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IN BRIEF COUNCIL APPOINTS MAIN CONTRACTOR FOR GREAT YARMOUTH PROJECT Construction of Great Yarmouth’s exciting new state-of-the-art Marina Centre will soon get underway on the town’s famous Golden Mile, as the Borough Council appointed Morgan Sindall Construction as the main contractor in December. The council’s £26m investment will be a major boost to the economy and community for decades to come, acting as a catalyst for potential further investment and seafront regeneration, whilst supporting health and wellbeing for the whole borough. Following site set-up, piling of the foundations will commence this winter and the steel structure will go up in spring, with cladding going on during summer and internal works then getting underway. It is scheduled to open in summer 2022. The new Marina Centre will be a truly year-round anchor attraction, and its wet leisure facilities include a six-lane 25m pool with full disabled access and suitable for competitions, a confidence water area and learner pool with moveable floor, leisure water with fun play features, two water flumes and a splash pad.

COUNCIL REMAINS COMMITTED TO PITSEA POOL PROJECT Basildon Council has reaffirmed its intention to continue with plans to build a pool in Pitsea in Essex after a Councillor commented that the council remained committed to progressing with the development. The project has again had to pause as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, Councillor Jack Ferguson said: “We are absolutely committed to moving forward with proposals for a pool in Pitsea and have already completed a public consultation and found a viable site at Eversley. The budget for the development of this also remains in place.”

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Certikin Provide The Magic At Hampshire Pool Renovation Magic? Well almost. Instructing Certikin’s on site lining team is possibly the closest thing to waving a magic wand. A fine case in point is this 30-year old dilapidated swimming pool in Liss, Hampshire, which after the team had set to, bears no resemblance to its former self. With the renovation of their house complete, the McGarry family turned their attention to the garden’s derelict leaf-covered swimming pool. Since moving in five years ago, the family hadn’t even taken the old ripped cover off the pool, and indeed didn’t have any idea how deep it was. On investigation, a 12m by 6m concrete tiled pool appeared from out of the gloom. This constant slope pool varied in depth from 1.1m to 3m. Given the job of transforming it into a stateof-the-art 21st century pool, was award winning Simplex Pools, based on Hayling Island in Hampshire. Without further ado, they called on the services of Certikin’s on site lining team. Simplex’s Gareth Lancaster said: “We have used the team on many occasions and they always do a

fantastic job so it seemed the perfect solution for this pool.” The team set about renovating the tired pool with a beautiful Touch Marble-effect liner topped off with a ceramic effect tile band. The original pool’s square steps were removed and replaced with half circle steps by Simplex. The lining was completed within four days leaving Simplex to add all the other essential ingredients that make it a Certikin pool from top to bottom. Gareth added: “On site lining has really changed this pool from being tired and redundant, to a centre point for exercise, entertaining the children and social gatherings.” Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk Simplex Pools 0345 576 1084 www.simplexpools.co.uk

Alukov Enclosure Is Perfect Height For London Pool Owner With a wide range of enclosure solutions on offer, Alukov are experts in covering swimming pools, spas and more and one of the company’s recent projects was to comply with the customer’s wish for a ‘not too low, not too high’ enclosure for his London pool. The client was very specific about having the whole enclosure in glass effect polycarbonate to achieve a polished look for his upmarket house. As a specialist operator within the enclosure sector, Alukov can provide a full service from manufacturing to transport to installation. Their preference is that the enclosures are fully preassembled in factory and then transported in complete sections. Not only is the installation itself incredibly fast (half a day to one day, depending on size)

it is also very clean. In the case of Mr Amit’s London pool, the access to his back garden was not as large as the company would have liked, therefore a crane was used to lift each segment into place. If a crane is not an option due to bad access or any other reason, the enclosure can be delivered unassembled and the team will carry out the complete assembly and installation on site. The final result of this installation was exactly what the customer wished for – an enclosed garden swimming pool which can be fully open in a matter of seconds thanks to the easy gliding system. The height was crucial for Mr Amit and the 1.65 metre height was exactly what he wished for… ‘not too low, not too high’… indeed! Alukov UK 0118 909 9844 www.alukov.co.uk

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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...