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FLEXIBLE FOOTPRINTS

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

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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.

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WALU DECK – A SPACE OPTIMISER FOR IN-GROUND POOLS

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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SPN (Swimming Pool News) December 2016