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.
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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 www.polin.com.tr
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