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IN BRIEF NEW POOL FOR NOTTINGHAM LEISURE CENTRE Plans are in place to bring huge improvements to Hucknall Leisure Centre in Nottingham as a brand-new swimming pool added to the facility as well as a revamped fitness suite and other improvements. The second pool will deliver a different offer to the existing lane pool, providing something for everyone. Following Everyone Active’s successful tender to remain the Council’s leisure provider, Ashfield District Council is set to transform its existing leisure offer and the new pool is just one of many future enhancements to facilities.

POPULAR DEVON SWIMMING POOL SET TO REOPEN The swimming pool at Exeter’s Riverside Leisure Centre is set to reopen this summer more than four years after a fire broke out which tore through large parts of the building. Although other facilities at the leisure centre were able to reopen shortly after the fire, the normally busy pool has remained closed since the tragic fire in February 2017. The delay has been due to serious structural weaknesses being uncovered while fire damage was being repaired. The weaknesses were nothing to do with the fire but meant that the building was unsafe. The council had originally promised that the pool and other wet leisure facilities would be back up and running in early 2019, but after the structural weaknesses were found, they were later forced to admit it would not happen until much later. Further delays were then caused by the pandemic and lockdowns. Project managers working on site say excellent progress has been made and a new steam room, sauna and spa pool are being fitted in the coming weeks.

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Wickwoods Reach For The Spas Displaying the brilliant craftmanship of West Sussexbased Fowler Swimming Pools, the multi-million-pound Spa Garden at Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel & Spa near Brighton was one of last summer’s success stories, with the finished project exceeding all expectations. Given the brief to create a year-round facility including a sheltered sun deck with a swimming pool, hydro pool, bio sauna and heated loggia, inspiration was taken from a Nordic Spa. The eye-catching, new outdoor facilities mean that members of the popular country club can now enjoy the mature woodland setting. Winning the contract to build Wickwoods’ indoor pool, it was natural that the task of constructing the outdoor spa should fall to Fowlers. Work commenced in early March but quickly came to a halt due to the COVID-19 lockdown. As restrictions were gradually lifted, and to obviate any further delay, Fowlers turned to Certikin to supply one of the market leading NIVEKO bespoke monopools. A 9m x 3.6m x 1.4m insulated deck level overflow pool in white, featuring corner steps and a small beach area topped off with an automatic, remote controlled slatted solar cover was duly selected. Proudly lying alongside the pool is a bespoke deck level spa. The enticing fully tiled mosaic spa (5m x 3.5m x 0.9m) features stainless steel fittings, a combination of 70 various sized water jets including air to give its users a therapeutic, all over body

massage. To add atmosphere, the spa is fitted with mini colour changing LED lights. Fowlers used Certikin for much of the pool and spa’s associated equipment and Managing Director, Tom Holman said: “We have a longstanding relationship with Certikin. The product range is second to none and when considering the Wickwoods project it was a no brainer. From the NIVEKO pool and the bespoke deck level spa to the filtration and heating equipment the Certikin service was exemplary.” Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk Fowler Swimming Pools 01403 864373 www.fowlerswimmingpools.co.uk

Dripool Look For Engineers After Busiest Year To Date Whilst 2020 was an incredibly difficult time for many, the general feedback I receive from Dripool’s trade colleagues in the pool industry is that it was probably the busiest year they had ever experienced. For Dripool, this was certainly the case with nearly a thousand customers all vying for their services to ensure their covers were in perfect working order so as to maximise the time spent in their pools. Many customers commented on how, now more than ever, the pool was an absolute lifesaver with children and adults alike being told to stay home for such a long period of time. The extent of enquiries was not limited to existing customers however and Dripool were pleased to collaborate on many new build projects with some fantastic designs and beautiful new pools.

The new build pictured was one of many collaborations carried out with Aqua King Pools, a swimming pool specialist company based in Dorset with over 25 years’ experience in the industry. The pool was constructed by Shane King and his team and completed with a Driglide automatic safety cover, manufactured and installed by Dripool Ltd at the property in Bourton, Dorset. With the amount of enquiries increasing week on week and the inevitable flood of service requests already starting, Dripool have taken the unusual step of interviewing for additional engineers, much earlier than expected, as it seems that this year might even surpass 2020 as the company’s busiest year to date! Dripool Ltd 023 8066 3131 www.dripool.co.uk

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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...