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NEWS DAWN OF A NEW ERA FOR NORTHAMPTONSHIRE POOL It was still dark outside as the first swimmers took to the new six-lane 25-metre swimming pool for an early morning swim at Brackley Leisure Centre on Monday 12 November. The new pool is part of a multi-million pound revamp which also includes a 13-metre x 7-metre learner pool and a 110 station Fitness Room. Cllr Karen Cooper, South Northamptonshire Council’s portfolio holder for wellbeing, said: “SNC promised Brackley a new pool and we have delivered it. It has been years in the making with a great deal of hard work by Council officers, Legacy Leisure and their contractors. But finally the town has the swimming pools it deserves. “The new pool is light, inviting, and a space that you want to spend time in. I hope it encourages more people than ever to take the plunge and adopt a new healthy lifestyle.”

A Landmark Leisure Building For Coventry A £36.7m water park is being built on the former Spire House site right in the city centre and will replace Coventry’s existing Grade II-listed 1966 central swimming pool, which will close once the new structure opens in 2019, during their year as City of Sport. Newcastle-based architects FaulknerBrowns have designed the circular building which will include a 25m swimming pool, 120 station fitness suite, climbing wall, squash courts, health suites, dance studio and a day spa. For the adventurous, there is a wave pool and nine slides including the Navigator – a waterpark version of a roller coaster which has both uphill and downhill drops. For the younger visitor there is a splash pad zone with features and slides, plus a lazy river. The city council was keen to ensure that the facility has easy access areas for people with mobility issues and is confident that this will be one

FIRST DESIGNS EMERGE FOR NEW READING POOL An important planning document which will help shape proposals to build a new community swimming pool at Palmer Park in Reading is set to go out to public consultation. The draft framework provides two options for the development of the new pool. The first is to join the new pool to the existing stadium building. The second focuses on the principle of re-using the existing building and attaching the new pool onto the front. Both options form part of the consultation process. Earlier this year Reading Borough Council began a procurement process to identify a single leisure provider to improve and operate all its indoor leisure facilities and the Palmer Park development forms a major part of the ongoing process.

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of the most accessible water parks in the UK. “We have been able to put together a high profile design team with an international reputation,” said Councillor Kevin Maton, cabinet member for Business, Enterprise and Employment. “We were clear in the brief that we want a landmark building – appropriate for our city centre – not the usual type of design used out of town in other areas.” Surveyors Appleyard & Trew, project managers Hadron, and mechanical and engineering services firm Desco are all involved in the project. Structural engineering is provided by Engenuiti, while the specialist aquatic engineering for the pools, water features, rides and spa is being carried out by Devin Consulting. Tom Devin, Managing Director of Devin Consulting said: “This new state-of-the-art facility will be a massive draw and will attract people from the whole region in to the city centre. This waterpark has something for everyone and we’re delighted to have had the opportunity to apply our expertise.” Devin Consulting 0191 258 1653 www.devin-consulting.com

Show Your Support For The Wet Leisure Industry Survey The ISPE has become the latest organisation to join the groundswell of support for Golden Coast’s annual Wet Leisure Industry Survey, which includes leading authorities SPATA, BISHTA and the BSPF, as well as the sector’s key publications including SPN. Open to businesses across the sector, this year’s survey can be completed quickly, easily and anonymously now via www. wetleisure.com Since 2011, the survey has

created an opportunity for the industry to speak individually and collectively, as Golden Coast Managing Director Jamie Adams explained: “When we first conceived the idea of an industry survey, our aim was simple. Other industries and markets have facts, figures and statistics that are available to all and they help people make better decisions and grow better businesses. We should be the same. “By taking a moment to take

part, you’re contributing to a huge pool of shared knowledge, which is freely available to everyone in the industry at wetleisure.com.” With results from every year available to view now, www.wetleisure.com offers opportunities to spot trends, as well as benchmark your business’ performance. Results from this year’s survey will be released – in the form of the Wet Leisure Industry Survey Report – at SPATEX and online.

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SPN (Swimming Pool News) December 2018  

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 2018  

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...