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Founded in 2006 by Paul Webb & Julian Hunnable, Fairlocks Pool Products Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairlocks Ltd, manufacturers of the world renowned vacuum head since 1974. Our mission is simple; to offer the best service possible and to back this up we have selected some top quality products to distribute exclusively to the UK pool trade. We have a sales office near Oxford which is supported with a warehouse for distribution located in Essex. All our staff are fully trained with many years industry experience. We pride ourselves on the professionalism we offer, from quotation to installation and after sales care.




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.

Coming back to this issue, the final one of SPN for 2016, we’ve our usual wide range of news and features which covers the entire wet leisure industry. They include products which provide flexibility to pools through the ability to change the footprint that they occupy – a must have for those who struggle with space, and we look at the latest options which include Movable Floor systems. We also look at Dosing Pumps and Control Systems, products which are somewhat unglamorous and are often operating behind the scenes, but which play an essential part in any efficient water treatment system and help to make the lives of pool and spa owners a lot easier.

Editor and Co Publisher: Jon Wadeson Features: Karen Witney Features & Subeditor: Andrea Hartshorne Co Publisher and Sales Director: Tony Weston Production: Cathy Varley Accounts: Sam Bartholomew For editorial enquiries contact Jon on: T: +44 (0)20 8306 8150 E: For advertising enquiries contact Tony on: T: +44 (0)1474 813433 E: For production enquiries contact Cathy on: T: +44 (0)1823 432416 E: For accounts enquiries contact Sam on: T: +44 (0)1823 430639 E: Design: Colin Halliday & Kellie Mills

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Since the last edition of SPN, another major global event has taken place, the repercussions of which for businesses will no doubt become apparent over the coming months. Hot on the heals of the Brexit vote, Trump winning the race for the Whitehouse would seem to signify changing times for the West. What this means for our industry specifically, well it’s impossible to say, but the slight strengthening of the pound over recent weeks is a welcome relief for many companies who import wet leisure products into the UK – and that’s important as there are a lot! One thing is for sure, 2016 will certainly be remembered as an historic year and a turning point. Whether it’s a turn for the better, only time will tell but having just come back from a very impressive Piscine Global exhibition in Lyon, it seems that despite what some would bill as shock recent events, the industry is still in a very positive mood and is looking forward to the new year and continued success. For those who didn’t attend what is now the world’s largest wet leisure show, a report will be available on our website shortly. In addition to Lyon and other shows around Europe, the UK’s own Hot Tub Living Expo took place at the NEC in October. After a couple of testing events, organisers have announced it will team up with another established leisure event next September and form the Wet Leisure sector of Leisure Industry. Of course well before that, we have SPATEX at the Ricoh Arena, and next issue, we will have a full preview of what is shaping up to be another great three-day event.

Conversely, Wellness products – such as saunas and steam rooms – are very much perceived as glamorous items, but they are products within a sector which is growing at an incredible rate and becoming increasingly accessible to the masses. We also take a look at some of the products and companies that are refurbishing and renovating pools to provide continual use whilst ensuring any interruptions are kept to a minimum. Safety Systems feature too and we take a look at the latest developments. From barriers to monitoring systems, the options that are available are becoming increasingly varied. Of course, we’ve also got all the latest industry news from both here in the UK and further afield too plus the STA answers your top five questions in light of growing concerns across the industry over basic pool plant management standards. Last but not least, there’s content from the BSPF covering all their recent events including the SPATA and BISHTA AGMs plus the President’s Weekend. So, that’s the round up of this edition complete. With Christmas and the New Year firmly on the horizon, hopefully there is now time for all to relax, enjoy the festivities and of course, this latest edition of SPN. Have a great break and see you in 2017!

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Essential pieces of equipment that have made the lives of pool owners easier Flexible systems that are transforming the areas that swimming pools occupy


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The industry’s associations dedicated pages

Your top 5 questions concerning basic pool plant management standards


Jamie Adams on recent events and the potential challenges for the year ahead

Keeping pools in tip top condition and minimising their downtime

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An iconic facility – the Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre Pool in Nottingham We highlight new or updated websites and companies that have started



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

An ‘Unrivalled Level Of Facilities’ For Guernsey Health Club & Spa Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell was the guest of honour at the launch of the stylish new Health Club and Spa at St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Guernsey, part of the award-winning Hand Picked Hotels collection. The former Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion enjoyed a work-out in the Health Club & Spa before making a speech at the drinks reception to celebrate the opening, following a £2.5m redevelopment at the hotel, which offers the ultimate environment for fitness and relaxation in a beautiful landscaped setting. The club has been completely reconfigured, incorporating bespoke interiors, the latest technology and an unrivalled level of facilities. A spacious new indoor pool and wet area have been created, with mood LED lighting, an infinity wall and floor to ceiling windows. Two experience showers in shell-shaped cocoons incorporate body jets, essence, soft lighting and overhead rain drencher, perfect for added indulgence. A new sauna, heated by volcanic stones, has been created poolside, with two-tier seating, and with views through privacy glass over the lake and grounds, along with a new steam room offering 100% humidity. The pool and wet areas lead out onto an outdoor decked terrace for stretching and yoga, with a heated spa pool, outdoor shower, sun loungers and seating area, plus food and drink service on

offer to make the most of al fresco dining. Julia Hands, Chairman and Chief Executive, Hand Picked Hotels, said: “We are delighted to have welcomed Sally Gunnell to experience our new Health Club and Spa. This is an outstanding new facility for our members and our hotel guests, combined with the excellent level of service provided by our talented team at St Pierre Park. The £2.5m investment in the Health Club and Spa is part of our £4m investment to date

in St Pierre Park Hotel and our £8m total investment programme in our hotels in the Channel Islands.”

Small But Mighty - The Power Of The Local Trust Demonstrating the power of localism, a small independent leisure trust now has a second site ranked as one of the top performing leisure centres in the UK. Of the more than 650 sites registered with Sport England’s quality scheme Quest, just 12 centres across the whole of the UK have received a rating of outstanding. And two of these are operated by Tonbridge and Malling Leisure Trust (TMLT), which runs three leisure centres on behalf of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council. Larkfield Leisure Centre in Kent now enjoys this prestigious accolade joining sister site Tonbridge Swimming Pool, which achieved the award in 2015.

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The news comes as TMLT celebrates its third anniversary. The achievement is all the more remarkable in a time when many smaller trusts are struggling to compete against mega trusts, some of which operate more than 100 sites. “This is a huge achievement for TMLT. Two of our three leisure centres now form part of a very small group of outstanding ranked sites in the UK. It shows that local trusts can operate the best centres in the sector while staying true to the goal of providing services to meet the needs of their local populations. This success is due to the commitment of everyone involved in the trust and most importantly, the front line staff delivering our services,” said Martin Guyton, Chief Executive of TMLT. 28/11/2016 09:21

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NEWS ECO-FRIENDLY LEISURE CENTRE OPENS TO THE PUBLIC Holly Hill Leisure Centre in Fareham, Hampshire, has officially opened to the public. The £8m centre hosts a wide range of facilities including a six-lane, 25m swimming pool and learner pool and owners Fareham Borough Council has appointed Everyone Active to manage the site. Constructed by Balfour Beatty, the centre took more than a year to build and includes a number of eco-friendly solutions aimed at improving the centre’s sustainability. These include new approaches to pool lighting and ventilation which were developed by engineering consultancy Hydrock. The new designs use up to 80% less energy and require less maintenance than conventional solutions.

Sheffield’s Graves Health And Sports Centre Opens The recently opened Graves Heath and Sports Centre will be the HQ for the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) – a 2012 Olympic

COUNCIL APPROVES INNOVATIVE PLANS FOR SPORTS AND WELLBEING HUBS Kingston Council has given the go ahead for three integrated community hubs to be located in the south London borough. The centres will offer a number of a wide range of services and are part of the council’s recently approved Indoor Sport and Leisure Facilities Strategy. Two of the new facilities will replace existing sites – the Malden Centre in New Malden and the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Kingston – while an entirely new hub is expected to be built in the south of the borough. Designs and plans are yet to be finalised, but all three hubs will include swimming pools. Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Leisure at Kingston Council: “The Indoor Sports Strategy has highlighted what we all know, our existing facilities are much loved, with huge demand, but are in need of further investment and more centres need to be built to meet the growing demand in the borough. 7&9_SPN_Dec_16_News_General.indd 7

Legacy project funded by the Department of Health – with extensive provision for health consultation, specialist treatment services and research facilities. NCSEM aims to promote the benefits of sport, exercise and physical activity to sufferers of chronic diseases and to reduce their impact on the NHS. The £16m development has been built on the site of the current Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre facility in the south of the city and features numerous features which include a 25-metre sixlane swimming pool and a separate learner pool. Sport England has invested £2.75m of National Lottery funding from its Iconic Facilities Fund towards the building of the new centre as well as working closely with the project team to provide detailed advice and support on the development of the plans. F T Leisure supplied, installed and commissioned the water treatment and filtration systems. The filtration system is medium rate sand filtration and the water treatment consists of chlorine for disinfection, pH control and UV sterilisation. The main contractor was Bam Construction and the architect was Darnton B3 Architects. Places for People has been appointed to operate the multi-million pound development. The company already operates more than 100 leisure centres across the country and has been UK Leisure Operator of the Year for the past two years. FT Leisure 0161 494 5785

Combined Course Targets Legionella Control Legionella Control is an important aspect of operating today’s modern leisure and aquatic facilities due to the potential hazards presented by shower systems, spas, pools and the various water features and systems in use. And make no mistake, an outbreak will have a major effect on day-to-day operations. In May of this year, a swimming pool in Rochdale was forced to close for a week after finding legionella bacteria in its facilities. BRIO Group and Water Management Society (WMS) have teamed up to offer two excellent courses. By combining the PWTAG accredited Swimming Pool Technical Operator (SPTO) Course, with the WMS Accredited Legionella Control Course, the initiative will feature experts from both areas and is designed to ensure a high standard of qualifications, with the convenience of the two courses in one package. The combined courses will begin in February 2017 and will take place at the WMS head office in Fazeley, Staffordshire. Full details and direct booking of this and many more courses can be found online at the BRIO Group website.

BRIO Group are also looking to the release of the new HSG standard HSG282 which will set the standard for spa pool operations and their management for years to come. With its introduction, the requirements of spa pool management across the UK will increase, so its vital that operators ensure staff are aware of all the potential health and safety hazards that exist when operating pools or spas and BRIO Group also offer a range of pool plant operator’s courses. BRIO Group 028 7930 0561

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NEWS WORK BEGINS ON £5.5M DUAL-USE LINCOLNSHIRE LEISURE CENTRE Construction work has begun on a new £5.5m sports and leisure centre in Crowle, Lincolnshire. Facilities at the Axholme North Sports Centre will include a four-lane 25m swimming pool with spectator area and changing village, health club, group exercise studio plus outdoor sports facilities. Located next to the Axholme Academy school, the new facility will be funded, owned and operated by North Lincolnshire Council but shared by local residents and pupils at the Axholme Academy. Dual-use leisure centres are becoming increasingly popular among local authorities, who are under constant pressure to cut their leisure budgets.

OLYMPIC-SIZED POOL UNDER DISCUSSION FOR SALFORD Talks are taking place to bring a new £4m Olympic-sized swimming pool to the north west city of Salford. Sport England have been discussing plans to build a competition pool fit for champions with bosses of Salford Community Leisure, which runs the city’s public swimming facilities and sports centres. The pool is part of a number of options that are being discussed to ensure more people take part in sport as the city’s population grows.

ANGER OVER UNISEX CHANGING ROOMS AT CHELSEA POOL Plans to replace a segregated changing rooms with a £1.7m unisex ‘village’ at a swimming pool in London have angered users. Consultants for Chelsea Sports Centre, which is located within the Grade II listed old town hall, argue that a combined space would create a unified, accessible and safe environment for users but the proposal has infuriated regular swimmers at the centre, which Greenwich Leisure Limited manages for Kensington and Chelsea council. 7&9_SPN_Dec_16_News_General.indd 9

Luxury Spa Relying On Palintest Photometer For Water Testing

To ensure the water quality of its pools and spas, the luxury Ramside Hall Hotel in County Durham is relying on a Pooltest 9 photometer from Palintest. Ramside’s £8m state-of-the-art facilities include five pools: a full-size 25 metre swimming pool, a bubble pool, one of the UK’s largest hydrotherapy pools, an outdoor spa with a large heated vitality bubble pool and a balcony infinity pool with massage jets. As delivering excellence is key to Ramside Hall, the spa’s fully trained operations team uses one of Palintest’s Pooltest 9 Bluetooth photometers to test all their pool parameters, including chlorine and pH every two hours, but also calcium hardness and alkalinity on a weekly basis. Featuring an automatic water balance calculator, the Pooltest 9 provides everything the team needs to a have full confidence in the water treatment processes. The team can share the results from the Photometer wirelessly by Bluetooth, which automatically syncs with Palintest’s AquaPal smartphone app, making it easier to respond quickly to any changes in conditions. This allows for seamless management of data and ensures total control of the testing and dosage routine. Combining this with Palintest’s online portal, where the data is stored in the cloud and available

together with more detailed analytics, the team can be sure they are managing the facility in the professional manner which their guests expect. Jill Russell, Ramside Hall’s Spa Director, commented: “Demonstrating best practice in all our operations is critical to being one of the finest spas in the country. Efficiency on the management side allows spending more time on putting the customer first. Palintest’s Pooltest 9 helps us achieve this.” Palintest Limited 0191 491 0808

JC Leisure Solutions Urges Industry To “Pay It Forward” In This Season Of Giving With the season of giving upon us, commercial swimming pool engineering company, JC Leisure Solutions (JCL), have given the gift of an operating spa pool to Sheffield based Children’s Hospice, Bluebell Wood. A JCL trainer was carrying out some routine training at the hospice when he noticed that a dilapidated dosing panel and aged plant equipment was proving difficult for the maintenance team to manage their spa. Andrew Drury, Maintenance Manager at Bluebell Wood, said: “When our old dosing system started to fail we spoke with JC Leisure Solutions and they very kindly arranged and fitted a brand new system free of charge. “The new system means the spa pool can run safely and efficiently with very little input from staff. The levels of chlorine and acidity are monitored regularly making sure it is safe for use at all times. “We are really grateful to JC Leisure Solutions for their donation, which means families can splash together safely and

enjoy some relaxation time.” The JCL trainer reached out to the company directors for help and they were only too happy to support this fantastic facility along with Siemens/Evoqua who supplied the dosing panel. JCL CEO Alan Lester said, “We are a family business. We all have children and grandchildren we treasure and protect, so the least we could do was to get this facility operating correctly and safely for the children and families of Bluebell Wood.” JC Leisure’s Business Development Director, Nicole O’Callaghan said: “We want to thank the people publically who have supported us in making this project happen and also generate awareness of hospices like Bluebell Wood. “We would like to encourage more suppliers like us to seek out struggling facilities like this and pay forward some of our skills, knowledge and resource.” JC Leisure Solutions 01376 513246

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Certikin Hits The Heights In Manchester Making waves on the Manchester hotel scene is the Grade II listed King Street Townhouse. Owned by the Eclectic Hotel group and opened just this year, the Italian Renaissance-style building which dates from 1872 has been shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Building of the Year award and made the Conde Nast 2016 hot list for best hotels in the world. Helping the hotel achieve such accolades is the City’s first rooftop infinity spa-pool, installed by Cheshire pool specialists Swimlife UK Ltd. Sited seven floors atop the building and overlooking the clock tower and spires of the Manchester Town Hall, it offers hotel residents uninterrupted views of the Manchester city skyline. Owners, Eclectic Hotels said their intention was to expand on the allure and unique qualities of this historic building respectfully and they have certainly achieved it! The spa pool, which measures 4.5 x 4.3 and 1.2m in depth, features Certikin filtration – two 800 alpine super plus filters,

plus a complete CertiDos auto chemical dosing system and four 1hp blowers, two 3hp Euroswim circulation pumps and one Blue Lagoon 75W UV system. Eamonn O’Loughlin, owner of Eclectic Hotels, said: “In today’s workcentred world, people value their free time more than anything, therefore it was imperative we provided our guests with a soothing haven of serenity, relaxation and tranquil surroundings, a world away from the busy life below. We are proud to say the new rooftop spa does just that.” Gary Seddon, Managing Director of Warrington based Swimlife, said: “We have been dealing with Certikin for over 25 years. In my professional opinion, Certikin is at the frontline of technical support, prompt service and the delivery of premium quality goods. We have come to rely on the company’s filters, pumps and chemical dosing units because they are the very best and we wouldn’t look anywhere else. Furthermore,

Restructuring Of Distribution Facilitates Future Growth For SCP UK

SCP UK have announced that it has taken the decision to consolidate their two warehouse facilities currently located at Basildon and Gatwick into one main central warehouse at Gatwick. The recent Brexit decision has had many implications for UK businesses and escalated SCP’s decision to restructure and consolidate the inventory management and distribution within the UK. Dash Ganeson, Managing and Finance Director of SCP UK stated that: “This exercise will be completed and come into effect with the expiry of the lease at the Basildon location by February/March 2017, in time to be well prepared for the new season. The SCP Gatwick branch location will expand its current size by taking back the full warehouse capacity, including the area previously sublet, to consolidate with a total area of 45,000 sq ft. This will be ample space from this main location to manage successfully our future growth, and to serve the customer base within the UK from one central warehouse.”  Dash added: “To maintain and grow its presence, SCP UK will be establishing a satellite sales office within the Basildon area. All the sales personnel at Basildon will relocate to this new sales office within the Eastern region. This decision was taken by our group taking into consideration the reality of the current situation of the UK market in general and in order to manage their supply chain better. “With the new revamped organisation and through one single central warehouse, SCP UK will be able to offer more focus and efficiency in the management of the Operations and Distribution within the UK customer base. The transition to a single branch operation for the UK will start immediately. We expect to complete this transition by the end of January 2017. I strongly believe that it was the right decision to take for the long term benefit of SCP UK as a company, and it should provide renewed business opportunity to all our vendors and customers.” SCP UK 01293 813215

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Certikin provides an excellent after sales service in the commissioning of dosing equipment following installation by our engineers.” Certikin International 01993 777200 Swimlife UK Ltd 01925 850 000

Wet Leisure Industry Survey 2016 Is Now Open As the Wet Leisure Industry Survey opens for a sixth year, its sponsor, Golden Coast, is urging businesses to invest just a few minutes of time in ensuring that – in a year marked by Brexit, change and uncertainty – the industry benefits from its most comprehensive and representative overview ever. The largest study of its kind in the UK, the annual survey in partnership with The British Swimming Pool Federation (BSPF), gathers information on changing tastes, economic factors and business performance: to deliver the industry with the essential market intelligence it needs to adapt and grow in the year ahead. According to Chris Hayes, Managing Director of the BSPF: “The annual Wet Leisure Survey is an excellent initiative for our industry to get a snap shot of what business owners are experiencing and to identify any trends that may be happening. “The BSPF supports this survey to understand better how companies are thinking and feeling about the industry and to know how best to support and reflect the views contained within the survey when lobbying at home and abroad.” The survey began in 2011 and, ever since, Golden Coast has always revealed results at

SPATEX. The same is planned for 2017, but, in addition to that, Golden Coast has launched a new website, www.wetleisure. com, which provides access to the results of every year’s survey. Helpfully, it presents them in a highly accessible way. Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams said: “We are pleased to see more and more individuals and companies getting involved as this improves the results exponentially. After all, the more people who respond, the more accurate and useful the results. “When it comes to knowing exactly what is going on in our industry, those working out in the field – like you – are best placed to reveal what is happening in the wet leisure industry. Alternatively, you may prefer to complete your survey using the survey forms sent out in the post in October. “Answering the 16 questions shouldn’t take very long and it is your chance not just to get your voice heard, but also help the whole of the industry access the information we all need to take better business decisions and become more successful in the future.” Golden Coast 01271 378100 28/11/2016 09:21

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New £11.9m Wyre Forest Leisure Centre Opens The Official Opening Ceremony of the new £11.9m Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, took place on 27 October at the site on Silverwoods Way in Kidderminster. Many honoured guests were in attendance to celebrate the official opening of the site including, Chairman of Wyre Forest District Council, Councillor Rose Bishop, representatives from Sport England, 2 x Olympic Gold and Bronze Medallist Swimmer, Rebecca Adlington OBE, Places for People Leisure, and its team of Pellikaan Construction and Roberts Limbrick Architects. The consortium who designed and built the new leisure centre was led by Places for People Leisure, and since opening the centre has seen around 10,000 people using its

facilities every week. Opened to the public on 6 July, the centre includes a six lane 25m swimming pool, learner pool with moveable floor, a health suite with sauna and steam room, 100 station fitness suite and numerous other facilities. Speaking at the Official Opening, Rebecca Adlington commented: “It is an absolute pleasure to be here. The facilities are just amazing and the swimming pool and learner pool are brilliant. I’ve been to many leisure centres across the country and Wyre Forest is without doubt one of the best.” The talk of the day focused on the continual need to improve participation and encourage engagement in physical activity within the local community.

Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council commented: “We are delighted to open the new Wyre Forest Leisure Centre officially and have been overwhelmed with the positive response we’ve had so far.” Places for People Leisure CEO, Sandra Dodd explained: “In partnership with Wyre Forest District Council we work hard to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and this new leisure centre is a step in the right direction.” Places for People Leisure will be operating and managing the centre on behalf of the Council for the next 25 years. They won the contract to design and build it with their construction partners Pellikaan Construction and architects Roberts Limbrick.

Modular Spa Concept Ideal For Boutique Hotels And More After five years in the planning stages, one of the UK’s leading spa consultancies, Spa Creators, launch their first modular SPAShell solution for the spa, wellness and luxury hotel sector. SPAshell offers boutique hotels two modular pod size options; one which offers four treatment rooms and one which facilitates

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eight treatment rooms. Both come with thermal suites to boost guests’ relaxation experience with stylish and sophisticated Italian designed sauna and steam rooms. Each SPAshell also includes a commercially-graded outdoor vitality pool, made from beautiful cedar wood materials with bucket shower and

monsoon drench showers, ideal for cooling off. The spa pods are especially well suited to sites where space and the cost of a full build may be a barrier and the solution enables hotel owners and hotel operators with no prior spa experience or knowledge, to deliver a luxury spa experience for their hotel guests. SPAshell is pre-designed to suit existing sites/locations and delivered fully fitted and the design concept will also appeal to country house and landowners who are looking to diversify and increase their revenue and broaden their market appeal. Each SPAshell is approved to the highest building standards required for any UK spa enterprise and integrates the best possible operational spa business practices offering an exceptional spa experience for guests.

Laura Penman, owner of Fishmore Hall – a 15 bedroom boutique hotel based in Ludlow, Shropshire – is the first operator in the UK to have a SPAshell installed and believes it could revolutionise the luxury hotel spa industry. She said: “Fishmore Hall is sited on just over an acre so there isn’t a huge amount of land and so this solution is absolutely ideal for us, as the interior is so well designed and makes the best use of space, inside and outside.” Spa Creators 0118 947 1857 28/11/2016 09:25

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NEWS OLYMPIAN’S POOL CAMPAIGN GETS BACKING FROM ALEX SALMOND Olympic swimmer Hannah Miley has received the support of MP Alex Salmond and the pair have joined forces to campaign for a new eight-lane swimming pool in Hannah’s home town of Inverurie. The current fourlane main pool in the Aberdeenshire town is nearly 50 years old and has a waiting list for swimming lessons of more than 1,500 people, resulting in non swimmers of all ages facing waits of up to 18 months. There are plans already in place to replace the ageing facility with a six-lane pool, however, champion swimmer Hannah said: “An eightlane facility would be an obvious choice for a brand new pool,” and added: “I’ve trained in many pools over my career and the ability to have eight lanes over the chosen six would not only allow you to increase the capacity for lessons and training but have the ability to hold national competitions such as the Scottish Short Course Championships.”

YOUNGSTERS TO MAKE THEIR MARK AT NEW CITY POOL Youngsters from Worcester are making their mark on the city’s brand new swimming pool by creating an eightmetre high piece of artwork. About 100 children from local schools have taken part in workshops to help create the striking designs that will feature prominently at the new £10.5m pool, which is due to open early next year. At the end of the year, the children’s artwork will be brought together in a composition piece that will decorate the frontage of the new pool in what is being likened to a ‘modern version of a stained glass window’. 12&15_SPN_Dec_16_News_General.indd 15

Hotel’s Spa Users Relax Under Stunning Ceiling Design A new £4.5m hotel spa features a dramatic £60,000 timber ceiling, manufactured by a leading architectural products manufacturer – Hunter Douglas. The state-of-the-art Clubspa and Evergreen Spa at Kenwick Park Hotel in Louth, Lincolnshire, opened 20 months after its former leisure facility was destroyed by fire. The building features a 20-metre indoor swimming pool complete with 600m2 Hunter Douglas 111mm module linear open solid wood ceiling system, which was specified by Nottingham-based Franklin Ellis Architects, which undertook the interior design. One of the most important aspects of the ceiling design was that it should look as similar as possible to the original timber ceiling because it held a special place in members’ hearts. Specified in African Ayous on a corrosion-resistant suspension system, the exterior grade multi-faceted ceiling, which was specified with a 19mm gap, was complex in design and installation due to the shape of

the triangular openings that were formed by the roof structure, into which the solid wood ceiling had to be installed. David Harris, General Manager of Hunter Douglas Architectural Products UK, said: “This was another successful swimming pool installation for us and it was great to see how good the eye-catching design looked in its new home,” and added: “Our linear open ceiling is one of the most popular options because it is visually attractive.” As you would expect for a leisure centre environment, the wood panels are finished on all sides with a water-based varnish, and they are impregnated with Magma Firestop, which achieves Class ‘0’ BS476 fire rating. The wood panels also have Hunter Douglas’s standard nonwoven acoustic fleece bonded to the back of them, which closes

off the void visually but still allows sound to be absorbed by the ceiling. Hunter Douglas worked closely with Elmsmere Engineering, a Hinckleybased installation company, to ensure that the ceiling was installed quickly and without complications. Hunter Douglas 01604 648229

Enclosure Is Crowning Glory For Demo Pool There are lots of ways to cover a pool but few can rival the good looks and robustness of the Aquacomet enclosure, which is why when Cambridgeshire retailer Aqualeaf Ltd built a demonstration pool at their premises earlier this summer, they chose Certikin to supply the crowning glory. Based in Ely, Aqualeaf operate nationwide and have in their 40-year history installed swimming pools all over the UK and Europe. “As a successful swimming pool business we require premium quality, reliable products that we can guarantee for our customers,” said Director, Paul Carman. “Certikin is our supplier of choice because it offers excellent products, reliable service and fantastic support. We are delighted with our Aquacomet pool enclosure for our demonstration swimming pool. It has attracted a lot of attention and proved a huge success in helping secure many new customers.” Aesthetically elegant, all Aquacomet enclosures are aluminum in structure with a combination of twin skin and clear polycarbonate walls which are superb at keeping the heat in and the leaves out. Most RAL colours are available, including a unique wood style finish, which allows the

enclosure to blend into its natural environment. The enclosures are suitable for many applications (both commercial and domestic) and not just swimming pools and spas. The range includes fixed models (with opening side windows) and various telescopic options. In fact, every possible permutation is catered for including low level, high level, lean to, fixed and sliding options. Certikin offers a free site survey. Installation is optional to give full peace of mind, or supply only and guidance provided should it be preferred. Aqualeaf Ltd 01223 234980 Certikin International 01993 778855

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CPC Celebrate Jack Laugher’s Success In Rio And Join Him On His Welcome Home Media Day Complete Pool Controls Ltd (CPC) recently had the honourable task of welcoming Jack Laugher back home after his fantastic achievement of winning Gold and Silver medals at the Rio Olympics. The Gloucestershire based company became the first official sponsors of Jack in 2013, supporting him as he trained initially for the Commonwealth Games and most recently the Olympic Games in Rio. Since the sponsorship arrangement, Jack has had the following medal count: three Commonwealth Games medals, one FINA Diving World Series medal, four World/European Championships medals and two Olympic medals. Some would say that’s proof of a winning partnership! The day started bright and early for CPC’s Scott Barnett, Jack and his management team as the first appointment was at GMTV, where the group met with Jack’s synchronised diving partner Chris Mears, who was joining them for the first appointment to discuss winning the Gold medal in the 3m Springboard Synchronised Diving discipline. During a much-earned coffee break, Jack told stories of his experiences in Rio which included Tom Daley, ending up with his bathroom sink ‘off the wall’ and in his arms and the famous ‘Green Pool’... if only a member of the CPC technical team was present in Rio, they could have identified the problem and maybe solved it by adding one of their Blue Horizons AlgiMAX Eliminator or Ultimate Algaecide Concentrate products! The group then moved on to their next

appointment which was at TalkSPORT. Whilst there, they had the added pleasure of meeting a number of sporting greats that included Alan Brazil, Micky Quinn, and decathlete Daley Thompson who has won a number of Gold medals for Great Britain. During the journey, Jack had to conclude another radio interview on-the-fly... and even athletes who have won Olympic medals get out of breath talking and walking at the same time! Complete Pool Controls Ltd 01242 662700 Scott Barnett gives CPC’s congratulations to Jack Laugher following his success in Rio

Designing A Future In Luxury Pools London Swimming Pool Company’s Trainee Pool Designer, Jason Beirne is the proud owner of a City & Guilds Level 3 Award in 3D Computer Aided Design from Guildford College. This gives him professional qualifications alongside his in-depth on-thejob pool design training at London Swimming Pool Company (LSPC). Jason, who was recently featured in The i newspaper’s Shift column talking about his career said that he’s thrilled to have gained his 3D CAD Award: “The technical qualification complements the job training and mentoring I receive from the senior designers. My CAD skills enable me to be creative, to master complex pool designs quickly and make a real contribution to the team.” Jason started his career at LSPC as a pool and spa servicing engineer but seeing 17_SPN_Dec_16_People_News.indd 17

the designers at work he got the bug for design. LSPC has a strong ethos of developing staff who want to learn new skills, so Jason was able to transfer to the Contracting Division two years ago and start an apprenticeship under the tutelage of the senior designer. He then signed up for part-time study to gain his CAD qualification. “It’s been a whirlwind, but I’ve relished every new challenge, from presenting creative pool designs to architects and clients to sourcing the tiniest component that was vital to engineer the pool in the way needed. Every day is different and brings new opportunities. It won’t be too long before I can drop ‘trainee’ from my title – or so my boss tells me!” said Jason. London Swimming Pool Company 020 8605 1255

Jack Laugher with synchronised diving partner Chris Mears at the GMTV studios

Plastica Appoints New Sales Executive With Plastica’s customer base continuing to grow, Nick Pagett has been appointed to further strengthen its field sales team. Nick will be responsible for supporting both existing customers and developing new business in the South and the South West. Nick commented: “Having worked in technical sales for the past 14 years, I fully understand the challenges that the pool and spa industry face. I intend to work closely with the trade and offer sales solutions in what has become a highly competitive market.” If you feel a meeting with Nick would be beneficial to your business, he would welcome the chance to talk and can be contacted directly on 07764 247879 or emailed at: nick@ Plastica Limited 01424 857857

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Forget Ballroom Dancing – It’s All About Pool Room Dancing

BADU Jet Counter -Currents Add Flexibility For customers looking to impress, the award-winning BADU Jet Vogue, which features first-class stainless steel, gives any pool the ‘wow’ factor. While Vogue allows swimmers to burn calories by swimming against a continuous current, it also offers the option of a pulsating or relaxing massage – perfect for easing aches and pains. While the Vogue is available with stainless steel handrails as an option, its stablemate, the BADU Jet Vogue Deluxe, also comes with an air regulator, control buttons and adjustable nozzle which are all crafted from stainless steel to ensure a sleek and timeless look. The powerful BADUJet Wave counter swim unit offers brings together everything your customers are looking for in a ‘dream pool: underwater massage, gentle waves and endless no-lap swimming. Its intelligent air intake means that water flow can be customised to the customer’s need: from champagne tingles to bubble bath. Units also include built-in LED lights – in clean white or multicolour – that visibly transform the pool in the evening. The two-jet Primavera is a high-efficiency, submerged unit with a fully adjustable volume stream of up to approximately 75m3/hour. With stainless steel cover and handrails, its classic looks ensure easy integration into any pool. Ergonomic handrails are included as standard – ensuring easy-grip during massages and aqua aerobics. Featuring bright-white LEDs as standard, customers have the option of multicolour lighting. While the BADUJet Classic may have just one nozzle, it is a true competitor, thanks to a very powerful jet pump (approximately 54m3/ hr for single phase and 58m3/hr for three phase). This means anything is possible: from powerful massage to tingling bubbles. When retrofit is the only option, BADUJet offer three over-the-wall units: Perla (40m3/hr), Riva (54-58m3/hr) and Stella (75m3/hr). Streamlined and compact, these series offers adjustable flow rates, directional nozzles and power controls. In addition, built-in lights are available with the choice of moonlight white or multicolour.

Fitbit, one of the leaders in the connected health and fitness market, has made a splash with underwater dancers to celebrate the arrival of its first swim-proof tracker, Flex 2. With dance fever having taken over the UK with the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing, Fitbit teamed up with professional underwater dancers, to create ‘Pool Room Dancing’ all whilst keeping track of their strokes and steps using a Fitbit Flex 2.

Phoebe Falconer and Ashley Franklin from professional synchronised swimming troupe, Aquabatix combined quickstepping and floating across the dancefloor to put the new product through its paces, as captured by acclaimed underwater photographer, Zac MacAulay at The Underwater Studios in Basildon. Flex 2, Fitbit’s ultra-slim, first-ever swim-proof fitness wristband, features a removable tracker that transforms with classic bands, elegant bangles or pendants, allowing users to effortlessly track all-day activity, exercise and sleep in a style that’s all their own. Fitbit helps people lead healthier, more active lives by empowering them with data, inspiration and guidance to reach their goals. As one of the leaders in the connected health and fitness category, Fitbit  designs products and experiences that track everyday health and fitness. Fitbit +1 877 623 4997

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New Spectrum Concrete Floor Paint In 190 RAL Classic Colours Watco, the UK’s leading manufacturer and direct supplier of industrial strength flooring products, is pleased to announce that it has launched Spectrum, a range of concrete floor paints available in 190 RAL classic colours. For designers and architects this can solve the problem of colour matching to a client’s specification, effectively matching floors to a brand identity or surroundings. With 190 colours to choose from, the perfect match can be made to any colour scheme. Its tough polyurethane formula

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means it can be used inside and out, and is strong enough for general use in warehouses, factories and workshops, but attractive enough for use in showrooms, retail areas, leisure facilities and more. Spectrum can be applied to concrete, wood, painted surfaces or metal, and will transform brighten and floors, providing an easy to clean, mid-gloss finish. Watco UK Ltd 01483 418 418 28/11/2016 09:28

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Liquid Cooled Thinking From SwimDrive A new variable speed product called SwimDrive is set to revolutionise the UK hot tub, swim spa and pool markets, thanks to some seriously innovative design. Chief Technology Officer Nabeel Shirazee has developed the unique, liquid cooled variable speed drive from concept to reality with support from the Dovey Group and the Welsh Government. With a worldwide patent pending, the UK designed technology is offering a unique opportunity for the pool and spa industry. A recent addition to the SwimDrive team, Jane Veysey of All Swim Ltd, will be adding considerable sales and marketing knowledge to introduce this exciting new product to the global marketplace. SwimDrive is a completely new concept in variable speed drive technology, the first of its kind with inline liquid cooling and heat energy recovery. It is able to operate efficiently in hot environments, returning much of the generated heat back into the flowing water of the system and with a built in active power factor correction (APFC) feature, energy savings are dramatic. When operating at 80% speed it saves 45% energy and at 50% speed saves 80% energy. It is very much a ‘green’ product. The variable speed drive also allows precise control of water flow

so hot tub and swim spa users have the potential for far more intense, tailored hydrotherapy experiences with improved massage performance. Manufacturers can reap significant benefits from exploiting this new technology. In a typical hot tub or swim spa application, it can replace the 24/7 cycle pump and 2 speed pumps, reduce the need for plumbing and increase the service life of the pump by running at considerably lower speeds. Ideal for use in both new and existing installations, the system is compatible with all RS485 spa controllers but can be customised to particular requirements too. The SwimDrive team are understandably excited about the prospects for both the commercial and domestic markets in 2017 and have already secured interest from some major industry players. SwimDrive Limited 02920 344 150

Winter Is Coming – And IVERNEA Is Ready For It Slatted cover systems represent a huge investment, so with winter on its way, now is the time to remind pool owners to protect their slatted covers during the colder months and IVERNEA is a great option to consider. Available exclusively through Golden Coast, DEL’s winter shield is an economical way to defend slatted covers against damaging UV rays. While it’s compatible with all of DEL’s in-ground and aboveground models, the unique cover also can be used to protect other manufacturers’ systems from harsh winter climates. Designed for use between October and April, the IVERNEA shield helps to keep slatted covers clean and damagefree. In addition, thanks to its robust polyethylene fabric sheet featuring a peripheral screen which filters rainwater – trapping dirt and leaves – it helps owners maintain water quality over the long winter. Easy to attach, the clip and elasticated cord system fits directly onto the cover slats – with no need for unsightly fixtures. IVERNEA, which is available in green or blue, is only suitable for use with solid colour PVC or polycarbonate slats, but these form the basis for most slatted covers. “We are always looking for practical and innovative product offerings for our customers and IVERNEA is just that,” says Golden Coast’s, Managing Director Jamie Adams. “Affordable and effective, IVERNEA lets you offer your customer the advice and solutions they need to keep their pool cover in tip-top shape – whatever weather winter brings with it.” Golden Coast 01271 378100

The Future Is Brilliant White With New Weberfix Pro Lite Tile Adhesive The new weberfix pro lite wall tile adhesive, designed for fixing all ceramic and porcelain tiles in interior applications, is both lightweight and Brilliant White. This high performance flexible adhesive enables extra coverage without increasing the load which is vital in eliminating the effect of any expansion or contraction in the substrate. “weberfix pro lite is a very sophisticated wall tile adhesive,” said Tracey Dempster, Head of Marketing at Saint-Gobain Weber, “which has excellent non-slip and very high grab qualities. It is ideal where extra

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water resistance is required, such as in wet rooms, domestic and commercial showers, kitchens and bathrooms, but it is equally suitable to dry conditions. This new product will be supported with 200 Weber Rewards loyalty points. And while we’re making tilers happy with extra points we’ve manufactured weberfix pro lite adhesive in Brilliant White which gives the applicator more confidence when using light coloured tiles or grout.” weberfix pro lite adhesive meets D2 TE Classification for improved dispersion and reduced slip as well as its extended opening time which is up to 30 minutes after spreading. weberfix pro lite is quick and easy to apply and supplied ready mixed in 13kg pails (approximately 10L). This adhesive

requires no priming and is ready for grout in 24 hours. weberfix pro lite is manufactured in the UK helping to ensure product quality, uniformity and availability with reduced transportation costs and CO2 emissions. Saint-Gobain Weber has a team of experienced technical advisors available to provide advice both at the specification stage and during application. Detailed specifications can be provided for specific projects and site visits, and on-site support can be arranged on request. Saint-Gobain Weber 0870 333 0070 28/11/2016 09:28

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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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Be Sure-footed With Waxman Ceramics Established for over 30 years, Waxman Ceramics is well known in the industry for its wide range of mosaics suitable for use in pools and spas and has built a sound reputation for high quality products and outstanding customer service. But mosaics aren’t its only speciality. Working with specialists in swimming pool design for decades has afforded the company with a deep understanding of the industry and the need to meet design and safety requirements. With this in mind, the company is launching four new anti-slip ranges, all of which use the latest HD ink jet technology to achieve a top level of realism and definition. Creating the look of various materials such as rustic wood and high quality natural stone, such technology offers increased versatility and greater design opportunities for the consideration of pool specialists and their customers. All tiles in the Collection have an anti-slip finish that attains the highest level of slip resistance of grade C in the DIN 51097 and + 36 on the pendulum. Combine this with the added advantage that all ranges have step treads with the option to make grating channels and pool drop edges, a stylish look with complementary technical features can be created. A Waxman staple throughout the years, the Pool & Spa Collection is the ideal resource for pool designers and finishers. From established mosaic ranges like Ceramic Pool, to contemporary offerings such as Harmonie, as well as a number of technical pieces, the pool design possibilities the Collection presents are endless. The Collection is further supported with a corresponding brochure, both of which welcome a sought after range of 20mm thickness tiles, again offering anti-slip finishes with copings and gratings to create a modern contemporary look which is suitable for external and internal use. The new anti-slip range and Pool & Spa Collection, along with its corresponding brochure, will be revealed at SPATEX 2017 and the company invites visitors to their stand B34 at the show to preview both collections and other new ranges. Waxman Ceramics 01422 377331

NIVEKO Plus Offers Unique Designs And Attention To The Smallest Of Details With the New Year on the horizon, Czech based manufacturer NIVEKO is ending a successful 2016 on a high with the introduction of 18-23_SPN_Dec_16_Prod_News_Rev.indd 23

its new NIVEKO Plus concept – an initiative which focuses on a blend contemporary design, attention to detail and uncompromising quality. The concept behind NIVEKO Plus is one that has been developed as a result of more than 20-years experience in the manufacturing of swimming pools. As a company, NIVEKO wanted to offer not only a quality and functional pool, but also a product which features a unique design and structure, combined with quality components and accessories which pay attention to the smallest of details, resulting in a pool with unmistakable architectural elements. With this in mind, NIVEKO have designed new parts and components tailored specifically

to the new concept and have then had them manufactured by the best possible suppliers. With attention paid to every individual detail and its perfect workmanship, these are then tuned and incorporated into the pool body in the most advanced technological manner. The result – a precisely produced and unique NIVEKO Plus pool, which is distinguished by an original elegance and which has benefitted from emphasis being placed on every single detail. Visit the company’s dedicated website at where you can discover more about the new NIVEKO Plus concept. NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246

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Leisure Centre Cuts Air Handling And Pool Energy Costs By 20% A Kent-based leisure centre is achieving up to 20% energy savings following the installation of ABB variable-speed drives (VSDs). The air handling unit (AHU) at Tenterden Leisure Centre, operated by Tenterden Leisure Trust, has been retro-fitted with two ABB HVAC drives and low voltage motors, one each on the air inlet and exhaust fan, together with three ABB industrial drives for the swimming pool recirculation pumps. The project originated when ABB authorised value provider, MKE, was installing some electrical panels on the site. “We saw that the motors for the AHU were direct-on-line and we thought we could install a VSD-based system that would save energy,” said MKE’s Steve Bootes. The AHU’s two-speed motors were operating at either 22 kW or 4 kW controlled via relative humidity and temperature requirements through a BMS system. The motors had to start and stop on different speeds many times during opening hours. MKE replaced the motors with two ABB standard induction motors, each driven by a 22 kW ABB HVAC drive. “Now, the motors are no longer ‘stop and go’,” said Site Manager Craig King. “The VSDs tell the motors to start, running them at 40 Hz for

the high speed during the day and 20-15 Hz for the low speed at night.” The refurbishment of the AHU also included the replacement of a number of mechanical components in the drive train. In addition, MKE also installed three 12 kW ABB drives on the pool pump system. The VSDs are protected to IP54 as they are sited in a dusty area and are also subject to a high moisture environment. “We have three pool pumps and previously ran two of them on duty, one off. With the

new VSDs, we can run all three at a reduced speed saving a quarter of the electrical consumption,” said King. A basic water flow-speed meter was also replaced with a digital unit in order that the pool turnover rates would not be affected and could be accurately measured when reducing the pump speed. MKE estimated an 18 months payback but Tenterden Leisure trust has achieved that in just over a year since the drives were installed.

Tenterden Leisure Centre has cut 20% off air handling and pool energy costs with ABB drives

Tailor-made Climate Control For Moving Floor Pools Multi-use pool rooms are now an established solution to optimise space usage within a property. The new Hydrus AC from Heatstar is specially designed to meet the markedly opposing environmental control demands of the room in its different modes of use. The Hydrus AC has the capability to tackle the strenuous demands of a high temperature and moisture laden swimming pool room environment, whilst maintaining excellent energy efficiency. However, the Hydrus AC also features in-built capabilities necessary to accommodate an entirely different environmental requirement. When the moving floor is open and the pool is in use, the room can be heated (or cooled) by the Hydrus AC to the temperature required. In this mode, although the Hydrus AC’s control settings are fully variable, a comfortable 30 to 32˚C can easily be maintained. In addition, during pool mode, correct dehumidification is vital. The Hydrus AC offers room dehumidification with active heat recycling back to air or pool water. High rate fresh air dilution is also a key benefit along with extremely energy efficient pool water heating. When the moving floor is closed, the environmental control needs of the room are completely different. This is where the Hydrus AC is so adaptable. It is all about creating a comfortable environment for a wide variety of functions, parties and many other uses. The 25_SPN_Dec_16_News_Eco.indd 25

heating and cooling of the room has to be very flexible. Usually the room air in this mode is heated or cooled to between 21 and 23˚C. The Hydrus AC includes stale air extraction and pool water heating can be maintained in a highly energy efficient way. During swimming pool mode, the room air is re-circulated through the Hydrus AC by the integral fan. Inside the unit the humid room air is passed through the cold refrigerated coil matrix of the dehumidifying heat pump where, upon contact, the excess humidity condenses to cold water. Thus the air is dehumidified and de-energised prior to being returned back to the room and/or expelled to outside. The warm, moisture laden pool room air is rich in energy and the heat pump is able to absorb both ‘Sensible’ (dry) and ‘Latent’ (steam-like energy present within the airborne water vapour) heat. This absorbed heat, together with all the electrical energy used to operate the dehumidifying heat pump, is then recycled back into either the room air or the pool water. Active energy recycling efficiencies of up to 380% are possible through this process. Heatstar 01983 521465

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A Winter Addition From Jacuzzi® – The New J-225™ With winter setting in, the colder months are the perfect time of year to benefit from hot tub hydrotherapy massage to keep muscles flexible and aches and pains at bay. With Christmas just around the corner, Jacuzzi® has delivered a brand new addition to its product portfolio that will enable even more people to enjoy the relaxing benefits of water therapy during the festive season. The brand new J-225™ hot tub from Jacuzzi® is one of the iconic brand’s most affordable tubs to date. Offering a pivot bench seat for flexibility and comfort, the tub is ideal for patios or small spaces, with its low profile seating able to accommodate up to five adults, so owners can enjoy the benefits of a hot tub with friends and family. The hot tub’s tested jet placement utilises classic jets set within its ergonomic seats

to provide great levels of hydrotherapy, which is especially important heading into the winter months. With features including 23 jets, a relaxing waterfall and a LED lighting system, the J-225™ is also low maintenance and energy efficient. In addition to a two-stage filtration system, which includes surface skimmer and pleated filter, the CLEARRAY® system in the tub uses the same UV-C technology that drink manufacturers, waste water plants, hospitals and other health care environments use to filter their water without the need for added gas, chemicals, or other by-products to clean the water.

Catalina Spas Brand Under New US Ownership

Headed by Boyd Cargill, one of the USA’s bestknown industry personalities, Catalina spas and swim spas have been manufactured in the same California based facility by the same family for nearly 40 years. The brand have been at the forefront of design and innovation and were one of the first to introduce many of the features that are now standard on a lot of today’s spas and swim spas. Since 1978, Catalina USA has established its reputation of hand built high-end quality spas on reliability, great design and value for money. In 1997 Catalina Spas Ltd was formed to represent the brand both here in the UK, and in other parts of Europe, and the Wiltshire based company are proud to be entering their 20th year of continuous trading with their success and longevity based on the same production principals and customer service. Boyd Cargill recently took the decision to retire and sell the company that he has loved and cherished for over 39 years. The business interests have been acquired by LPI inc, a company that specialises in mid-range spas who were looking for a high-end spa and swim spa manufacturer to acquire. This then is both a perfect end and beginning that opens a new and exciting chapter in the future developments of the Catalina brand and product range. Factory production will be relocated from California to a new 318,000 sq ft facility in Tennessee, where production will not only continue to use the best materials available, but will also use a number of components manufactured in house too. Going forward, the spa, swim spa and pool range will have some exciting new models and the spa range will be expanded with the introduction of more entry-level acrylics. The developments will allow Catalina to increase production to keep up with demand whilst reducing production and shipping times. Catalina Spas 01980 611555

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Strato Blends In Perfectly With Modern Living Spaces RivieraPool has completely overhauled its spa range so as to address the current trend of outdoor living. Available as built-in or portable spas and for indoor and for outdoor use, the company’s new Strato model is offered in two sizes and looks like it will set new standards with respect to looks, features and functionality. One of the new features on the Strato is the Lounge2Cover feature – a hard-top that becomes a daybed. The weather and winterproof cover made of vinyl fabric insulates and protects the spa. It can be opened and closed effortlessly thanks to its lightweight construction, yet it is robust enough to carry two people and turns into a daybed for chilling out after a spa session. RivieraPool has also used new materials for its spa cabinets – in particular for portable spas that are used outdoors – the manufacturer is offering cabinets made from weatherproof Resysta panels. The material, which has long been used in architecture, shipbuilding and furniture design, consists of special polymeric composites with rice husks. As the material is water

resistant, it is perfect for use outdoors or in wet areas. Resysta panels are available in a wide range of colours with a stylish wooden look. This development is part of an integral design concept: “As Resysta is also frequently used in façade engineering as well as for pool or terrace decking, it is possible to harmonise the look of the whirlpool with the overall design,” explained Marketing Manager Uwe Rengers. The technical spa equipment is hidden behind the removable panels and is easily accessible at all times. Optimal insulation of the equipment compartment is provided by high-tech polyurethane insulating boards. The waste heat of the pumps is recovered to help heat the bath water. RivieraPool +49 (0) 593 7660 28/11/2016 09:29

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Holt Farm is an independent, family owned business set in the stunning Herefordshire countryside, offering luxury accommodation in four holiday cottages. Eighteen months ago, owners Ruth and Gordon Christopher took the decision to install two Caldera Vantos hot tubs and it proved to be one of the soundest business decisions they ever made. “They were installed in January in a cold winter,” said Ruth, who added: “Some guests, who have not used a hot tub before, think you have to have fine weather to use one so I love telling them about how the best times are the dark, the snow and the rain! “We chose two seven-seater hot tubs between our four cottages and it works well for us as they are situated on outdoor patios. They are strategically placed as most of our customers book at least two cottages so we have great flexibility to give them at least one cottage with a hot tub. Then in quiet times we can offer a hot tub to customers whose cottage might not have an adjacent one – they are usually delighted by the added value to their booking.” When asked why they chose a Caldera, Ruth said: “We were attracted to the brand’s price and superb quality. Plus, the sales team at our local retailer, Three Counties Pools & Spas, recommended Caldera because the hot tubs are robust and economical to run. What really clinched the deal for us was

attending a seminar at Three Counties, and they invited customers who had already installed Calderas and their testimonials were very encouraging. “The hot tubs have proved a real boon to business,” added Ruth: “Potential customers are always looking for an added value fun facility when they make their booking and the hot tubs fit the bill perfectly and have broad appeal. “Maintenance takes just a few minutes per day; refilling is more lengthy but having two tubs is good in that they can fill simultaneously! For us, getting the Caldera hot tubs has been a great investment and we’ve not looked back.” Emma Garrett of Three Counties Pools & Spas said: “Caldera Spas is a brand which offers both peace of mind to owners and dealers. The brand’s reputation for build quality and design provides re-assurance in providing a reliable, durable and efficient spa – ideal for the holiday let industry.”

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Spa Crest Dealer Announces Partnership With Wigan Warriors Players at Wigan Warriors Rugby League club are benefitting from the restorative qualities provided by a new Spa Crest hot tub and ice bath located in a purpose built therapy room. Local Spa Crest dealer, The Hot Tub Outlet has been named as the official suppliers of wet leisure equipment at the current Rugby Football League champions, and recently supplied and installed a pair of hot tubs from their Spa Crest range of hand-built American spas. (Left to right) Warriors player Lewis Tierney enjoys the hot water spa. Kris Radlinski , Rugby General Manager at Wigan Warriors and Tony Welsby, Managing Director of The Hot Tub Outlet confirm the partnership

The hot tubs in question are a pair of Spa Crest Knight S1 models with specially specified optional neck and shoulder jets. One of them functions as a hot tub with warm water maintained at around 38°C, while the other has been modified to allow ice bath conditions, while still allowing the therapy jets to function as normal. Rugby General Manager and former player at the Warriors, Kris Radlinski, is delighted with the new relationship with The Hot Tub Outlet, and with the benefits that their two new Spa Crest therapy pools will bring to the elite players at the club. He said: “The specification and installation of the new tubs at the club is an important benefit in the conditioning of our players, particularly in the rehabilitation process following injury, with a view to speeding up the recovery period so that a player is out of action for a shorter time. One of the spas gives us all the benefits of hot water hydrotherapy: heat, buoyancy and massage, while the second one gives us the benefits of ice bathing.” Tony Welsby, Spa Crest Europe’s Managing Director and a local Wigan man is, needless to say, absolutely delighted with the association with the illustrious club which he has followed his whole life. Spa Crest Europe Ltd 0844 871 8730

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A Spa With Timeless Looks – The Volcano From Wellis Spa manufacturer Wellis have had a busy few months launching a number of new products including the new Volcano spa. Seen recently at both the Hot Tub Living Expo in Birmingham and the Piscine Global exhibition in Lyon, the product features hightech materials for a high-end look and due to the characteristics of its stainless steel material, the Volcano spa is a great choice for a timeless look. Featuring two recliners and able to seat four people, the 2,270 x 2,570 x 900mm Volcano is made from 2mm thick, acid-proof stainless steel and features a stainless steel frame. The clean looking exterior is completed with stainless steel steps and brushed surface side covers which are UV-proof. A thermo cover is also available. The Volcano is just one model in a series of new spas and swimming pools from the Hungarian manufacturer, all of which combine a calm elegance, unique design and the durability of stainless steel. Superior Spas (Wellis) 01246 559071

Aqua Spa Supplies Launch New Aqua Range Branding In a market place where there are several varieties of similar products available to purchase, it’s important to stand out and be noticed. With this in mind, Aqua Spa Supplies are improving their product range by incorporating their own distinctive identity with the addition of double chevrons to some of their products. Richard Hart, Managing Director of the Aqua Warehouse Group said: “We feel it’s important to grow our range and in doing so develop an identity, an identity that people over time will recognise.” He continued: “It’s thought that 40% of people better remember what they see, rather than what they hear or read, so therefore it’s important to have a visual identity that people can recognise, like the chevrons and a full colour product box to move the brand forward.” The first products to have the chevron design include the Aqua Lift One, the Aqua Lift Two, Aqua Rail and Aqua Towel Rail. All these items are available through the easy to use website for next day delivery and new items are already in the pipeline. Aqua Spa Supplies 01245 477 400 31_SPN_Dec_16_Hot_Tub_News_Rev.indd 31

Golden Coast Named Exclusive Distributor For One Of The World’s Most Robust Steps Getting in and out of the spa can be tricky at the best of times, which is why Golden Coast have added one of the world’s most robust step systems for spas and hot tubs to its Essentials collection. Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams explained the decision: “It’s not good for your safety or your confidence when you feel spa steps flexing under your weight… and we wanted to address this for our customers. “Waterway’s spa steps are – without a doubt – one of the world’s most robust. They have an astonishing capacity of 800 lbs (363 kg) per step, meaning there’s no bending or warping as you use them. They remain firm and solid. “What’s more, they have 33-inch non-slip treads – so your customers can enter and exit their hot tub or spa with

absolute confidence.” Waterway’s spa steps have been designed to be as durable as they are robust. The easyto-assemble steps are made of non-fade, UV-protected polypropylene. A range of colour options are available to match a wide range of surrounds. Inspired by the colours of California, where it is manufactured, colours include: bark; cinnamon; graphite; redwood; coastal grey and charcoal. Colour-chip sample sets are also available to help suppliers promote the product. Golden Coast 01271 378100

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Training Completes A Busy 2016 K

nowing how busy most companies are in our industry, it is potentially only at this time in the winter that there may be a chance to reflect on what has been happening during the year and also to plan for the New Year. The reason that a vast majority of training in our industry is offered between October and March is to try and ensure that companies are available to attend! BISHTA and SPATA have been very busy helping members with their training needs, including the annual conferences, seminars and courses, etc. Details of the annual conferences for BISHTA and SPATA and Alex Kemsley’s President’s Weekend can be found on pages 34 and 35. Opportunities are made possible through the SPATA regional meetings/ seminars, and the latest events have been recently held (or are due to be held shortly) at a number of venues around the country. I am very grateful to Calorex Heat Pumps Ltd for hosting a meeting last month and to David Hallam Ltd for making available one of their premises (Whitby’s Fish & Chip restaurant) this month. There is also another meeting planned for Andwell Brewery in Hampshire, so members will not only be learning about the latest changes to SPATA Standards, but they will also be having fish and chips plus an optional tour of the brewery (just in time to stock up for Christmas)! My thanks go to the Regional Chairs for their respective contributions to their meetings: Richard Carrington, Jamie Smith, Claire Asher, Ben Studdy and Adam Clark. SPATA has had to accept the resignation of Stephen Booth, as Chairman of the North Region, following the demise of Alba / SB Pools. SPATA would like to thank Stephen for all of his contributions, not only to SPATA but also in his previous roles with the BSPF and SPATEX. BISHTA have hosted the latest Electrical Awareness Workshops, and as a result of the course, there will be some modifications to the requirements in the Electrical section of the BISHTA Standards. A member factsheet has 31_SPN_Dec_16_BSPF_CH.indd 33

With another year now almost completed, BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes looks at a number of items the industry’s associations have been working on and thanks key individuals that have assisted over the last 12 months also been drafted, and there will be further news about both of these items in the New Year. There are many practical tips and hints that members will want to be aware of, so please look out for BISHTA News every Friday. Whatever the source of the training, it is very clear that appropriate and up to date information is required to ensure the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of everyone in our industry. BISHTA and SPATA are delighted to work with (and support) the ISPE initiative to promote CPD. Having regular training each year is so important; please remember that there are some excellent opportunities for learning at SPATEX. On to other matters – a quick update on the European standards, EN 16927 on mini-pools has been agreed, is hoped to be publically available to purchase early in the New Year. At the time of writing this article, the European standard on Domestic Spas and Hot Tubs is close to being drafted, and this will be sent out for public consultation around Easter. This standard is being developed under the Chairmanship of BISHTA. The BISHTA and SPATA members who have been entered into the EUSA Awards 2016 will know whether they have won when the winners are announced at the fourth European Pool and Spa Awards event at Piscine Forum in Bologna, Italy in February 2017. As we approach the end of the year, I would like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the many people that directly assist the BSPF. Within the office itself, Jan Hardy and Rebecca Melhuish have been working tirelessly in ensuring the smooth operation of the office and the service that is provided to members. Sallie Golding has provided another fabulous contribution to PIP to promote the industry. Karen Goddard ensures that the accounts are kept up to date, and thanks are also due to Rose and Gerry for their work in keeping the offices in a good state of cleanliness! The BSPF also benefits from each of the

relevant companies and the dedicated Chairs for the respective Boards, Committees and Councils. They are committed to ensuring the industry continues to meet the challenges and demands placed upon it. I am very grateful to Alex Kemsley (BSPF and BISHTA); Richard Carrington (SPATA), Jamie Adams (PIP) and Howard Gosling (SPATEX) for leading these companies and also to Patrick Thorpe for his role as Company Secretary for BSPF, SPATA, BISHTA and PIP. The many dedicated Committee members, including the Technical teams, have also worked tirelessly this year. Peter Lang and Howard Gosling have chaired the Technical Committees, and SPATA is also very fortunate to have now got five inspectors with Ian Betts and Steve Conway joining Peter Lang, Jim Gordon and Tim Bareham. Finally, in my list of thanks, the SPATEX team has been working on the 21st anniversary edition of the show. Michele Bridle, Helen Mulingani, Penny Farmer and the SPATEX Directors all need thanking for their respective contributions, please see page 36 for further details about the show. Talking of SPATEX, please do not forget to book your tickets for the Industry Gala Dinner, it is open to everyone (whether or not you are BISHTA / SPATA members). The ticket price is £69.95 + VAT per person. Have a great festive break, and I look forward to seeing you at SPATEX 2017. DIARY DATES 2017 31 Jan – 2 Feb SPATEX 31 January Industry Gala Evening and British Pool & Hot Tub Awards 22 to 23 Feb Electrical Awareness Workshop 4 to 5 April EUSA

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Variable Speed Pumps – Explained With energy and cost savings on offer, SPATA Technical Committee member Patrick Thorpe takes a closer look at variable speed pumps and uncovers the benefits behind their use


hen asked about variable speed (VS) pumps, I often start by saying I think the name is misleading! It gives the impression that the speed is constantly changing day in and day out. We all know we need a constant flow so what is the point? I prefer to refer to them as speed adjustable pumps. Most VS pumps have three settings each capable of being adjusted to an exact speed. For the moment let’s concentrate on using just one of the three. By being able to set one speed to the exact flow rate set by the pool designer, we end up with a perfectly balanced pool, then as almost a byproduct, we have all the advantages of the pump affinity laws. Let me give you an example: let’s say you are building a 10m x 5m x 1.4m (average depth) metre domestic pool (70m3), and you would like to have a turnover rate of 6 hours, then you are looking for a pump capable of producing 12m3/h. You look in your supplier price list and find a 1/2hp pump at a 10m head is not quite powerful enough, so you have to select a 3/4hp. That in itself creates another issue, instead of being able to use 600mm filter you are forced to go for a 750mm.

OK now let’s consider using a 1hp VS pump. The first saving is we can stick with using a 600mm filter, as it will comfortably deal with the 12m3/h required. The concept of VS is as simple as 1, 2, 3: • Any change in speed directly changes the flow at the same rates, i.e. 50% of the speed = 50% of the flow. Think changes in flow are to the power of 1. • Any change in speed changes the head in the system to the power of 2. i.e. 50% of speed = 10m head x 0.5 x 0.5, the head changes to 2.5m. • Any change in speed changes the power used to the power of 3. i.e. 50% speed = electricity used x .5 x .5 x .5 therefore 1kW becomes 125W. Now let’s go back to our example of a typical 3/4hp pump that uses about 820 watts. We are running a heat pump and want to run the pool say 10 hours a day: • 3/4hp pump 820W x 10 = 8.2kW • Say 180 days x 8.2kW = 1476kW • At 12p kW/h = £177.12 • 1 hp VS pump 1,050 watts at 2,850 rpm producing 17m3/h. • Flow required = 12m3/h • Speed required (Power 1) 12/17 x 2,850 = 2,012 rpm (this will depend on the actual hydraulic efficiency of the system, but the calculation should give an excellent indicator of the saving) • 12/17 = 70% of the speed • Power used = 1,050 x .7 x .7 x .7 = 360W • Pump 360W x 10 hours = 3.6kW • Say 180 days x 3.6kW = 648kW • At 12p kW/h = £77.76 So where are we? We are using a pump producing exactly the flow rate set by the pool designer working at a power consumption commensurate with that flow rate and at the same time, no dead area issues, no flow rate issues, yet still saving £100 per year. Not forgetting a saving

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By being able to set one speed to the exact flow rate set by the pool designer, we end up with a perfectly balanced pool, then as almost a by product, we have all the advantages of the pump affinity laws” on buying the smaller filter of at least £350 at retail, which means, you will be well on the way to covering the extra cost of buying the variable speed pump. No compromise, just perfection. Obviously greater savings can be made by running a much lower speed for part of the day, as long as you ensure you have sufficient flow to operative such items as the heat pump and dosing, etc., not to mention numerous other benefits like medium rate filtration. Go on give them a try!

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Adam Chambers was one of a number of speakers during the BISHTA Conference Day

Emma Webb gave a presentation which asked ‘How Can ACAS Help Our Industry?’

Trade Association News For the UK industry’s trade associations, autumn was the season to network, educate and share views!


ISHTA and SPATA held their annual conferences (including their AGM’s) during October with two separate days, held at the BSPF offices in Andover. This format provided the respective Association members with a full day of content specific to their needs, aimed to deliver a review of the relevant Association’s actions and plans. Along with sharing information on the main industry topics, each day successfully brought together pertinent information from industry and other experts, and there was an invaluable opportunity to meet with industry peers to network, share opinions, concerns and views.

BISHTA CONFERENCE DAY The BISHTA conference took place on Tuesday 4 October and the day started with the BISHTA and BSPF review presented by BISHTA’s Managing Director, Chris Hayes. Chris outlined the work that has been carried out by BISHTA and the BSPF over the past year, and Sallie Golding (PR & Marketing Manager) gave a review of the work PIP has been doing and the ways that members can promote their businesses, via BISHTA. The reviews were followed by Alex Kemsley (BISHTA’s Chairman) presiding over the formal AGM part of the day. Guest presenters added valuable content to the agenda, such as; Adam Chambers (Hampshire County Council Trading Standards) on ‘Knowing The Consumer Rights Act’ and Krissy Simmons (ACAS) on ‘How Can ACAS Help Our industry?’. Howard Gosling (BISHTA’s Technical Adviser, from Pool and Spa Advice) gave an update on the revision of the management of Spa Pools publication (HSG 282) during his session on ‘Opportunities And Requirements For Selling Hot Tubs To The Holiday Park Sector’.

SPATA CONFERENCE DAY This year’s SPATA conference took place on

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Thursday 13 October and kicked off with the SPATA and BSPF review presented by SPATA’s Managing Director, Chris Hayes. Chris outlined the work that has been carried out by the two associations over the last 12 months. Sallie Golding also gave an update on the many ways in which SPATA are driving trade and consumer press coverage and the initiatives that have been put in place to help members gain both online and offline publicity. The reviews were followed by Richard Carrington (SPATA’s Chairman) presiding over the AGM. Following the AGM, the guest speakers began their presentations, with a range of topical and inspiring subjects which included: Maya Heath and Nick Butter (BSI) who spoke about ‘Making The Most Of British Standards Online (BSOL)’ whilst Emma Webb (ACAS) spoke about ‘How Can ACAS Help Our Industry?’ In terms of SPATA Standards 2017, Peter Lang (Technical Adviser to SPATA) gave an overview of the coming changes with Patrick Thorpe (AstralPool UK) going into more detail on the key developments. If BISHTA or SPATA members wish to request any further information from the speakers above at either of the annual conferences, please contact the office and confirm what information is required.

THE BSPF CREATE A NEED FOR SPEED! The 2016 President’s Weekend was held from 9 – 11 September and was hosted by Alex Kemsley (BSPF President and BISHTA Chairman) and his partner Nicole Tingley. The event took place in the historic Brooklands venue in Weybridge, Surrey, where the first purpose-built motor circuit was constructed by wealthy landowner Locke King in 1907. Brooklands is the birthplace of British motorsport and

aviation; it is the home of Concorde, Mercedes-Benz World, the Brooklands Hotel and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century. A fantastic setting for the BSPF President’s Weekend, there was lots to see and do, especially for thrill seekers and transportation enthusiasts! The President’s Weekend is always a chance for members to join the current President for a celebration of their time in office and meet up with industry peers in an informal setting. This year’s attendees all got the chance to see, touch and feel the latest models at Mercedes-Benz World and learn about the company’s unique history, as well as the opportunity to take the wheel for a breath-taking Mercedes driving experience. There was a drinks reception at the Brooklands Museum, with a champagne reception and simulated flight on Concorde, followed by dinner in the atmospheric surroundings of the Stratosphere Chamber, with entertainment from the ‘Nightingales’ singing duo all adding to the 1940s evening’s theme. Thanks go to everyone who supported the President’s Weekend. If you would like to see a taster of the weekend, you can view the President Weekend album on the BISHTA and SPATA websites. Watch out for details of the 2018 President’s Weekend, hosted by Will Dando – more details will be available at SPATEX 2017 on the BSPF stand. SPN

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Alex Kemsley with President’s Weekend guests at the historic Brooklands venue in Weybridge, Surrey

President’s Weekend guests enjoy dinner together at the Hand & Spear Pub in Weybridge

A 1940s evening theme was added to with entertainment from singing duo the ‘Nightingales’ The birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, Brooklands is the home of Concorde, Mercedes-Benz World and the Brooklands Hotel

The Weekend’s hosts – Alex Kemsley and partner Nicole Tingley Guests within Brooklands’ Stratosphere Chamber

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The UK’s BIG Wet Leisure Show! Celebrating 21 years service, the 2017 edition of SPATEX promises to be the biggest and best yet. Attendees can expect all the familiar, much-loved ingredients, coupled with some new surprises too, meaning it all adds up to an unmissable event


excellent hotel deals have been brokered – see the SPATEX website for further details.

he impressive figures speak for themselves – over 100 exhibitors, 20 workshops, 35 speakers, 22 seminars and thousands of products. SPATEX isn’t the UK’s number one wet leisure show for nothing and with the calendar counting down to next year’s show, the organising team highlight just some of what’s on offer:


BIG ON EXHIBITORS It’s not just the quantity, it’s also the quality and you can’t get better than a roomful of the world’s leading wet leisure manufacturers and suppliers. With over 95 confirmed big name exhibitors (at the time of going to press), the exhibition is well on track to sell out early. SPATEX welcomes for the first time in Coventry Allseas Spas, Almost Heaven Saunas, Aquafeat, Eco Finish, Gaffey, Haven Saunas, Heypar, Intopool, Sorodist, Swim Safe and Villeroy & Boch. All product sectors under the wet leisure umbrella are covered and for both the commercial and domestic markets. With 22 spa companies booked to date, SPATEX can justifiably claim to represent both the spa and hot tub sector as well as the pool trade.

BIG ON EDUCATION AND TRAINING SPATEX is known as much for its free industry training and education as it is for being the UK’s largest showcase of new wet leisure products, and with its double seminar offering which includes the ISPE (Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers) workshop programme running on all three days of the show, it will not disappoint. A comprehensive new schedule is planned and diversity is the name of the game. New seminar topics include a talk by specialist International Personal Injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, Simon O’Loughlin (Wednesday 1 February, 12.30–13.00 in Arena 1) on what to do when things go legal including pursuing a civil case, proving negligence etc. Following much interest in the national press, Tim Evans, founder and current member of the British Association of Natural Swimming Ponds, has been invited to give an introduction to swimming ponds and natural swimming pools (Wednesday 1 February,

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12.30–13.45 in Arena 2). “There is a lot of ignorance, both inside and outside the wet leisure industry, and my talk aims to dispel some of the common misconceptions,” said Tim who is owner and Managing Director of Gartenart Swimming Ponds, which has designed and built over 130 projects since 2004. “The talk will consist of an overview of what natural swimming pools are all about, a brief history of the industry, how they work, the different types of natural pools and an overview of hygiene,” he added. Delegates will have the opportunity to ask questions in a Q and A session following the talk. Further details on these and the extensive seminars and workshop programme can be found on the SPATEX website and all attendees of the workshops receive CPD points plus certificates of attendance.

Last year’s 28% increase in visitor numbers has set the bar high and SPATEX’s organisers are determined to better that in 2017. Much work has gone on behind the scenes to extend the appeal of the show and publicise it to a wider audience – schools plus further and higher education establishments being just one of those areas. 2016 visitor Richard Baum said: “I visited SPATEX in my capacity of Bursar of Godstowe School (a leading prep school in High Wycombe) in order to source equipment and find out costings and the viability of embarking on the construction of a school pool. The day was well spent as I had access to all the leading wet leisure suppliers, manufacturers and installers. I would recommend it to anyone who is in charge of a school pool or embarking on a project of this kind.” Extending its appeal to those in the equine and canine hydrotherapy business, SPATEX is holding a dedicated seminar on water testing and maintaining good water quality in animal hydrotherapy pools (Tuesday 31 January, 13.00–13.45 in Arena 2). Led by Howard Gosling FISPE, former Chairman of the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG), the presentation will conclude with a Q and A session.

BIG ON NETWORKING There’s no bigger gathering of the wet leisure industry in the calendar and as 2017 is SPATEX’s 21st anniversary edition, there will be a special celebratory networking party after the exhibition closes on the evening of Wednesday 1 February. Taking place at the Ricoh Arena, all exhibitors and visitors are warmly invited to the themed party, which will include drinks, nibbles and a lot of fun! SPATEX will once again be the occasion for the much-anticipated British Pool & Hot Tub Awards gala dinner hosted by BISHTA and SPATA (call 01264 356210/1 to book tickets) on the evening of Tuesday 31 January. And, of course there’s the Ricoh’s G Casino (the UK’s largest) right on the doorstep. Why not make a night of it? A number of

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A Growing Cause For Concern STA’s Lead Pool Plant Expert, Robbie Phillips, answers your Top 5 questions in light of growing concerns across the industry over basic pool plant management standards, and the increased number of microbiological outbreaks being reported.


n the press over the last few months, there seems to be a marked increase in problems being reported that originate from pools. But, is this simply a coincidence or could the root cause of these outbreaks be due to budgetary cuts in pool maintenance and lack of training?  My learned colleagues and I suspect the latter and that the cuts witnessed a couple of years ago are now starting to have an impact. As an industry, I strongly believe that we must work quickly to understand how serious and widespread these potential issues are, and then together work to start making positive changes. Prevention is key and with this being SPN’s last issue for 2016, we’ve selected our top 5 FAQs from the past 12 months to highlight some of the issues and questions that are being asked: Q) I have been asked by the local authority to carry out a plant safety audit. How often should I do this and what does it really consist of? A) A plant safety audit should initially take place during the design stage prior to handover. This will dictate the controls for the safety of users and staff. There should be an audit when any process changes. The audit is also known as a ‘Risk Assessment’.

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Q) We have opened a new hotel pool and I am not sure whether in its construction or design we have given sufficient attention to entrapment problems. What should I be looking for to see if we are legally safe? A) A risk assessment should be taken to identify two possible dangers due to bad design or poor operation: hair entrapment and suction entrapment. If you suspect either then serious consideration should be given to closing the pool until the danger is eliminated. Your pool contractor is liable, as are you, for operating potentially dangerous facilities. Q) Our pool has an electric dosing system which always seems at fault. Should we just abandon it? Are these systems notoriously difficult and full of problems? A) I assume you mean an automatic controller, which if maintained properly should not be a problem. Seek out a competent pool engineer to maintain and/or replace your faulty controller. Faulty operation of these critical pieces of equipment can cause serious repercussions. Q) What is an L8 Compliant water system risk assessment and do I need to do anything in my role as pool manager? A) Simply it is a risk assessment well documented in the Legionella control under COSHH Regulations. As a manager, either you or a designated competent person(s) is responsible for enforcing the guidelines in L8 – this may be an internal staff member or contractor who is experienced and suitably trained for the task.

… there seems to be a marked increase in the number of reported microbiological outbreaks originating from pools. But, is this simply a coincidence or could the root cause of these outbreaks be due to budgetary cuts in pool maintenance and a lack of training?” Q) What is a ph and disinfectant Traffic Light system? A) It is based on recognition of the parameters recommended and applied to water based testing systems – normally for free chlorine, combined chlorine and ph. The three conditions are Green, Amber and Red and the test results will fall into one of these ranges. Once the reading is identified then a set of procedures and reaction logs guide the operator to the correct action. For example a reading in the red zone would demand closure of the facility tested. This would be recorded and remedial action taken. A retest would be carried out until results are returned to the Green Zone. An amber reading would demand remedial action without closure. Because we can only share a few of the questions here, we strongly advise you to look back over the recent issues of SPN to read our articles on cryptosporidium prevention, Legionella control and PPO measures. A full archive of back issues is available to access free of charge online via the SPN website. For further information or to find out more about PPO training contact STA. STA 01922 645097

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The President Of The United States Is Who? Does Brexit Still Mean Brexit? “I’m writing this a couple of days before the American elections and I know that you are reading it after the results are out and the dust has, hopefully, settled. I feel like I’m doing a topical quiz show that will be broadcast on Dave!” With nothing seemingly a certainty anymore, Golden Coast’s Managing Director Jamie Adams gives his thoughts on recent events and the potential challenges for the year ahead


e seem to live in very confusing times. Nothing seems to make sense and it’s hard to know what the facts are. For almost the entire run up to the US elections, it has seemed obvious that Trump is unelectable. To be honest, it’s seemed almost as if he had been trying to be unelectable. And yet, as I write this, Donald and Hilary sit absolutely neck and neck in the polls. If we think back to the beginning of June this year, it was practically a foregone conclusion that Britain would vote to remain in the European Union. But we voted to leave. And now it seems that MPs will be voting on whether our voting should carry any weight or not. Whatever your personal opinion about what the outcome of those two issues should be, it’s impossible not to agree that they are making the world an unsettled and unpredictable place. If there is one thing that business likes, it is a sense of stability. A sense that we can plan for the future because we have a good idea of what the future will be. Well, that doesn’t sound like where we all are at the moment, does it?

THE POUND IN YOUR POCKET Probably the most significant way that all this uncertainty is affecting the wet leisure industry at the moment is with the exchange rate. The falling value of the pound is not good for business. The wet leisure industry imports a great deal of the products that we sell. We might be buying in dollars or euros, but in either case, a weak pound will put prices up. The industry is going to have to pass those price rises on to consumers, and that is going to impact sales. Of course, the UK imports billions of dollars – and euros – worth of cars and computers and oil and many, many other things so our industry isn’t going to be alone

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in this problem but it is certainly going to make next year a challenging one for all of us.

IF ONLY WE COULD SEE INTO THE FUTURE Crystal balls and fortune tellers aside, one of the best ways of working out what next year might have in store is to have a detailed look at what changes and trends have been happening in our industry this year. Which brings me to the fact that it’s time for you all to respond to this year’s Wet Leisure Industry Survey. According to Chris Hayes, Managing Director of the BSPF: “The annual Wet Leisure Survey is an excellent initiative for our industry to get a snap shot of what business owners are experiencing and to identify any trends that may be happening. “The BSPF supports this Survey to understand better how companies are thinking and feeling about the industry and to know how best to support and reflect the views contained within the survey when lobbying at home and abroad.” The survey began in 2011 and we have always distributed the results at the following year’s SPATEX. We will be doing the same again this year, but in addition to that we have built a new website at which now has the collected results of each

years survey in a way that is easy to look through either by year or category. The more people who respond to the survey, the more accurate and useful the results are. Golden Coast are sending out links for you to take part in the survey on-line and the BSPF will be helping us by sending out survey forms in the post. Whichever method you choose, all responses are anonymous and it shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes to complete the form fully so please help us all to see the future a little more clearly.

THERE ARE ONLY TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, AND NONE OF THEM ARE IN NOVEMBER But the shops are full of tinsel and trees. Garden centres have begun their annual transformation into grottos and this is my last opinion piece of the year. So I would like to wish you all the best. I think that the industry will look back over this last season and say that it’s been pretty good. (And when we read the results of the Wet Leisure Survey, we’ll know if that was true or not.) I think that there will be some challenges to face next year, as there are every year, but I think we’ll all be well placed to meet them. And by the time this is published, the USA will have a new President. I just hope that I didn’t need shocking back to reality by the hot tea spilling on my lap from a slowly tilting cup as the result was announced on TV.

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Automatic And Balanced Water Organisers As dosing pumps and control systems go quietly about their business of applying regular and accurate chemicals to pool and spa water, it’s easy to overlook the fact that they have become essential pieces of equipment that have made the lives of their owners infinitely easier. In fact, the latest innovations mean ensuring perfect leisure time water has never been so simple and this issue, we roundup the increasingly high tech options on offer By Karen Witney


anual dosing of pool or spa water sounds very old hat these days and thankfully the days of just chucking in a cup full of chlorine granules and hoping for the best are a thing of the past. Today sensibly priced dosing and control systems are available to domestic pool owners and those who want the best for their pools will see the benefits of letting the controllers take the strain and simplify water treatment. In commercial facilities automatic systems are a must both for health and safety and monetary reasons. The facilities can be assured that their valued customers are swimming in healthy, balanced water and that the necessary chemical treatments are being used in a cost effective manner. Many systems can be monitored and controlled remotely so easing the burden of operators. All in all automatic water treatment and pool controlling equipment is the sensible option for well managed pools.


are designed to be simple, intuitive and straightforward to use, even for clients who don’t like computers. Whilst the system is built on established powerful computerised process controllers and the latest technology, the user needs no special skills to operate it. The design is clear, simple, bright and uncluttered. All user interfaces are simply provided by LCD colour touch screens. One of these is located inside the pool plant room on the controller cabinet, and is the Master controller at the heart of the system. It provides access to the more technical functions required to maintain and fine-tune the operation of the complete system. Although Tornado Systems is principally a software house with a background in automotive systems and military avionics (hardware and software), having no previous encounter with the swimming pool world turned out to be a big advantage. Several key points were required in the new design. It had to be fully-integrated with every component in the system, with ability to handle any system failures safely. Central to this is the need to include full selfdiagnostics for each individual pump, valve, and other components in the system. As an example, there was an incident last year where the plastic housing of an electrolytic chlorinator cracked in routine service. Since the Tornado system has flow sensors both at the exit from the circulation pumps and the return to the pool, it was able to detect that no water was going back to the pool. Therefore it shut down the circulation pump to prevent a flood in the plant room, and raised an alert. Whilst the main touch screen is located on the control panel in the plant room, remote control and monitoring screens are Tornado’s Control System interfaces simply provided by LCD colour touch screens 45-48_SPN_Dec_2016_Dosing_Pumps_Rev.indd 45

Topline’s TEC4000 colour touch screen chlorine and pH controller

located in the pool house, and another in the main house. To provide remote access Tornado chose a web browser-based interface, since this is available on any device with a web browser. PC based management is also implemented, allowing simultaneous remote monitoring of several installations.

TOPLINE’S ADDITIONAL FEATURES Topline Electronics Limited, have been providing equipment safe clean water for swimming pools and spa’s for over 20 years. From their base in Hailsham in East Sussex,

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DOSING PUMPS & CONTROL SYSTEMS they have become one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of swimming pool chemical controllers and a single source for quality water treatment solutions for thousands of pools throughout Britain and Ireland. Pool controllers have been required to do a little more than just switch the chemical dosing pumps on and off, and so Topline have worked with their extensive customer base to offer additional features that pool professionals find essential to operate dosing ancillaries. Topline currently manufacture four TEC models of pool controller and are also the only UK distributor for the Ezetrol Plus, the German DIN standard controller from Evoqua Water Technologies. For all manner of swimming pools and recreational water, Topline have covered the full range of requirements of water control. The Topline TEC4000, the new touch screen Wi-Fi enabled flagship controller, will take control of the pH and Chlorine dosing using a robust platinum/platinum amperometric free chlorine sensor. It will also control the sand filter flocculent dosing pumps, the variable speed drives plus peripherals such as timer controls for the day tank electric agitators, together with on screen and download data-logging and tablet interface. Topline also manufacture the TEC2000, data-logging pH and free chlorine with outputs for VSD and mixers, and then the twin TEC3000 and the TEC3500 controllers. Identical in appearance, the TEC3000 series units have full colour touch screens, for pH and amperometric free chlorine control, but the units offer subtly different functionality to suit different needs of the pool operator. The TEC3000 being a simple ‘read it and

feed’ and the TEC3500, using Fuzzy Logic algorithms, limiting the need for end user standardisation.

Seko’s Kontrol Guard Tech combines control and dispensing with a totally digital control system


dosing pumps, electric mixers with single or three phase motors, chemical storage vessels and bunds and installation materials and accessories. These can be supplied separately or as a package to meet your individual requirements. SEKO’s new Kontrol Guard Tech unit with its 5” digital graphic display, combines the traditional elements of control and dispensing with a totally digital control system, which facilitates the setting and monitoring of the various parameters, depending on the application, using and comparing historic values to identify or analyse any errors. Kontrol Guard Tech features include:

SEKO is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of automated pool disinfection systems for both commercial and domestic applications. They provide the expertise to identify specific water treatment requirements and recommend the optimum disinfection solution. There is no single unit or system that can satisfy all applications, which is why SEKO has developed a comprehensive product range that includes measurement probes for pH, free chlorine, redox and temperature, commercial and domestic controllers and water sample flow cells, diaphragm and peristaltic chemical

Certikin’s Approach Is To Start From A Point Of Safety Certikin explain how they approach kit selection for automatic dosing and saw that in recent years, their starting point has primarily been safety. There are questions they look

to answer before they even start to think about controllers and probe selection. What equipment represents the least risk? What training will the operators require? Which chemicals will minimise operator risk? Is there sufficient space for chemicals to be refreshed safely? Has any provision for chemical storage been considered? Is the access route to chemical storage safe? All commercial sites should consider Risk Assessments and Method Statements (RAMS) and with Certikin’s assistance in kit selection, the best operating strategy can be implemented. Ordering and installing equipment without considering these questions can lead to a difficult retrospective debate. So what developments have these questions led them to in terms of the CertiDos product offering?

CARBOY BUNDS CertiDos Controllers can be remotely accessed from any web enabled device

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The term ‘day tank’ originates from the guidance that there should only be a day’s worth of chemical held in the plant room.

In reality, operators often put pressure on to install the biggest tanks the space in the plant room allows. The reasoning being chemicals will need to be refreshed less frequently. In reality, this approach means a whole host of operating procedures need to be considered in terms of handling, transferring and mixing chemicals. Typically, they now opt for chemicals to be drawn direct from the carboy, usually sodium hypochlorite and 5% hydrochloric aAcid. In terms of operator exposure, the empty carboy merely needs to be safely disconnected, removed from the bund and replaced. Carboy bunds also have a smaller footprint. As space is often limited in plant rooms, this can only be seen as an added bonus.

ION SELECTIVE PROBES Ion selective probes are known by other terms such as membrane probes or closed probes. As the term closed probe suggests, the sensor area of the probe is closed off by an ion selective membrane. Only the 28/11/2016 09:49


Zodiac’s AquaLink Tri is a product which takes the expense and complexity out of automation and can be controlled using a smart device

• New box design, with increased instrument protection • Graphic display 5” (240×128 pixel) for easier reading • Control unit with full parameter access for complete monitoring • Communication via Serial Port RS48 by Modbus RTU/Asciiprotocol for remote control interface • Control unit has galvanized electrical and measuring insulation to ensure reliable performance • Easy to set parameters for quick technical overview • Multiple language menu for flexible operator interface • Universal Power Supply 100-240 Vac 50/60 Hz 20 Watt for high technical performance

hypochlorus acid and hypochlorite ion can pass the membrane making the probe highly accurate and stable. Most sites report not having to touch the probe from one service to a next. This limits operator interaction. Better monitoring accuracy can also reduce chemical consumption and in turn, improve water quality. In terms of servicing, the membrane cap and the electrolyte solution held by the cap must be routinely replaced.

REMOTE CONNECTIVITY / RECORD KEEPING The key benefits of remote connectivity can be seen as two-fold: It gives the service provider, the opportunity to log in from any web enabled device and view a host of information regarding alarms and the controller readings. This can help them decide whether a call out to site is entirely necessary. A classic example is a low level tank alarm. Service providers may want that call out from a monetary point of view, but clients often don’t appreciate having to pay invoices for trivial issues. In terms of 45-48_SPN_Dec_2016_Dosing_Pumps_Rev.indd 47

• CE/UL compliant to ensure full health and safety compliance. SEKO also offer the complete panel mounted Kontrol 800 which is a dedicated multiparameter controller for complex applications that require a number of chemical parameters to be checked at the same time. The unit features independent proportional control output measures, two programmable frequency outputs, RS485 serial port with MODBUS protocol, three relay outputs, probe quality checking and data logging capability.

LIGHTHOUSE SETTING SCHEDULES Lighthouse Pools have something just a little bit different in the guise of the Zodiac AquaLink TRi, a product which takes the expense and complexity out of automation

Manual dosing of pool or spa water sounds very old hat these days and thankfully the days of just chucking in a cup full of chlorine granules and hoping for the best are a thing of the past” and delivers a user friendly and highly affordable solution to the pool. AquaLink TRi allows the domestic pool owner to control multiple devices with a simple intuitive interface with a further option of control through a smart phone. AquaLink TRi puts the power of control at the fingertips of the user. With AquaLink TRi pool owners can set schedules and programs across almost anything. They can schedule the chlorinator and pump to come on during suitable off peak periods and even schedule to activate lights and water features. Additional features for the AquaLink TRi include: • Set schedules and parameters to suit almost any compatible product • Variable speed control

relationship building with a client, if service providers can justify when a call out is really necessary, it will work in their favour. The other benefit is data logging. Certkin’s web based software, ERMES, constantly records controller readings and other useful information. Manual record keeping is still required and should be encouraged. However, to have the past three years’ worth of controller data at your fingertips is truly invaluable.

PRE-SITE SURVEYS Pre-site Surveys are free of charge from Certikin. On some sites it can seem like an insurmountable task to begin to approach the issues at hand. They will attend a site with no charge, either on your behalf or alongside you. From seeing the plant room for themselves and speaking directly to the operators, they can propose the best way forward. Even if there are issues that cannot be solved with kit selection, they can at least raise them and then it’s up to the client to make sure they generate appropriate RAMS. In summary, chemical dosing can be a

minefield. To a point, the operator and the supply chain are exposed to challenges and risk. With a wealth of technical knowledge and a vast selection of kit available, Certikin can help shoulder the burden.

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DOSING PUMPS & CONTROL SYSTEMS • Desired temperature (Gas, Heat Pump and Solar heaters) • Chlorine output • LED lights • Water features and much more. • Assign labels to AUX for easy user selection of products and devices • Re-locatable wired user interface for easy access • Control 4 x power sockets and 3 x power valve actuators • Available in pool or pool/spa versions. The power of the AquaLink TRi is available anywhere and anytime with the addition of the optional iAquaLink, which places control on the internet so the pool can be accessed on a PC through web connect or a smart device via an Apple/ Android App.

COMPLETELY CONTROLLABLE WITH CPC Complete Pool Controls Ltd (CPC) is a leading independent company supplying recreational water treatment chemicals and dosing equipment for swimming pool and hot tub users via their comprehensive dealer network throughout the UK. The Complete Pool Controls automatic range of controllers has been developed to provide an economic, innovative control system for domestic, school, leisure club and spa pools. All units are board mounted, easily installed and come complete with fitting kit. A popular choice is the PoolSupervision Automatic Controller of which the main features include: • All functions are indicated on the alphanumeric display • Proportional control outputs with PID functionality • Accurate amperometric free chlorine measurement • Code number protected entry • No flow cut-out facility • Variable dosing cut-out time on each function avoids overfeed situation • Alarms to indicate high and low levels of chlorine and pH • pH control both ways available on request. When it comes to automatic dosing CPC have the answer. The Granudos 10 has been developed for smaller pools with lower chlorine consumption. It utilises the proven screw feed system and venturi suction power to convey the granular chlorine from a 5kg hopper or directly from the manufacturer’s container to the pool or spa water. The Granudos 10 provides a fast response to changing bather loads and low chlorine levels. Requiring a minimal amount of floor space, the product is compatible with other control systems and has the ability to dose pH correction products.

A SPECTRUM OF APPLICATIONS WITH GAFFEY In 2016 Gaffey introduced the chemiDOS®

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Gaffey offer a range of industrial quality chemical dosing pumps in their chemiDOS range

range of industrial quality chemical dosing pumps which are able to cover a wide range of applications. Choosing the correct type of dosing pump for the application will ensure that both the pump and process operate efficiently and pump wear and maintenance is kept to a minimum. Motor driven dosing pumps produce lower pulsation effects than solenoid pumps and are well suited for higher output volumes. They generally use larger bore suction and discharge valves, making them more suitable for the dosing of sediment laden media, such as calcium. The chemiDOS ‘Midi’ and ‘LB’ range are ideal for this purpose. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the dosing of liquid flocculants such as PAC requires continuous, very low and precise dosing output to ensure that the intended floc effect is achieved and overdosing cannot occur; often the dosing rate for small pools/spas using PAC may be only a few millilitres per hour! Perfect for this application, the chemiDOS SMART LD with digital stepper motor is able to perform the pressure and suction stroke at different speeds; for example, the dosing pump performs the suction stroke at the maximum speed and adjusts the speed of the pressure stroke to match the desired supply rate. This produces a constant supply stream, which gives smooth, pulsation free dosing – which is exactly what a well designed floc dosing system should provide. When selecting a chemical dosing pump it is also important to consider the length

and size of the chemical feed line, as well as the operational pressure of the system, and to provide pressure relief valves to protect both the pump and the operator. Gaffey can provide the specialist application knowledge and technical help to ensure the correct type of chemical dosing pump is selected.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Certikin International 01993 778855 Complete Pool Controls Ltd 01242 662700 Gaffey 01254 350180 Lighthouse Pools 01752 253525 SEKO 01279 423550 Topline Electronics 01323 440 760 Tornado Systems 01694 720144 28/11/2016 09:49

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Transforming Swimming Pools

Available through Certikin, the ingenious Walu Deck is both a usable deck and a safety cover, but most of all it is a space optimiser for in-ground pools

When is a pool not a pool? The answer of course is when it has been transformed into an area offering an alternative use. With space always at a premium in both the commercial and domestic sectors, it makes sense to be able to alter the footprint that a pool occupies to something completely different. Thankfully, there are a number of innovative and flexible products that are available to achieve this increasingly important task and this issue, we examine the options By Jon Wadeson


hen it comes to swimming pools, even a modest pool can take up a lot of valuable space and often, commercial installations have a footprint which occupies an area larger than many of the other sporting facilities they offer. Covering a pool has many advantages, but totally transforming the area it occupies into something else, something which could provide a completely different use for the owner, well that opens up numerous options and possibilities. Suddenly a games room or additional entertainment area is now possible for a home or an additional sports hall is a realistic option for a leisure centre. With space always at a premium, systems that provide greater flexibity for pools and the area they occupy are now being taken very seriously in both the domestic and commercial sectors, and we take a look at just some of the solutions which are currently available. 51-54_SPN_Dec_16_Moving_Floors.indd 51


acting mechanism and then lock against the track. It needs no electrical connections and is easy and quick to install – all required fixings and timbers are supplied. The Deck is finished in an attractive, durable hard-wood and complies with safety standard NF P 90-308. Within each deck module, an integral PVC membrane helps to keep the pool clean, prevents evaporation and heat loss and slows down the development of algae, as

Available through Certikin, the ingenious Walu Deck is both a usable deck and a safety cover, but most of all it is a space optimiser for in-ground pools. Suitable for year round use, the Walu Deck can be used as a play area, a place to relax or outdoor dining area over the pool, and when the pool is needed, the Deck simply rolls open and becomes surround decking to the pool. As a modular system, the Walu Deck can be installed on most domestic pool shapes and sizes, so long as sufficient firm, level ground is available around the pool. The system is based around an aluminium frame which rolls along tracks on rollers with Suitable for year round use, the stainless steel needle bearings. Walu Deck from Certikin can be used as a play area, a place The Deck closes completely and is to relax or outdoor dining area entirely rigid with modules which over the pool roll together, fasten with a quick

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FLEXIBLE FOOTPRINTS Created to fit the size and shape of the swimming pool and blend in with existing decor, Pool-dek provides a temporary floor safely supported by a stainless steel framework built within the pool

well as prolonging the life of the timber. The aluminium modular frame runs on rollers with stainless steel needle bearings – and has a bearing capacity up to 150kg/m3. The maximum pool size that can be covered is 12m x 5m.

POOL-DEK OFFERS A TEMPORARY AND STYLISH POOL COVERING One of the more intriguing options for covering over a swimming pool is the Pooldek solution offered by Stage Systems. The innovative system allows owners to transform the swimming pool space from a basic room into an amazing event area simply by adding a stunning high quality floor, that’s fully tested for strength and elegant enough for the most sophisticated cocktail party. Created to fit the size and shape of the swimming pool and blend in with existing decor, Pool-dek provides a temporary floor safely supported by a stainless steel framework built within the pool. What’s more, owners can choose from a range of good looking and hard-wearing floor finishes to complement an existing colour and design scheme – something which is an advantage over other solutions and which many pool owners, in both the domestic and commercial markets, really appreciate. Whether a pool is rectangular, square, circular or any kind of curved shape, Pooldek can create a temporary floor that fits it perfectly. The supporting frame and modular decking will be designed to produce a tailor-

made fit for the pool, accurate to the last millimetre. What’s more, the bespoke design can also easily accommodate sloping floors, steps, spas and roman ends. The solid stainless steel framework is constructed in the pool itself and the decks are built across the surface, with trip-free surrounds to create a smooth, seamless fit with the original poolside. With no hydraulic systems involved, Pool-dek can be set up quickly and easily whenever owners choose and once the event is over, the Pool-dek floor can then be removed, taken away on the wheeled trolleys and stored compactly away, returning the space back to a swimming pool. Cost is an other big advantage for this solution as typically a Pool-dek system is half the price of a moving floor option and can be as little as a third of the cost.

AS EASY AS ONE, TWO, THREE WITH CHAMELEON No modern luxury home or boutique hotel is complete without a swimming pool and the ultimate finishing touch is a powered floor system which effortlessly transforms a pool area into another room. The Chameleon® Powered Floor System offers an instant makeover which provides two rooms in the space of one, delivering practicality and the final finishing touch to a luxury swimming pool. The Powered Floor will slide out on silent

rollers at the touch of a button to cover the pool completely. With a range of luxurious finishes to choose from including polished marble, granite, natural stone, ceramic tiles and wood, guests need never suspect they are over water as the Chameleon® Powered Floor System will blend seamlessly into even the most sumptuous setting. When not in use, the Chameleon® Powered Floor System sits unobtrusively beneath a sub-floor which can be constructed either underneath the building or its surrounding garden or car park. Both impressive and practical, the Chameleon® Powered Floor System also reduces the pool heating costs by up to 60% when in place. For families with young children, it allows parents to make the pool a completely out-of-bounds zone unless they are around to supervise and the platform features motion sensors front and rear to prevent collision with foreign objects, in the event of the sensor being triggered the platform will stop moving instantly. Although originally designed for indoor use, these features make it an attractive option for owners of outdoor pools, with the additional advantage that it prevents debris blowing into the water from the garden. Built to the highest standards by the Cartwright Group, a company with more than half a century’s experience of engineering and manufacturing, the Chameleon® Powered Floor is constructed to meet architectural floor loading standard No BS 6399-1.

The Chameleon ® Powered Floor will slide out on silent rollers at the touch of a button to cover the pool completely

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All the moving pool floors from Wrightfield Pools are built to suit individual requirements, and can be buoyant lift or mechanically driven

FLEXIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR POOLS OF ALL SIZES FROM WRIGHTFIELD POOLS Wrightfield Pools supply a range of bespoke stainless steel products for the UK pool market, ranging from stainless steel pool shells though to moving pool floors for both the commercial and domestic markets. All manufacturing takes place in their Suffolk based factory, allowing them to adopt a wide range of different design solutions to suit a customer’s needs. All their floors are built to suit individual requirements, and can be buoyant lift or mechanically driven. The inclusion of a moving pool floor will enhance any domestic or commercial project, providing flexibility with a range of benefits. The domestic market is mainly driven by limited space, with the inclusion of a moving floor turning an expensive pool hall in to usable domestic space. The moving pool floor allows total flexibility over the water depth to suit the swimmer’s limitations, paddling pool to lap pool can be achieved in minutes. The moving floor will also limit access to the water, and enables the pool hall environment to be stepped back to a domestic level to save on power. Wrightfield Pools can offer a number of unique features on entry steps, drive systems and floor loadings, all providing solutions to the limited space offered by the typical domestic pool builds. The commercial market is slightly different in specification and needs, with functionality and programming being the

focus of attention, finishes are less important with high-end ceramics and stone giving way to plastic decks. Wrightfield Pools offer a number of commercial floor designs, drives and entry steps to cover the requirements of a diverse swimming programme.

KBE – A LONG AND PROUD HISTORY IN MOVING FLOOR SYSTEMS With a history in moving pool floors that stretches back 50 years, KBE Bauelemente are one of oldest established moving floor manufacturers. They have over 1,000 satisfied customers worldwide and currently have five contracts progressing in the UK with another in Ireland. Their portfolio of solutions are available in the UK through Birmingham based Suntrap Systems and their easy to operate systems are suitable for all types of new and existing pools, and feature an electro-mechanical drive system plus a lightweight construction. All metal parts used in the pool tank are made of 316 stainless steel or a special bronze and the surface consists of reinforced polyester sections 494mm wide screwed together with 6mm wide slots, which allows waterflow through 1.5% of the surface area of the floor. Alternatively the moving floor surface may be formed by cassettes which accepts tiling. KBE find that private customers always prefer this option so that the tiling matches the poolside giving an improved aesthetic appeal, as well as increasing flexibility in the use of the pool

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area for entertaining, family sports and more. Integrated steps are often specified as these are self-depositing and have the same finish as the floor itself. The floor is calculated to support a live load of 2,000 N/mÇ in dry conditions (= 3 people per mÇ), and can be used for water disco, aqua aerobics and more. The floor is automatically locked using self locked screws in all positions. This is a high security system for extra safety. Large cleaning flaps allow the use of an automatic pool cleaner under the floor overnight, as the area below the floor is free from cables, meaning it is not necessary to employ underwater divers. No additional concrete support structure is needed and a minimum of site work to the pool tank is required for a KBE moving floor.

VARIOMEDIC SOLUTION CREATES A FLEXIBLE HYDROTHERAPY ENVIRONMENT Swimming Pool Fitness design top quality bespoke products to meet a variety of specifications and their team provides a personal service with practical support and advice on both installation and maintenance of equipment. Their product range includes aquatic therapy pools, motorised underwater treadmills, moving swimming pool floors, aqua gym equipment and wellness pools. All of these products are ideal for professional sports clubs, health clubs, spas, leisure

Integrated steps are often specified to KBE as these are self-depositing and have the same finish as the floor itself

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In addition to their Hydrofloors solution, Twinscape produce a number of innovative ‘disappearing technology’ solutions including movable flower beds

centres, hospitals and personal use. Worcestershire based Swimming Pool Fitness has recently started working with Variopool, a leading movable swimming pool floor and bulkhead company who are based in the Netherlands. Variopool’s products can increase the flexibility and functionality of any swimming pool and many are already enjoying the benefits which the system offers. The reference list includes over 800 installed movable pool floors and bulkheads found globally in some of the world’s famous aquatic centres. Beside the movable floors for swimming pools in the public sector, Swimming Pool Fitness also build a lot of projects for therapy swimming pools, utilising Variomedic aquatic therapy solutions from Variopools. The use of aquatic therapy, hydrotherapy and rehabilitation with a movable floor is widely endorsed in the medical world. The installation of movable swimming pool floors and retaining walls or bulkheads in therapy pools is essential in order to achieve maximum results for the patient. The various target groups for hydrotherapy can make the best possible use of the facilities of the therapy pool, in which the temperature of the water can also be efficiently controlled. The

combination of a movable floor and some extra accessories from Variomedic will make health facilities and aquatic centres more efficient.

TWINSCAPE – REINVENTING HOW SPACE IS USED Twinscape design and manufacture a number of products that help to maximise space. The best known of these is the Hydrofloors movable floor and accounts for the majority of Twinscape projects, but in recent years, customers and architects have approached them about other problems that have led to them developing new products to solve their unique problems. Their most awe inspiring new project saw their Hydrofloors movable floor turn a swimming pool into a landing platform on a private yacht! Ron Plompen, CEO says: “We have been approached many times with requests for custom products that solves the client’s unique dilemmas normally around the usage of space. We have always used technology to transform the traditional swimming pool area and as we state in our logo, we reinvent the art of space. With the increase in requests we get, expanding

Swimming Pool Fitness also build a lot of projects for therapy swimming pools, utilising Variomedic aquatic therapy solutions from Variopools

our portfolio makes perfect sense. The submergible walls, the movable spa covers and the movable flower beds are probably our most requested products after the Hydrofloors movable floor but over the last year we have also installed two different types of bridges (platforms) in swimming pools that provide the owner with a way of walking across their pool to the other side without having to go around it. One of these was built over a very long corridor pool which would have required a considerable walk to get to the other side. We are happy to design products that the client imagines and it continues to make Twinscape an exciting, challenging and creative place to work. The most common factor is to maximise space as with the Hydrofloors movable floor for swimming pools and allow the space to be totally versatile as well as the ultimate in safety. The swimming pool now has to perform and in some cases even be the entertainment!”

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Cartwright Group 0161 928 0966 Certikin International 01993 777200 Pool-dek 01509 611 021 Suntrap Systems 0121 428 1155 Swimming Pool Fitness 01299 252575

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An Iconic Facility Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre, Nottingham


he £16m Harvey Hadden Sports Village is the centrepiece of Nottingham’s Leisure transformation programme. The impressive facility created on the east side of the city incorporates a sports stadium, cycle track, leisure centre and swimming pool. As an Iconic Facility, it is part funded by Sport England. The leisure centre features numerous facilities including a sports hall, gym, squash courts, health suite and more, but the main highlight is the new swimming pool. The impressive pool can be configured from a 50m regional competition pool into two 25m community pools, with one of the largest movable floors and traversable booms in the UK. The new pool hall was built adjacent to the existing leisure centre, and in its architectural aspiration satisfies the city’s ambition to provide the highest quality of sporting facility. The pool hall is designed to have a calm warmth. This is achieved through generous proportions, the use of timber for the roof cladding

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and an abundance of controlled natural light. The form of the pool roof design is derived from two sectional ideas. The first idea was that the roof should be a clear span from the top of the spectator gallery to the pool surround on the opposite side. The second idea was to incorporate north facing roof lights. These sections combine to create a three-dimensional form sloping in two directions, letting abundant light into the pool hall as well as spanning the 34m over the pool tank and spectator seating. The 3m-deep trusses are incorporated into the north light structure. The external walls between the podium and the roof are a combination of solid render, metal rainscreen cladding and glazing, which is carefully shaded to avoid glare on the pool surface or overheating from too much sunlight entering the hall. A key feature of the design is the absence of large air ducts that are normally needed to move air around. Instead, the air handling plant is located at the top of the roof to take advantage of the natural convection air flows that are generated within the pool hall. SPN 28/11/2016 09:55



MOVABLE FLOOR& BOOM Barr + Wray 0141 882 9991

ENGINEER Furness Partnership 020 7490 4353

POOL FILTRATION FT Leisure 0161 494 5785

MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Anderson Green 020 7831 6941

CONTRACTOR Carillion Building 01902 422431

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Physical And Mental Relaxation Heat and steam used to be experiences only to be enjoyed on holidays or at leisure clubs, spas and hotels but that mindset is one that is changing, and according to suppliers, at a faster rate than many may think. It seems that the temptation to invest in sauna, steam and other wellness products for both commercial and domestic settings is now proving irresistible and this issue we focus on the various options on offer in the sector By Andrea Hartshorne


verall wellness encompasses both the physical and mental wellbeing so it’s important to ensure that both sides are provided for and there are a number of options which offer that support. The mind is free to wander and unwind whilst the warmth permeates down to the body core to relax and soothe tired muscles and joints. Regardless of the type of wellness product your customers are looking to invest in to enhance their homes, leisure centres and spa facilities, interest continues to grow as more styles, varieties and materials become available. Now that the colder weather is well and truly with us, the thought of enjoying a warm and soothing sauna, steam room or other wellness product whilst the frost or snow glistens outside, is very appealing. With advances in technology enabling more compact units to be developed, there are options for everyone, including those with a little less space. The wellness and health side of our lives continues to grow in importance as we all aspire to improve ourselves and maintain a healthy glow! Wellness products are continuing to tempt homeowners and commercial businesses and this market looks set to carry on growing.

WEATHERPROOF YOUR BUSINESS WITH SAUNAS FROM GOLDEN COAST Golden Coast highlights sauna as a continuing business growth opportunity. More and more companies in the UK are moving away from seasonal operation by diversifying into sauna and, according to Golden Coast, all signs point to this sector offering huge growth opportunities for the industry. Backed by the results of its own annual State of the Wet Leisure Industry Survey, which has shown clear year-on-year expansion for sauna, Golden Coast sees this growing consumer interest as an indication that householders are prioritising home improvement and health. The trend for wet leisure businesses to diversify into each of the three main sectors – pool, spa and sauna – continues. But, although sauna remains the smaller sector overall, it is increasing by the fastest rate – with more than half the companies in the latest survey involved in selling and installing. Jamie Adams, Managing Director of Golden Coast said: “For those already installing and supporting pools and spas, saunas are a natural fit as the knowledge, skills, facilities and customer bases you have can

be easily adapted to the sale, installation and maintenance of saunas.” Figures from Golden Coast and its sauna partner Tylö make interesting reading for any company considering entering the marketplace. Jamie explained: “Typically, the gross profit on a sauna is 40% and your customers will be paying between £2,500 and £25,000 for an installation. But, like we’ve seen with spas and pools, installing a sauna is accompanied by growth in add-on business through consumables, servicing, repairs and retrofit products. “But, more than that, it gives you an offering that sells all-year-long, unlike pools or spas which are very seasonal.” Jamie concluded: “There is huge scope for expansion in the sauna sector. And while there is particularly fast growth at the top end of the market, we’re seeing that more and more households are discovering that fitting a small sauna is within their reach financially.”

SMARTPHONE ACCESS FOR STEAM ROOM GENERATORS Aqua Steam Generators Ltd has manufactured their range of three sizes of steam room generators in south west London for approximately 20 years. Their range has added versatility as each model has the

Golden Coast along with its sauna partner Tylö offering products that sell all-year-long, unlike pools or spas which are very seasonal

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WELLNESS beneficial aspect of the range is the ability during operation to auto flush impurities from the tank. The system designed into the Aqua Steam Room Generator range periodically flushes small amounts of water, which significantly reduces the amount of impurities, scale and solids that may otherwise build up in the tank reducing maintenance.


LEFT: The Aqua Steam Generators range includes three models of controls – two commercial plus this domestic option

benefit of being able to be switched between three power settings 3, 6, 9 kW, 6, 9, 12 kW and 18, 21, 24 kW. This allows the option of adjusting the desired steam output to the steam enclosure. The polished stainless steel steam outlet supplied with the generator can be produced in a range of alternate finishes and incorporates an aromatherapy oil evaporation channel allowing the user to relax with aromatic vapours of their choice by choosing different essential oils each time they enjoy

ABOVE: Aqua Steam Generators manufacture three sizes of steam room generators – a 24kW model along with these 12kW and 9kW options. All models have three power settings

the steam experience. The Aqua Steam range of high quality steam room generators have been designed to suit both domestic or commercial clients and with three models of controls (one domestic and two commercial) styles to choose from, the company are sure there is a control that fits any installation perfectly. A recent addition to the company’s domestic control is a new feature which allows it to be turned on with a smartphone or building management system. Another

The ultimate aim of a spa is to create a space where guests are immersed into a realm of pure relaxation. While aesthetics are vital to the ambiance, practicality, and especially safety, are crucial to the overall experience. To create a calm and comfortable environment for the guests, precise temperature and steam control are necessary. Guaranteeing close monitoring of steam generation, HygroMatik’s new TF105 and TF106 Temperature Sensors have been designed and manufactured to suit all steam generators safely and provide peace of mind to facilities managers and visitors alike. According to section 5.0 Health and Safety Procedures in the Saunas and Steam Rooms Code of Practice, a thermometer should be located inside the steam generator. To offer a solution to this requirement, HygroMatik’s new TF105 and TF106 Temperature Sensors, suitable for all steam generators, have been designed from high quality stainless steel. To remain durable through consistent usage, the unit’s including a completely sealed back which makes the both systems entirely waterproof.

ALMOST HEAVEN SAUNAS CEO RICK MOUW ON THE IMPORTANCE OF RECOGNISING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEAT THERAPY PRODUCTS Every now and then a customer will start a conversation with: “I purchased one of your spas recently.” The proper response, although strictly true, is never: “No you didn’t; we don’t sell spas.” A spa is a hot tub with lots of jets, and we sell saunas – traditional Finnish-style saunas – so the difference is a rather significant one (hot water versus hot air). But we know what they mean when they call a sauna a spa, and correcting them would be an unnecessary and potentially confusing exercise. When a customer starts a conversation this way, it may be an indication that they’re relatively new to the whole concept of a sauna, and that’s okay. In fact, it’s great. There are so many amazing health benefits associated with traditional sauna bathing, and the customer doesn’t need to be able to complete a multiple-choice quiz in order to enjoy them. They just need to get in there and experience it for themselves. Knowing the nuance of heat therapy products isn’t necessarily the customer’s job. But if you’re a dealer in the industry, it is yours. You need to be able to recognise which product meets your customers’ stated needs. A traditional Finnish-style sauna is a wood room with wooden benches and a high-performance heater. This heater should be able to bring the room up to 85-90° C. It has a cavity to hold stones, and when the room has reached the desired temperature, the bather places water on the heated stones periodically to generate bursts of steam. Thus, the heat in a traditional sauna is more humid than that 58-60_SPN_Dec_2016_Feature_Wellness_Rev.indd 59

produced in an infrared cabin and drier than that found in a tile-lined steam room. So, the next time a customer comes into your showroom looking for the best balance between a dry and a wet heat experience, a sauna is the direction in which you’ll want to point them. Almost Heaven Saunas have been crafting quality home saunas for nearly 40 years. Their selection has grown to include both indoor and outdoor saunas, and they maintain an inventory in the UK of some of their most popular models, which makes for fast and inexpensive shipping.

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HygroMatik’s new TF105 and TF106 Temperature Sensors have been designed and manufactured to safely suit all steam generators and provide peace of mind to facilities managers and visitors alike

Offering facilities managers’ finer regulation over temperature and steam, the TF106 has an additional temperature switch. In the unlikely event that the system falls to fault, this second safety circuit answers a high demand for convenience and optimum safety in spas for both guests and facilities management. If the temperature in the steam bath rises to 55°C and the softwarebased safety device does not respond, the temperature switch opens the interlock system and immediately turns off steam production from the steam generator. This proactive approach to safe steam generation and monitoring not only answers a health and safety need, but is a cost effective approach to business. Rather than causing prolonged damage to facilities through ill maintenance, installing the TF105 and TF106 Temperature Sensors allow FM’s to save on any long term reparation costs that could occur if a high quality temperature sensor is not set in place.

Now there’s the new S1 from KLAFS. The world’s first sauna to retract at the touch of a button – just like a zoom lens on a camera. Based in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany, the designers from KLAFS, one of the market leaders in the sauna sector and a driving force in the industry, have developed a whole new, radically different sauna design – the S1, the sauna of the future. The key highlight of this sauna is its minimal space requirements. In its fully retracted position the S1 is a mere 60cm deep, just like the average cupboard or wardrobe. Yet the S1 is a really stylish, high quality, beautifully designed sauna down to the last detail and with room for the whole family. By pressing a button on the slim controls on the front panel, the S1 extends into a ready-to-use sauna in just 20 seconds and is nearly three times as deep. That’s because it consists of three elements which can be

KLAFS – THE SAUNA OF THE FUTURE Forget everything you already know about saunas – except the relaxing and healthy experience.

The trend for wet leisure businesses to diversify into each of the three main sectors – pool, spa and sauna – continues. But, although sauna remains the smaller sector overall, it is increasing by the fastest rate” completely fitted into each other. And all that is beautifully synchronised, thanks to the patent-pending eMove technology. The new KLAFS S1 is also designed as a completely self-contained, mobile system. In this way, a guest bedroom, workroom or living room stays just the way it was wherever the sauna is located. And the sauna can be moved just like a closet if the owner moves home. The S1 is a true revolution for the sauna market, which also excites the experts and the product has received seven major awards, including the German Design Award, at the iF Design Awards and at the Red Dot Design Awards. Although styles change and develop, all of these products, whether saunas, steam rooms or hammams are wonderfully flexible and can be tailored, personalised and installed to achieve the perfection that today’s customers demand. Whether there is the requirement for a single unit or a suite of wellness products, the variety and selection of units available means that every taste and every budget can be accommodated and this thriving side of the wet leisure industry will continue to grow. SPN

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Aqua Steam Room Generators 020 8542 2255 Almost Heaven Saunas +1 888 355 3050 Golden Coast 01271 378100 HygroMatik 02380 443127

eMove technology from KLAFS allows their amazing S1 model to retract to a mere 60cm deep, just like the average cupboard or wardrobe

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We have the privilege of an unobstructed roadside position facing both ways along this busy stretch of road

Concession opportunity available for a complimentary company or brand who would like to establish a showroom or hub at one of the UK’s most established swimming pool retail centres. Over 1500 sq/ft of space (indoor & outdoor) is currently available at our prime location set within the Wyevale Garden Centre’s flagship store on the main Bath Road (A4) which provides major road links for thousands of commuters along the M4 corridor. ON SITE FACILITIES INCLUDE: Ample Free Parking, WC facilities, Coffee Shop & Restaurant, Garden Centre, Aquatics Centre, Childrens Soft Play and Outdoor Play Area, Car Wash and much more – attracting visitors nationwide. To register your interest and find out more contact Francesca Canueto on 01189 404 221 or email

REFURBISHMENT & RENOVATION Swimming pools can get an instant make-over with Certikin’s smart new high density polyethylene grating (HDPE)

Perfect Pool Makeovers Keeping any kind of pool in tip top condition is always a challenge and as time goes on, often the only option for owners to ensure prolonged use is a complete makeover. The refurbishment and renovation of pools has always taken place but advances in both products and processes combined with specialist knowledge means that downtime is no longer the concern it once was. We take a closer look at the ‘refurb’ options By Jon Wadeson


o keep a pool looking its best and performing well, will require ongoing maintenance. But whilst performance can often be hidden away behind the scenes, looks can’t and there’s nothing more unappealing than using a a tired looking pool or worse still, one that is unsafe and needs repairs to damaged tiling, broken grating or any other features. A pool that can’t be enjoyed is an asset that is going to waste. That’s not so much of a problem for domestic owners, but for commercial operators, that’s lost revenue and potentially a damaged reputation too. Thankfully, there are numerous companies offering products, expert skills and tried and tested knowledge which means that downtime for pools is no longer the issue it once was and this issue we look at some of the specialist companies and solutions that are ensuring interruptions to pool use are kept to a minimum. 63-66_SPN_Dec_16_Refurb_Feature.indd 63

TWO GREAT CERTIKIN PRODUCT LINES, IDEAL FOR A POOL REVAMP Swimming pools that are beginning to look like they’ve seen better days, can get an instant make-over with Certikin’s smart new high density polyethylene grating (HDPE). The new overflow grating combines 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. When comes to adding a touch of class during a pool revamp, Certikin’s new stainless steel fittings kits for concrete pools are the quickest and simplest way to give swimming pools a refreshing make-over. Suitable for new build and retrofit, 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 vac cover plate.

PLASTICA’S ON-SITE POOL LINING SOLUTION TRANSFORMS LEAKING POOLS If you are looking for a durable, cost-effective pool liner, then the Extreme™ Pool Lining system is the ideal solution for renovating leaking commercial and residential pools, as well as for new builds too. The unique and flexible Extreme™ liner is a 1.5mm reinforced non-slip PVC material. It’s perfect for even the most heavily used public pools and complex shaped private pools. It can be installed by pool builders or Plastica’s experienced installers at any time of year. The benefit of this system is that, with no curing or drying time to wait for, the average domestic pool would be re-filling after just three days.

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REFURBISHMENT & RENOVATION The Extreme™ Pool Lining system from Plastica is the ideal solution for renovating leaking commercial and residential pools, as well as for new builds too

Using teams of divers, Commercial & Specialised Diving have perfected the technique of pool refurbishment without the need to drain the pool

The liner will not crack, is unaffected by frost and ice, is easy to maintain and is scratch resistant too. Extreme™ liners are guaranteed for pools for ten years up to 32°C, as well as five years for hydrotherapy use up to 35°C. The material is cut onsite and overlapped edges are fused together using specialised hot-air welding equipment. Once tested, the seams are finished with liquid PVC. The material is secured around the perimeter of the pool floor and not bonded to the pool structure. This allows it to absorb any movement in a flexible or cracked shell and is ideal for leaking concrete and tiled pools. It’s a risk-free choice for new pools too. There is a choice of colours and patterns. Motifs and racing lanes are also available.

MULTI AWARD-WINNING UNDERWATER TOOLS FROM FAIRLOCKS POOL PRODUCTS When the Nemo Underwater Drill won an Innovation Award last year, the Fairlocks team didn’t think the Nemo tools could get much better... but they were wrong! At another awards ceremony held in Birmingham last month, the Nemo Underwater Grinder received an award for Product of the Year 2016. A truly award winning duo! There was obviously a gap in the market for such a tool, as in the first year since launch the Nemo Underwater Grinder has proved to be incredibly popular, with recordnumber of orders across the UK, particularly within the swimming pool engineering trade. The Nemo Angle Grinder was developed due to customer demand for a light-weight, submersible, cordless angle grinder. It has a maximum operating depth of 50m (164ft) and its 1,500-watt

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brushless technology ensures maximum efficiency and durability. It is equipped with a dead man’s switch that automatically turns off the tool if it is dropped. The Nemo drill was developed originally for use in the maritime industry, but has proved to be in high demand for use in the swimming pool industry. It has been tested to depths up to 50m and operates at the same capacity as the traditional dry-land version. Up until now underwater or wet-condition drilling has been limited to either pneumatic or hydraulically powered drills, which require a link to a compressor and tank on the surface or an external tank below. The Nemo drill does not require either. The Nemo tools are developed under the toughest conditions and stand up to a high level of performance testing. The drill and the grinder are the first tools in a long line of development opportunities to come on to the market, and Fairlocks are proud to be the UK distribution partner at the forefront of the innovation.

NO NEED TO DRAIN THE POOL WITH COMMERCIAL & SPECIALISED DIVING A swimming pool will contain many hundreds of tonnes of water. This weight and body of water when removed can cause a number of structural issues including breaking the pools back to the most common which is tile de-bonding. A pool must be drained slowly and then re-filled which extends the down time of a pool refurbishment way beyond the timescales of the work involved. In the commercial pool environment this has the added knock on effect of loss of revenue and dissatisfied users for an extended period of time. A hit within the swimming pool engineering trade, the award winning Nemo Angle Grinder was developed due to customer demand for a light-weight, submersible, cordless angle grinder

To overcome this problem, Commercial & Specialised Diving have perfected the technique of pool refurbishment without the need to drain the pool. They carry out underwater refurbishment using teams of divers and will even carry out the work overnight if required – all of their specialist materials work and cure underwater. Divers are able to cut and replace damaged and broken tiles and the company carry out re-tiling to vast areas of blown tiles – they can even re-tile the whole swimming pool if needed! Tiles are re-grouted in the pool and divers are even able to replace expansions joints without the need to drain water from the pool. Using pneumatic tools to drill and fix replacement grilles, the team at Commercial & Specialised Diving are able to bring pools up to the latest health and safety standards – they are even able to core drill a pool to install cameras and lights or fixtures and fittings, again all without the need to drain the pool. In fact, there aren’t many challenges the divers can’t overcome. One ask they used to struggle with was welding stainless steel underwater, however they are now able to offer this service as well. There is virtually nothing they cannot achieve underwater.

TIGHT CORNERS ARE NO PROBLEM FOR AQUAFLEX’S ALKORPLAN When it comes to negotiating tight corners, complicated shapes and unusual sizes, the Alkorplan pool lining system by Aquaflex offers the ultimate in flexibility. The lining system is ideal for both commercial and residential pools – and comes into its own particularly on renovation and refurbishment sites. Alkorplan’s main selling point is its exceptional strength. The material which incorporates a polyester reinforced mesh is 1.5 mm thick which enables it to withstand intensive use and severe knocks from even the most enthusiastic swimmers. It also has a 28/11/2016 11:05

REFURBISHMENT & RENOVATION Aquaflex’s Alkorplan pool lining system can be used on new or existing constructions including concrete, cement render, brick or block, steel or aluminium, timber or fibreglass builds

special formula that includes a UV stabilising treatment which can withstand exposure to all extremes of weather, retaining its properties year after year. Guaranteed for ten years, with a life expectancy nearer 15 to 20 years, Aquaflex’s Alkorplan pool lining system can be used on new or existing constructions including concrete, cement render, brick or block, steel or aluminium, timber or fibreglass builds. Alkorplan is ready for installation in any swimming pool irrespective of shape; rectangle, oval, kidney, circular, trapezoidal, completely irregular, with or without lined steps etc. Alkorplan lined swimming pools can be comfortably run at temperatures up to 33ºC (91ºF) without any detrimental effect on the expected life of the lining. Even at temperatures up to 35ºC (95ºF) the lining will give many years of service and is still covered by a more limited five year guarantee.


Aquaflex has revolutionised what can be done with a pre-tailored pool liner. Gone are the days when anything out of the ordinary was deemed impossible. Aquaflex has pioneered the incorporation of lined steps into pre-tailored liners. The benefits are enormous, for both renovating old pools and incorporating into new pools where a less expensive option than a fibreglass or acrylic step is needed. Matching the colour of the liner to the colour of the step ceases to be a problem too.

POLYUREA – A PERFECT POOL LINING SOLUTION Available through Easy Pools, LTS Systems’ Polyurea swimming pool lining systems can be used on all new and existing pool constructions and perimeter walkways. This system can be applied to concrete, cement render, coated brick or blockwork, steel or

aluminium and woven fabrics like fibreglass, and it’s the ideal solution for swimming pool restoration projects. The spray applied Polyurea coatings have exceptional strength and durability, and are completely UV stable enabling the Polyurea coating systems to withstand extreme changes in weather and temperature. This durability means that Easy Pools are able to guarantee the lining systems for a period of 20 to 25 years. Due to the outstanding properties of the Polyurea coating system, it is the perfect solution for any complicated detail around pool areas. No matter what size or shape the swimming pool may be, the Polyurea coating will be completely watertight in every respect. Easy Pools and LTS Systems can carry out complete renovations of swimming pools including resurfacing and re colouring without replacement.


When it comes to the fast and effective refurbishment of an old pool, on site lining is the preferred option for Staffordshire pool dealer, West Midlands Swimming Pools, as this pool in Edgbaston, Birmingham demonstrates. This old leaking concrete pool with a roman end had definitely seen better days and was in dire need of refurbishment. West Midlands Swimming Pools pressure tested all pipework before making their assessment that onsite lining was the way forward. West Midlands’ Kay Cunningham said: “We regularly undertake this type of project, in fact on-site lining is becoming a core part of our business as it really does transform an old pool in the easiest and quickest way possible. The whole project took about four weeks and gave stunning results.” The pool’s happy owner, Peter James said: “I hunted the i nternet for weeks looking for the right pool lining but there really isn’t that 63-66_SPN_Dec_16_Refurb_Feature.indd 65

many choices out there. Then, by chance, I started following a company on social media and the lining they were using was exactly what I was looking for so I contacted West Midlands and they got the boys in to do what can only be described as a first class job! It’s soft under my feet and has turned the pool into a real feature. Amazing results.” Adding the finishing touches to this pool are the attractive Optimus Flow Fittings. The choice of pool fittings can make or break the overall impression of a pool so Certikin introduced the Optimus range in an attractive metallic grey or black plastic to blend with darker pool finishes. Certikin North 0113 393 4545 West Midlands Swimming Pools 01543 677476

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A pool that can’t be enjoyed is an asset that is going to waste. That’s not so much of a problem for domestic owners, but for commercial operators, that’s lost revenue and potentially a damaged reputation too”

On-Site Pool Linings deal with the UK distribution and installation of DLW delifol liners, a product which is suitable for both indoor and outdoor

The product is an environmentally compliant, high performance coating with super fast curing properties allowing for rapid installation. When the material cures, it forms an incredibly hard wearing, tough elastomeric finish. In addition to swimming pools, other areas of application include: waterparks and playgrounds, bund and balance tanks, shower and toilet areas – in fact, anything that needs sealing!

THERE’S NO NEED TO INCUR EXTRA COSTS WITH UPS Using techniques gained from the North Sea commercial driving industries, Universal Pool Services (UPS) is able to solve the majority of pool repair problems by working underwater, eliminating the need to drain the pool. This has major advantages over conventional methods and offers significant benefits to pool and leisure centre managers. Cost savings in the order of 80% can be expected compared with the full costs of conventional working. This is especially welcome today with competitive tendering and continual water shortages. Work carried out in the pool by conventional methods involves the cost of draining, refilling and reheating the pool and adding fresh chemicals. Income is lost and customers inconvenienced while the pool is closed. UPS’s solution eliminates the need to close a pool and incur extra costs and lost resources. The only cost incurred is that for the work to be completed. All UPS repair and installation contracts are carried out overnight and their personnel ensure that the pool is clean, safe and ready for customer use at the start of the next day. There’s no disruption to the customer, no loss of water, and no loss of income. Working to very exacting standards underwater demands a high level of disciplined teamwork, professionalism and

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equipment. Universal Pool Services fulfils these rigorous requirements admirably. As well as being experienced tradesmen, all UPS underwater diving personnel are professional divers and registered with the Health and Safety Executive as required by law. The company also carries all the relevant insurances needed for working with both Local Authorities and the private sector. Where required, all UPS equipment and materials conform to the relevant British Standard. For replacement or refurbishment projects, the company can also supply a range of ultra-safe products which are available in high performance plastic and stainless steel. The range includes deck level gratings, step assemblies, inlet diffusers and bench seating.

DLW DELIFOL WAKES UP TIRED LOOKING POOLS On-Site Pool Linings deal with the UK distribution and installation of DLW delifol liners, a product which is suitable for both indoor and outdoor pools of any purpose. The linings can be used for renovation of an old tired shell and can be installed on top of any existing pool finish with the minimum of preparation. delifol features a tough 1.5 mm thick PVC membrane which is reinforced with a strong woven webbing set into the material during manufacture, this gives it the stability to resist stretching under the extreme pressure of water. The chemical formulation, constantly checked and monitored gives it the perfect balance to protect it from damage from sunlight, pool chemicals and the extremes of weather and temperature whilst keeping it supple enough to be laid into the most awkward of shapes. The edges of the material are over-lapped, welded and sealed with the very latest hot-air welding tools. The material remains flexible to absorb any slight movement of the shell

and existing cracks and can be installed on top of any existing pool finish with the minimum of preparation. The product can only be installed by specialist fitters. The work is quick and clean and with no ‘curing time’ to wait for so re-filling can begin whilst the finishing touches are being made. The pool can be back in action very quickly, making it very economical. delifol is treated to protect against damage from sunlight, pool chemicals and algae growth and meets the highest European physical and chemical standards. It is also guaranteed to remain water-tight for a full ten years and is suitable for pools heated up to a maximum of 34°C (94°F).

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Aquaflex 01722 328873 Certikin International 01993 778855 Commercial & Specialised Diving 01202 580007 Easy Pools 07988 800078 Fairlocks Pool Products 01865 988346 On-Site Pool Linings Ltd 01709 542128 Plastica Limited 01424 857857 Universal Pool Services 0161 799 1222 28/11/2016 11:05

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Safety Is Paramount With accidents in and around pools and spas once again in the news this year, safety remains a top priority for those in the industry and beyond. An enclosure or safety cover will guarantee increased security to a pool, but there are numerous other products on the market that will either prevent unauthorised access or protect the public once they are in the water. This issue, we look at a selection of solutions that are making wet leisure environments safer for all By Andrea Hartshorne


afety measures in and around the UK’s swimming pools and spas are high on the specialist trade’s agenda, and the stricter and more formal laws governing safety around swimming pools continue to make an impact. By its very nature, a swimming pool holds a number of possible hazards and drowning is, of course, the most obvious one. Pools secured by a building, enclosure or pool cover can effectively eliminate the risks of unauthorised entry but there are occasions when they aren’t employed or aren’t always an option and what about the safety of swimmers once they have already entered the pool? Thankfully, when it comes to swimming pool safety, there are options galore for both domestic and commercial pool environments and this issue, we take a closer look at a selection of them.

THE FIRST LINE OF ‘DE-FENCE’ FROM POOLFENCE UK Safety fencing around pools will certainly reduce the risk of disasters, and potentially fatalities, happening. As sole UK distributor of Protect-A-Child Pool Safety Fences, Poolfence UK help their customers reduce this risk. As a stand alone physical barrier, the product has a great number of qualities that

make it something to consider installing. To begin with it is aesthetically pleasing and can be removed quickly when not required. In addition, the product is made from high quality materials and the fibreglass posts are guaranteed against breakage. Pool fence posts must endure ongoing forces of fence tension as well as shock whenever a child or pet runs into them. Protect-A-Child’s Quad-Bilt™ fibreglass composite posts are the only fence posts guaranteed unbreakable and guaranteed never to become bent or crooked. The result – the fence stays straight and attractive and you never have to worry about your fence posts becoming broken. Tough mesh and a marine-grade finishing border complete the fence itself. The colour of the composite fiberglass pool fence post is built in with coloured resins not painted or simply coated like aluminium posts. So it can never scratch off, peel off, or flake off maintaining the look and high finish quality for years to come. It will act as a wind break and a barrier to stop debris entering the pool too. Mesh pool fence safety is dependent upon the child’s inability to open or remove the fence. A patented Point-Lock Secure Latch is the most fool proof way to prevent children

from unlatching the mesh pool fence sections and gaining access to the pool. They are lockable, adjustable for fence tension, easier to use, and safer than other latches.

SEE THROUGH SAFETY FROM WINDSOR GLASS Swimming pools are a hazard not to just adults and young children but also to pets and wildlife. One of the safest methods for fencing off a pool is to have a glass fence. Glass gives you an uninterrupted view of the pool and when combined with a glass gate with either a latch or lockset, it gives a completely safe enclosure. Windsor Glass realise that safety is always an issue around pools especially as most people are bare footed, for this reason they always specify toughened and laminated glass. Glass when toughened and laminated gives a very strong barrier but breaks in a safe way, this means that the tiny pieces associated with toughened glass do not distribute themselves everywhere as the laminated interlayer holds the pieces together. The side that has not broken makes sure that the barrier exists until the glass is replaced. These little pieces from the toughened glass can, when wet, become invisible and can sit at the bottom of a pool, they can also go into the filtration

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Pools secured by a building, enclosure or pool cover can effectively eliminate the risks of unauthorised entry but there are occasions when they aren’t employed or aren’t always an option and what about the safety of swimmers once they have already entered the pool?”

BlueFox ST1 monitors the depth of a swimmer and should the wearer remain too long beneath a certain depth, an alarm module will be released from the bracelet

system causing considerable damage. But by using the right combination of glass, this can be prevented. Windsor Glass have various options for installing the glass, from a post and clamping system to a continuous bottom rail which can be sunk into the floor, and by using their new bottom rails, it is very easy to replace any damage pieces. It is always important to get the correct system to make sure what is being installed is the best option for each application.

SAFETY TURTLE 2.0 – THE SAFETY DEVICE THAT WATCHES THE CHILD, NOT THE WATER The new Safety Turtle 2.0 was launched by RJE in November 2015 and reached our shores in early 2016. The original Safety Turtle was an innovation in its own right but having used technology from the late 1990s RJE thought it was time to bring the Safety Turtle into the 21st century. As the saying goes ‘Good things come in small packages’ and the new Safety Turtle 2.0 makes no exceptions – the base station is smaller and streamlined with a better range An advantage of a glass fence is that it gives an uninterrupted view of the pool and when combined with a glass gate with either a latch or lockset, it gives a completely safe enclosure 68-70_SPN_Dec_16_Pool_Safety.indd 69

and is easier to use. It comes with a low battery indicator to tell you when you need to replace your Turtle wrist band and has a USB cord so it can be plugged into various products that offer a USB output. It can also be powered from a smart charge battery allowing the system to be totally portable. The Safety Turtle wrist band has not changed its looks, but has changed the way it works. It now uses state-of-the-art water switch technology to activate the alarm and can now be easily wiped dry to stop the transmission of the signal back to the base station. Safewater Alarms has been the UK representative of the Safety Turtle since 1990 and embraces the new technology with open arms. It’s a product that will safe guard a child or family pet when around water.

HIGH-TECH SWISS SOLUTION SAVES LIVES Deep Blue AG, a Swiss technology company headquartered in Hallwil, specialises in underwater technology and pool safety, and the company’s latest offering is a drowning alert system – the BlueFox ST1. Unlike

its predecessor, the BlueFox ST1 works completely autonomously and does not require any installation in the pool. BlueFox ST1 is a lifesaver for swimmers and can benefit non-swimmers too. Worn on the wrist, the BlueFox Swimmer Emergency Alert ST1 continuously monitors the depth of a swimmer. Should the wearer remain too long beneath a certain depth, an alarm module will be released from the bracelet. The module contains a balloon with a siren. The balloon forces itself towards the water surface, where the loud siren in the balloon attracts the attention of lifeguards or surrounding people and a rescue can be immediately initiated. A bright flashing LED at the wrist unit helps to locate the victim even in great depths or dark waters. Providing more safety – for everybody – everywhere, the BlueFox ST1 can be programmed individually for any person, any age and any swim ability. The Emergency Aquatic Bracelet just needs to be connected with a PC and depth and time can easily be programmed and reprogrammed. It works The new Safety Turtle 2.0 features a smaller base station, has a better range and is easier to use

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POOL SAFETY in any type of water whether a swimming pool, river, lake, pond and even in the sea. It automatically calls for help in an emergency without limiting freedom of movement by chunky buoys or other buoyancy products.

Poolview have installed underwater camera safety systems in over 80 pools UK-wide as either part of a refurbishment, new build, or as a standalone retrofit

STATE OF THE ART POOL MONITORING – ANGELEYE FROM SPSC The safety of swimmers is a very high priority for owners and operators, however the risks are complex and the challenges to provide adequate supervision are often compromised. Whilst the annual numbers of drownings in lifeguarded pools are quite low in the UK, it does highlight the fact that lifeguards, even with the best training and continuous monitoring, may not be the total answer. Available through SPSC, AngelEye is a state-of-the-art, computerised safety system utilising unique programmes and algorithms monitoring the whole of the pool tank below water via special video cameras. All pool users are continually monitored under the water by several cameras simultaneously, so if one camera’s view is obscured, other cameras will be able to continue the monitoring. There are many unique features with AngelEye, a primary one being the use of Smart Devices and Smart Watches to receive the alarm wirelessly providing freedom of movement so no need for static lifeguarding. The receiving device shows an image of the alarm cause and the location in the pool, this reduces the assessment and therefore the rescue time. Another unique feature is an underwater camera with combined high powered, low energy white LED; for pools with existing underwater lights they can be replaced with the combination camera module which reduces the installation time and cost. If AngelEye aerial cameras are incorporated in the design, specific areas of the pool hall can be protected during unsupervised times; if a person enters a protected area then an alarm will be generated and sent to the Smart Device or Smart Watch. AngelEye works in any type or shape of swimming pool, and in conjunction with moveable floors and bulkheads.

Now that technology is in the marketplace, it is proven and in use in many pools across the world, it would be remiss of operators who have concerns about safety not to give it careful consideration to assess its worth and the benefits to their own operation.


Poolview Ltd is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers, suppliers and installers of safety swimming pool systems. Established in 2012, they have installed underwater camera safety systems in over 80 pools UK-wide as either part of a refurbishment, new build, or as a stand-alone retrofit. As recognised industry experts, they specialise in safer swimmer consultancy and can recommend the ‘best’ technological solution for swimming pool operators, should it be through the provision of Poolview™, SenTag, SwimEye™ or Bluefox products. ‘Poolview System’, part of the range of five products produced by Poolview Ltd, is an above water and below swimming pool water CCTV system which digitally records and stores all moving images. Real-time digital video images can be relayed to any lifeguard monitoring station in any combination depending on the pools design and risk assessment requirements. The display gives lifeguards an uncompromised view of below water swimmer activity and behaviour. Lifeguards view these images as part of their 10:20 scan to help with early identification of an incident developing or abnormal events A unique feature with AngelEye is the ability to receive the alarm wirelessly occurring. to a Smart Device or Smart Watch, Poolview+ driven which provides freedom of movement by SwimEye™ is and eliminates the need for static

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the most recent addition to the company portfolio for swimming pools and is the world’s first proactive AND reactive computer vision system for the detection of possible drowning. Built around the well-established Poolview™ architecture and utilising SwimEye™ developed artificial intelligence which operates software in the background and supports the fully trained lifeguard with their responsibilities SwimEye™ will ‘track’ each swimmer and continuously monitor their activity until such time as it detects a ‘possible drowning’ developing. At this point SwimEye™ technology alerts the lifeguard to the ‘unusual swimmer behaviour’ and the appropriate action or intervention can be taken. So, with numerous options available to suit a wide variety of situations and budgets and from a range of manufacturers, it is possible to have fun and relax in a pool or spa area knowing that extra systems are in place to protect both users and owners alike.

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Devastating Fire Paves Way For New Cutting Edge Waterco Facility Waterco Ltd is excited to announce that it’s Australian head office has returned ‘home’ in time for Christmas, following the devastating fire that destroyed its Rydalmere office in January 2015. “We’re thrilled that just 21 months after the fire that gutted our head office building we have moved back in,” said Tony Fisher of Waterco Europe. “The building is now better than ever, which is a great outcome for both customers and staff. Thankfully we have managed to remain 100% operational virtually from day one after the fire. However, it is a great feeling to be back.” The new building has been designed by one of Sydney’s top architects and provides state-of-the-art facilities that will take the company well into the future. Waterco’s engineering department is among the beneficiaries, with a fully-tooled workshop, offices and sound testing facilities for

products. Research and development of cutting edge products has always been at the forefront of Waterco’s business, and these new facilities will really enhance the capabilities of the engineering team. The large new showroom has been designed to display Waterco’s huge product range to advantage, while allowing customers to view everything in comfort, and the building complies fully with the facilities requirements for disabled visitors and staff. The new building design also accommodates the company’s belief in providing healthy lifestyle opportunities for staff and doing its bit for a healthy planet too. Not only is there low carbon footprint LED lighting throughout, there is a fully

Canadian Aquatics Centre Wins International Award The Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre in Surrey, Canada was celebrating recently after picking up another award, this time being recognised internationally as “the world’s top structural engineering project” by the Institution of Structural Engineers (iStructE) at a ceremony in London, UK. In announcing the award, judges from the Institution of Structural Engineers said they “were struck by the undulating roof” of the Aquatic Centre, “which elegantly balances structural form with building use and celebrates the expressed materials”. Vancouver engineering firm Fast + Epp and the City of Surrey were also celebrated for creating “a dynamic community facility” that also used local wood in its construction. The Institution of Structural Engineers is the world’s largest membership organisation dedicated to the art and science of structural engineering. The Institution has over 27,000 members working in 105 countries around the world. The recent award comes seven months after the aquatic facility won a pair of national design awards. The Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre includes a 10-lane, 50m competitive pool, leisure pool, water slides, diving towers and a weight room.

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functioning gymnasium, as well as breakout areas on the ground and first floors for staff to discuss business over a relaxing coffee with their customers. “We have also taken a modern approach to the furniture, workstations, training facility, boardroom and three meeting rooms,” Tony says. “While we would have preferred not to have had the inconvenience and distress that accompanied losing our previous building, we are now looking at the positive outcomes that resulted.” Waterco Europe 01795 521733

Holidaymakers Give Calorex The Thumbs Up Holidaymakers at a Spanish hotel resort are enjoying improved swimming conditions in the hotel’s indoor pool following the installation of a Calorex environmental control system. The 125m² indoor swimming pool is a popular leisure facility at the Hotel Sun Palace Albir in Alicante. Heated to 32°C, the pool has an adjacent whirlpool with bubble zone and water jets, which is heated to 35°C. The specialist Delta 10 unit was installed earlier this year and is cleverly maintaining the humidity and air heating within the pool hall, as well as heating the pool water as an almost free by-product of the recovery of heat from the dehumidification process. Miguel Gutiérrez of Pirec/ Pirolevante, one of Calorex’s official distributors in Spain, explained: “The owners of the hotel approached us at our stand at Piscina & Wellness trade

exhibition in Barcelona as they were having problems with condensation and controlling the air humidity and temperature of the swimming pool. “At that time, the water was being heated by a gas boiler and electric heaters, and the atmosphere was being maintained by a conventional ventilation system, which was leading to problems with condensation – making it an uncomfortable environment for the swimmers.” Pirec worked with the hotel owners to come up with an economical and reliable solution for the humidity, air and water temperature control problems that would also reduce the operating cost of heating the pool water and the Delta 10 was specified. Miguel added: “The compact unit and the configuration options meant that we could easily adapt the new Delta to the existent ducted system without any major changes. The unit has been working flawlessly ever since.” Calorex 01621 856611 28/11/2016 10:12


IN BRIEF EXPO A BIG HIT IN THE BIG EASY Pool and spa professionals from around the world gathered once again in New Orleans, Louisiana recently to attend the latest International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo. The event, held at the start of November attracted more than 500 exhibitors, of which nearly 130 were new to the event, along with approximately 9,500 attendees. In addition to traditional industry exhibitors, the show’s organisers looked to increase exposure to outdoor-living products and successfully attracted almost 60 companies which enhanced the event. The three day event also had an international feel to it with 73 countries represented, an increase from 66 in 2015.

WATER RIDE TO BE DEMOLISHED FOLLOWING FATAL TRAGEDY Australia’s Dreamworld Theme Park on the Gold Coast will decommission its Thunder River Rapids water ride as a mark of respect to four accident victims who died in October when their raft flipped over. Park owners Ardent Leisure’s CEO and Managing Director, Deborah Thomas said the closure was the only respectful and appropriate course of action and that the families would be invited to help create a fitting and permanent memorial for their loved ones. After the accident, Thomas and the board had been criticised for mishandling matters by not contacting the relatives directly and by planning to open the park while the investigations were still ongoing. This was made worse when she accepted a bonus payment at the AGM a few days after the crisis. Thomas eventually gave some of that bonus to a charity to be used to help the relatives. A review is now underway for all Dreamworld and Whitewater World rides and operating systems by independent expert engineering firm Pitt & Sherry. 76-77_SPN_Dec_16_World_News.indd 73

New Branding For All Piscine Global Exhibitions Following another successful exhibition in Lyon, show organisers GL Events have unveiled new branding which incorporates all of their four wet leisure exhibitions which take place around the world. Communication is a key factor in building the brand and ‘Piscine Global’ will now feature across the entire network of international pool, spa and wellness exhibitions but each will still have it’s own specific identity which is based on location along with the previous brand colours: • Piscine Global becomes Piscine Global Europe – 13-16 November 2018 in Lyon, France • Piscine Asia becomes Piscine Global Asia – 5-6 April 2017 in Singapore • Piscine Middle East becomes Piscine Global Middle East – 18-20 September 2017 in Dubai • Piscine Brasil becomes Piscine Global Brasil – 24-26 July 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil

The new brand reflects current trends and reinforces the commitment to innovation by Piscine Global and the new identity has five key objectives: 1. Reinforce the international appeal of each exhibition’s offering while preserving their respective identities 2. Optimise visitor traffic between the different exhibitions 3. Raise Piscine Global’s standards in terms of organization and service quality to all exhibitions in the network

4. Enhance the Pool and Wellness offering to make it more cross-disciplinary and comprehensive 5. Simplify the image of the brand and its exhibitions Twenty two thousand professionals benefit from Piscine Global’s expertise around the world to develop their business and increase their sales in the swimming pool and wellness industry. Piscine Global +33 4 78 176 324

WAHC 2016 Expands Life In And for Aquatics

The 13th Annual World Aquatic HealthTM Conference (WAHC) saw a surge of attendees throughout the two-and-a-half-day conference held in Nashville, Tennessee. The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) hosted the successful event 19-21 October at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. This year’s WAHC had 412 attendees, including 158 first time attendees. “NSPF offered new incentives in order to reach more people to convey the value and benefits of aquatics. It concluded in more than 60 additional registrations,” stated NSPF Chief of Marketing and IT Officer, Alex Antoniou, PhD. “The feedback from both attendees and sponsors was resoundingly positive; WAHC 2016 was by far one of the best we’ve had.” The 13th annual WAHC was the largest on record and the team intends to continue its momentum into the next year for the 14th annual conference. “The science presented helps us draw conclusions and actions that shape the future,” reinforced Thomas Lachocki, PhD, CEO with NSPF. The WAHC is well-attended by representatives from a wide range of aquatic facilities and the organisations next step is to reach more professionals from the medical/ health fields. The last two WAHCs have included tracks and keynote speakers that focus heavily on the health benefits of water and aquatic life. Best-selling author, Dr Wallace J. Nichols gave a riveting opening keynote about his concept of ‘Blue Life’ while providing references through his

book ‘Blue Mind’. The idea of water improving the lives of others in numerous ways was continued with the second keynote, Professional Waterman, Bruckner Chase. The Blue Mind lifestyle and how not only to live it, but also promote it, was continued by Nichols and Chase in the unique Health Benefits workshop, and returning attendees, first time attendees, sponsors and speakers all learned new information that will help benefit themselves, their careers, and the industry. The 14th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference will be held in NSPF’s home state next year, in Denver, Colorado. Taking place 18-20 October, early registration will open in April 2017. WAHC +1 719 540 9119

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) December 2016  

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) December 2016  

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...