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Work Starts On Exciting Welsh Seafront Splash Pad

BATH-BASED POOL TRUST RECEIVES AWARD FUNDS Cleveland Pools Trust has received a Capital Kickstart Fund award of £290,000 from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund for their restoration project that has been delayed as a result of the pandemic. This is one of the latest grants, awarded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and builds on over £1bn awarded to a huge range of cultural and heritage organisations from the Culture Recovery Fund last year. Ambitious projects at 22 heritage organisations, including Cleveland Pools will benefit from £13.5m in targeted grants allocated by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restart planned work that now face delays or increased costs. The funding will be used to support the additional costs the Cleveland Pools restoration project has faced due to the impact of COVID-19.

COUNCIL UNVEILS PLANS FOR NEW £2M WEST DENTON POOL Plans to build a new swimming pool on the outskirts of Newcastle have been unveiled by city council chiefs. Under consideration is a new £2.3m facility at the West Denton Leisure Centre, next to an existing facility which was closed by operator GLL at the start of the first pandemic lockdown. At the time of its closing, Newcastle City Council rejected calls to take the existing pool back under local authority control, a move which sparked widespread complaints from families in the area. The council claimed it would be too expensive to do so but it has now emerged that the cash-strapped council wants to build the new facility instead and it is also believed that GLL would be asked to run the new pool too.

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Work has started on a new Splash Pad attraction for children and families to replace the popular former Aquasplash facility at the Aberavon Seafront in South Wales. The new attraction will include a range of more than 30 exciting water features including fountains, jets and ‘waterfalls’. Aquasplash proved to be a massively successful attraction to both local residents and visitors alike for many years. Unfortunately, the repair and maintenance necessary to keep it open for another season made it financially unviable. The time had therefore come for a replacement. The new Splash Pad will no longer have at its centre a standing pool of water, as this produces numerous difficulties and challenges in order to maintain and test water quality before use by the public, which can often be time consuming and expensive. 

Instead, the new water fountains, jets and waterfalls will be spread over a central play area. The works, which began on 1 February, will also include new seating and facilities surrounding the Splash Pad site. The work is being carried out by Ustigate Ltd. Cllr Annette Wingrave, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainable Development said: “This key project, in Neath Port Talbot Council’s ongoing regeneration of the popular Aberavon Seafront, will have major benefits for local businesses as the scheme will increase visitor numbers to the area. “Also, people from the local and wider community will benefit as the scheme will contribute to the creation of an attractive public realm area at a key location overlooking Aberavon Beach.”

FT Leisure Carry Out Moveable Floor Refurbishment In Beckenham Before the lockdown, The Spa at Beckenham offered a great way for local residents to keep fit and stay active. As well as an eight-lane, 25-metre regional competition sized pool, the facility has a 20m x 10m teaching pool, but the condition of the moveable floor surface panels had deteriorated over the course of their life and after contacting pool engineers FT Leisure, it was decided they needed to be replaced. With operation in a warm chlorinated atmosphere and exposure to UV, composite materials become brittle and deteriorate. Fixings can become loose, presenting risk to bathers. The panels also become discoloured; a fresh set of surface panels will revive the pool tank, offer an improved experience for the bather both in terms of comfort and safety and give the facility a new lease of life. A survey of the moveable floor took place and a design for the new panels produced. These now incorporate a permanent embossed non-slip surface finish to comply with current regulations. To carry out the refurbishment works, the pool must be drained. A temporary works design was developed and FT Leisure’s in-house HSE compliant dive team propped the moveable floor to allow this to take place.

During the works a full inspection of the steelwork, buoyancy and cables/pulley operating equipment was carried out. The moveable floor steelwork was found to be less than optimal so works were carried out the level the frame and add extra support. The old surface panels were removed and disposed of and the replacements installed. During these works, the hydraulic operating equipment was removed from site, refurbished and reinstalled. On completion the pool was refilled, the props removed and the system recommissioned. FT Leisure 0161 494 5785 www.ftleisure.co.uk

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