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£10m Horwich Leisure Centre Opens In Bolton

The new Horwich Leisure Centre is now open. The £10m development includes various keep fit facilities along with a 25 metre six lane swimming pool and a separate teaching pool. The new building has taken just over a year to construct and it is part of a wider investment in Horwich including a new primary school and 3G pitch. The centre has been jointly funded by Bolton Council and Bolton Community Leisure Trust (BCLT), who will also manage the facility. Work was officially completed on Friday 24 November 2017 with the formal handover of the keys to the council. Cabinet member for sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “This is a fantastic new, modern leisure centre. I am delighted that our residents in Horwich and the surrounding area have all these wonderful facilities. We would invite everyone to take the opportunity to come and look around the centre – and use it. It will provide first-class facilities and encourage people to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle. It is an exciting day for Horwich.” The modern facilities will encourage more people to take up sports and leisure and help build better links with schools and clubs which will promote healthier habits and reduce anti-social behaviour. The main contractor for the project was Willmott Dixon Construction, the architect was Faulkner Brown and engineers were William Dyers. F T Leisure was responsible for the design, supply and installation of the water treatment and filtration systems for the two pools and the Oxford Dipper Hoist disabled access system. This was also the first Myrtha Pool Tank installation for F T Leisure. F T Leisure 0161 494 5785

Certikin Equipment Breathes Life Into Portishead Lido Opened in 1962, Portishead Lido has afforded many families a great day out but after suffering major water loss, its operators – the Portishead Pool Community Trust – were forced to embark on an emergency refurbishment operation. Cracks in the base of the pool tank and the pipework from ground movement were an issue despite them being patched up a number of times. It was always the plan to do a major refurbishment when sufficient funds were available but that had to be brought forward when it was discovered the lido was leaking. Using the combined talents of DG Pool’s Glyn Lucas in commercial filtration and mechanical services and Carl Porter’s knowledge of pool construction, the Trust embarked on upgrading the Lido. Carl set about the design of the pool to ensure that skimmers, sumps and inlets adhered to industry flow rates and velocities. He supervised the installation of a new liner on top of the pool’s old ceramic tiles. To complement the modernisation of the pool tank, the plant room was also refurbished. The sand filters were installed in 1962 so they were replaced with three new filters from Certikin. The pumps were old and they struggled to cope with the required flow rates, especially on busy days. The filtration plant was broken up and removed by DG Pools and replaced with the new plant. All pipework, suction/return fittings and UV lights were supplied by Certikin. Certikin’s Commercial Manager, Steve Nelson said: “We always work closely with our customers on big filtration systems to make sure that we comply with all the current relative standards, we always double check the calculations for the flows through inlets grilles, velocities in pipework and filtration rates.” Andy Thatcher of the Portishead Lido Community Trust said: “The job came in on time and on budget and the Trust and pool users are absolutely delighted with the outcome.” Certikin International 01993 778855

Pool Refurbishment Utilises An Innovative Solution

Faced with a difficult task of replacing the light fittings and repainting the ceiling above the pool of a leisure centre within very short timescales, Wigan Council recently approached Floating Pontoon Solutions to understand if they could offer a solution to assist with the refurbishment using their modular pontoon systems. Due to budget constraints it was not an option to empty the pool nor have a complete scaffold system built over the pool, and using their experience of similar scenarios, Floating Pontoon Solutions provided a large 12m x 4m floating pontoon spanning the

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whole width of the pool, complete with a 10m wide tower scaffold that could be adjusted depending on the contours of the ceiling. This allowed the electricians and decorators to carry out the work on all the areas as the pontoon was floated down the pool as the work was completed. Additionally, the installation of the system was completed within a day, which also helped as the whole project had to be accomplished in as little as 4 weeks. This modular pontoon system is proving to be a very effective way of undertaking

this type of work in swimming pools, and has also commonly been used for ductwork inspections. Talking about the project, Lee Garner of Floating Pontoon Solutions said: “Due to budget cuts on their leisure facilities, many local authorities are unable to carry out maintenance work on their pools using traditional methods, so they are now looking at other innovative solutions to address this which the pontoon system is doing at a fraction of the cost.” Floating Pontoon Solutions 01253 724747 19/01/2018 23:17

SPN (Swimming Pool News) February 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) February 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...