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£14m Investment For Warwickshire Leisure Centres Plans to redevelop St Nicholas Park and Newbold Comyn Leisure Centres in Warwick have now begun on site following the green light by Warwick District councillors late last year. A £14m investment by the Council is being used to fund much-needed improvements and upgrades to two centres in Leamington Spa and Warwick, with a second phase of upgrades to follow for Kenilworth. Councillor Michael Coker, Portfolio Holder for Culture at Warwick District Council commented: “I am delighted that work will now commence, allowing our residents to enjoy the brand new, state-of-the-art facilities by the end of this year. “Proposed designs for the new facilities are the result of detailed design work, with input from architects, Sport England and council

officers, and reflect the outcome of public consultation undertaken in January and February this year.” The centre at Newbold Comyn will see its swimming pool refurbished alongside the addition of wet changing rooms for the pool and shower area. Plans also include a new 100-station gym, improved disabled facilities and a brand new extension for other leisure activities. Running alongside the Newbold Comyn redevelopment, St Nicholas Park leisure centre is also being extended to house new facilities. The swimming pool changing rooms will be completely replaced and new changing rooms will serve the gym and studios alongside various refurbishments to the swimming pool. Building contractor Speller Metcalfe, who

The centre at Newbold Comyn will see its swimming pool refurbished alongside the addition of wet changing rooms for the pool and shower area

successfully refurbished Stratford Leisure Centre in 2015, has been selected to undertake both schemes. “Speller Metcalfe is absolutely delighted to be a part of such an exciting leisure development for the residents of Leamington Spa and Warwick,” said Managing Director of Speller Metcalfe, Des O’Neill. “The modernisation of each centre will not only result in fantastic facilities for users, but also create opportunities for employment and investment in the local economy during the construction stage of the build.” Construction works are set to be completed at the end of 2017. Speller Metcalfe 01684 571200

The pool at the St Nicholas Park leisure centre will receive various refurbishments to the swimming pool plus new changing rooms

No Coal, Just OC-1 to Newcastle!

When the Alan Shearer Activity Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne approached Whitewaters Ltd to replace an old hydrotherapy pool, the pool specialist, turned to Certikin and in particular, their trailblazing new filter media – OC-1. Founded by the retired footballer on the outskirts of Newcastle, the Centre is a specialist recreational, sensory

and social centre for disabled people catering for a wide spectrum of need. It is the only short break centre in the North East with its own on-site activity centre, set within acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Having seen better days, Whitewaters set about stripping out the old hydrotherapy pool, replacing it with a £500,000 state-of-the-art facility.

Centre member, three-year-old Jessica Robertson cut the ribbon with ex-footballer Alan Shearer, and couldn’t wait to be the first person to try out the new pool

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Six months in design, the construction took a further six months to complete. Twice the size of the original hydrotherapy pool, it offers a mix of fun and relaxation with interactive mood lighting, water and music features plus an array of water features that include a Certikin water cannon, a fluvo air pad and a fluvo swimjet. Managing Director of Whitewaters, Mick Guthrie says: “The new hydrotherapy pool offers all the grandeur of a top quality spa, but it also plays a serious role in providing therapeutic benefits to disabled

people of all ages.” Water quality is, of course, of vital importance and at the heart of this pool’s filtration system is the ground breaking OC-1 filter media for which Certikin is the world’s exclusive distributor. Unique in its methodology and performance, OC-1 works through settlement as opposed to entrapment, and harnesses the recent advances in pump technology and variable speed pumps/controllers. Mick reported: “The pool has been running for over a month now and the water clarity is crystal clear. Being extremely lightweight, OC-1 is so much easier than any other filter media to handle and work with. Although it’s early days, I am highly impressed with OC-1 and its distinct benefits.” Whitewaters Ltd 0191 5512048 20/01/2017 22:35

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