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Accu-Tab Goes Big In The Emerald Isle Ranking as the biggest project in Belfast City Council’s £105m multi-centred Leisure Transformation Programme, the Andersonstown Leisure Centre is an impressive facility by anyone’s standards. Eighteen months in construction, the £25m cutting edge project was created for maximum family fun and, as such, includes a 25m six lane pool with 50 spectator seats; a teaching pool; a water confidence pool for small children and toddlers plus a splash pool. The wow factor is supplied via three high speed water slides and if that wasn;t enough, there’s also an exhilarating indoor surf. Heavily used, high energy facilities like this naturally demand a premium quality, dependable and super robust water treatment system. The project’s contractor Heron Bros appointed Newtownabbey pool contractor, Oak Creative Water Engineering Ltd who, as long-standing customers of Certikin, installed nine heavy-duty TLX mild steel filters plus the Accu-Tab calcium hypochlorite system. Oak’s Linda Bell said: “We consider Accu-Tab to be perfect for a sizeable installation like this. It is very safe for staff, reduces maintenance and very reliable. The beauty of it is that it can cope with any bathing workload – from a small hospital hydrotherapy pool to a 50-metre Olympic pool. “Accu-Tab saves such a huge amount of staff time. The duty manager simply has to refill the chlorinator with the large 3-inch Accu-Tabs, which take about 10 minutes a day – a very clean procedure. It eliminates all hazards, blockages are non-existent and it is very economical! “Using Accu-Tab really is a no brainer and the water quality is superb!” Oak Creative Water Engineering Ltd 028 9085 4167 www.oak-pools.co.uk Certikin International (CertiChem Div) 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk

Latest Milestone At £73m Aquatics Hub Celebrated National contractor Wates Construction reached its latest significant milestone in the construction of the £73m Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick, with the laying of the first pool tiles. The occasion was marked with a ceremony held at the site in July, attended by the Minister for Sport and Tourism, Nigel Huddleston and the leader of Sandwell Council, MP and Councillor Rajbir Singh and other partners. The first tile was laid by Nigel Huddleston and Rajbir Singh, along with other dignitaries and two work experience students. With less than a year till handover, Wates is now focused on completing the interior of the state-of-the-art facility and finishing its three pools. This will see up to 190,000 tiles laid carefully to waterproof the 50m Olympic-sized pool, 25m diving pool and community swimming pool ready for use. Some 3,000m3 of concrete were used in the pools’ creation,

which had to be carefully poured to an accuracy of mere millimetres to comply with Olympic standards. Initially starting on site in September 2019, the project is being accelerated through SCAPE Construction, a direct award framework designed to drive collaboration, efficiency, time and cost savings. So far Wates has fully completed the external structure and roof of the site, which included installing 14 steel trusses, each spanning 75m and weighing around 30 tonnes. The team has also installed the 10m dive tower earlier in the year and recent work has included the completion of the building facades. Internally, high-level works within the pool hall have been ongoing, including lighting, fire alarm cabling and ventilation and heating duct work. Sandwell Aquatics Centre is a landmark development for the Midlands, featuring the only Olympicsized pool in the region and has been designed to create a lasting legacy for community health and wellbeing.

Finishing Touches At Pool Ensures A Healthy Future For Hadleigh A new swimming pool at Hadleigh in south Suffolk reached its final milestone in July, after it was officially opened following final finishing touches to the building. It’s part of a £2.4m investment by Babergh District Council, and its partner Abbeycroft Leisure, to modernise swimming facilities at the council-owned centre. The project has also been supported with £200k provided by Hadleigh Town Council, and a Sports England grant of £150k. Built by local firm Rose Builders, the new wet leisure facilities include: • Brand new pool with five 25 metre lanes of Sport England competition standard with spectator seating • Improved disabled access to the pool via easy access steps and handrail, and pool pod lift • Changing Places toilet and shower facility

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• A new plant room and storage for swimming club and pool equipment • Sauna. The upgrades now complement the other modern spaces at the centre including the gym, and community and social rooms. Cllr Derek Davis, cabinet member for communities at Babergh District Council, said: “It’s very exciting to have now reached the final milestone of this community project in Hadleigh. There’s

always something special about seeing customers enjoying new facilities and having a splash after months of hard work by everyone involved.” Tracey Loynds, Development Director at Abbeycroft Leisure, said: “The new pool at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure is fantastic and a real testament to partnership working – we’re thrilled our customers have been able to enjoy these new facilities. The pool has been open since the Spring to avoid unnecessary disruption for members while finishing touches were put in place. This followed the easing of lockdown back in April and £182k funding from the Government’s National Leisure Recovery Fund to support the Covid-recovery of the council’s two leisure centres.

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