikin International 01993 778855

SRS Leisure Help MyTime Active Grow Retail Sales MyTime Active first appointed SRS Leisure in January 2014 as their exclusive retail partner across six swimming pool sites in the London Borough of Bromley. While they had previously had goods for resale, they were looking for a new supplier to grow this area of their business with quality brands, products and marketing. The priority for MyTime Active was implementation of a stock management solution that would work alongside their internal till system, reduce admin and guesswork from re-ordering,

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and reduce the amount of stock held on site. SRS Leisure worked closely with each site to establish site specific ‘shopping baskets’ outlining the recommended product and quantity to meet their demand and demographics. Based on agreed stock levels for each site, SRS are able to process weekly replenishment orders which can be generated at the touch of a button for each specific site. This, alongside their next day delivery offering ensures MyTime Active’s displays are full with as little stock held on site

as possible to reduce damage, storage and make life as easy as possible for facility staff. Throughout their three year relationship, MyTime Active has seen the positive results with a

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NEWS HERTFORDSHIRE POOLS COULD BE SAVED FOLLOWING PETITIONS Two swimming pools in Hertfordshire could be saved from closure after the local council agreed to hold public consultations on their futures. As part of East Herts District Council’s (EHDC) leisure facilities strategy, it was originally proposed that the council withdraw funding for Fanshawe Pool at Chauncy School in Ware and Leventhorpe Pool in Sawbridgeworth. Without funding, it was likely that the pools, which are both shared facilities, would have had to close. However thanks to the presentation of two successful petitions, both of which received thousands of signatures, councillors unanimously backed amendments. A report on the consultation to be produced in October of this year.

LIW REBRANDS AS BP: FITNESS TRADE SHOW After many years of being known as Leisure Industry Week (LIW), the annual NEC event has been rebranded following its purchase by Body Power in 2015. Now known as the BP: Fitness Trade Show, the twoday event now also includes a dedicated ‘Pool & Spa’ section provided by New Events Ltd, the exhibition team which previously organised the Hot Tub Living Expo and UK Pool & Spa Expo – both of which were also held at the NEC. The Pool & Spa section of the event will be showcasing products for commercial, consumer and retail operations. It will incorporate hot tubs, swimming pools and other related solutions that provide a wealth of health and fitness benefits and support the maintenance of them. In addition to a range of exhibitors, the event is supported by delegates workshops, practical demonstrations and seminars focusing on each area of the event. 4-9_SPN_Aug_17_News_General.indd 7

Saltdean Lido Dives Into Fusion Lifestyle’s Portfolio The sunshine was welcomed in Saltdean in June as over 4,000 swimmers took to the waters in a sellout open weekend at the newly refurbished Saltdean Lido. The preview weekend saw families and groups of friends excited to be among the first to take to the water, with most having pre-booked their twohour slot. The party atmosphere was enhanced by the pop up bar and stalls serving delicious burgers, stone baked pizza and ice cream. The iconic lido has been refurbished after a long campaign by the Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company (CIC), who appointed Fusion Lifestyle as their operating partner. With six lidos already in its portfolio, Fusion is the ideal partner for the Saltdean Lido CIC, which

was founded by local residents, and has played a key supporting role in making the main outdoor pool and children’s pool operational again. Fusion is committed to breathing new life into disused pools across the UK and is currently driving the campaign to bring Broomhill Lido in Ipswich back into use. Anthony Cawley, Director of Operations at Fusion Lifestyle commented: “We are delighted to be the operational partner at Saltdean Lido. The atmosphere there was incredible and it’s wonderful to see this historic site up and running. We are committed to providing top quality, affordable sport and leisure facilities to local communities and breathing new life into lidos like this is something we are passionate about.”

Historical Coventry Site Plays Host To Modern Waterpark Building a waterpark near a historic site has undoubtedly happened in the past – perhaps numerous times – but building a waterpark within mere yards of an 800-year-old church tower and spire is undoubtedly a oncein-several-lifetimes event. The challenges of situating the new Coventry City Centre Leisure Park in the West Midlands were therefore unusual and required special considerations from waterslide supplier Polin Waterparks for this unique project. Set to open in late 2018 or early 2019, the project has been called a “gamechanger” by architect Bilge Pakis, Design Manager at Polin Waterparks, who said: “It is a game-changer in its distinctive design, required to fit the facility into a very tight footprint on a site where Franciscan monks originally constructed a cruciform-shaped church in the early 1200s. Over the years, the site’s space became smaller and

smaller as history left its marks.’’ FaulknerBrowns Architects fulfilled the requirements of the historic £36.7m undertaking and other key contributors to the project include the main supplier and construction firm Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd and consultants, Neuman Aqua Ltd. The new facility promises to provide not only waterpark elements, but also a 25 metre swimming pool, a day spa, a gym, a climbing wall and other facilities including an administrative area. Providing such a wide range of amenities within a limited space meant going three stories up, stacking the building’s offerings into a multi-level structure. Roger Currie, of Neuman

Aqua said: “The Coventry leisure park is such an exceptional structure. It’s beautiful, sophisticated and will have an incredibly positive impact on the city. “Working with Polin Waterparks to design within the footprint of the building has given us an even greater appreciation for this unique facility and the many offerings it brings to the local citizens.” Polin Waterparks +90 (262) 656 64 67

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NEWS CORNISH LEISURE CENTRE LAUNCHES POOL APPEAL An appeal has been launched to help raise funds to complete a refurbishment project at the Carn Brea Leisure Centre swimming pool which hasn’t had a significant upgrade in more than 40 years. A project to transform the ageing pool into a bigger, better environment for swimmers started in July and includes a redesign of the pool to include an additional learner and fun space plus an extension to the main pool itself. There will also be improvements to the pool halls, poolside area and upgraded lighting. Carn Brea Leisure Centre Trust, the charitable trust which runs the independent facility, has raised the majority of funds needed with help from Cornwall Council and Sport England, but it now needs to raise a further of £80,000 to be able to complete the project.

ELEVATE WINS PRESTIGIOUS AEO EXCELLENCE AWARD After an incredible launch in 2016 and subsequent 65% growth, the organisers of Elevate didn’t think life could get any better. And with the addition of their own Innovation Awards at this year’s event, the team were inspired to enter the prestigious Association of Event Organiser’s Excellence Awards. Over 1,000 event professionals attended the ceremony at the Grosvenor in London which was hosted by James Nesbitt and the Elevate team was awarded the Best Trade Show Award for events under 2,000 sq metres. The judges said: “A strong, well put together entry that showed passion from the organisers and gave a sense of how the show was pulled together and the successes it achieved. It has everything you want at an event, exhibitors, lots of visitors, great content, features and atmosphere. Well done!” 4-9_SPN_Aug_17_News_General.indd 9

School Sings The Praises Of DEL Dune Cover When St Wilfrid’s Academy’s heavy, cumbersome foam pool cover needed to be replaced, its new DEL cover from Bolton pool specialist Pool Tech did more than just save them time. At the primary school in Standish, near Wigan, its older cover was proving to be a problem. Its immense size and weight were putting staff members at risk of accidents and strains, and three strong members of staff were required to move the cover. That’s not a practical solution in a busy school, so, for the majority of the time, the cover, which was designed to keep in heat and water, was left off. Worried about the wellbeing of their staff, as well as the wasted energy, the academy contacted Bolton-based Pool Tech Services. After assessing St Wilfrid’s pool and consulting with staff, Pool Tech recommended an automatic cover solution. By fitting a motorised cover, with push-button operation, the primary school could eliminate the health and safety risks, while ensuring that opening and closing the pool could be done effortlessly. And, by making it easy for

staff to operate, the school could ensure that no unnecessary heat or water was wasted. Having worked with French automatic pool cover innovator DEL for more than a year, Pool Tech’s Managing Director Danny Grant knew who to turn to for a solution. He explained: “We pride ourselves on providing our customers with products that meet the highest safety and quality standards, as well as give them the best return on investment, so we knew straightaway that DEL would offer the perfect fit for their pool.” During the February half-term, Pool Tech’s team installed a DEL Dune cover to its 30-metre pool: the biggest ever installed in the UK to date. The ultimate in fully customisable solutions, it features hard-wearing PVC slats, advanced tubular motors, supported by two powder-coated aluminium units resistant to bumps and scrapes. Golden Coast 01271 378100

Fairlocks Joins SPATA Trade Association Fairlocks Pool Products are delighted to announce that they are now members of SPATA (Swimming Pool & Allied Trades Association). To have access to the SPATA family of members and keeping up to date with industry developments is very important to the continued growth of the Oxfordshire based company. The services provided by SPATA to its members, will be a huge benefit to Fairlocks as the company moves forward and adds further innovative products and

services to its portfolio. Fairlocks Director Paul Webb said: “I have been intending to join SPATA for years having heard from other members the incredible support that being a member has given. Now that we have joined SPATA, it is my

intention that Fairlocks play an active role in the organisation to appreciate fully the added value such membership gives.” As the latest member of SPATA, Fairlocks join approximately 175 swimming pool related companies that are located in the UK, Ireland and overseas. Member companies include contractors, designers, service engineers, trade suppliers and retailers. Fairlocks Pool Products 01865 988346

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LSPC Deliver Another ‘Disappearing Pool’ Every homeowner wants to maximise the use of the space in their home and this is especially true when the space is the basement of an exclusive property in central London where square footage comes at a premium. London Swimming Pool Company (LSPC) has designed and built yet another moving floor pool, making it the focal point of the basement in a renovated property in Belgravia. This minimalist luxury pool features large format porcelain tiles with complementary pool surround in the same finish. The inset block lighting in the stone feature wall creates attractive, glistening reflections onto the water. The Hydrofloors® Movable Floor system

gives the client ultimate flexibility in how they use the basement space. In less than 10 minutes they can switch from a pool to a solid floor which can be used for other social activities. Moreover, the client can adjust and set the floor at multiple swimming depths to accommodate the needs of adults and children. With a flick of the switch on the control panel on the pool, the moving floor rises effortlessly via cables and pulleys, and the water vanishes swiftly beneath the floor as it rises to the top of the pool. The watertight, load bearing floor allows the family to use it like any other hard floor in their property. When it’s time to swim, the moving floor is

lowered and water fills around the 8mm gap between the floor and the pool wall. Jamie Smith, Managing Director at LSPC said: “Clients want to take advantage of both the space-saving feature and the security of a solid floor. They are inspired by design solutions that allow them to have a pool exactly as they want it, without compromising on how they use the space in their homes. The moving floor pool at the Belgravia property gives our client the best of both worlds.” LSPC 020 8605 1255

Aquacomet Weather-proofs A Garden Pool The south coast of England undeniably gets more hours of sunshine than the rest of Britain but it’s still at the mercy of an unpredictable climate. So for Brighton pool owner, Mark Jackman who wanted to get the most out of his new swimming pool, installing an enclosure was a no-brainer. “The pool was high maintenance and the wind often made it unpleasant when swimming,” said Mr Jackman. “Using it outside of the summer months was totally out of the question and it was an eyesore. Heating was expensive and it was constantly filled with leaves and other garden debris. Giles Leisure introduced me to the Certikin/Aquacomet pool enclosures, which seemed the perfect solution.” The enclosure the Jackman’s chose is ingenious in design because all the sides (except the aluminium legs) can be lifted up, neatly folding away into the roof. Fixed load bearing profiles are installed every 2 metres, while the doors are made of transparent, solid polycarbonate. In this way, the enclosure can be opened up to a height of 2.1 m along both sides. Alternatively, the pool can be opened up for ventilation by opening up only the upper parts, maintaining a childproof barrier around the pool. Commenting on the installed enclosure,

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which was carried out by Ultimate Atm Solutions, Mark said: “I could not be more delighted with the result. The attachment to the back garden wall and the way it has been sealed surpassed my expectations. We can swim all year if we wish and my time maintaining the pool is massively reduced,” and added: “I expect my heating costs in the summer to be negligible. Furthermore, it is both child and pet safe. You can simply lock the sliding doors. There are no drafts and swimming is a pleasure.” Alex Howell from Giles Leisure says: “When this client approached me his remit was for an economically priced, quality pool enclosure that would increase his swimming season. The reason I chose Aquacomet was primarily down to the superior build quality, but equally important was the professional service provided by Fiona Denley in the Certikin office, keeping me informed on progress right through from the original enquiry to satisfactory completion.”

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Great Grating Provides The Perfect Pool Finishing Touch Located just 15 miles from Oxford, the Old Swan & Minster Mill is nestled in 65 acres of idyllic grounds in the picturesque village of Minster Lovell. This quintessentially English inn has recently seen the addition of the Garden Spa – a tranquil haven which includes an indoor heated plunge pool, rock sauna and aroma steam room. The architect, Michael Pilkington appointed Oxfordshire pool builders, Clearwater Pools, to construct the 9m x 4m pool. It was quite a task as all works had to be completed within a 20 week timeframe but Clearwater more than stepped up to the plate with the final result being this stunning tiled pool surrounded by Certikin’s HDPE grating. Clearwater Swimming Pools, who have been constructing both private and commercial swimming pools for over 40 years, chose the high quality grating because of its eye catching good looks and high impact strength. It can be made to suit any existing or new grating channel and it comes in any depth, any width and virtually any colour. Certikin can also manufacture bespoke items from HDPE such as manhole covers, drain covers, inlet covers and steam diffusers. Certikin’s HDPE has proved a massive success story thanks to the company investing in the impressively named and sizeable Maxi-m5 2030 twin head, twin ATC precision CNC Router at Certikin’s HQ

said: “We have a range of 16 different tools to choose from and each tool is ingeniously and automatically selected by the machine’s computer, facilitating very complex machining. It’s this which makes it the best in the marketplace.” Certikin International 01993 778855 in Witney, Oxfordshire. This mega machine allows for a high manufacturing output and fantastic product versatility. Neil Garner, Certikin’s Production Manager

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Golden Coast’s Summer Swimmer Giveaway Like oversized ice creams and muddy festivals, summertime sees the return of Golden Coast’s Swimmer giveaway, offering customers an efficient, quiet and durable DURA heat pump at no cost with every purchase of its Platinum and Mercury Swimmer Pool Kits. Following popular demand, the UK’s biggest independent supplier of wet leisure products to the trade will once again supply – for a limited time only – a free, appropriately-sized DURA pump with each purchase of the kits for block and liner and polymer builds. For those looking for more, there’s the option to upgrade to the highly-efficient DURA PRO for a cost. Kits come with everything needed to create a luxurious pool: liner, walk-in step unit, underwater light, solar cover, winter debris cover and telescopic roller.

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In addition, kits include a multi-cyclone pre-filter that helps improve water clarity and pool plant efficiency – saving thousands of gallons of water normally lost through traditional backwashing methods. The high efficiency range of DURA pumps have proven very popular with UK pool owners as they deliver good all-round value and low running costs. What’s more, they’re covered by a two-year warranty. Built to a high specification, they benefit from oversized titanium heat exchangers and

are highly resistant to corrosion by salt, chlorine and bromine. Importantly, swimmer pool kits are supplied in a single delivery – complete with high quality pool fittings plus vacuum and chemical equipment – ensuring that pools can be created as efficiently as possible. The Swimmer Giveaway offer runs until the end of September 2017. Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams said: “The DURA is the perfect addition to an already excellent pool kit. The Platinum and Mercury Swimmer Pool Kits represented great value for money before. But, now, with a free heat pump, they’re truly unmissable.” Golden Coast 01271 378100 27/07/2017 14:21



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NEWS STA CELEBRATE 10,000 MEMBERS STA have announced that they have hit (and have now surpassed) an important milestone in their history with the registering of their 10,000th member. Dave Candler, STA CEO said: “Reaching over 10,000 members is a momentous moment in our history, and I’m proud this was achieved during my tenure as CEO – and 4 years ahead of my target for the organisation. “Over the last 12 months, STA as an organisation has grown significantly, both in the UK and internationally. This is thanks, in part, to us partnering with several organisations, including CIMSPA, UK Active, Birthlight, YMCA, The Scouting Association, Octonauts and Water Fitness – all fantastic organisations we are proud to be working alongside to shape the future of the leisure industry.”

HATHERLEY MANOR HOTEL TO OPEN LUXURY SPA Gloucester’s Hatherley Manor Hotel has announced the development of a state of the art, luxury day spa due to open its doors in early 2018. The spa is part of a larger project to transform the hotel into a wellness destination. Costing £3m, the new facility will feature six luxury treatment rooms, a swimming pool with garden views, a vitality pool, a thermal suite, including experience showers, a sauna, steam heated loungers, a relaxation room and a gymnasium. It will also boast its own lounge, champagne bar and five luxury bedrooms. Once completed, the hotel will intensify its focus on wellness in its marketing and as part of the push, will begin offering spa breaks. Independently owned, Hatherley Manor is a magnificent 17th century manor house set amidst 37 acres of beautiful grounds and gardens on the edge of the Cotswolds. 10-15_SPN_Aug_17_News_General.indd 15

New Harbour Club Opens In Kensington Harbour Clubs, one of London’s finest health and fitness club groups, has opened a brand-new space on Cromwell Road, Kensington following a £5.5m transformation. The club, which closed as a David Lloyd Club on 31 December 2016 reopened on 1 June to become London’s third Harbour Club. The state-of-the-art club joins Chelsea and Notting Hill in the exclusive Harbour Club collection which has been central to London lifestyles since 1993. The new club is situated over five floors at Point West, and as well as state-of-the-art studios and training areas, it features an indoor pool, dedicated kids splash pool, spa facilities, two saunas, a steam room and relaxation beds. There is a restaurant

and a business lounge for members too, meaning Kensington Harbour Club is not only a place to train, but also a venue to work at, relax and meet with friends. General Manager Rob Sambles said: “We are absolutely delighted for Kensington to be joining Chelsea and Notting Hill in this prestigious group of West London clubs – the UK’s most exclusive collection of health and fitness spaces. We believe that our members will be blown away by the stateof-the-art equipment and superb facilities at the brand-new Harbour Club Kensington, and cannot wait for families to begin experiencing first-hand what it has to offer.”

SPATEX 2018 – Set To Break All Records! With some six months still to go, SPATEX 2018, the UK’s only dedicated water leisure exhibition, is delighted to report that sales have gone through the roof with an amazing 80% of exhibition space already sold! “Never in our 21 year history have we reached that figure in just six months,” reported a very happy Show Organiser, Michele Bridle. “The SPATEX brand is growing each year and becoming more and more vital to the industry as the years go by. And exhibitors are being handsomely rewarded, with the last two years seeing an average rise in visitors of 25%, which shows the word is really spreading. And we are looking to increase that

figure again in 2018 by once again setting ourselves new targets and attract new sectors.” In its unparalleled provision of free training and education, the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers (ISPE) is a cornerstone of the Show. Ross Alcock of ISPE said: “We will be working hard throughout July and August to put a programme of technical Workshops together which will feature new speakers, a number of different topics,

some completely new and one or two ‘old favourites’ which will appeal to all those in and around the pool and spa industry. We will also be debuting the hands-on practical demonstrations – Mega-Demos.” SPATEX 2018 takes place Tuesday 30 January to Thursday 1 February 2018 at the Ricoh Arena’s Ericcsson Exhibition Hall in Coventry. Both exhibitors and visitors can keep abreast of plans for the forthcoming Show, plus the day-to-day happenings within the industry by visiting the SPATEX website or following the exhibition on Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram. SPATEX 01264 358558

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HCS Water Treatment Appoints New Account Manager HCS Water Treatment, a division of HCS Group, have announced that Keith Glass has joined to develop their growing Water Treatment division further. Keith comes with a wealth of experience within the water treatment industry, having spent six years at Suez (formerly Triogen) where Keith was the UK, North American and Eastern European Sales Manager. Joining in advance of HCS Water Treatment’s new system offerings, Keith can continue in his success, now delivering some of the most advanced multi-technology water treatment systems for the leisure and industrial water treatment markets. Keith commented: “It’s an exciting new challenge within HCS Water Treatment. I am fortunate to have travelled worldwide meeting some of the very best manufacturers in water treatment technologies, most of which are underrepresented in the UK, let alone the leisure market. The support from HCS allows us the opportunity to develop alongside these most innovative and reliable of original manufacturers, ozone, UV and AOP included, and supply complete, pre-engineered and advanced solutions to meet the needs and latest standards across UK leisure & industrial markets. “I look forward to working with the team to develop their products and services further. I am pleased to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on competence, innovation and customer service.” HCS Water Treatment 0333 344 0237

PoolCover Facilitates Swimming Teacher Recruitment Having difficulty finding a reliable swimming teacher? Look no further! PoolCover are dedicated in supporting the challenges of acquiring qualified swimming teachers in the UK and Ireland, and with their www.thepoolcover. website, are at the foremost technology-led platform doing so. They are passionate about supplying the best candidates to fulfill these invaluable teaching roles – learning to swim is such a precious life skill and one that deserves specialist care and attention. Due to the transient nature of the profession, recruiting reliable, qualified swimming teachers can often be problematic and this creates widespread problems for many swim schools nationwide. PoolCover facilitates ease in sourcing teachers, creating more opportunities for those wanting to learn how to swim. Currently, they work with over 400 swim schools from multinational leisure centres to self-employed swimming instructors. Co-Founder, Chris Watson commented: “We are excited for the future in swimming and hope that together we can achieve our mission of creating more opportunities for those wanting to learn how to swim. Our strategy and vision as a technology-led business helps make the acquisition

of qualified swimming instructors streamlined and efficient for swim schools, essentially meaning no more long waiting lists or cancelled lessons.” A specialist provider of permanent, contract and temporary recruitment, with a national database of swimming teachers, PoolCover can find the right fit for any organisation. The swim teacher and swim school community has risen to over 3,000 members throughout the UK (May 2017) and shows signs of further exponential growth, meaning this is a hugely beneficial service to many. Becoming a swimming teacher is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers out there. To support the profession itself, PoolCover provides online content and resources for swimming teachers and swim schools to promote development and learning in the swimming community. They also encourage the best working conditions and benefits for their candidates and feel it aids in retaining high level staff.

John Whiteside Joins The Lighthouse Team Lighthouse are delighted to announce that John Whiteside has joined the team as their new Business Development Manager. With over 20 years of valuable experience in the swimming pool industry, John has joined the Plymouth based company to help promote and grow the Zodiac brand in the UK. With the strong Zodiac name and reliable high quality products, John understands the 17_SPN_Aug_17_People_News.indd 17

value of something that is built to last. As a one brand supplier, Lighthouse are able to offer a complete range of products from one of the largest manufacturers in the world whilst maintaining a friendly and UK based service. The Zodiac brand, synonymous with automatic cleaners and salt chlorinators in the UK, provides one of the widest ranges of innovative products that is available, with the ZS500 VS

heat pump, Magnapool water treatment system, iAqualink automation and the FloPro range of pool pumps all helping to bring the best of Zodiac’s worldwide brands (Polaris, Jandy, Zodiac, Barracuda and Clearwater) to the UK. In line with Zodiac worldwide bricks and mortar policy, Lighthouse dedicate the range exclusively to pool retailers, builders and service companies.

Lighthouse 01752 253525

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Pleatco Appoints Michael Spurgin As European Sales Representative Pleatco is proud to announce and welcome Michael Spurgin as independent sales representative for the European market. Mr Spurgin will be responsible for sales leadership throughout Europe, and will be instrumental in driving the brand and product sales, as well as international strategic planning and implementation for the region. Michael joins the Pleatco team from Global Products Supply, his own factory representation company located in Puyloubier, France. Michael is a result minded, dynamic marketing and business development executive with 15 years of technical

knowledge and experience in the pool and spa industry across EMEA with a solid background in multiple sales channels. Prior, Michael held several management positions including Business Unit Director EMEA, Pool and Spa Division for PENTAIR and as Purchasing and Marketing Director for PROCOPI – Gémenos, France. Before this he worked for BUNNSCHWEILER & Co in the UK and 3M in Brussels, Belgium. Michael also comes to Pleatco with a Masters degree in International Management and BA Honors in International Business and Languages.

Howard Smith, Pleatco CEO, said: “We are very excited to welcome Michael to Pleatco. Not only will he bring a wealth of international experience to our sales team, but also be a great ambassador for our brand as we concentrate our expansion efforts in the European marketplace.” Michael has led an extraordinary life growing up as a British national living in Nigeria before moving to Europe. He speaks fluent French and English, has four children and enjoys trail running, rugby, skiing, mountaineering and photography.

Pleatco LLC +1 516 609 0200

Mammoth Charity Ride For Etatron’s Bob Baylis

Plastica Appoint South-East Sales Representative

The British Legion help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round. They also campaign to improve their lives, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen. There is an ongoing need to support the Royal British Legion with many events being planned and undertaken by them to help raise funds. With this in mind, Bob Baylis, Etatron GB Managing Director, is to undertake (and hopefully complete) the Royal British Legion’s flagship London to Paris bike ride. Setting off from the UK capital, the event will go through beautiful English and French countryside covering a total of 283 miles. When in France, coordinated rolling road closures will occur from Dunkirk to the very heart of Paris. This is the only cycling event apart from the Tour de

France that the Arc de Triomphe closes. There will be a warm welcome as the cyclists pass through France with many locals coming out to cheer them along. They will pass the distinctive landmarks of Paris before the final leg – cycling towards the Arc de Triomphe in a peloton of 300 cyclists. It’s an experience that will never be forgotten and the ride culminates with a moving ceremony at the iconic French monument. This is a mammoth endurance ride so please support this great cause and help Bob hit his charity fund target of £900 by donating! You can donate at fundraising/bob-baylisetatrongb or if you wish to make a cash or cheque donation, please call Etatron GB.

Plastica have announced the appointment of Craig Horn as Sales Representative for South-East England. Craig joins the East Sussex based company with over 20 years of sales experience under his belt, most recently selling Zodiac products, so many within the trade will be familiar with his face. Steve Smith, Sales Manager at Plastica said: “We are delighted to welcome Craig on board. Not only will he prove to be a great ambassador for Plastica but his wealth of sales knowledge will prove invaluable.” Craig has lived a colourful life. After growing up in South Africa, he spent time travelling, including a year living in Switzerland, doing anything from milking cows to working in adventure sports. In his spare time, Craig is a keen golfer and enjoys spending time with his children. Craig can be contacted by emailing or on his mobile – 07802 889698.

Etatron GB 01522 852397

Plastica 01424 857802

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Waxman Adds Abalon To Mosaic Pool Tile Range Waxman Ceramics, one of the UK’s largest importers and distributors of floor and wall tiles, are delighted to announce the launch of their brand new Abalon series. This glass mosaic tile is sure to make any swimming pool or spa glitter and dance in the light! Available in six new colours – from the classic bluey hues of Cerulean and Azure to the pale glistening elegance of Opaline – this latest addition to the company’s large mosaic range provides practicality, alongside stunning visuals. The Abalon tiles feature an iridescent finish, providing excellent light reflection and adds a touch of shimmer and sparkle to any environment. Perfect for pools and spas, this two-tone tile is the most cost-effective solution Waxman have ever produced in iridescent glass. The tile is therefore perfect for large scale projects, transforming any setting into a twinkling oasis of relaxation. Not only is the new Abalon mosaic tile both beautiful and practical, it’s versatile too. The mosaic is suitable for use both indoors and outdoors due to its frostproof

composition. A stand out feature of the new tile is its polyurethane cord backing. The perfect mounting system for fixing mosaics in any environment, this backing consists of multiple polyurethane dots joining the back of the mosaics to form a sheet that is easy to install. The Abalon mosaic tile series joins Waxman’s ever-expanding swimming pool range, which now incorporates over 30 series in total, all of which are available online. Why not add some sparkle to your project and order a free sample by emailing or contacting Waxman today. Waxman Ceramics 01422 311331

NIVEKO Introduces New Roldeck Bench Beach Design Monopools producer NIVEKO has introduced a new solution for pools which feature a slatted cover. The NIVEKO Rollo Beach is a roldeck bench which features a special construction and removable top cover. The unique design of the Rollo Beach (which can serve as a bench seat or even a small shallow area of the pool) has been developed in response to requests for better use of the space within the pool along with easier access to the slat cover shaft. The design of the removable top cover can be enhanced or refined using coloured strips made from artificial stone and this flexibility allows clients to combine the colour of the Rollo Beach with the colour of the pool’s steps. NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246

Are You Ready For Your Close-up? With more and more of us looking to capture and share our experiences with others, it’s often not easy to do when you’re splashing in the pool. But, this is now possible, thanks to the new EVA Eveye HD underwater camera, which is available exclusively through Golden Coast. Designed for use in all types of pools and ponds, the high-resolution camera allows owners to make underwater snapshots and videos. According to Golden Coast managing director Jamie Adams, this new

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technology can be utilised especially well in commercial settings. He explained: “When it comes to improving strokes and techniques, it allows performance to be captured and reviewed – making it the perfect training tool for instructors and coaches of swimmers and divers. “It can also provide supervisors and lifeguards with an extra pair of eyes in the pool, as well as at slide exits and in lazy rivers and rapids – enhancing the pool’s overall safety.” The 1,080-pixel underwater camera offers a high-quality resolution

which it maintains – even over long lengths of cable. It can be installed to a depth of 10 metres and is waterproofed to a high standard (IPX8/IP68), protecting against contact with and ingress of dust and water. Images captured by EVA Eveye can be transmitted to all types of monitors using a TVI converter. When used with a TVI recorder, owners can record footage for use on a wide range of devices: from smartphone to a large screen. In addition, it gives owners the option of connecting to an existing network. Golden Coast 01271 378100 25/07/2017 15:02

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With over 30 years of experience, PoolLock is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automatic and manual safety covers, automatic slatted covers and heat pumps for swimming pools. Thousands of satisfied customers in Britain over the past 10 years bear testament to the quality, service and reliability of PoolLock products. In 2013, PoolLock opened its first UK production facility in Gatwick, London, with installation teams that are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. The result: even better service and faster delivery times for our UK customers.

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SCP’s Aquaness Bike Range Offers In-water Exercise Options With in-water exercise really taking off over recent months, SCP are well placed to supply the growing sector with their Aquaness Bike range. Aquabiking (or Aquacycling) is a sport for everyone with many virtues combining the benefits of the bike for water aerobics. It’s a great sport in order to keep fit, sculpt legs, improve the figure and fight against cellulite. Gentle on the joints, Aquabiking uses the resistance of water, combines cardiovascular virtues to those pedalling with a constant

water massage which promotes the venous and lymphatic drainage, which effectively fights against the feeling of heavy legs, water retention and cellulite. SCP’s Aquaness Bikes are suitable for professional athletes, physical training, injury recovery and rehabilitation and general fitness for all ages. With models suitable for both a pool or swim spa, the range has an option suitable for private or public and medical rehabilitation uses. The robust and durable V2 option is remarkably light, weighing in at 15.2 kg and has been finished in a two component epoxy paint which provides a high resistance to salt and chlorine. Suitable for use in a setting with a depth of up to 1.6m, the V2 features an adjustable collar seat height for quick release, adjustable aluminium handlebar, stainless steel nuts and bolts and protective pads with optional suckers. The V2 along with its V1 and V3 stable mates are available in blue or white as standard but with grey, red, pink and yellow options available on request, there should be a suitable colour option available for the majority of needs.

savings on the cost of environmental control. The other good news is that the product is extremely competitively priced, so attractive costs together with improved performance all add up to easier sales and increased profits for dealers alongside increased savings and peace of mind for pool owners and operators. Naturally automatic dosing systems are available for HeatCover but any existing liquid cover dosing systems should also be compatible. Bob concluded: “As appointed sole UK agents for HeatCover, Peter Marshall will spearhead the HeatCover UK operation and I will be on hand to provide technical and administrative support.”

Traditionally, engaging and motivating swimmers has proved to be a difficult challenge for operators but, thanks to the successful integration of SWIMTAG, Serco is evidencing success in this area and has recently installed the system at a fourth site in Kent. Alex Carty, Southern Aquatics Support Manager, said: “Until recently, engaging with swimmers and implementing interventions which motivate and inspire has been very difficult because the tools have just not been available. Couple this with the fact that lane swimming is highly repetitive with very little social interaction and it becomes easy to understand why many people struggle to remain engaged long term. This is where SWIMTAG has really added value. “SWIMTAG has provided multiple benefits but the main one for us is the opportunity it creates to make swimming social. All users gain access to the online challenges created and maintained by SWIMTAG.” Last year, Serco Leisure installed SWIMTAG at three sites and in May this year, the brand added an installation at Maidstone Leisure Centre on the back of product success at the other three centres. Alex said: “Across the four sites offering SWIMTAG, more than 14,500 sessions have been logged using the system, since December 2016. This gives Serco an incredible bank of data which allows us to better understand the swim habits of our users and make data comparisons between sites. “We will now start to really interrogate the data with the aim of replicating best practice across our other sites.”

HeatCover UK 07739 628444

SWIMTAG 01225 282117

SCP UK 01293 546215

Next Generation Liquid Pool Cover ‘Uncovered’ Bob White, a well-known figure in the pool industry for many years and responsible for establishing the European market for liquid pool covers, has ‘uncovered’ what he considers to be the next generation of liquid pool cover. When approached by former colleague and associate Peter Marshall with tales of a new and superior liquid pool cover, Bob just had to investigate it further. “I was so impressed with the claimed performance of HeatCover and knowing the potential of liquid pool covers I just couldn’t resist the challenge,” said Bob. The new product – HeatCover – claims to be a much-improved liquid cover formulation which has been developed and fully tested in Belgium. An independent efficacy report on HeatCover issued by Ghent University and which is based on their controlled evaporation tests, indicates a typical 50% reduction in evaporation when using HeatCover at water temperatures of 26°C - 32°C. Reduced evaporation equals savings on water heating costs but with indoor pools it also means considerable 23_SPN_Aug_17_Prod_News.indd 23

Serco Evidences Increased Engagement With Swim Users

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Leisure Operator Cuts Electrical Energy Costs By 30% With ABB A leisure centre operator has cut energy use at its pools by 30% following the installation of variable speed drives (VSDs). ABB drives rated between 4 kW and 30 kW have been installed on air handling units (AHUs) and pool circulation pumps in 60 of the leisure centres operated by Places for People Leisure. This has significantly reduced power consumption by matching the speed of the motors driving the applications to the required demand. AHU fan motors in older systems are frequently oversized and will operate at full speed 100% of the time, regardless of demand. By installing VSDs, the fan speed can be reduced to

match actual demand. Pool pump motors are also frequently oversized because it is difficult to predict exactly what the demand will be once the system is in operation. Oversized pumps draw power unnecessarily to feed a demand that does not exist, which often results in flow having to be reduced by being manually throttled. VSDs will reduce the speed of the pool circulation pump motors, particularly during periods of low bathing loads, while ensuring water quality is maintained in line with the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG)’s requirements. Places for People Leisure operates the swimming pools

and leisure facilities for 36 local authorities across the UK. “Places for People Leisure is committed to achieving energy and environmental efficiencies. We continue to strive to reduce our carbon footprint and recognise the benefit of variable speed drives,” stated Chris Williams, Environment & Sustainability Manager at Places for People Leisure. The ABB drives were retrofitted by Powermaster Leisure Limited, a company which specialises in energysaving technologies. John Moffatt, Managing Director of Powermaster, said: “Powermaster has a long and successful relationship with

Places for People Leisure. Its desire to reduce energy consumption has seen our two companies work very closely on many projects. Furthermore, Powermaster has been given excellent support by ABB.” ABB’s VSDs are well designed and robust enough to withstand the demanding conditions of swimming pool plant rooms, said Moffatt. “The vast majority of Powermaster’s VSD installations are in swimming pool plant rooms, where the atmosphere can be corrosive because of the chemicals used. It is therefore essential to have a product that can cope, long term, with these conditions. The ABB drives have double-coated circuit boards to protect against such environments.” ABB Limited 01925 741111 Powermaster Leisure Ltd 0800 500 3128

Heatstar Service Engineers Achieve Best Ever Result Analysis of Heatstar’s service engineer’s visits for 2016 shows that 96.7% of mechanical breakdowns were fixed on the first visit. This outstanding result vindicates Heatstar’s investment in maintaining nationwide aftersales service coverage with a team of dedicated and experienced engineers based around the UK. These engineers are employed by Heatstar, trained by Heatstar and equipped by Heatstar. This first class team are completely knowledgeable about the entire Heatstar product range. In addition to their personal skills and experience they operate from fully equipped Heatstar vans carrying an array of specialist tools and equipment and a comprehensive range of spare parts to cover most eventualities. Heatstar are passionate about keeping downtime of client’s units to an absolute 25_SPN_Aug_17_News_Eco.indd 25

minimum. Call logging and GPS vehicle tracking ensure minimum delays for call-outs and faster response times. Heatstar engineers are always very aware that on site they are also representing the trade installer who built the pool and fitted the units. In addition to repair response call-outs, Heatstar engineers are also involved in preventative maintenance visits and there are planned maintenance agreements available on all Heatstar products. Heatstar also have a Technical Helpline available which can often resolve issues over the telephone.

Heatstar 01983 521465

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Jacuzzi Brands LLC Acquires Hydropool Jacuzzi Brands LLC have announced the completion of the acquisition of Hydropool Hot Tubs and Swim Spas (Hydropool), a leading global manufacturer and seller of swim spas and hot tubs. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “We are extremely excited about the addition of Hydropool to our existing spa business,” said Bob Rowan, CEO of Jacuzzi Brands LLC. “The company is complementary to our core business and is led by an exceptional management team, which will remain in place as the business will continue to operate independently.”

Established in 1970, Hydropool originally started as a commercial swimming pool company in 1970 and in 1978 became one of the first hot tub retailers in North America. The company is regarded as a leading supplier of hot tubs and swim spas around the world, with headquarters and manufacturing in Mississauga, Ontario. David Jackson, a 22-year veteran with Hydropool, will continue in his role as President of Hydropool. “We are pleased to become part of the Jacuzzi family,” he said. “By combining forces with Jacuzzi, we will be able to move even faster to further unlock our significant growth potential. Jacuzzi and

Hot Tubs Are A Hit At Secret Garden Party The Secret Garden Party took place at the end of July in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire and the three-day event was the latest festival to include a selection of saunas and hot tubs and that could be rented by festivalgoers. Supplied and installed by specialist company Bathing Under The Sky, a limited number of two-hour tickets could be purchased in advance to enjoy the use of luxurious wood-heated hot tubs and Finnish barrel saunas made from the finest western red cedar, followed by a complete pampering session. Guests could choose between standard land-based hot tubs or enjoy VIP status and stunning views over the festival’s fields from one of the three wood-fired hot tub based on the top of the UK’s only double-decker bus with woodfired hot tubs on the roof! Always seeking new and unusual, Bathing Under The Sky entered the corporate market in 2011 which proved itself to be a great field to explore. The company now serve team-buildings events,

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Hydropool have much in common, especially our passion for building products consumers love and our strong commitment to the success of our retailers. We are very grateful for our dedicated employees and valued customers who will continue to be vital to our success.” “This transaction provides excellent opportunities to leverage growth from the combined strengths of Jacuzzi and Hydropool,” stated Rowan. “Further, none of this would be possible without the continued support of our employees, customers and suppliers, who continue to believe in the strength of our brands and our tremendous growth potential.” Jacuzzi Spa & Bath Ltd 0113 272 7430

New Hot Tub Steps Feature Clever Storage

product launches, festivals and flamboyant staff-parties and offer their handmade products for both hire and sale.

Aqua Spa Supplies supply a range of steps for hot tubs and spas and have recently expanded their offering with the addition of these Leisure Accents Spa Steps, which cleverly double as a useful storage compartment. Featuring top step tread which a flips up to reveal a handy and generous removable storage tray, the steps allow hot tub owners to stow essential accessories right next to the tub. Providing easy and stable entry into spas, the 36-inch wide steps are made of maintenance free resin that simply snaps together – no hardware is required. Once correctly built, they are capable of supporting over 300lbs and will last for years.

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Create Your Own Harmony with Tylö A new range of sauna rooms from Tylö is providing contractors with a quick and easy solution to taking advantage of increased interest among domestic customers at the topend of the market. The 2016 State of the Wet Leisure Industry Survey revealed that these customers are looking for bespoke installations in their home health spas or luxury en-suite bathrooms. The new Harmony range, available through Tylö’s long-term authorised partner Golden Coast, has been designed to deliver a one-ofa-kind high-end finish… that is simple to assemble. The new models feature Elite, Tylö’s stateof-the-art control panel. Easy-to-use with a clear display, its processor and operating system support advanced functions allowing owners to customise fully the sauna’s efficiency and performance to their precise needs. Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams says: “What’s more, these intelligent panels connect to Wi-Fi via a smartphone app – allowing them to create the perfect sauna ambience wherever they may be.” The app allows owners to pre-programme

schedules, set the ideal temperature and humidity, select their lighting and choose whether to have music. Starting at just 1.16m², the Harmony is available in two shapes: square or corner. It can be specified with a range of glass and door options and finishes, including luxury frosted glass. Harmony can be specified with a choice of external and internal wood finishes that can be mixed and matched to suit individual tastes. Jamie added: “For installers, it doesn’t get much easier than Harmony. All components are supplied pre-fabricated, so you have everything in place for quick and easy installation of electrics and ventilation.” “But, more than that, it means you can

give your customer the high-end finish they want as there are no visible and unsightly fixings or joints.” Golden Coast 01271 378100

HygroMatik Launches New Website To Meet Growing Industry Demand HygroMatik has announced the launch of its new website which has been designed with the customer in mind, delivering a smooth and enhanced platform that is user-friendly, with advanced navigation and functionality. As a leading manufacturer and supplier of commercial air humidifier systems, HygroMatik’s new website had to match the company’s clean image while providing users with extensive information relating to new products, services, parts and to aid the specification process. Andie Chessun, National Sales Manager at HygroMatik UK and RoI, commented: “With all its new features and capabilities, our website now perfectly reflects the company’s

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commitment to offer the best possible solutions to our customers, partners and prospects. “The new interface is fast and responsive, allowing website visitors to find the

information they want quickly from any internet connected device. To make it more accessible we’ve put all the areas of application our systems are suited for. This feature enables users easily to see the HygroMatik products best suited for their needs, simplifying the specification process.” HygroMatik is one of the largest manufacturers of air humidifiers and air humidification systems, offering a full range of long-lasting and easily maintained products. Alongside its popular HPS and LPS systems, a number of HygroMatik’s other HVAC products are now available as BIM objects which can be downloaded directly from the website. HygroMatik 02380 443127 27/07/2017 14:25

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IN BRIEF ALUKOV INCREASES SIZE OF HUNGARIAN FACTORY With demand for Alukov’s pool, spa and terrace enclosures increasing, the manufacturer has expanded its existing operation in Bátonyterenye, Hungary by almost doubling its manufacturing area. The investment of almost a million Euros has added an extra 2,000m² of factory space and around 30 new jobs. The Mayor of Bátonyterenye and Chairman of the regional parliament were among numerous dignitaries who attended an opening ceremony, and the event marks another milestone in the development of IPC Team and all Alukov branches around the world.

ASIAN EXPO RECORDS ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL EVENT Asia Pool & Spa Expo 2017 successfully took place in Guangzhou, China in May and this year’s event again attracted a large number of renowned exhibitors from both China and abroad and included brands such as: Hayward, Pentair, Chemoform, Procopi, Aquarine, Laswim, Jazzi, Monalisa, Sunrans, Glong, Debox, Joyspas and more. According to the organisers on site survey, more than 87% of exhibitors observed that the quality of this year’s professional buyers was noticeably improved. 187 exhibitors from the China mainland, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Singapore and Philippines and 18,320 trade visitors from 32 countries or regions participated at the show. Twelve years of endeavour has made the Asia Pool & Spa Expo an irreplaceable platform for global enterprises to promote their foreign and domestic business, build a positive brand image and communicate with worldwide industry professionals. For the next edition, which will be held in Guangzhou, China from 15 - 17 May 2018, organisers will be setting up an international pavilion at the main entrance of the show which will be strictly for international exhibitors only. 31-33_SPN_Aug_17_World_News.indd 31

aquanale 2017 Provides An International Platform

With over three months to go until the start of aquanale, the German trade fair for pools, spas, saunas and more is further consolidating its position as one of the industry’s leading international platforms. It has already almost matched the very good result of the previous event in terms of exhibitor participation and organisers are anticipating the participation of more than 300 companies from over 25 countries. The combined trade fair of aquanale and FSB takes place from 7 - 10 November 2017 in Cologne and an increase is also expected in terms of visitors, as the trade fair duo not only offers a unique market overview, but also an initial insight into the themes of the urban future. The umbrella event for everything relating to both the private and public swimming pool segments is to be the Swimming Pool & Wellness Forum once again. The subject matter and contents of the Forum, which will be of equal relevance to

all of the target groups attending the trade fair duo, will be managed by the German Association for Swimming Pools and Wellness (bsw) and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS). “The same megatrends and design movements can be seen all over the world. The programme for the congress held during aquanale is therefore also developing an even more international flavour,” explained Dieter C. Rangol. Elaborating on this point, Klaus Meinel, General Secretary of the IAKS explained: “In one of the 7th International Swimming Pool & Wellness Forum’s thematic blocks, we will be bringing economic questions with regard to the management of public swimming pools to the fore. This is where visitors can expect to discover interesting new conceptual ideas from experts from Great Britain, Germany and Ireland. In another thematic block, we will be turning our attention to the subject of thermal baths, which are often the main driver for tourism in economically underdeveloped regions. And our partner association, the International Academy for Pool, Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAB) will be concentrating on the renovation of swimming pools and presenting relevant best practice cases and the technological state-of-the-art.”

Public Sauna Opens On Helsinki Island The Lonna Sauna by Anssi Lassila, founder of OOPEAA architects is a new a public sauna located on the small island of Lonna, minutes from the Finish capital of Helsinki. With views framing the silhouette of the city on one side and opening towards the sea on the other, the Lonna Sauna sits among a group of historical structures built during the Russian rule in the 19th century. The compact 190 m2 sauna building is built solely with natural materials. It is made of masterfully handcrafted wooden logs that are left untreated and has a sculptural pitched roof in zinc plate. Heated with wood-burning stoves the Lonna Sauna recreates the calm and almost sacred feeling of the traditional Finnish sauna, while placing it in a new, contemporary architectural frame. The skillful use of larch in the furnishings and the large windows opening a view from the sauna loft into the archipelago create a soothing and

relaxing atmosphere. A terrace directly accessible from the sauna rooms as well as from the outdoor shower space bridges the sauna with the seashore. The Lonna island used to be occupied by the military and has only recently been opened to the public. Public saunas were once lively places and numerous throughout the country, but today there are only a few of them left. However, in recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the tradition and a number of new public sauna buildings have opened in various parts of the city in Helsinki. The unique natural features of the Lonna island create a special and authentic atmosphere adding a new aspect to the experience of an urban public sauna. It brings together the calming and peaceful experience of the sauna ritual and the social aspect of the public sauna as a gathering place for people.

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IN BRIEF FIVE DIE AT TURKISH WATER PARK In June, five people died after being electrocuted at a water park in the town of Akyazi in Sakarya province in northwest Turkey. Three children aged 12, 15 and 17 were seen to be in trouble in the pool after the water became electrified. Seeing the children in distress, reports from Turkish media then describe how the 58-year-old manager of the pool and his 30-year-old son dived into the water to save them. Unfortunately, they were also electrocuted. It is believed that an electric cable fell into the pool, charging the water with an electrical current. Police said that there were numerous cables around the pool area as the facility was undergoing renovation. Two other people were hurt after touching metal railings near the pool. The park is thought to have lacked a residual current breaker that shuts down power to prevent electrical shocks.

‘BEER SPA’ OPENS IN ICELAND A ‘beer spa’ has recently opened in northern Iceland. At the Bjórböðin spa, which is owned and operated by the Kaldi Brewery, guests can soak in seven giant tubs of beer, hops, yeast and water, which the spa’s owners claim is great for skin and overall health. The spa’s tubs are made from natural hardwood and while the bathing beer isn’t drinkable, each tub is fitted with a tap providing Kaldi beer for all guests over the age of 20 to enjoy. After soaking in the tub for 25 minutes, guests can enjoy a further 25 minute session in a relaxation room to let the ingredients soak in, though the spa recommends waiting several hours before showering to get the full effect. 31-33_SPN_Aug_17_World_News.indd 33

A Focus On Innovation At Piscina & Wellness Barcelona 2017 Piscina & Wellness Barcelona continues to grow thanks to its commitment to innovation and international business, while reflecting the upturn in a sector which has consolidated the recovery that began in 2015. At its next edition, taking place 17-20 October at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via exhibition centre, the show expects to host a total of 315 direct exhibitors from 25 countries in a net exhibition space of over 14,000 sq. m. That would represent a 10% increase in the number of stands and a 15% increase in space compared to the previous show two years ago. Organised by Fira de Barcelona

in collaboration with the Spanish Association of Pool Sector Professionals (ASOFAP), Piscina & Wellness Barcelona will present an overview of pool products for residential and public use, as well as installations, equipment and accessories for the wellness and spa sector. More than ever before, the show is putting an emphasis on innovation and will present the latest products, technologies and innovative and eco-efficient solutions that improve the sustainability, control, automation, maintenance and user experience of swimming pools, an area in which health and wellness are increasingly important. Eloi Planes, the president of the show’s organising committee and CEO of Fluidra, defines this edition as ‘key’ to consolidating the upward growth trend that started in 2015. “We are committed to promoting innovation and access to emerging markets, but also to the business side. We’re working to make the show a great network for contacts and a driving force for opportunities and knowledge so that firms and visitors alike can get the most out of their participation in Piscina & Wellness Barcelona,” he said.

PENETRON Helps Hungary Stage World Swimming Championships PENETRON crystalline technology not only helps keep the water in the concrete pools of the new Dagály Aquatics Complex in Budapest, Hungary, but also ensures the groundwater from the adjacent river stays out. The state-of-the-art facility, which has just hosted the 2017 FINA World Championships, comprises two 50m pools (one for competition and one for warm-ups) and a diving pool. About 100 designers, architects and engineers were involved in the planning and construction of the Dagály Aquatics Complex. To counter the challenge of the high water table at the construction site, concrete bore piles were driven into the ground and a 250mm thick reinforced concrete slab was poured on top of the piles. “The main building of the Dagály Aquatics Complex not only holds a lot of water in its pools, but it is also situated right on the shores of the Danube River,” explained Sándor Jónás,

General Manager of PENETRON Hungary. “This is why the project needed an optimal and robust waterproofing solution for the concrete structures.” To provide the necessary strength and durability for all the pool structures, the concrete was treated with PENETRON ADMIX during the batching phase to ensure a completely waterproof concrete matrix. About 420m3 of treated concrete was used for the pools. “Overall, the Dagály was a massive project. With a 19,000 m2 (204,500 square feet) footprint, including two spectator areas that each added 2,000 m2 (21,500 square feet), over 120,000 m3 (160,000 cubic yards) of earth were moved,” adds Sándor Jónás. “Despite the dimensions of the construction, our PENETRON crystalline products performed flawlessly!”

The FINA Engineering Department noted “after taking a close look at the PENETRON crystalline technology – in particular, a combination of PENETRON ADMIX and highgrade plastic fibres – FINA specified PENETRON for the Dagály Aquatics Complex and further FINA construction projects.” The PENETRON Group +1 631 941 9700

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Simplicity Of NIVEKO Design Complements Nordic Home When a Danish family were looking to enhance their uninviting garden, their initial thoughts were to install a pond. But with the option of transforming their outdoor space and leisure time totally, the pond idea rapidly turned into a pool. “For many years the surroundings of my house were made out of large concrete tiles. I didn’t like it because it looked like a stone desert. Honestly, it was giving a really negative feeling for quite some time,” said Mr Pederson. “To change this, I originally thought to break the general view by implementing a fish pond. Rapidly, this concept turned into a swimming pool. Before I was in contact with my Danish NIVEKO partner, I had a clear vision what I would like to build: an overflow pool with straight lines, only 90° angles, no round shapes. I never wanted a fibreglass pool because of several technical reasons either. It should have a pure simplicity as my furniture inspired by the Nordic design.” The solution came in the form of a 7m x 3.6m NIVEKO Overflow MULTI pool which perfectly blends in with its environment. “It is brilliant to see in the morning the steam coming out of the cover when you open it. In the morning all the surroundings of our

TheCoolPool Unveils Its New Image TheCoolPool has taken advantage of the arrival of summer in the northern hemisphere to launch a new look. The biggest design change has been made to the blog, which has been dedicated to the world of pools, exterior design and wellness since its launch in 2014. The online magazine published by Fluidra at has now gone for a much more visual and intuitive image, which makes it easy to read the articles and see the photographs from any device. TheCoolPool scours the world to report on the sector’s latest trends and most innovative projects. With this new look and feel, the images

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and infographics have come to the fore, and the blog has gained a foothold as a space where readers can enjoy, learn and share knowledge about the world of pools and wellness. Since its creation, TheCoolPool has had more than one million hits and its monthly newsletter is sent to 15,000 people. It is now available in Spanish, English, French, Italian and Russian, and will soon be released in Polish.

property are completely silent; the only thing you hear is the sound of the overflowing water. That is what we have always wanted: relaxing sounds. “We chose a white colour because we like the light blue colour, like at the sea during our holidays. My friends and relatives told me that owning a private pool makes you to do some extra work. This is not true at all; everything is controlled by my iPad. The only thing I do is a manual backwash of the sandfilter, which takes about 10 minutes, and a short cleaning of the tiles once a week. “This NIVEKO pool is indispensable for us. Simply put, we cannot live without it.” NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246

Pool Systems Continues Growth With Acquisition of Newline Pool Products Pool Systems Pty Ltd (Pool Systems) has announced the acquisition of Newline Pool Products (Newline). Pool Systems is wholly owned by Pool Corporation and this latest acquisition continues the company’s strategic growth in the wholesale distribution of pool supplies in Australia. “This announcement is great news for our customers, employees and suppliers. We are undoubtedly stronger together than we are apart,” commented Adrian Wischer, Managing Director of Pool Systems. “The acquisition increases both the scale and scope of the combined entity, which will result in benefits for all stakeholders.” Nathan De Candia, founder and Managing Director of Newline, will continue to lead the Newline business. There will be no foreseeable change for customers, who will continue to deal with

either Pool Systems or Newline, just as they do now. “Celebrating our 25th anniversary, joining Pool Systems provides us with new opportunities to expand products and services over time, bringing value to our customers, employees and suppliers,” commented De Candia. “I am very excited to join the Pool Systems team.” Established in 1983, Pool Systems has grown to become the largest pool products distributor in Australia. The company’s reach extends throughout the country, with branches along the eastern seaboard in north Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney and Melbourne, offering a broad range of approximately 15,000 lines both domestically and to North America and Europe through export. 25/07/2017 15:12

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Establishing And Recognising Best Practice In Our Industry


opefully, you have made some comments on the European standard for domestic spas and hot tubs (EN 17125). Both BISHTA and SPATA have made a number of suggested changes to BSI regarding the standard, and if approved, BSI will send them on to a CEN colleague ahead of the next meeting of the Working Group developing this standard (TC 402 WG4) which is taking place from 12 – 14 September in Berlin. Any finished standard will not be available until this time next year (at the earliest). Also on the theme of ‘Standards’ BISHTA has issued a consumer alert following various issues with low quality products and companies pretending to be ‘UK manufacturers’ and so hopefully consumers will be able to make an informed choice on what equipment they wish to purchase. There is more about this topic on page 41. Over the summer, some of the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards winners have been shortlisted to represent the UK at the 2017 EUSA European Pool & Spa Awards. Congratulations to Origin Leisure, Grayfox Swimming Pools, Portrait Pools and Enclosures, Cheshire Wellness, New Dawn Pools, Tanby Pools, Westcountry Leisure, Gillingham Pools, Asher Swimpool Centre, XL Pools, Rockingham Swimming Pools, Rigo Spa, Castle Hot Tubs, Cannings H20, North Spas, Euphoria Lifestyle and Welsh Hot Tubs for being nominated as the UK entries. These European awards will be presented at SPATEX 2018, as part of the Industry Gala Dinner featuring the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards and the re-presentation of the ISPE Awards. The 2018 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards, will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of

With a busy summer in full swing, BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes highlights some key points regarding standards, education, best practice and more the SPATA Awards and the 10th anniversary of the BISHTA Awards. Entries are being accepted online for both trade association competitions; please enter to be in with a chance of picking up Bronze, Silver or Gold awards. Please see the article by Sallie Leslie-Golding on page 39 giving more ideas on the benefits of the Awards. The promotion of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is taking off within the industry, and I know that the ISPE President John Cheek and the rest of his team will be delighted with the development so far, but there is even more that can be done and both BISHTA and SPATA are keen to play their part. BISHTA has Water Hygiene Management training, Dangerous Goods courses and Electrical Awareness workshops planned. Meanwhile, SPATA is looking to refine the heat pump course piloted by Certikin International and Calorex. The development of a course on liners is continuing, and SPATA is due to be in discussions with other members about a range of other courses which I hope to let readers know about in due course. Plans are already nearing completion for the industry events being held in the autumn and winter, such as the annual conferences for BISHTA and SPATA. The BISHTA event is on Wednesday 4 October with the SPATA conference taking place the following day. Both events are again being held in Andover, so make the most of the technical content and networking opportunities on offer. Topics being discussed at the BISHTA day include sessions on education and workforce development, Trading Standards advice, updates on the various industry guidance

(such as HSG 282) and also looking ahead to the new European standard on domestic spas and hot tubs (EN 17125). It is also hoped to have some ideas for any changes to the Electrical Wiring Regulations which are due to change next year to the ‘18th Edition’. SPATA will be focusing on some similar themes, but also updating members on ‘Making the most of British and European Standards Online (BSOL)’. It is also hoped to feature PWTAG’s updated version of their Swimming Pool Water publication which will be launched in November. SPATA members may also like to note there are plans for regional meetings (some face to face) and others may be online via WebEx. The dates for these events will be published in SPATA News, and both SPATA and BISHTA members should also look out for some webinars being planned for later this year to make information more easily available. Finally, with so much happening with SPATEX, ensure you visit the exhibition’s new website at to catch up on all of the latest news and developments. DIARY DATES 2017 15 August 5 Sep 12 – 14 Sep 21 – 22 Sep 26 Sep

4 October 5 October

Plans are already nearing completion for the Industry events being held in the autumn and winter, such as the annual conferences for BISHTA and SPATA” 37_SPN_Aug_17_CH.indd 37

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BISHTA Committee Andover TC 402 Board Helsinki TC 402 WG4 Meeting Berlin EUSA Meeting, Crete BSI Swimming Pool (SW 136/8) Meeting London BISHTA Annual Conference (inc AGM), Andover SPATA Annual Conference (inc AGM), Andover PIP Committee, Andover

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Staying Updated On British And European Standards With European Standards likely to play a part in future British Standards for the wet leisure industry, SPATA has extended its partnership with BSI to offer its members access to a package of online standards at a fantastic discounted rate


welve months ago, SPATA publicised the excellent service that members were able to benefit from by having 25 standards available as part of British Standards Online (BSOL). Following positive feedback from members, the SPATA National Council has extended the BSOL service for a second year! There are 25 standards in SPATA’s BSOL Custom Collection, and these are shown in the table below. Due to the size and strength of SPATA (thanks to its members), it can offer these European standards as an online package at a fabulous price of just £75+VAT per year. Considering that most of the 25 standards that have been made available cost at least £100 each to buy (in paper or PDF format) EN 1069 1 EN 1069-1 2 EN 1069-2 EN 13451 3 EN 13451-1

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HOW TO ACCESS BSOL BSOL is available via a username and password (one per member company) and can be viewed online whenever required. The same username and password can be shared within a company, but the details are for company use only and so are not transferrable to a third party. Only one person per company can access BSOL at any one time. If members would still find it useful to have an office copy, they can still purchase a discounted paper copy of most British and

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Safety requirements and test methods Instructions Swimming Pool Equipment General safety requirements and test methods Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for ladders, stepladders and handle bends Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for inlets and outlets and water/air based water leisure features Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for starting platforms Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for lane lines and dividing line Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for turning boards Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for water polo goals Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for diving platforms, diving springboards and associated equipment Additional specific safety requirements and test methods for moveable pool floors and moveable bulkheads Public (Commercial) Swimming Pools Safety requirements for design

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this is a fantastic offer available to members. SPATA has enrolled its installer members into BSOL, and it is optional for supplier members (but many have chosen to do so to reap the benefits).

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European standards (with a 20% discount) via the SPATA office. Please note PDF copies can only be paid for in full (and VAT is payable on PDF’s). The choice of which standards can be included in the custom collection can be amended in March (at each annual renewal period), so if members have suggestions for new standards that they would like to see included in the collection, please contact the SPATA office. For those companies that are not currently SPATA members, please contact the office on 01264 356210 or email if you would like to become a member and take advantage of this great offer

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General rules and rules for buildings 22 BS EN Part 3:2006 Liquid retaining and containment structures Tiles 23 BS 5385-4:2015 Code of Practice, wall and floor tiling: design and installation of ceramic and mosaic tiles in specific conditions Water Sampling 24 BS EN 19458:2006 Standard for sampling and microbiological analysis 25 BS 8580:2010 Water quality risk assessment for Legionella control 25/07/2017 17:53


Getting The Recognition That You Deserve And Reaping The Rewards! In this issue, Sallie Leslie-Golding, PR & Marketing Manager at both BISHTA and SPATA, provides an insight into the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards


ou’ve got to be in it, to win it’ – we’ve all heard the well-known phrase and it’s usually associated with competitions where you take ‘Pot Luck’. But when you associate the saying with the notion that you should celebrate your successes, then it strikes a different chord. Even when business is good, and turnover is healthy, you should never stop marketing your business, and this is where the strength of the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards can help showcase your company and give it the spotlight it deserves. Being the longest running and most established industry awards, the annual British Pool & Hot Tub Awards play a crucial role in promoting the industry, not only to the trade, but more importantly to a wider consumer audience. The SPATA Awards are celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2018 and the BISHTA Awards are celebrating their 10th anniversary. Judging comes directly from top industry specialists who work on a regular basis with BISHTA and SPATA. Therefore, winning a British Pool & Hot Tub Award is not only a vote of popularity from your peers but a mark of excellence from the industry! These awards have also been established to appeal to a wide cross section of the consumer press. Year-on-year, the coverage for British Pool & Hot Tub Awards winners (both locally and nationally) gains more and more momentum. The annual Awards are run for the benefit of promoting and celebrating the excellence of BISHTA and SPATA members across the UK and overseas. They endorse companies who strive for the best, as certified members work to recognised industry standards and also each Associations Code of Ethics. Entries for the 2018 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards are now open and the categories consist of:

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• Residential Outdoor Pools over £125,000 • Residential Outdoor Pools with an Enclosure • Residential Indoor Pools under £100,000 • Residential Indoor Pools £100,000 to under £150,000 • Residential Indoor Pools £150,000 to under £200,000 • Residential Indoor Pools over £200,000 • Special Requirement Pool of the Year • Commercial Pool of the Year • Overseas Commercial Pool of the Year • Overseas Residential Pool of the Year • Refurbishment Pool of the Year • In-ground Residential Spas and Wellness • In-ground Commercial Spas and Wellness • Sustainability Award • Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence • Paul Kite Award for Pool Star of the Year • The Dick Millward Trophy for the Pool Contractor of the Year • Outstanding Pool of the Year

2018 BISHTA AWARDS • Residential Hot Tubs Below £7,000 • Residential Hot Tubs £7,000 to £14,000 • Residential Hot Tubs £14,000 and Over • Swim / Exercise Spas • Hot Tubs Change Lives • Hot Tubs in a Holiday Setting • Hot Tub Happiness • Showroom of the Year • Best Use of Digital Media Entry to the awards is open to all BISHTA and SPATA members, and a top tip for presenting your awards is to collate great images of your projects and assemble as much content as you can about your entry. The content you provide helps to give the judges information to mark your entry, but it will also be used to promote your company, should you win an award. In 2017, award winners were featured in an extensive range of local and national consumer and trade publications, which is all part of the service offered to members, so providing ample information about your entry is vital. Filling out your entry form couldn’t be easier, just go online and entries can be made for the relevant association awards at

BISHTA ( and SPATA ( and click on the awards logo on the home page.

ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET If you win an award, we want to make it a celebration to remember, and that’s why every year we host the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards at the biggest night on the industry calendar – the Industry Gala Evening hosted by BISHTA and SPATA. Everyone’s invited to the event, whether you are a BISHTA or SPATA member (or neither)! For 2018, the evening takes place on Tuesday 30 January in the Premier Lounge at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Even better still, the Industry Gala Evening is held during SPATEX 2018 (, giving both those exhibiting and those visiting, a fantastic evening of celebration and what better way to bring the industry together in unity. Next year’s event will be even more special, as it will also feature the re-presentation of the ISPE awards and the UK will be honoured to host the EUSA European Pool & Spa Awards for 2017. EUSA colleagues will be presenting their awards to the winners and live streaming of these European Awards via social media is being planned for the very first time. The theme for the Industry Gala Evening is a ‘Vegas Style’ and we have lots planned to make the night as big a success as the 2017 event!

GALA EVENING TICKET INFORMATION Tickets to the Industry Gala Evening are priced at £71.95 + VAT (pp) and include pre-dinner drinks, a three-course sit down meal and a full evening of entertainment. Tickets can be booked now by calling BISHTA or SPATA on 01264 356210/1. If you can’t make it to the evening, please make sure you visit the team on stand A1 during SPATEX, and we will be happy to show you the award winning entries and discuss membership options with any prospective members.

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Safeguard Your Stock Through Maximum Showroom Security The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) share some tips to minimise the risk of theft from retail showrooms


adly, BISHTA is aware of some thefts of hot tubs from showrooms which have affected both members and nonmembers alike. The Association has worked with these companies to try and help them recover stolen items and reduce the odds of being targeted in this way by criminals in the future. For most hot tub companies, the theft of equipment never materialises, but with high value items, it is always possible that they may be preyed on by opportunist thieves, or more organised criminal gangs, to steal some of the stock. To help reduce the risk of theft, BISHTA has shared some helpful security tips with their members, to keep one step ahead of the criminals.

ASSESSING THE RISKS Have you ever undertaken a security assessment of your site, particularly when hot tubs are stored outdoors? If yes, then have you looked at it recently (certainly within the last 12 months) to review it? If you have not undertaken any security assessment at all, to identify any possible weak spots, the following factors may be helpful to consider as layers of security protection (and a fuller list is included in a BISHTA member factsheet available on this subject): • Offices should be staffed when visitors can be on site, to reduce the chances of stealing smaller items, such as chemicals or small valuables. • Any keys, including car keys, left in the locked office should be kept out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox). • Site accessibility – how easy is it for a vehicle to drive close to where the hot tubs are stored then to access the site to steal them? Can you ensure that physical barriers (such as lockable posts) are securely in the way to slow down any possible thefts when the site is not staffed? • CCTV cameras – Are these being used and how easy are they to spot by a criminal to disable them? • Are any of the cameras triggered by movement to spot any criminals on the move? • Can you remotely view your cameras when you are not on site? (e.g. using cameras linked to a Wi-Fi hub, with an app for your phone to see the cameras). • Have you considered whether to have the off site backup of the CCTV DVR (hard

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disk) and also an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) for the DVR, so it can carry on working for a short time in the event of electrical supply being cut/tampered with? • What other CCTV is in operation nearby so that you could check their footage if your CCTV cameras (if fitted) are unable to provide sufficient evidence for the police to follow up on? • Do the hot tubs have any pressure alarms on them so that when they are moved, the audible alarm will sound? If fitted, are the pressure alarms set up to send an alert to your phone in real time? • Have you sourced any GPS trackers that can be secretly placed inside the hot tub to aid recovery of the stolen item(s)? These can be relatively inexpensive to purchase and can be transferred to other hot tubs when the hot tub they are protecting has been sold. • Is any fencing around the site secure and are locks capable of withstanding the use of bolt croppers? • Do you have an alarm installed on site and does it link to a secondary source for an action response? If not, what is the emergency call out procedure? • Have you installed adequate outside lighting, potentially with movement sensors? • Do you have photos of high value product items, with their serial numbers, etc, to distribute if they are stolen?

If your business uses CCTV, you must tell people that they may be recorded. This is usually done by displaying signs, which must be visible and readable. Further information can be viewed at Hot tub companies are also encouraged to contact their business insurers to see if their policy covers the business for thefts outdoors (as you may only be covered for hot tubs sited indoors). Insurers may have some additional security tips for you to consider. Hot tub retailers may also wish to consider advising their customers of the options for safeguarding their hot tub in their garden at home, with some of the relevant security advice above, including their insurance policy wording. While the list above may not be exhaustive, hopefully, the layers of protection they provide should offer a better chance of deterrence. BISHTA provides its members with a support network to provide advice and guidance to its members in situations such as showroom theft. BISHTA provides support to members with a multitude of industry information, tools, networking, marketing and specialist assistance. For information on joining BISHTA, please call 01264 356211 or visit 25/07/2017 17:54


Providing A Safer Hot Tub Experience For Consumers With hot tubs becoming an increasingly common sight in a variety of retail environments, in this edition BISHTA highlights two areas of concern that are affecting UK consumers


here is a growing trend for some companies supplying hot tubs to claim or imply that the goods they sell are manufactured in the UK or North America when in fact, they come from elsewhere in the world. Misleading customers into thinking they are buying a product made in one country when it is manufactured in another (and potentially not even in the same continent!). Buying from an online market place also raises concerns and BISHTA has been warning, consumers, that the products they are considering buying may not be guaranteed to come from a reputable source. When purchasing products described as ‘used’ from online market places, customers are being warned to ensure that they are cleaned and treated properly to ensure safe usage. BISHTA’s core aim is to ‘promote safe hot tub standards’ and advises consumers that with a high-ticket item, such as a hot tub, it is important to know ‘what’s under the bonnet’ (or behind the casing, when it comes to hot tubs). Unfortunately, there are hot tubs on the market that look the ‘real-deal’ on the outside, but inside, the hot tub is of a lower quality and in some cases may not be up to standard. In extreme situations, they could potentially be dangerous. Repairing problems may not always be straightforward if parts are hard to source and expensive to replace. But the most concerning issue is that these cheaply manufactured products have the potential to cause harm through entrapment, electrocution and fire. A terrible thought, when in most cases, equipment purchased from a reputable retailer will be a great addition to a household that can bring the whole family fun, relaxation and health benefits.

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BISHTA believes that customers should always be able to make an informed choice about the products they purchase and does not endorse or support any companies who seek to mislead customers regarding the products they sell. BISHTA Managing Director, Chris Hayes commented: “BISHTA expects its members not only to provide products that meet industry standards but also to abide by its Code of Ethics. Our advice to consumers is always to seek further information (in writing) from the company supplying the hot tubs regarding the country of manufacture, as well as information on safe installation, set-up, future care and maintenance.”

PROMOTING SAFE HOT TUB STANDARDS As the sad news of the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at JTF Warehouse, in Staffordshire five years ago hits the headlines once more, BISHTA again sends its condolences to the families of those people affected. As already highlighted above, BISHTA’s primary purpose is to promote safe hot tub standards, and this preventable occurrence highlights the safeguarding responsibilities of all those involved in the industry. The announcement of the £1m fine for JTF Warehouse, following the death of two people from Legionnaires’ disease and a further 20 people contracting the disease, is a landmark moment for the hot tub industry in the UK. Every reputable hot tub company is aware

that these deaths were completely avoidable had JTF Warehouse put in place a robust water hygiene management regime. Consisting of a sufficient amount of staff who were suitably trained to know how to maintain the spa water safely with a proper chlorine or bromine residual, combined with good pH control. BISHTA members all over the country will be regularly treating their water in showrooms, at exhibitions and for hot tubs in holiday accommodation to ensure they are safe. They will continue to advise on regular monthly microbiological testing. They will also be passing on valuable ‘easy to understand’ advice to their customers about maintaining their own spa water safely, and it is vital that people buying products know how to look after the water safely for themselves, their family and guests. BISHTA was formed following the 1999 Legionnaires’ disease hot tub outbreaks in the Netherlands and Belgium, with the strapline of ‘Promoting Safe Spa Water’. Prior to that, the SPATA Standards for spa pools were used for hot tubs. The BISHTA Standards set out the requirements for members and all those companies that join BISHTA have to have received training in water hygiene management before they can be certified by the trade association. BISHTA has been running courses on water hygiene management since its formation, and refresher training on this topic is required to maintain up to date knowledge. There is a great deal of other industry guidance on hot tubs, including the HSE Approved Code of Practice document (referenced as ‘L8’). Along with The Control of Legionella Bacteria in Water Systems, and the HSE online document ‘HSG 282’ The Control of Legionella and other infectious agents in spa pool systems (which supersedes the Management of Spa Pools, 2006 joint publication from HSE and HPA). BISHTA urges everyone involved in the industry to get themselves updated on the latest HSG 282 (17/05 issue) by attending a BISHTA water hygiene management course and downloading a copy of the guidance from the HSE website at books/hsg282.htm If everyone followed BISHTA Standards, this would prevent a reoccurrence of this tragedy, to keep hot tub users and passers-by safe from harm.

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Suction Entrapment And Hair Entanglement With another incident involving hair entanglement in the news recently, in response Robbie Phillips, STA’s Lead Pool Plant Expert raises the issue again to warn operators about the dangers of it and suction entrapment, with a view to preventing similar incidents


ommercial swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools, wading/paddling pools, interactive water features, whirl pools and spas all have one thing in common – a circulation system. This means that water must leave the pool and then re-enter at another point following filtering and disinfection. This in turn means water being pulled under suction from the pool. As we’ve seen in the news again recently, this can have serious repercussions on users if not properly risk assessed. As we’ve seen in the news again recently with a six-year-old British girl almost drowning when her hair was sucked into a swimming pool filter at a hotel in Lanzarote, mismanagement of a pool’s circulation system can have serious repercussions on users if not properly risk assessed. The two main dangers are:

SUCTION ENTRAPMENT Bottom drains in swimming pools should be at least 2 metres apart and also have all openings 8mm in width or diameter

(larger slots/holes make it easier for finger entrapment). There should be sufficient open water area. If one drain becomes blocked then the other can still divert a proportion of flow to prevent a vacuum being formed. Ideally these bottom drains should have raised large centres or other purpose designed grilles to prevent a bather sealing the entire drain with their body. Circulation pumps can also have a pressure sensor enabling it to shut off before a vacuum is formed. The bottom drain suction risk can be seriously increased if water levels drop below skimmer / scum trough overflow system. As both are considered suction lines this is with a single bottom drain (a single suction line is a high risk system). If this occurs, and the surface draw off line is isolated to prevent air getting into the system, for example, then all suction water from the pool will be through the single bottom drain, increasing its suction and velocity. No pool should ever be run on bottom drain alone due to the danger of suction entrapment and/or possible hair entanglement on the bottom or side of the pool or spa tank. Flow meter testing to enable you to risk assess this danger comprehensively in your pool can be accomplished using specific technical equipment. There are also simple methods to see if a vacuum forms on any suction outlet line.


Suction entrapment occurs when a swimmer, usually a small child, is trapped by the suction forces created by the water rushing out of the drain at the bottom of the pool (human flesh is unfortunately able to form a perfect seal!). In some cases swimmers have been trapped underwater until they drowned and in other cases they have suffered serious injuries to various parts of their bodies including the bowel

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In spas mainly, and also pools, the danger of hair entanglement is very real. When bathers swim too close to bottom drains or suction outlets of incorrect design, or place their heads underwater in a spa too close to water outlets where a vortex is formed, their hair may become entangled in the grilles/ outlets. In a spa this danger is increased by the narrow suction pipe work often

increasing velocity and also the design of the outlets which often moves in a circular motion (vortex) aiding entanglement. If a bather becomes trapped often the only way to free them to cut the hair, it is surprising to note is that scissors do not work efficiently underwater, and often a knife is the only implement that will suffice. It has also been noted that any fitting with these design defects at a specific outlet fitting will potentially cause this entanglement – e.g. main circulating and/or booster pumps.


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Incorrect operation Incorrect fittings Poor design of drain outlets and covers Insufficient number of drains. Creation of one line suction to main or ancillary circulation pumps All fittings made secure so they cannot be removed All one line suctions eliminated or valves locked to prevent the creation of one line suctions Velocities from outlets not adhering to recommended rates Broken grids – a potentially lethal problem

It is therefore imperative that all involved in the design, manufacture and construction should work to produce a safe facility. It is essential that knowledgeable pool contractors and consultants are employed. The operator should also be fully trained and aware of the potential dangers, and continuously risk assess the operation of critical valves, line velocities and fittings etc. STA 01922 645097 25/07/2017 17:56

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Teaching ‘Survival’ Techniques To Infants – The Baby Swimming Industry Speaks Out Evidence for or against drown-proofing a child is necessary, but it would be unethical to subject babies and toddlers to these methods to assess the methodology. Therefore, a new report titled ‘Sink or Swim’ has been published by the UK baby swimming industry today to argue the case against ‘survival’ teaching methodologies based on authoritative scientific research


ll the major UK bodies involved in baby swimming have come together to speak out and warn pool operators and parents about the dangers of ‘survival’ methods being taught to young infants. This united call to action comes after videos, which show distressed young learners being taught these ‘drown-proofing’ methods, going viral across social media and gaining increasing media attention in the UK. Baby swimming is a wonderful sensory activity; as such it has rapidly become a cultural must of early parenting because of all the known benefits it provides, including the progressive teaching of age-appropriate lifesaving skills. But in recent times, videos have been circulating the internet about so-called ‘drown-proofing’ methods for babies. These sink or swim methods actively promote the de-risking of drowning accidents for toddlers through classes in which learners are taught, and forced, to roll-on-the-back-to-float. While some may see this highly stressful, forceful method of teaching as being ‘a means to an end’, the wider baby swimming profession argue that there is an urgent need to examine if these drown-proofing techniques, which are being promoted to parents as insurance for their child’s water safety, are actually safe, acceptable and effective. The industry consensus is that this evidence must be based on current scientific

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research – and not the views of parenting experts who are not recognised scientists. Furthermore, it must be recognised that confidence imparted to a child by either baby swimming classes or water survival techniques should not substitute parental supervision. Dr Francoise Freedman, a medical anthropologist at the University of Cambridge and the founder of Birthlight, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on baby swimming and she says in the report: “Drownproofing methods through floating have been around for decades, but the techniques are becoming more prevalent and have recently caught widespread international attention – leading to us, uniting as an industry in the UK to speak out about our concerns.” Francoise explains that the causes for concern are that this methodology is based on a conditioning that is unnecessarily aggressive. She explains: “Conditioning (forcing) a baby or toddler to float relies on extreme traumatic methods and sadly no amount of praise will compensate for the memory of inflicted pain – it just gets pushed into the recesses of our brain, where it is recorded. While some children will escape unscathed, for others, the trauma may resurface in later years and cause a fear of the water. And because we do not know who is at risk, we have to question if it is worth doing; and the simple answer is no, based on

scientific evidence and statistics.” Kaylë Burgham, Head of Aquatics at STA, the UK’s leading experts in baby swimming teaching and a registered charity dedicated to the teaching of swimming and lifesaving skills, added: “While we wholly agree that teaching water safety is essential – it’s at the core of everything we do – we morally cannot agree with this drown-proofing methodology. There are far gentler childfocussed swimming teaching and water safety practices readily available that parents are advised to follow. “For STA, the potential neurologically harmful practices of forceful conditioning, as outlined in the report, are simply not justifiable in any circumstance.” Michael Dunn, RLSS UK Deputy Director of Education and Research said: “As the drowning prevention charity, the Royal Life Saving Society UK advises against the use of these types of infant self-rescue or survival programmes. The RLSS UK has taken this position following close scrutiny of the evidence base which shows no proven drowning reduction benefit to the infant, and which has raised significant concerns nationally and internally about the potential for an increased risk of drowning during or following participation in these types of programmes. The Society does support parent and baby sessions, and basic water safety and swimming 25/07/2017 17:57


lessons for children starting whenever the child is developmentally ready to engage with the activities fully and comfortably.” Swim England Learn to Swim Director Jon Glenn, said: “A child’s first experience of water and the pool environment should be positive, fun and memorable. It is important that children become comfortable and safe in the water at an early age, but any form of forced techniques are unacceptable. Not only can these be physically harmful, they may also result in children being put off going in the water, leading them to miss out on a lifetime of fun that learning to swim can bring. This is such an important area that it is good to see the whole sector coming together to support this report.” Francoise concluded the report by adding: “Our message is that drown-proofing methods have no place; their statistical benefits are unproven and their potential developmental risks are compelling. It is a moral duty for all aquatic teachers to inform parents that drownproofing methods have possible detrimental effects. ‘Each child matters’ and in the promotion of water safety, this is best served by ensuring the wellbeing of all children.” The UK’s leading baby swimming providers’ Water Babies, Puddle Ducks and Turtle Tots are also supporting the publication of the new ‘Sink or Swim’ report. Paul Thompson, Co-Founder of Water Babies, said: “We are fully aware of the distress to children the self-rescue technique can cause and regard it as an aggressive, unproven method to make babies ‘drownproof’. Parents who choose this method are well-intentioned, but have unfortunately been misguided. We practice a much gentler, 44-45_SPN_Aug_17_Baby_Swimming.indd 45

nurturing and holistic approach that enables little ones to develop physically, emotionally and cognitively at an appropriate rate. We have had clients come to Water Babies having used the self-rescue technique and in many cases the children are petrified of water. Instead, we teach safety, but also encourage children to enjoy the sheer fun of swimming with their family for the long-term.” Ali Beckman, Technical Director of Puddle Ducks, commented: “Personal survival skills should be an integral part of all swimming

lessons but there are ways to do this without forcing a child to go through these methods which not only lead to trauma but also a fear of water in general. Forcing rotation movements can also have an impact on a child’s physical development as it can interfere with the natural development of postural reflexes. There are proven safe, effective and enjoyable teaching methods to allow children to learn how to save themselves, which will also help promote a love of swimming for life.” Gabrielle Lixton, Founder of Turtle Tots, said: “‘At Turtle Tots we fully endorse and promote a gentle, child focused, child led philosophy. This is the bedrock of our beliefs and all teaching practices, including the teaching of life saving and water safety skills. We believe that teaching our babies and children to swim should be an enjoyable bonding experience. We do not morally agree with the technique of drown-proofing and it is the polar opposite of our methodology. Drown -proofing is a conditioning technique that is both dramatic and traumatic for a child which is totally unnecessary in teaching water safety skills. We are passionate about teaching babies to swim and water safety skills within a safe, happy and child focused environment.” The full ‘Sink or Swim’ report can be downloaded from or

UPDATED GUIDE FOR BABY SWIMMING The aquatics and early years sector has thrown its collective weight around re-launched guidelines for the delivery of baby swimming. The 2nd edition of the British Standards Institute Code of Practice is an updated version of the guidelines first launched in Parliament in October 2015 and is backed by Swim England, the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA), Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit, Splashabout, Swimming Nature, the British Society of Underwater Photographers and Water Babies. The PAS 520:2017 outlines best practice for swim schools, swimming teachers, leisure operators, underwater photographers and carers of children aged 0 to 4. Following a wide-ranging consultation since the first guidelines were released just over 18 months ago, the updated document includes revisions around: • Swimming school class sizes and teaching ratios • Recommended qualifications • Amended definitions, eg. ‘Responsible adult’. Fully titled as ‘Safeguarding 0 to 4 year old children within the teaching of swimming, including any associated professional photography – Code of Practice’, the new guidelines provide the definitive blueprint for the industry. Of particular importance in relation to the ‘Sink or Swim’ report is PAS 520:2017 recommendations for submersion. It states ‘The swimming school should ensure that under no circumstances a baby or toddler is subjected to a forced submersion’.

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Golden Coast Helps Eden Pools Deliver Best Value

Woodfield School Hydrotherapy Pool, Hertfordshire


ocated in the quiet Hemel Hempstead suburb of Leverstock Green in Hertfordshire, Woodfield School is a special needs school for young people aged from three to 19 with severe and complex learning difficulties. The school’s frequently-used hydrotherapy pool was very much starting to show its age and was in desperate need of renovation. After taking bids from more than ten companies, it was the proposal for the swimming pool refurbishment put forward by Eden Pools, who had worked closely with Golden Coast on it, that was found to be most impressive. Eden’s plan would not only give them a pool that the pupils would greatly enjoy, but it would be easier for staff to work with and maintain, save the school money, and give them a much greener footprint compared to the existing pool. Key to this was a comprehensive package from Golden Coast that covered all bases, including pumps, filters, pipework, cover and lighting. The school’s plant room was overhauled as part of the project, with new four-inch pipe work installed between it and the pool. A new 5hp Certikin pool pump and commercial Waterco filter were then fitted, allowing the pool to turnover in just 60 minutes

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– essential for the school’s regular mother and baby sessions and increasing the pool's ability to handle commercial hire. A Triogen UV sanitation system was installed to cut back on the use of chemicals, alongside a cyclone filter and many new additions to the plant room. As well as changing the depth of the pool to suit users, Eden also insulated the pool’s original walls and floor, before encasing it in fibreglass. A new Calorex Delta dehumidification system was specified as part of the green plans. It does more than simply reduce condensation. The eco-friendly system returns heat lost to evaporation (latent energy) to the pool, as well as energy in the pool air (sensible energy). The smart units feature touchscreen technology that monitors and controls humidity, air quality and air and water temperatures. To make the most of the pool’s increased energy efficiency, Eden turned its attention to the pool’s cover. The previous pool had a bubble cover which often proved too heavy for staff to move. As a result, the pool was often left open. As well as losing heat, this created a safety risk. To overcome this, Eden fitted the new DEL Ultima safety 25/07/2017 17:57



LIGHTING Golden Coast 01271 378100

DESIGN Golden Coast 01271 378100

PUMP Certikin International 01993 778855

FILTRATION EQUIPMENT Waterco Europe 01795 521733

SAFETY COVER Golden Coast 01271 378100

HEATING & VENTILATION Calorex 01621 856611

UV SYSTEM SUEZ (Triogen) 01355 220598

cover, which is available exclusively through Golden Coast. The sophisticated design complies with the stringent French safety standard NFP 90-308. It is especially safe as it covers the water completely – leaving no access, even around the edges. Like much of the DEL range, it can be equipped with remote control. At Woodfield, this means staff can now open and close the pool with the push of a button. “And because it doesn’t require a fixture kit, it means making the pool safe can happen very quickly – without constraints and energy is not wasted from the pool,” said Director of Eden Pools, Stuart Low, adding: “We’ve fitted and worked on many brands of pool covers over the years – and we’ve been really impressed with what DEL has to offer.” Being a special needs school, meeting pupils’ sensory needs was high on the list of priorities. Two Spectravision Moonlight units now feature in the pool. Controlled by remote control, they allow for many transitional colour modes. “The kids absolutely love the light shows they produce,” said Eden Pools' Director and 35-year veteran of the pool trade Barry O’Connor. “And, at the end of the day, that’s what this project and everyone’s hard work has been about – their enjoyment.” 46-47_SPN_August_17_Project_Showcase.indd 47

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Total Lighting Solutions

This Certikin on-site lined pool by Leisure Pools of Tewkesbury features three Sylvania colour change lights

Over recent years, lighting technology and know-how has developed at a fantastic rate and a wide range of wet leisure facilities have benefited from the advances that have been made. Innovative fibre optic and LED lighting solutions are now enhancing both commercial and domestic environments across the country and in this issue, we focus on just some of the illuminating options that are brightening up the market By Andrea Hartshorne


he latest lighting solutions are enhancing the interiors and exteriors of many new pool and spa builds across the country and have meant refurbishments can literally be seen in a new light. Thanks to truly innovative technologies and products that are highly energy efficient, it’s a sector that is providing illuminating ideas for projects of all sizes and is a sector that is going from strength-to-strength. The days when pool and spa lighting consisted of nothing more than plain, functional white lights with the occasional coloured filter thrown in for good measure are fortunately, long gone. Regardless of budget, copious options are now available to all and as more systems are developed, the choice of 49-52_SPN_Aug_17_Lighting.indd 49

fittings, styles and variations just keeps on growing. Light Emitting Diode (LED) and fibre optics are the professionals’ choice for spas, swimming pools and exterior lighting and LEDs look set to continue to lead the way as the preferred lighting option. They operate differently to traditional incandescent style lights as instead of using a brittle metal filament that is susceptible to shock and vibration, LEDs are solid-state devices with no moving parts and use an electronic chip in an epoxy substrate. Due to the endless options available, pool lights have the advantage of enhancing decking, water features, paths and other outside spaces too. A modern mix of cleverly

installed lighting can provide dramatic effects or be used to soften walls and outdoor finishes. Whole areas can be improved with thoughtful and imaginative lighting, providing both safety and style to complement the surroundings, and we take a closer look at just some of the options that are brightening up the market.

SAVE ENERGY WITH ASTRALPOOL’S LUMIPLUS DC PAR56 The LumiPlus range of LED lights from AstralPool has provided customers who own pools or aquatic installations with the colour ambience that they desire at each and every moment. LumiPlus is made up of the LED light, a remote control, a reception

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LIGHTING OPTIONS EVA Optic developed a complete range of LED lighting specifically for the aggressive swimming pool environment: the EVA Aqua HE product line

AstralPool’s LumiPlus DC PAR56 lights have been stepped up to a DC (direct current) power supply and offer top underwater performance and efficiency

terminal and a transformer which are supplied separately. The LEDs used have a lifespan of up to 100,000 hours compared to the 1,000 hours of conventional lamps and each LED projector results in a saving of up to 90% in electricity consumption. In keeping with advances in technology, earlier in the year AstralPool introduced a new range – the LumiPlus DC PAR56 lights – which have been stepped up to a DC (direct current) power supply and has been developed to obtain top underwater lighting performance and hard to beat lighting efficiency. LumiPlus DC PAR56 comes with the most advanced LED lighting technology and is equipped with a state-of-the-art circuit board that keeps energy consumption down. The energy saving is further enhanced thanks to the introduction of a power pack that consumes 3W as a substitute for the 16W transformer normally used. LumiPlus DC PAR56 is fitted with top quality lighting (TQL) thanks to the new design of the lenses, which improves the quality and distribution of light – it does

not cast shadows or light spots, and gives a sensation of a unique pool, thus making it a differentiating feature. To convert to the 24V DC that feeds the new LumiPlus range, only an AstralPool power pack may be installed and both are sold together. For installations of three or more lights, a single power pack can be supplied. The lamp and spotlight have white light. LumiPlus DC PAR56 V1 has a lighting performance of 1,485 lm with a consumption of 14W, whilst LumiPlus DC PAR56 V2 has a lighting performance of 4,320 lm and a consumption of 32W.

EVA PROVIDES THE FULL RANGE There are only a few areas with higher requirements of a lighting system than a swimming pool. Heat, moisture and chlorine: it is often underestimated how great the influence of these factors is on the lighting applied in a swimming pool. Regular lighting is not sufficiently resistant to the pool setting. Therefore EVA Optic developed a complete range of LED lighting

Spectravision’s range of LED pool lighting is available exclusively through Golden Coast and offers a wide range of options to light up both new and existing pools

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specifically for the aggressive swimming pool environment: the EVA Aqua HE product line. EVA Optic, internationally known for its rock-solid underwater lighting, offers recreational swimming pools spectacular light shows with the EVA Aqua HE products. The multi-coloured RGBW lighting above and under water give an instant metamorphosis to any swimming pool. With the EVA ArchiTech EVO DMX controller, a laptop, smartphone or tablet can be used to transform the entire pool with just one push of a button. Preprogrammed settings provide extra power savings and synchronising light with music creates a totally new experience. For top level swimming arenas and Olympic pools, the EVA Aqua HE product line offers many possibilities. EVA LED luminaires illuminate accommodations in a specific clear white light colour. This colour penetrates deep into the water, providing lifeguards with an easy view of swimmers. EVA’s lighting is powerful enough to meet all national and international requirements on light intensity (including FINA). The low glare rate and flicker-free lighting provide optimal swimming conditions for competitive swimmers. In many cases, installation of luminaires above the basin is not even necessary. The luminaires are mounted above the platforms surrounding the pool. Due to the high efficiency of EVA LED lighting, the actual savings are very high. The return on investment is often between three and five years. From linear lighting and downlights to spotlights, wall lights and underwater lights. Whether you are looking for pool lighting for top sports accommodations or recreational swimming pools, EVA offers a fitting solution!

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LIGHTING OPTIONS safety, but more than that, it can instantly transform a pool’s look and feel. In one moment, it can be an oasis of calm, while in the next, it is vibrant and exciting. Spectravision’s impressive range of LED pool lighting is available exclusively through Golden Coast and offers a wide range of options to light up both new and existing pools. The Spectravision Moonlight, as the name would suggest, offers a striking, crisp, white moonlight beam. If customers are looking for something more vibrant, colour models are also available and they offer 16 modes of natural colour mixing. For customers looking for even more options, there’s the Spectravision Adagio PRO. Like the Moonlight, it’s an ultra-low profile pool and spa LED light. Single-colour models are available in warm white, daylight white, and blue, while the colour model features RGB LED technology and offers 14 colour modes – including three different whites. Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams said: “Spectravision delivers customers exceptionally good value. And with the back up from Golden Coast, it’s exceptionally good value for installers, too. “We understand how important it is to you that you get your job done quickly, correctly and – above all else – efficiently. That’s why we’ve invested time and money into creating the resources our customers need to succeed: from technical information and manuals to video how-tos. You can find it all at www.”

the ground or above ground, they enhance the outdoor environment. Lumilux-LED lamps are used to light many commercial settings, and some stunning residential properties. Their solutions provide some of the brightest and most efficient LED underwater and pool-surround lighting available. The lights are energy saving, with a life expectancy of 30,000 to 50,000 hours, and are covered by a minimum warranty of three years. They are IP68 guarantee approved, use 316 gauge stainless steel and are available either as a push-in sleeve or to screw into poly-tube. Control is via an iPhone or Android device or through a hand-held RF remote device. In addition to their swimming pool and patio range, Lumilux-LED can provide architectural, sculptured and signage modules along with professional heavy duty stage and moving head spot lighting. The company has been providing super bright lighting solutions to the UK and European market since 2002 and their experienced sales team are available to assist with expert technical advice for lighting projects to deliver the very best in illumination.



With their range of underwater swimming pool and spa lighting, innovation and energy efficiency have been brought together by Lumilux-LED. Using either a single colour lamp or a multi-colour RGB control system which will give a vibrant spectrum of colour, they add a brilliant mood to any underwater environment. But it’s not just solutions for below the water line that Lumilux offer. Landscape and patio LED lighting is available too and transforms the ‘poolscape’, whether set into

The energy saving BriteStream Multicoloured LED light range from Waterco operates on 15% of the energy of a halogen and can produce a myriad of colours without the need for coloured lenses. In fact, there are nine different colour programmes available. Unlike traditional LED lights that restrict the light output to individual hot spots, the new BriteLUX Diffuser Lens radiates light throughout the entire circumference of the lens. In fact, the BriteLUX Diffuser Lens significantly boosts colour saturation

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With their range of underwater swimming pool and spa lighting, innovation and energy efficiency have been brought together by Lumilux-LED

and increases light transmission by 50%. The durable Slimline 60mm housing is constructed from injection moulded ABS for non-corrosive durability. Its diffuser lens radiates the entire light and boosts light transmission and slotted rims assist with heat dissipation, as well as permitting water circulation. Britestream LED lights are covered by a comprehensive two year warranty and they also have a lifespan of more than 70,000 hours, which equates to a whopping 30 years of usage at an average of six hours per day. Britestream lights can easily replace an existing halogen light as they can be connected to 12, 24 or 32 volt systems, slashing pool light electrical power requirements by 85%. The Britestream LED Replacement Kit is supplied with two retrofit connectors (IP68) and a universal ¼ turn twist-lock adaptor plate. Available until recently as a flushmounted niche or a wall mounted light, the new Britestream Multicoloured Slim165 Fibreglass LED light has been introduced to the range and is a product which has been specifically designed for easy installation into fibreglass pools.

TECHNOLOGY MEETS WATER WITH WATER-TEC LED RANGE With the ever-developing technology options in swimming pool design, Water-Tec lighting from Fairlocks Pool Products offers a full range of underwater swimming pool lighting solutions. The lighting system combines high powered LEDs with low energy consumption without compromising on quality. Installing a Water-Tec lighting solution ensures quality is delivered while creating a stunning ambiance for any swimming pool area. The Water-Tec system can save up to 80% on swimming pool lighting bills, has a life span of up to 50,000 hours and provides colour changing LED lighting. The highpowered energy efficient LED lighting system also comes with full digital control via DMX and Zigbee.. The light fittings also come with an

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Water-Tec lighting from Fairlocks offers a full range of underwater swimming pool lighting solutions

option to have fully remote RGB colour control through Wi-Fi and be controlled literally at the touch of button using a smartphone or a touch-screen display. The lighting can reflect the mood of your swim, or can brighten up a grey day. The colour choices are vast and each selection will be personal to your clients. The lights can be easily fitted with either screw fit or push fit, with no niche. Options are also available for liner and concrete pools. The lights are made up of bespoke 316 stainless steel front face plates and a hard anodised back. The durability of these Water-Tec light fittings offers clients extremely reliable lighting and with a number of styles and options available from Fairlocks, unprecedented levels of choice for underwater LED light fittings.

CERTIKIN’S POPULAR LUMIPLUS MINI IS A LEADING LIGHT The one guaranteed way of reducing running costs on a pool at the same time as enhancing its ambience is by the installation of LED lighting. The Certikin LT LED light offers staggering lamp life of up to 100,000 hours, that’s about 11 years if left on permanently. They

also use less than 10% of the energy used by traditional 300W pool lights. The Certikin PAR 56 LED Underwater Light is environmentally friendly thanks to its long life expectancy and energy efficiency. It’s available in either a white light or a multi-coloured light unit (six fixed colours and six colour sequences) where a choice of fixed colour or automatic colour sequencing can be used to create a range of different effects. If required, the colour change LT LED can also be supplied as a DMX version. Available either as a complete PU6 or PU9 Certikin light or ideal for retro fit into any PAR56 type lamp unit, the Certikin LT LED light is an ideal upgrade for any pool. Multi-colour LED lamps are available with an optional remote control for ease of operation on the poolside. Certikin also stocks the highly popular LumiPlus Mini LED light range with more illumination intensity, higher quality and energy efficiency. Just 100mm in diameter, LumiPlus Mini LEDs are offered in Pure White finish and stainless steel effect featuring In-Mould decoration methods to create the perfect stainless steel look. Colour Change versions

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are available and can be controlled via a control panel and remote control unit. Supplied as standard with 2.5m cable (other lengths are available to order). The LumiPlus Mini LED is best installed via the LTHD900 wall conduit but can also be simply fitted into 63mm pipe using the adaptors supplied. With its sleek design and aesthetically pleasing light beam the LumiPlus LED looks great turned on or off! SPN

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DEHUMIDIFICATION Without providing effective dehumidification and ventilation, problems can arise for both users of the pool and the fabric of the building itself. One of the most obvious issues is condensation on the pool hall structure

Creating The Perfect Pool Hall Environment Without effective dehumidification and ventilation, indoor pools can suffer from overly humid conditions which can lead to condensation, mould, corrosion and even potential structural damage. For pool users, there can also be an uncomfortable environment to contend with too. So getting the environment right is essential for owners and users alike and in this issue, we take a closer look at some of the solutions on offer By Jon Wadeson


reating and controlling the perfect environment for indoor pools is no easy task. It’s one thing ensuring the water is clean and heated to the desired operating temperature but providing the correct atmosphere outside of the pool is an entirely different challenge. Yet without providing effective dehumidification and ventilation, problems can arise for both users of the pool and the fabric of the building itself. One of the most obvious issues is condensation on the pool hall structure, something which if not dealt with, will ultimately lead to damage of either the décor or even the structure of the building. So it’s essential that an indoor pool hall should have a well planned and appropriate dehumidification and ventilation system 55-57_SPN_Aug_2017_Dehumidifiers.indd 55

which will provide comfortable conditions for swimmers, spectators and just as importantly, protects the building itself. Thankfully, when it comes to what’s on offer, there’s plenty of choice and increasingly there are products which now solve numerous operating challenges under the single heading of ‘environmental control’ and in doing so, save energy and therefore costs for the pool owner. And when these solutions are combined with the wealth of expertise that’s available in the sector, designers and installers should find that choosing the most energy efficient way to manage the pool hall environment and satisfy building control regulations isn’t as daunting a task as they had feared. In fact, when compared to the not so distant past, creating

the perfect pool hall environment is now almost a breeze and in this issue, we look at just some of the solutions that are available for indoor pool installations.

THE RIGHT DEHUMIDIFIERS AND THE RIGHT BACK UP With dehumidifying products to suit a wide-range of applications, Golden Coast is the one-stop shop for installers looking for dehumidification equipment. Golden Coast, one of the UK’s leading independent distributors of wet leisure products to the trade, stocks all the leading brands – including Vaporex, Montair and Calorex. Alongside this extensive range of commercial and domestic systems, the company offers full technical support.

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Featuring a streamlined user interface, the control system on the popular Calorex Delta has undergone some major improvements, making it even more user friendly

Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams explained: “At Golden Coast, we understand that our success is only possible through yours. So wherever you are in the process – whether you’re specifying, installing or even servicing – we will do our best to give you the technical support you need to get the job done as efficiently as possible.”

TAP AWAY TO AN IMPROVED DELTA CONTROL PANEL Featuring a streamlined user interface, the control system on the popular Calorex Delta has undergone some major improvements, making this swimming pool environmental control unit even more user friendly. Available through the heating and ventilation division of Certikin International, Calorex Delta’s provide hard to beat environmental control system with a comprehensive range to suit pools of every size. These systems are specifically designed to economically provide the environmental comfort and moisture related structural protection necessary for a pool. The popularity of the Delta continues to grow, with the touchscreen control panel giving Calorex customers a more flexible approach to system management that allows various functions of the unit to be controlled more closely, plus many standard features that were previously optional extras.

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But now Calorex have made some further enhancements to its controls, which gives customers some further upgrades such as sleeker graphics, BACnet connectivity for BMS and an additional sensor for improved LPHW frost protection in cold climates. As standard, the Calorex Delta has screen mirroring capabilities to Android and iOS mobile devices using a third-party app, and to a web browser with ActiveX, while Modbus and BACnet connectivity offer extensive options for BMS interfacing. In addition to the redesigned user interface, one of the major improvements with these upgrades is the additional sensor to improve frost protection. The extra sensor measures LPHW temperature leaving the Delta, and combined with the fresh air temperature sensor, provides accurate frost protection in cold conditions. “We believe that these upgrades are an important addition to customer experience and demonstrates Calorex’s continued commitment to remain the flag bearing manufacturer of purpose designed swimming pool environmental control systems,” said Lee Austin, Head of UK Operations and Group Engineering at Calorex. The upgraded control system is now available with all new Delta machines.

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR FROM RECOTHERM The swimming pool environment is one of the most challenging environments for a ventilation engineer to design. Fundamentally the system needs to balance the comfort of bathers with the protection of the building structure and to achieve this there are two main options available – heat pump refrigerant based systems or fresh air systems. The term ‘heat pump’ in connection with dehumidification is somewhat misleading as a heat pump is not a dehumidifier and vice versa. According to industry innovators Recotherm, systems which utilise this technology have a number of shortcomings including worse than expected efficiency, corrosion and maintenance issues plus the re-circulation of the pool hall atmosphere. Recotherm have therefore opted for solutions featuring the fresh air option and with over 30 years’ experience of pool environment control, they produce a range of systems which avoid these shortcomings whilst delivering lower running costs. In principle, these systems work on the basis that throughout the year, fresh air has lower moisture content than the air inside a pool hall. By introducing fresh air, it will lower the moisture content of the atmosphere and thus the relative humidity within the pool hall. It’s a straightforward concept but you can’t just open a window and that’s it. To do the job economically you need

‘controlled fresh air’ otherwise running costs would actually be high. What is needed is to introduce the precise amount of fresh air that is required and no more. Recotherm’s fresh air solutions combine a number of energy saving techniques to reduce the overall energy bill and these include heat recovery systems, variable speed EC fans and building management control units. Each plays an essential part in the overall system and typically a fresh air unit runs at 60% of the cost of a refrigerated unit. At the same time it protects the building fabric better, completely removes stale air and odours plus it can last for over 20 years if maintained properly. With a UK based manufacturing centre combined with in-house design, Recotherm can cater for virtually any need and all systems are backed by full service and maintenance teams.

HEATSTAR – HELPING BEAT THE PROBLEMS OF POOL HALL HUMIDITY With advances in technology, pool dehumidification is now just one part of the environmental control required for today’s indoor swimming pools. The key elements in pool environmental control include dehumidification, ventilation, air quality, air heating and pool water heating. However, in today’s environmentally Recotherm’s fresh air solutions combine a number of energy saving techniques including heat recovery systems, variable speed EC fans and building management control units 27/07/2017 14:34


The new stylish and slimline MeacoWall is part of Meaco’s award-winning Platinum Range of commercial low energy dehumidifiers

The Phoenix EC from Heatstar encompasses all the available dehumidification and energy saving technologies and is fully compliant with the latest building control regulations

conscious society, responsible pool designers and installers have to find the most energy efficient ways to manage and control the overall pool hall environment – and that includes – humidity. If the pool hall humidity level is not limited then heavy condensation will occur on the pool hall structure leading to rapid deterioration of the décor and eventually possible structural failure. To prevent this a method of dehumidification must be employed. In the past, fuel costs were comparatively cheap and therefore it was possible simply to expel the humid, energy laden pool air to outside whilst replacing it with cooler fresh air which then required rapid heating to an acceptable temperature. Given present fuel costs, such a wasteful approach would understandably prove prohibitively expensive to operate and would now be in breach of today’s building control regulations. It is therefore essential that environmental control systems utilise methods of energy recovery, often using refrigeration technology, to condense out excess humidity without the need to throw away the warm pool air. Heatstar is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of swimming pool environmental control systems and has been developing cutting edge technology for pool climate control, including humidity, for over 30 years. For example, a Heatstar system such as the Phoenix EC encompasses all the available dehumidification and energy saving technologies and is fully compliant with the latest building control regulations for both 55-57_SPN_Aug_2017_Dehumidifiers.indd 57

…it’s essential that an indoor pool hall should have a well planned and appropriate dehumidification and ventilation system which will provide comfortable conditions for swimmers, spectators and just as importantly, protects the building itself” residential and non-residential applications. The Phoenix EC represents the optimum environmental control solution for the highest specification indoor swimming pools.

MEACO LAUNCHES RANGE OF STYLISH SLIMLINE WALL MOUNTED DEHUMIDIFIERS MeacoWall is the latest range from Meaco (UK) Ltd, and is part of its award-winning Platinum range of commercial low energy dehumidifiers. An advanced and stylish solution for humidity control where wall mounting is an important requirement, MeacoWall is available in three sizes, 53L, 72L and 103L. At just 202mm deep these dehumidifiers are probably the slimmest wall mounting dehumidifiers on the market and as such will not protrude far into a room. New features include the incorporation of a DC fan motor that helps to reduce running costs and keeps noise levels very low, to just 44dB for the 53 litre model and just one decibel extra for the 72 litre model. As a heat pump compressor dehumidifier, all energy used in the drying process is sent back to the space thus delivering dry, warm air whilst keeping energy costs down. A unique glass finish means they look great, coming in a white casing with either a white or black glass front panel that incorporates the light touch LED. Installation is flexible with the option of continuous drainage from either the right or left hand side of the dehumidifier. An automatic hot gas defrost system allows use in spaces

where heating is limited with continuous performance right down to 10°C. For swimming pool applications, the refrigeration coils are specially coated to ensure a long service life. Meaco (UK) Ltd Managing Director Chris Michael said: “We have worked really hard on these designs over the past two years and are delighted that they are now available. We really felt that as well as making the internals as efficient as possible we should spend as much time on the external design as well. Who said that it is acceptable for a commercial dehumidifier to look ugly just because it is not being used in the home?”

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A Job That Needs To Be Done Well Over recent years, the testing of water in pools and spas has become more accurate, sophisticated and convenient than ever before. It’s a sector which doesn’t stand still for long and embraces the latest advances in technology. The result – numerous innovative products that have literally revolutionised the water testing process. With the testing of water always a high priority, in this issue, we take a closer look at the available products By Andrea Hartshorne


n the recent muggy temperatures, a cooling dip into the crystal-clear waters of a perfectly filtered and correctly dosed pool or hot tub is a very appealing prospect. But who wants to spend unnecessary time and energy measuring and monitoring the water when there’s water fun and relaxation to be had? The hot summer weather has sent people in their droves to their local swimming pool stores and hot tub retailers for some back garden fun. Families and serious swimmers have also headed off to their local lidos and baths too but what is common across all of this activity is that water users have to be able to trust that the water they’re enjoying is guaranteed to be the best it can be. Considerable money and time is spent developing and producing more efficient and user-friendly systems to treat water and therefore it follows that regular and accurate testing of the water is an essential part of the overall process in ensuring water is in The Lovibond® team has now extended the availability of its Smart interface to its very popular MD 110 series of handheld photometers

tip top condition, especially when it comes to commercial environments, no one can afford the down time or bad press should an infection be allowed to develop. Therefore, due to the increased use of pools and spas that hot weather has hopefully produced, correct testing and monitoring is imperative and in this issue, we take a closer look at some of today’s testing solutions.

ACCURATE TESTING FROM LOVIBOND For most public pool operators, accurate water testing is part of everyday life. When servicing a public pool, it is critical not only to read (with extreme accuracy) but also to record and react to those results. For the maintenance engineer, traceability is vital so accurate log keeping (whether manually or electronically) is paramount. Smart technology in the industry has now made this even simpler. The Lovibond® PM 630 multi-parameter

instrument was designed to reduce the possibility for human error. Equipped with Bluetooth® to enable data management and data exchange with a tablet or smartphone, the instrument interacts with the Lovibond® AquaLX® app, available to download free of charge in Android™ and iOS® versions. All collected results can be viewed on a smart device and the user can then send these results via email to be hosted for any potential auditing requirements. The Lovibond® team has now extended the availability of its Smart interface to its very popular MD 110 series of handheld photometers, measuring from two to up to six parameters, including chlorine (0-6.0 mg/l), extended chlorine (0-10mg/l), pH value (6.58.4), alkalinity total (5-200 mg/l), calcium hardness (0-500 mg/l), bromine (0.05-13 mg/l) and cyanuric acid (2-160 mg/l). Domestic users don’t need to miss out on Smart technology. The newly-released, enhanced Scuba II (now with bromine for hot-tub users) enables homeowners to benefit from the entrusted Lovibond® technology used in public pools at a cost suited, of course, to private gardens. Results can be programmed in PoolM8 (also free to download for Android™ and iOS®) where Balanced Water Readings (or the Langelier Index) can be calculated, saved and likewise mailed.

GOLDEN COAST SOLUTIONS PROVIDE WATER CONFIDENCE When it comes to keeping your water quality in check, Golden Coast is a one-stop shop for water testing products. As the UK’s leading independent distributor of wet leisure products to the trade, Golden Coast offers a wide range of choices to suit every budget: from tablets and easy-to-use testing kits to advanced electronic photometers. For home pool and spa customers looking for an affordable and simple testing method, the Insta-Test range of products is popular. “Testing is incredibly straightforward,” said Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie

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Testing water quality isn’t rocket science and doesn’t require deep knowledge or much time. That’s largely thanks to the many affordable test instruments that are available from various reliable manufacturers”

Available from Golden Coast, the Pooltest 25 Photometer Kit delivers the most comprehensive range of tests available – in an easy-to-use photometer

Adams. “Simply place in the water to measure the concentration of chlorine or bromine and levels of alkalinity, pH and hardness.” Maintaining commercial water quality, however, requires a much more sophisticated system, but one that is just as user-friendly. Jamie explained: “That’s why we offer testing products from Palintest. The Pooltest 25 Photometer Kit, for example, delivers the most comprehensive range of tests available – in an easy-to-use photometer. “For installers and users alike, it’s simple and intuitive. What’s more, it doesn’t require

specialist software.” The latest addition to the Palintest range is the Pooltest 9 Bluetooth, which features Bluetooth SMART technology. This allows it to communicate wirelessly with smart devices, including phones and tablets. It was specially developed to help those managing pools and spas to generate accurate results every time – regardless of experience. Jamie Adams added: “For example, when you’re selecting tests, there’s no need for scrolling endlessly or entering numbers

manually. Instead, you simply push a single button to identify the tests you need. “The tablet reagents give you the consistency, stability and portability you need, but Pooltest 9’s biggest advantage is its user-friendly approach, which means that – whether someone’s testing for the first time or even the hundredth, they can be confident they’ll generate the data required, quickly and reliably.”

WATER TESTING ISN’T ROCKET SCIENCE WITH POOL I.D. Testing water quality isn’t rocket science and doesn’t require deep knowledge or much time. That’s largely thanks to the many affordable test instruments that are available from various reliable manufacturers. Products vary from test strips which do not give more than an indication, to pool testers

PALINTEST – INNOVATORS IN POOL WATER TESTING Delivering innovation in poolside water testing is a key part of Palintest’s history and remains an area of intense current activity with new developments imminent. Two Palintest innovations are still used by every pool professional and domestic pool owner. One earned Dr Tom Palin his OBE and is the theory of Breakpoint Chlorination. The principles behind this gave rise to the practice of Superchlorination. It also led to the DPD tablet approach to disinfection monitoring, originally known as the Palin System, enabling real poolside testing for the first time. Palintest has continued to innovate in test methods, platforms and associated systems to this day. The introduction of simple colorimetric methods for alkalinity and calcium hardness in turn led to the Palin Water Balance Index – a novel approach to controlling scaling or corrosion potential of pool water without the need for additional hardware or complex calculations. The introduction of instruments capable of providing more accurate and repeatable results at the poolside was another notable Palintest innovation. The Pooltest range of photometers has undergone several updates over recent years including the introduction of Bluetooth connectivity, the associated Aqua Pal app and the creation of stable validation standards based on Neutral Density Filters. As we enter the next industrial revolution the opportunities for innovation become ever more varied. Delivering simplicity is at the 58-60_SPN_Aug_17_Water_Testing.indd 59

The Pooltest range of photometers from Palintest has undergone several updates over recent years including the introduction of Bluetooth connectivity and the associated Aqua Pal app

heart of their innovation strategy and, with new product and service offerings nearing market readiness, the future shows no let-up in their ambition to lead the pool water testing market.

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WATER TESTING Equipped with Bluetooth and a free software app, the new PoolLab® 1.0 from Pool-i.d. is a single wavelength photometer for professional water analysis of private pools and spas

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THE THREE MAJOR WATER QUALITY ‘TESTS’ pH – pH is a measure of how acidic or basic the water is. pH has a scale from 0-14, with 7 being neutral. Below 7 and a substance is defined as being acidic, while levels above 7 are said to be basic or alkaline. Everything that enters a pool has a pH value. To have pH in balance we adjust the water with additions of pH increasers (bases) or pH de-creasers (acids) to achieve the range of 7.2 – 7.8. Total Alkalinity – A close cousin of pH, the level of alkalinity in the water is a measurement of all carbonates, bicarbonates, hydroxides, and other alkaline substances found in the pool water. pH is alkaline dependent; that is, alkalinity is defined as the ability of the water to resist changes in pH. Also known as the buffering capacity of the water, alkalinity keeps the pH from ‘bouncing’ all over the place. Calcium Hardness – When we speak of scale, we are talking about calcium carbonate which has come out of solution and deposited itself on surfaces. It is a combination of carbonate ions, a part of total alkalinity and calcium, and a part of the Calcium Hardness level. The test for Calcium Hardness is a measure of how ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ the water is testing.

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which give a better idea of the water quality, up to professional test equipment, such as electronic photometers which perform the test and show the test result on a display. Test strips and pool testers are often the first choice as it is often believed that photometers can be too expensive or too complicated and are only for professionals are. That’s not true! The new PoolLab® 1.0 from Pool-i.d. (part of the larger Wateri.d. organisation) is a single wavelength photometer for professional water analysis of private pools and spas. It’s easy to use and features an built-in but changeable cuvette which allows quick water sampling by just dipping the IP68 waterproof PoolLab® into the water. With its six buttons, the PoolLab® provides instant access to the installed parameters: pH, chlorine (free/combined/ total), alkalinity (acid capacity), cyanuric acid (stabiliser). active oxygen (mps), bromine, chlorine dioxide, ozone and hydrogen peroxide. Equipped with Bluetooth, it is supported by a free software app that synchronises via the cloud, so users always have access to all measurements and results. Pool-i.d. has a wide range of pool testers and test strips Designed to make pool and spa analyst’s lives easier, LaMotte’s WaterLink® Spin is available as an in-store or mobile lab as seen here

to suit all types of situations, including the handheld PrimeLab 1.0 Multitest Bluetooth® photometer which features a JENCOLOR multi-spectral sensor, allowing the possibilty to measure all water parameters where the water sample is visibly discoloured after the addition of a reagent.

THE WATERLINK SPIN FROM LA MOTTE LaMotte provide a number of water testing solutions including their popular test strips which can now be used with a new smartphone app called Insta-Link Home. The app uses the smartphone camera to scan an Insta Test strip for fast results on the phone. Hassle free as this is, when it comes to professional water testing, something a lot more robust, accurate and reliable is needed. The WaterLink® Spin photometer is a revolutionary professional water analysis laboratory that can achieve a full suite of water analysis, with just one water sample, in 60 seconds. Each unique reagent disk contains the exact amount of reagent to measure ten parameters of water chemistry. Designed to make pool and spa analyst’s lives easier, the WaterLink® Spin is available as an in-store or mobile lab. The in-store lab is run from a computer and is designed to be used in conjunction with DataMate®10 software which generates a customer specific dosing report once the test is complete. The Mobile lab can be used in-store as above, or taken pool-side in its sturdy waterproof carry case. Utilising Bluetooth® technology the unit is run wirelessly via the WaterLink® Connect app which is available for both Android™ and iOS® devices. Once a test is complete, the app presents the results on screen as PPM readings within seconds. The WaterLink® Spin is faster, simpler and more accurate than anything that has gone before in the pool and spa water testing market. 26/07/2017 10:43

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Alternative Approaches To Effective Water Sanitisation

Whether it’s chemicals, new products or systems such as UV and Ozone, when it comes to the treatment of pool and spa water, there’s now a number of tried and tested low and no chlorine solutions on offer. With options often providing a much gentler wet leisure environment, it’s easy to see why they are increasingly popular and in this issue, we take a closer look at what’s available By Jon Wadeson


or many years, manufacturers within the wet leisure industry were put under pressure to come up with safe and trustworthy pool and spa disinfection solutions that didn’t rely solely on chlorine or bromine for sanitisation. Manufacturers rose to the challenge and there are now many alternative treatments available which do exactly that. Low to no chlorine, it would seem, is the increasingly popular way forward in both domestic and commercial situations and is a welcome option for indoor pools in helping to eradicate unwelcome chemical smells. Chlorine will always have its place in pool sanitation but the alternatives have some great additional benefits and are being widely adopted across the UK and beyond.

SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE DANGERS OF CHEMICALLY RESISTANT MICROORGANISMS After recent events in the UK drinking water industry surrounding chlorine resistant bacteria outbreaks, in particular A recent atg WF installation at Graves Health & Sports Centre in Sheffield

the dangerous waterborne parasite Cryptosporidium, public awareness on water quality and its relation to safety has never been higher. The rise of the luxury swimming pool market and the growth in private leisure centres has seen the demand on operators to provide high quality water and bathing environments become a major priority. As an established method of disinfecting drinking water throughout the world, ultraviolet (UV) treatment is now also widely adopted within the aquatics industry as a cost effective and realistic solution to the issues that come with using heavy doses of chlorine. UV systems protect against chlorine resistant microorganisms and reduce combined chlorine levels, which are the cause of unpleasant smells, red eyes, asthma, contamination from by-products and chemical structural damage. atg UV Technology’s WF range, known as the Wafer due to its ultra-compact footprint, is the most compact UV system available in

the aquatics market today. At around a third of the size of comparative UV systems, with significantly reduced maintenance space and improved performance, it offers easy to install and retrofit solutions that will fit the tightest of plant rooms. Whist the WF range is designed to be the most compact system on the market, its hydraulically optimised design and leading polychromatic lamp technology will also make it one of the most efficient and great performing. As a minimum, the WF range will provide a 99.9% reduction of chlorine resistant microorganisms, such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia. Since its launch, this next generation of UV system design has taken the market by storm, with leisure contractors and operators across the world commenting on its unique design and performance.

THE BENEFITS OF CERTIKIN’S VGE PRO UV-C ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR New for 2017, Certikin is offering the VGE Pro assortment of light commercial UV systems for healthy, clear and safe water. VGE Pro UV-C purifiers are the driving force in an installation. They have the ability to keep the water free of algae, bacteria and fungi. It is essential that the UV-C purifier seamlessly connects to the design and the components used in the filtration installation. By choosing VGE Pro, you choose guaranteed quality for a fair price. Each unit is equipped with: • a 316L stainless steel reactor • a UV-C timer • transparent parts to monitor UV-C light. The VGE Pro UV-C Purifiers are also equipped with the unique Smart Pin Technology. 63-66_SPN_Aug_2017_Alternative_Approach.indd 63

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Available through Plastica, Elecro Engineering’s Quantum is an innovative device for sanitising pool water using UV activated Nano Crystals

New for 2017, Certikin is offering the VGE Pro UV-C purifiers which are equipped with the unique Smart Pin Technology

This innovative system is a reliable way to integrate the UV-C lamp(s) to the reactor in a safe, efficient and smart way. The Smart Pin Technology makes it possible to replace the lamp safely whilst the system remains filled with water. If the lamp is mistakenly left on during the replacement, it will switch off automatically as soon as it’s removed from the socket. Due to the seal between the lamp socket and lamp, the system can be used in situations where IPx4 is required. The high quality ceramic is an excellent electrical insulator and is resistant to corrosion. A visual observation of the operation of the lamp is no problem through various transparent parts.

FAIRLOCKS PURIQ OFFERS SAFE, CLEAN AND CRYSTAL CLEAR POOL WATER With safety being paramount in any swimming pool, ensuring that the water quality is free from bacteria and algae means safer swimming for everyone. New to Fairlocks Pool Products for the 2017 season, the Puriq Bright Series UV-C water purifier promises to reduce the amount of chlorine used in pools and spas drastically and leave owners with crystal clear water. Utilising the latest technology, the lamp within each bright series product emits very powerful UV-C light with a wavelength of exactly 253.7 nanometres that kills practically all bacteria, viruses, algae and moulds. This results in optimal purification, so the use of chlorine and other chemicals can be reduced by up to 80%! The Puriq UV-C system, with its 100% eco-friendly operation, provides more natural, healthier water. UV-C is invisible electromagnetic radiation that ranges in wavelength from 100 to 280 nanometres. These wavelengths fall just outside the part of the spectrum visible to

New to Fairlocks, the Puriq Bright Series UV-C water purifier operates at a wavelength of exactly 253.7 nanometres, resulting in optimal purification

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the human eye. The disinfecting qualities of UV-C light are based on the damage it causes to the DNA of microorganisms. Good disinfection lamps produce UV-C light with a wavelength of 253.7 nanometres. The DNA absorbs the UV-C rays, and the resulting photochemical reaction breaks down the DNA code. As a result, the microorganism is made harmless and can no longer multiply. The benefits of the Puriq series include: • Reduces amount of chlorine/chemicals needed by up to 80% • High UV-C output from lamps based on the latest technology • Extended life UV-C lamp: 12,000 hours • Energy-efficient, 100% environmentally friendly operation • Extra-large housing for longer exposure time • 35% more UV-C output through reflection. Puriq Bright Series UV-C benefit from very simple installation and feature a 3-year warranty against manufacturing defects as standard.

ABSOLUTE STERILISATION WITH ELECRO’S QUANTUM Available through Plastica, Elecro Engineering’s Quantum is an innovative device for sanitising pool water using UV activated Nano Crystals. The photocatalytic reaction taking place is the most powerful steriliser available, while the unit also splits water molecules creating highly mobile hydroxyl radicals. The photocatalytic reaction and hydroxyl radicals eliminate harmful waterborne organisms, bacteria and pathogens, and is the only technology that is able to break down organic matter such as urea, biofilm and suntan oils. The ceramic crystal catalyst of the Quantum system is the same technology used globally by waste water authorities to convert sewage into potable water. Unlike UV treatment alone, which alters the DNA of pollutants to prevent reproduction, the Quantum actually kills bacteria, viruses and microorganisms. The process is likened to the catalytic converter fitted to the exhaust system of cars, whereby the heat of the engine activates a platinum catalyst and converts poisonous waste from combustion gases into water and carbon dioxide molecules. Both the Quantum and car exhaust catalytic reactors are extraordinarily powerful and fast acting. The advantage of the reaction being contained within Quantum’s ceramic catalyst

chamber is that no by-products are released into the pool. This is important for the safety of swimmers against alternative treatments such as ozone – which lingers on the water surface and is essentially a gas that has been linked to severe respiratory conditions. Case studies on the Quantum have highlighted an average 74% saving in chemical consumption. Balanced with the Quantum costing no more to run than a light bulb, and the only consumable parts to consider are UV lamps, this proves to be a wise investment. The ceramic catalyst is several times harder than glass and will never be consumed by the reaction, expected to long outlive the three year manufacturer’s warranty. Recent consumer testimonials have all reported a visible improvement in water clarity when using the Quantum, often described as ‘sparkling water’.

GOLDEN COAST PUTS THE SPOTLIGHT ON LOW CHLORINE ALTERNATIVES While chlorine is very effective at killing harmful organisms, it’s not without its less desirable qualities. With saltwater chlorination, there are no hazardous chemicals to handle – just occasional top ups with salt. Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams commented: “With its lower monthly costs and ease of maintenance, it’s not Available from Golden Coast, the compact Triogen TR2 Ultra is a robust and lowmaintenance UV unit which features an 18-month lamp 27/07/2017 14:36

THE ALTERNATIVE APPROACH Waterco’s Hydrochlor will automatically maintain the chlorine level of the pool and eliminate problems associated with periods of very high or low chlorine levels

surprising to see interest in low chlorine pools on the rise.” Golden Coast boasts an extensive range of products which are perfect for optimising new and existing pools to an owner’s precise requirements, including a wide choice of low chlorine treatments. The Waterco Hydrochlor Saltwater Chlorinator, for example, uses salt and electrolysis to sanitise pool water. It delivers the clean, clear and safe water that owners demand, but without the ‘chlorine smell’ and irritated eyes that are often associated with traditional chemical dosing systems. UV units are also establishing themselves as the ideal cost-effective complementary treatment to saltwater chlorination or traditional dosing. Available exclusively through Golden Coast, the compact Triogen TR2 Ultra is a robust, hardwearing, and low-maintenance unit that controls algae, chlorine-resistant organisms and other unwanted life forms without leaving any by-products in the water.

With the reduction in chemical use – and associated lower running costs – water quality improves dramatically, with far fewer cases of eye or skin irritation. There are three models available, to treat flows of 11, 22, or 33 cubic metres per hour. They are all built from a corrosion-resistant polymeric material, have an 18-month lamp life, and feature automatic shutdown to conserve power in the absence of flow. Jamie Adams said: “Affordability is a big factor, but water quality is the main benefit of switching to UV – and Triogen are real experts and one of the most respected names in the field.”

Chlorine will always have its place in pool sanitation but the alternatives have some great additional benefits and are being widely adopted across the UK and beyond”


and sodium then re-bond and become natural salt again, the process continues as long as the electrolytic cell is functioning correctly. A chlorine generator’s main function is to produce chlorine for the pool. This keeps a residual of chlorine in the pool that prevents algae from growing. Waterco have been manufacturing salt chlorinators for 25 years and as a result of this vast experience the Hydrochlor comes with many features including built in pool monitor and pump protection, a large LCD display, super chlorination function, an energy saving winter mode and a high performance titanium electrolytic cell. The salt cell housing is pressure rated to 4 bar and the unit comes with a five year warranty.

Designed and manufactured in Australia, Hydrochlor will automatically maintain the chlorine level of the pool and eliminate problems associated with periods of very high or low chlorine levels. Fewer fluctuations in chlorine levels mean fewer fluctuations in pH levels adding up to more stable, balanced water. Consistently maintained sanitiser levels in the pool water will prevent the growth of all common algae. A salt-water chlorinated pool requires much less attention than a chlorine pool and also provides a more comfortable swimming environment. Salt water feels better on the skin and is less irritating than standard chlorinated water. Through the process of electrolysis, a saline solution passes over an electrolytic cell. The saline solution is then separated into two components: chlorine and sodium. The chlorine is instantaneously transformed into Hypochlorous acid; this is the chlorine form that kills algae and other harmful organisms in the water. The chlorine

TRIOGEN® AOP HARNESSES THE POWER OF UV AND OZONE The advanced oxidation process (AOP) from Suez Purification and Disinfection Systems (formerly Triogen), is a unique and patented application and one of the most effective pool water purification systems available.

CASE STUDY HANOVIA UV REDUCES CHLORAMINES IN LEISURE CENTRE’S POOLS Wycombe Leisure Centre in Buckinghamshire is using Hanovia’s SwimLine UV disinfection technology to keep chloramines at bay in its three indoor swimming pools. Three SwimLine systems are installed in total to support the competition pool, community pool and splash pad. The systems utilise Hanovia’s Photon single or multi-lamp medium pressure chamber and automatic wiper technology to provide robust and effective UV disinfection. The wavelength output of the SwimLine’s lamp is optimised specifically for the removal of chloramines. By better controlling chloramines, the UV systems have improved water quality, reduced corrosion of metal structures and created a healthier environment for bathers. The systems provide effective disinfection from threats like cryptosporidium or Giardia, which are resistant to chlorine, thus giving bathers and operators safe and crystal-clear waters. Commenting on the Hanovia SwimLine system, Kimberley Jaggard, Operations Manager at Wycombe Leisure Centre said: “Since installing the Hanovia UV systems we have noticed a dramatic improvement in air and water quality in the centre. We have none of the unpleasant smells or irritations associated with traditional chlorination systems. Controlling chloramines has also delivered high quality pool water, no corrosion of metal structures and a healthier environment for bathers.” 63-66_SPN_Aug_2017_Alternative_Approach.indd 65

Jaggard added: “The performance of the UV system is impressive and it is very easy to use and maintain. In addition, we have been impressed by Hanovia’s professional after-sales service.” Hanovia 01753 515300

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THE ALTERNATIVE APPROACH The concept behind triogen® AOP’s development was to produce a system which would harness the oxidation power of both ozone and ultraviolet (UV) light and apply this to swimming pool water treatment in a state-of-the-art system design which is cost effective and easy to operate. The oxidation of organic pollutants in water using this combination is one of the most effective systems for the degradation of organics and has the major benefit of not introducing further chemical by-products. Radiating the ozonated water with the UV light causes short lived but extremely potent hydroxyl radicals to be produced in the AOP reactor, a process known as advanced oxidation. The AOP treatment, in combination with chlorine, (which provides protection against cross infection), gives enhanced oxidation, maximising the destruction of carcinogenic chloro-organic compounds such as chloroform, together with disinfection and flocculation. Unlike other treatment methods, the oxidation processes are completed and there is no risk of the accumulation of reaction by-products in the water and atmosphere. This is a major benefit for the comfort and safety of bathers and pool staff. Ozone is a much more powerful disinfectant than chlorine on indicator organisms such as E. Coli and the CT values (ozone concentration x contact time) applied in the AOP process have been evolved to deactivate the more resistant organisms sometimes found in pools. In all, the AOP system offers excellent pathogen control and reduction in irritant chloramine levels with no risk of accumulation of reaction by-products, together with easy installation, operation and maintenance. In addition, UV transmission tests demonstrate that higher optical quality of pool water is also achieved with AOP than with other methods. triogen® AOP is currently available in varying sizes for application to new pool installations or as an easily installed retrofit to existing pools.

The concept behind triogen® AOP’s development was to produce a system which would harness the oxidation power of both ozone and ultraviolet (UV) light

THE EXCLUSIVE MAGNAPOOL™ SOLUTION FROM LIGHTHOUSE POOLS MagnaPool™ is a refreshing and natural water treatment system for all pools. Magnesium is one of the essential minerals required for our bodies to function properly. We know that magnesium is beneficial for soothing pain, caring for the skin or easing muscular problems and the relaxing virtues of magnesium-enriched baths have been recognised for many years. MagnaPool™ is an exclusive magnesium-

based water treatment system for swimming pools that combines the natural properties of MagnaPool’s own unique mineral blend with an exceptionally fine filtration system. The system combines three unique components for a healthy, balanced and environmentally friendly mineral-enriched swimming pool: • Zodiac Patented MagnaPool™ minerals – which dissolve in the pool water. • Zodiac Crystal Clear – glass crystals filter medium which provides ultra-fine filtration. • Zodiac Hydroxinator – an exclusive water treatment unit that purifies water automatically by hydroxination. The self-contained system is easy to use and provides exceptionally clear water without adding any sanitising chemicals. The intense clarity is made possible by combining two innovative factors. Firstly, the powerful natural clarifying properties of magnesium in MagnaPool™ minerals and secondly, exceptionally fine filtration using Crystal Clear glass media. When swimming pool water is treated manually, the concentration of chlorine varies between each addition. This generates fluctuations that can adversely affect treatment effectiveness and bathing comfort. With MagnaPool™, the natural purifying properties generated by the Hydroxinator act gently and constantly, without the saw-tooth effect. Result: continuously disinfected and healthy water that is perfectly balanced.

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The Appeal Of Stainless Steel The benefits of a Natare stainless steel pool go way beyond strength and durability. In addition to the options on polished finishes, tiles and colourful linings are also possible

Whilst still a niche sector, the appeal of stainless steel pools goes much further than them being chosen solely for challenging environments. Trendsetters love their polished looks and the same is true for many pool accessories too. Strength and durability combined with timeless aesthetics – it’s no surprise that stainless steel options are always in demand and in this issue, we examine just some of the available options By Jon Wadeson


he unique characteristics of stainless steel that make it so ideal for the use in building swimming pools, spas and their associated accessories include its low weight, strength, flexibility, durability and corrosion resistance. Add to that aesthetics which exude quality and which never go out of fashion, and it’s easy to see why the appeal of stainless steel endures. But the benefits of using stainless steel for swimming pool projects don’t stop there. With the ability to ‘pre-engineer’ pools in a modular process, similar to the ways that have been developed for virtually all aspects of modern building, designers and contractors can now also utilise the efficiency of the construction process and save considerable time and money during the pool build. As with smaller stainless steel accessories, components for a complete pool project 69-72_SPN_Aug_17_Stainless_Pools.indd 69

are produced to proven design templates in manufacturing facilities where quality control is strictly monitored. This process means that construction surprises are virtually eliminated and accurate costs are always known. With many advantages over other materials used for pool builds and in the production of many accessories, it seems the flexible nature of stainless steel will guarantee its use for many years to come and in this issue, we take a closer look at just some of the stainless steel solutions that are on the market in 2017.

MORGAN BROS LEISURE BENEFIT FROM A BACKGROUND IN STEEL Morgan Bros Leisure is part of the larger Morgan Bros Group – an organisation that has a wealth of over 50 years’ experience in the manufacture, design and installation of high quality architectural and stainless steel

metalwork. Their technical excellence, specialised knowledge and years of critical experience in stainless steel are vital to the design, engineering and construction of stainless steel swimming pool and spa facilities. The company will also provide engineering support to customers for a multipurpose aquatic facility, elevated speciality pool, hot tubs, exotic resort pool or decorative and display water features. Selecting the right concepts, designs, systems and construction methods from initial design right through to supply and installation is what they do best coupled with high quality workmanship on all finished products. The design and construction of a swimming pool facility is a complex process. The multitude of considerations and design options available to the pool designer can be overwhelming.

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Morgan Bros Leisure’s specialised knowledge and years of critical experience in stainless steel are vital to the design, engineering and construction of stainless steel swimming pool and spa facilities

The company provides a complete service to both private and commercial clients and their team can help architects, engineers or consultants with preliminary concepts, ideas or specific answers to the most complex and challenging design issues. Their commitment to invest in the company and their reputation for providing, quality workmanship and offering a complete bespoke service, has made Morgan Bros Leisure one of the market leaders in the world of stainless steel fabrication. With stainless steel becoming a more popular material of choice for swimming pools and spas, Morgan Bros Leisure Ltd relocated into new and bigger factory buildings in Chorley, Lancashire at the start of last year. The expansion allows them to manufacture and install pre-engineered and design stainless steel pools and spas for the leisure industry, both here in the UK and for global markets.

STAINLESS STEEL MODULAR POOL SOLUTIONS FROM NATARE The benefits of a Natare stainless steel pool go way beyond strength and durability. In addition to the options on polished finishes, tiles and colourful linings are also possible. The modular construction approach will reduce

AstralPool UK have added a dedicated Business Development Management role to further complement project based solutions (stainless steel pools) within the professional pool trade market

construction and build time plus maintenance costs are reduced for the end user. Natare stainless steel pool designs also incorporate a unique perimeter gutter system, providing supply, return and a deck drain in the same assembly. This unique design provides a hygienic and watertight finish with low maintenance, at the same time as reducing buried pipework and construction costs. The selection of stainless steel for elevated pools is the engineer’s choice of material, as its strength to weight ratio far out performs concrete, all without the risk of shrinkage and cracking. A leak on an elevated pool is a significant headache, when considering the value of what may be located below it. Concrete however still has a role to play in the build process, no matter where the pool is located. Concrete is used as a load bearing structure rather than a material that is required to contain water, removing the need for watertight expansion joints, water bars and placement headaches from the build.

The idea that stainless steel is something that is only used for challenging environments, or to create a different look is just outdated. It’s a modern way of constructing a pool that can accommodate fast track deliveries, reduce risk and reduce the maintenance issues that haunt a lot of concrete pools.

ASTRALPOOL OFFERS A FULLY INTEGRATED SERVICE FOR STAINLESS STEEL PROJECTS Although not a new concept in terms of pool construction, AstralPool UK Ltd are once again breaking new ground in their approach to providing stainless steel pools through their trade customers. Dyfed ThompsonSmith General Manager for AstralPool UK advised of the extra improvements now being offered with the creation of a dedicated Business Development Management role to complement the existing project and technical management support further that

ACCESSORIES THAT BOAST STAINLESS STEEL STYLE STYLISH STEEL FITTINGS FROM GOLDEN COAST When it comes to pool fittings that look good and are built to last, stainless steel never goes out of style, according to Golden Coast. Managing Director Jamie Adams explained: The Flexinox Bali water curtain from Golden Coast

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“It gives pools and spas a sophisticated, understated look and delivers the high-end finish that customers – particularly at the top end of the market – demand. “That’s why we offer the extensive range of stylish fittings from Swedish company Pahlén. While designers and customers love their looks, installers love their durability and build quality.” Exclusive to Golden Coast, Pahlén’s range of stainless steel fittings features everything from wall inlets to vacuum points, suction points, skimmers and main drains. Jamie continued: “The wide-mouth skimmer, which is new for 2017, is a perfect example of the Pahlén design ethos. It marries acid-resistant stainless steel with the popular, minimalist Scandinavian looks –

ensuring that achieving a good-looking pool doesn’t come at a cost to performance.” Golden Coast is also the exclusive distributor for the company’s eye-catching Flexinox water features. Designed to add interest and movement to the pool, the range includes the popular Bali and Maui water curtains, as well as Fiji and Tahiti water cannons.

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With many advantages over other materials used for pool builds and in the production of many accessories, it seems the flexible nature of stainless steel will guarantee its use for many years to come”

The highest quality stainless steel is used in a Castillo pool to create the structural panel system which is strong enough to be self-supporting and free standing, allowing total access around the pool at all times

AstralPool UK can offer. The main duties of the dedicated business development role will be to develop sales of the company’s project based solutions (stainless steel pools) within the professional pool trade market. The role will be part of a ‘three stage’ solution to the professional pool trade and will complement the existing technical and project management functions that the company is already delivering. This will ensure that AstralPool UK’s offering fully supports and delivers an integrated service to the pool trade on any project based sales. The three stage solution, which consists of sales, technical/specification and project management, will offer full support at each individual stage and includes support for the trade customer at design meetings, ensuring a robust technical specification with full design capability, support on site with a transparent supply chain plus full attendance and co-ordination to ensure that

The Flolux range from Fairlocks offers a full suite of stainless steel fittings

Flolux is forging a new path for finishing concrete and fibreglass pools and spas. The range enables architects, pool designers and builders to maintain the high standards of design and construction by finishing with polished 316 stainless steel fittings. The fittings sit flush to pool and spa walls and floors. They are innovatively designed for easy installation and can be interchanged with 69-72_SPN_Aug_17_Stainless_Pools.indd 71

the employer’s requirements are fully met and satisfied. Alongside the local based UK service, further support comes from the manufacturers and the parent company Fluidra. The ‘offer’ is not just a box full of water, but comes with the following as standard: 316L stainless steel, 20 year warranty, guaranteed waterproofing and a project which conforms to all BSI/SIO European standards. A dedicated installation team from AstralPool UK’s Spanish manufacturers, robust technical specification and full project management support on site are also included ensuring all relevant health and safety and contractual obligations are fully complied with.

QUALITY AND PRECISION ARE THE HALLMARKS OF A CASTILLO POOL Castillo offer a wide range of precision made pools with countless features including cave cover systems, infinity edges, curved walls

existing PVC fittings. Flolux facias are designed and sculpted from marine grade stainless steel (FloJet and FloAir facias are turned from solid marine grade stainless steel); are polished for a superior, first-class finish; and are safely secured to the high-grade PVC backing through the FloLock System. The Flolux Finish ensures every aspect of a luxury pool or spa is visually and functionally of the highest calibre. With a focus on innovative design, aesthetic excellence and quality craftsmanship, the uncompromising Flolux range is a revolution in safety, elegance and incomparable finishing. Adding a touch of stainless steel accentuates a pool or spa and coordinating the fittings with accent lighting will make the fittings sparkle.

and moveable floors. Quality begins with the selection of the stainless steel from which each Castillo pool is made and the company only selects European certified stainless steel. All Castillo components are manufactured in a contamination free facility using processes that comply with ISO 9001 and EN 1090. Stainless steel is a high performance material which will maintain its integrity even after decades of use and each Castillo pool is built to withstand variations in climate in the most challenging geological conditions. Castillo’s engineering and manufacturing processes are world class and the company uses state-of-the-art computer automated, 3D design technology. The processes require the manufacture of each component to be independently verified and tracked and this permits Castillo to affix the coveted CE quality mark to their pools. The highest quality stainless steel is used to create the structural panel system which is strong enough to be self-supporting and free standing, allowing total access around the pool at all times. Its unique structure also lends itself to being built above-ground. With their precision engineered panel

OBJECTS OF DESIRE FOR A CONTEMPORARY MODERN LOOK Suitable for new build and retro fit, Certikin’s new stainless steel fittings kits for concrete pools are the quickest and simplest way to give a pool a refreshing make-over. The transformation kits are designed to turn standard Certikin plastic fittings into luxurious polished stainless steel fittings. They are available in square (ideal for a contemporary modern look) or round design. The kit includes a cover plate, adaptor fitting and grille or Certikin’s new stainless steel fittings are great for a make-over vac cover plate.

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STAINLESS STEEL SOLUTIONS system, Castillo can design and manufacture pools of any size, shape or scale for virtually any location or purpose. The strength, durability and flexibility of their proprietary high quality stainless steel panel system opens up new design possibilities offering greater potential to create unconventionally shaped swimming pools in almost any space. Freed from the constraints of traditional pool construction methods Castillo offers bespoke, ultra modern pools tailored to their client’s exact design specifications. Castillo Pools also manufacture onepiece pools as well as bespoke spas and hydrotherapy pools and the company offer industry leading guarantees and 100% water-

tightness. With a Castillo pool peace of mind comes built in.

A LUXURY STAINLESS STEEL POOL BUILT IN JUST SIX WEEKS Berndorf Bäderbau, one of Europe’s leading stainless steel pool manufacturers, have been working with award winning London Swimming Pool Company (LSPC) to provide its Classic Modular range of stainless steel pools in London and the Home Counties, LSPC’s key territories. Stainless steel pools are increasing in popularity among private and commercial clients and the Classic range means LSPC are able to offer modular and bespoke designs to

clients in both sectors. Berndorf Bäderbau’s Classic Modular pool range is available in two designs and sizes: Harmonia is a skimmer pool and Kornos is a level deck pool, and both models are available in 6 x 3 metres and 8 x 4 metres. A major benefit of the Classic Modular pool range is the speed of build. Using Berndorf Bäderbau’s prefabricated stainless steel pool materials and technology speeds up the building process, enabling a pool to be built in less time than it takes using conventional construction methods, allowing clients to have their pool faster. Jamie Smith, Managing Director at London Swimming Pool Company believes that the speed of delivery of stainless steel pools could double the number of luxury pools built in the UK and advised that one of their recent builds of a Classic modular pool for a private client in Surrey took just six weeks to be completed. With such short turnaround times likely to appeal to many clients, LSPC and Berndorf Bäderbau have been running a targeted marketing campaign to educate the high-end market about the benefits of stainless steel pools.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: AstralPool UK Ltd 01329 514000 Castillo Pools 028 2544 6111 www LSPC 020 8605 1255 Available in London and the Home Counties through London Swimming Pool Company, Berndorf Bäderbau’s Classic Modular pool range is available in two designs and sizes

Morgan Bros Leisure Ltd 01257 264041 Natare UK 020 7566 2187

CASE STUDY STAINLESS STEEL DEMONSTRATES ITS VERSATILITY AT TEXAS HOTEL A good example of the versatility and adaptability of stainless steel can be seen at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Houston, Texas. The Natare Corporation were selected to build the specialty pools and spa located on the rooftop of the new hotel. The main feature of this US$335m project is the 167m long ‘lazy river’ pool in the shape of Texas, proving the versatility of the material to be shaped and adapted to realise an architectural design. The facility also boasts an infinity edge lap pool, a spa pool and a children’s splash pool. The factory assembled the wall and floor sections, weighing some 90,000kg, which were all shipped to site and craned into place, before welding in to a one-piece leak free structure. The benefits of pre-engineered buildings are well understood and proven to be cost effective. The Natare Corporation have taken this model and adapted it for pool construction, removing risks associated with field engineering and replacing it with accurate builds to specification.

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Of Course You’re Entitled To Your Own Opinion, But… “At the top of this page it says, ‘Opinion’ so it’s safe to say that everything that follows is just my opinion. But do we live in a world where opinions are listened to more than facts?” asks Jamie Adams, Managing Director at Golden Coast


t sometimes seems to me that things were much simpler in the past. Summers were sunnier. Bikes only had three gears and all the facts about the world were written down in books that knew their place and stayed on the library shelf. We watched the News on the telly to find out what the news was. Once we knew the news that was that. We didn’t talk about it or worry about it or do anything about it. The News was like the weather, it was something that you experienced but couldn’t change or influence so you just found out what it was or was going to be and then got on with your own life. Today it feels as if you have to decide where you stand on anything that might be in the news, what your point of view is. In fact, what your opinion is. And then, of course, you have to persuade others that you are right.

Creationism and the fact that the Earth is only 10,000 years old? Well, perhaps we better not go there. All these things used to be the generally held opinion by most right-thinking people and if you disagreed you weren’t just mocked and ridiculed on Facebook! The consequences for holding the wrong opinion could be serious. Eventually the facts became too big, bold and clear to be ignored. Our ancient little ball of Earth is the third rock from the sun. We get it. But opinions about other things can be a little bit more fluid.


WHAT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND IS… And this reliance on opinions rather than facts covers some pretty big issues. A great example of this is global warming. There are some people who believe that the planet is getting warmer and that climate change is happening. They believe that this is a serious problem and we need to do something about it. There are some people, like for instance the President of the United States, who don’t share that opinion. And global warming affects our industry. Energy saving products and sustainable technologies represent a massive growth area for the wet leisure industry. Solar slats, heat pumps and energy efficient lighting are all products that have grown in popularity over the last ten years or so. Yes, they will all save people money by reducing their heating costs and their energy

bills, but it’s been a drive to help reduce greenhouse gases and live more ecologically aware lives that have meant that these products and others like them have captured the public imagination and become so key to the wet leisure industry. So in most people’s opinion, global warming and climate change are real issues and we should all do what we can to reverse, or at least halt, the trend. But opinion could have gone the other way.

SURELY YOU DON’T BELIEVE THAT… It is, of course, fairly obvious that the world is flat. You can stand on it, you can build on it and when you pour water on it, it doesn’t all just run off. It makes sense that the Earth is the centre of the heavens and that the other planets, and the Sun, rotate around us.

Whether it’s the main reason for someone to buy into wet leisure or an added benefit that they might get from owning a pool or spa, the benefits of hydrotherapy are pretty widely accepted. And that’s an opinion that has come in and out of fashion more than once” 80 August 2017 SPN 80_SPN_Aug_17_Opinion.indd 80

…hydrotherapy. Whether it’s the main reason for someone to buy into wet leisure or an added benefit that they might get from owning a pool or spa, the benefits of hydrotherapy are pretty widely accepted. And that’s an opinion that has come in and out of fashion more than once. The Romans were mad for it, of course. Then the jury was out for about 1,700 years before it began to come back into fashion. By the late nineteenth century, thousands of people were ‘taking the waters’ and holding the opinion that it cured their ills. In the 1930s, hydrotherapy was being used to cure mental illness and alcoholism and, after the war, opinion turned against it. I think that these days, most people are of the opinion that hydrotherapy is good for you. From soaking in a warm, bubbling massage spa to doing a few lengths of your pool every day, there are health benefits that most people can agree upon. But of course, there are people who express opinions that go further than that. When people talk about a sauna as being a cure for cancer, I have to think that they have gone far too far. As someone once said, ‘You have a right to your own opinion, but you don’t have a right to your own facts’. Jamie Adams is Managing Director of Golden Coast, the current Chairman of Pool Industry Promotions (PIP) and a board member of the British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF). 27/07/2017 09:54

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) August 2017  

Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...

SPN (Swimming Pool News) August 2017  

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...