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IN BRIEF PLANNING APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED FOR READING PROJECTS Plans to deliver modern new leisure facilities for Reading have moved forward with the submission of two major planning applications. The Council’s commitment to provide modern and much-improved facilities for swimmers is once again gaining momentum, after the unforeseen setback of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for sites at Rivermead and Palmer Park are due to be considered in March. The Council’s chosen leisure provider, Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) – who currently manage Rivermead Leisure Centre on behalf of the Council – has submitted the planning applications and will operate the new facilities on the Council’s behalf should they be successful. The planning applications provide a detailed spec of the proposed new wet leisure facilities at each site. They include a modern new-build leisure centre at Rivermead, with a 25m eight-lane competition pool with moveable floor and 300 spectator seats. A combined teaching and diving pool plus splash pads are also detailed. At Palmer Park, a modern new 25 metre, six-lane community pool has been proposed.

£17M REVAMP OF HISTORIC BELFAST BATHS UNDERWAY Work has started on the £17m restoration and expansion of Templemore Baths in east Belfast. The facility is the sole surviving Victorian public baths on the island of Ireland that still operates as a wet leisure facility. The project will see many of the historic building’s original features sympathetically restored, and a new extension will provide an additional six lane 25 metre pool, spa facilities and an 80 station fitness suite. Belfast City Council is investing £12m in the project, with the remaining £5m coming from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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Viron Is A Pure Solution For Somerset Pool Builder

Pure delight was the reaction from the owner of this pool after diving into it for the first time. The project in Taunton is the result of the craftmanship of Stewart Skinner of Purepools in Somerset who knows a thing or two about building pools having been in the business over 30 years. Quality comes high on his list of priorities so it’s little surprise that Certikin was his first port of call and one item that was high on Stewart’s shopping list was a Viron variable speed pump. The energy saving Viron eVo Pumps are a range of fully variable speed energy efficient pumps to suit all pool sizes, filtration systems and budgets. With 8 star energy rating, the Viron Pump reduces CO2 emissions, promises a quiet operation and long equipment life. Compared to conventional single speed pumps, the Viron eVo pump makes dramatic savings on operating costs. Most swimming pools are effectively filtered and sanitised with flow rates ranging from 7-12 m3/hr. In fact, they will never require more than 15 m3/hr – 18 m3/hr for tasks such as cleaning the filter or

vacuuming the pool, and for these the Viron P320 eVo is ideal. However, for larger pools, multiple spa jets, water features or in floor cleaning systems, a larger capacity pump may be required. For these applications, the Viron P600 eVo pump offers an impressive 36 m3/hr flow rate. The Viron eVo has been carefully designed for ease of operation. Three programmed speeds are factory pre-set and will suit most pools and most applications. Each speed, however, can be adjusted with a simple press of a button. Operation is intuitive to make the Viron eVo as user friendly as possible. Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk Purepools 07802 301043 www.purepools.co.uk

Business Expansion Started With A Incorrectly Addressed Email When Phil Stevens sent an email to the wrong address, little did he know it would change the future direction of his entire business. “I was looking for a pump, thinking I was contacting an existing supplier and accidently sent it to Golden Coast. Mitch Percy from their Technical Sales department replied saying ‘We supply that’, and we’ve been working closely together ever since,” said Phil, Director of Specialist Pools Services (SPS). SPS, based in Tadworth, provides design, refurbishment and maintenance services to both domestic and commercial clients throughout the UK. Phil Stevens continued: “I used to do everything from scratch, but now I always consult Golden Coast for recommendations. If I want to buy a pump, I tell them what size pump I need, and Mitch advises which is most suitable, saving me hours of searching. It’s not just the products that Golden Coast supply, it’s the service and advice that comes

with it too. They are truly experts in their field.” To help customers like SPS, Golden Coast organises factory visits to European manufacturers – allowing visitors to gain a greater insight into the design and build of the products that Golden Coast offers. It also provides a great opportunity to meet with fellow installers. Phil Stevens said: “Visiting the DEL and SPECK factories allows me to understand the design philosophy behind each product and see it through to final production. That means I’m able to wholeheartedly recommend those products, knowing they are perfect for a particular installation.” Although the initial contact with Golden Coast was by mistake, the new relationship has helped SPS transform from a small business into a leading installer of swimming pools, spas, saunas and steam rooms. Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com

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Profile for Aqua Publishing Ltd

SPN (Swimming Pool News) December 2020  

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 2020  

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...