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NEWS SUFFOLK POOL GETS £3.4M NATIONAL LOTTERY GRANT Ipswich’s Broomhill Pool got the best-possible Christmas present – a £3.4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund! The grant should mean that people will once again be able to enjoy the outdoor swimming pool during the summer of 2020 – 18 years after its last public opening – in water which will be heated for the first time in 80 years. Constructed in 1938, the Grade II listed art-deco building has been closed for 15 years but will be given a new lease of life as an open air swimming pool and fitness centre. Phase one of the renovation will mean the new health and fitness centre could open towards the end of 2019 – but the swimming pool is expected to open for the 2020 summer season. Whilst the pool’s water will be heated, it will not be as warm as water found in an indoor pool. The facilities will be available to hardy swimmers throughout the year but the swimming season is expected to run from April to October. The National Lotterysupported project, run by fitness and leisure charity Fusion Lifestyle, will restore both the pool, diving boards and a replica clock tower in the art-deco style of the original buildings.

ABERDEEN POOL PLANS STILL NOT FINALISED Ambitious renovation works approved for a Scottish swimming pool a year ago have still to be finalised despite two other local pools closing last year. Last December, council body Sport Aberdeen announced the work on the Northfield pool facility in Aberdeen, but 12 months later, the organisation said there were still “key decisions” to be taken on the pool – although specifics were not given.

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A Pool That Stays In The Black! Veering away from traditional blue, the owner of this stunning 7.32m x 3.66m hopper pool wanted something a little bit different, so he embraced the dark side and chose the stunning Elegance vinyl liner from the Certikin Touch range. The range is designed to offer the appearance and texture of natural stone. By combining high quality, thicker than standard (2.0mm as opposed to 1.5mm) vinyl with the latest manufacturing technique of embossing and engraving, the design offers both aesthetic beauty and a very pleasing touch. It’s also highly functional as the Elegance design has an anti-slip option which complies with Cat C of the required DIN standard. Like all vinyls in the Touch range, the Elegance is protected by the Alkorplan 3000 multi-layer lacquering system for durability and longevity. The pool’s owner, Philip Orford said: “I’m incredibly pleased with the liner as it has a very high-quality look and feel. Being able to quickly heat the pool to 32°C is important to me. Thanks to the benefits of the heavy-duty Elegance vinyl, I am able to do that quickly and safely. The contractors were efficient and friendly and did an excellent job. Despite the price differential, I would highly recommend this superior grade liner over and above the standard.” Complementing the eye-catching liner, is

Certikin’s Optimus range of metallic grey and black flow fittings. Designed specifically for dark coloured liner and concrete pools, the Optimus plastic skimmer extension throat, wall inlet, vacuum point and main drain (with anti-vortex grille) give the pool an uninterrupted feel. Philip added: “The black fittings work very well and give the pool a high-end finish. We are absolutely delighted with the whole project. It has surpassed our expectations and given us a summer of fun and we look forward to many more.” Certikin International 01993 778855 www.certikin.co.uk

World Leisure Provides Pool For Special Educational Needs School Leyland-based World Leisure has provided a hydrotherapy pool for a £15m special educational needs school in Benfleet, Essex. The pool was installed at the new Glenwood School and delivered by construction and infrastructure company, Morgan Sindall. The specially-designed education facility includes state-of-the-art facilities to support 210 children and young adults aged 3-19 years, with severe and multiple learning difficulties. The hydrotherapy pool is one of a number of specialist facilities to help meet the young people’s needs, including different types of sensory rooms, an in-floor trampoline room and an immersive room. All of these will help promote levels of engagement, autonomy, body awareness, sequencing, postural control, organisation of the senses, self-regulation and the confidence needed to access community spaces. The hydrotherapy pool will facilitate the implementation of young people’s physical support programmes in a specialist environment. It also provides an opportunity for young children to gain water confidence and to learn behaviours that increase their ability to access community resources safely. World Leisure Managing Director Simon Smith

says: “The main benefit of hydrotherapy is the combination of warm water, high air temperature and relief of body weight, which results in optimum conditions for the delivery of individualised physiotherapy programmes. For children with significant physical disabilities, this resource may be the only place where they can move independently. “This area can also help encourage social interaction, allowing young people to participate in some small group activities.” Glenwood School head teacher Judith Salter says: “Glenwood School always tries to provide the very best they can for all learners. We are looking forward to using this specialist area, which is fully accessible for all.” World Leisure 01772 284883 www.worldleisurepools.com

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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...