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DISABILITY ACCESS Provide easy access to pool and spa facilities

WATER HEATING OPTIONS Non heat pump options taking the chill out of water

HOT TUBS IN A BUSINESS SETTING Products suitable for holiday parks, lodges and more


Smaller pools to ensure garden leisure and pleasure for families this summer

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STA Pool Plant – Lone Working | Company Focus – Albixon, hth & Superior Wellness | Opinion Events Roundup – What’s On And Where | Tiling & Mosaics | 13 Pages Of Industry News 10/06/2022 10:10

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SPN incorporating Pool & Spa Industry is the official trade magazine for the UK wet leisure markets and is the only trade publication that invests in the industry it serves.

We explore what’s new in the above-ground pools market too, a sector that’s come into its own over the last couple of years.


We’ve also a feature on hot tubs being operated in a business setting, which for similar reasons as home pools and indeed spas, enjoyed yet another phenomenal season last year. I suspect given the latest travel uncertainty with cancellations to flights, both of these products could well have another decent season.

Editor and Co Publisher: Jon Wadeson Features: Karen Witney

DISABILITY ACCESS Provide easy access to pool and spa facilities

Features & Subeditor: Andrea Hartshorne


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Non heat pump options taking chill out of water

Products suitable for holiday parks, lodges and more


Smaller pools to ensure garden leisure and pleasure for families this summer



– Albixon, hth & Superior Wellness | Opinion STA Pool Plant – Lone Working | Company Focus & Mosaics | 13 Pages Of Industry News Events Roundup – What’s On And Where | Tiling 10/06/2022 10:10

Durable and stunning, tiling and mosaic options have the spotlight placed back on them this issue as we examine the latest materials and trends for bespoke finishes, plus we also take a look at companies that are providing products for disability access and in doing so, are making swimming pools, spas and even hot tubs a more welcoming place for all.

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A lot has changed for both the UK as a country and for the wet leisure industry operating within its borders since our last June issue was published. However, somewhat sadly, one thing has definitely remained the same over the last 12 months – and that one thing is uncertainty – and it unfortunately covers a number of important areas both for our sector and further afield. As this year ticked round, there was a lot of optimism around. COVID finally seemed be on the retreat, the industry had, after a somewhat shaky start, largely prospered throughout most of it and SPATEX and all who attended it were upbeat. In short, I personally had a good feeling. Certainty? Well no. Few things in life are certain, but it really seemed as though things were moving in the right direction. However, things can and do change, and this year has been the perfect example of how quickly events can take a turn, and a lot of them recently appear to be for the worse. I’ll not list all the issues that businesses and many across the UK are having to contend with as everyone knows what they are, plus there’s now actually quite a long list and quite honestly, they are rather depressing! But I will just say the energy crisis does really concern me, and I know many others in the industry and beyond. So, parking those thoughts and concentrating on this latest issue, we’ve a number of features that are topical given the times we are in. Inside, we take an in depth look at the various options for heating swimming pool water, with a focus on solutions which aren’t heat pump or environmental systems based – solutions which will definitely take the chill out of the water in a variety of settings.

With face-to-face trade events, both in the UK and around the world, now taking place again, we round up what’s on and where over the next 12 months or so. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve a number of shorter pieces this issue too. Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams takes a look at the changing world of work while Robbie Philips at the STA highlights the ‘need to knows’ of lone working in wet leisure environments. Superior Wellness have coverage regarding the latest facilities at their Chesterfield-based headquarters and some newer names to the UK market are showcased as pool manufacturer Albixon and chemical business hth® fall under the spotlight. Lastly, we’ve a write up covering the interesting topics presented at the online international conference held by PWTAG. As ever, there’s also updates and further useful information from the BSPF, SPATA and BISHTA. Plus, we’ve also got our round up of all the latest industry, product, people and eco news from both here in the UK and abroad too. So, that’s this latest issue of SPN fully broken down. As always, I hope you enjoy reading it. Have a great summer.

Jon Wadeson - Editor PS – If you are involved within the industry and have some relevant news that you would like to appear within SPN, please do get in touch.

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A closer look at products that are suitable for holiday parks, lodges and more






The industry’s associations dedicated pages




The latest industry news, info, projects and gossip










Robbie Philips looks at lone working within wet leisure environments



In-depth news updates from three very different wet leisure companies

Innovations and new products on the market



What’s on in the UK and beyond in the months ahead




Golden Coast’s Jamie Adams looks at the changing world of work

Non heat pump options that are taking the chill out of pool and spa water Smaller pools to ensure garden leisure and pleasure for families this summer A closer look at products that provide easy access to pool and spa facilities Durable products that provide superb looking bespoke finishes for pools and spas

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New appointments and updates on industry personnel

Dedicated news for this important sector


All the latest news from around the world

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• Water testing products • Lighting • The alternative approach – no and low chlorine solutions • Heat pumps • Dehumidification • Stainless steel pools, spas and accessories

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All the Latest News, Info, Products and Gossip From the UK Pool and Spa Industry and Beyond

Work Starts On Two Energy Efficient Leisure Developments In Yorkshire Thanks to a multi-million-pound investment by Harrogate Borough Council, Alliance Leisure has begun work on the delivery of two extensive leisure developments that will transform leisure provision for the communities of Harrogate and Knaresborough whilst also supporting the Council’s Net Zero Carbon ambitions. In Harrogate, The Hydro will benefit from an extension and refurbishment of existing facilities to include a fitness suite, a new sauna and steam suite, plus an overhaul of the existing pool and leisure facilities. The diving structure will also be replaced so it can continue to support and nurture young talent in the way that it has done for Olympians, such as Jack Laugher MBE and Oliver Dingley. Energy efficient, air source heat pumps will replace the existing gas boilers and 250 solar panels are already in the process of being installed along with new energy monitoring and control systems. The project will be carried out in phases with the refurbished pool hall and changing village re-opening in January 2023. In Knaresborough, a new-build leisure and wellness centre will provide a six-lane 25 metre pool, activity pool with flume, sauna and steam room, fitness suite and other facilities.

The centre will be built to a BREEAM standard of ‘excellent’ and will incorporate high efficiency building materials, air source heat pumps and solar panels to reduce the carbon footprint. Work starts on Knaresborough on 26 April

and is due to be completed by July 2023. Both projects will be delivered by Alliance Leisure, working with ISG Construction and GT3 architects through the UK Leisure Framework which is owned and managed by Denbighshire Leisure.

Ocea UK Are Making A Splash With A New Look And Website For over 20 years, Ocea UK have been one of the market leaders in automatic pool covers, but they are evolving. At the 2022 SPATEX event in February, they unveiled the newest additions to their product range – Starline’s sleek one-piece pools and Binder’s hi-tech countercurrent systems, HydroStar and EasyStar. To highlight their focus on the UK market, Ocea UK have updated their logo with a sleeker, more contemporary feel which will also help them to differentiate their company name from their Ocea automatic pool cover brand. Alan Thorne, Ocea UK’s Director said: “This is a really exciting time for Ocea UK. We are expanding our offering to the UK market, adding more high quality and luxury swimming pool products to our existing

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range. Every product will go through a thorough process to achieve Ocea UK approval to ensure it meets our standards.” To showcase Ocea UK’s range of products, a new company website has also been launched and features a handy ‘Dealer Finder’ helping customers to locate their local dealership quickly. Ocea UK are actively growing their UK dealer network – companies that are interested in being part of the new look Ocea UK (or for those who want to take a closer peek at the updated logo, new online presence and product range) should visit the new company website URL as listed below. Ocea UK 01993 707910 www.oceauk.com

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A NEW GENERATION of an industry favourite The new and improved Aquaspeed pump, which is available exclusively from Certikin


As well as a modern look, the new model has an upgraded motor which is manufactured using the latest technology to provide an efficient and powerful pump. Despite this upgrade, there are no changes to the dimensions, so it remains fully interchangeable with previous Aquaspeed models without any changes to the pipework.

Available in a range of sizes from 0.5hp to 3hp including variable speed models The variable speed versions of the Aquaspeed pump have 3 pump settings. Each setting can be programmed to ensure that the performance is the most efficient and therefore cost effective.

 01993 777200  info@certikin.co.uk


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IN BRIEF INGLETON SWIMMING POOL JOINS HPB Historic Pools of Britain are delighted to announce their newest member pool, Ingleton Swimming Pool in Carnforth. Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the village of Ingleton, with the River Doe and Ingleton Waterfalls Trail close by, this pool is a community star. Opened in 1933 thanks to the efforts of local volunteers, who included striking miners, it’s been serving local people ever since and in summer is a popular attraction for visitors. Chair of Historic Pools of Britain, Amanda Harwood, commented: “We are thrilled to see Ingleton Swimming Pool taking its place on the now famous Historic Pools of Britain map. This thriving community lido is a great example to others around the country who want to see their communities benefit from the wellbeing that they can generate.”

CHLORINE SHORTAGE CAUSES PUBLIC POOL ISSUES ACROSS THE UK A shortage of chlorine within the UK has forced a number of commercial swimming pools to close or reduce their availability to swimmers, with operators blaming a combination of factors including logistics and shipping issues, driver shortages, a production fall in China, a fire at a US chemical plant, COVID, Brexit and the ongoing war in Ukraine. Chris Hayes, Managing Director of SPATA (Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association) recently advised that some pool chemical companies were experiencing supply chain difficulties but the issues should be short-term. PWTAG (The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) confirmed there was a national shortage of calcium hypochlorite resulting in the closures and prices being driven up more than 50%.

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Perfectly Proportioned Slide Makes An Impact In London Garden Produced in 316 stainless steel, the Cyma slide from Splinterworks is the company’s smallest slide, however it is equal to their other slides in every sense; intelligently designed, custom-made and lovingly crafted by hand. Two options on the overall height make it a neat slide for a compact space. Therefore, Cyma’s spaceconscious design is ideal for townhouse gardens, city spaces, indoor pools, or for families with younger children. Crafted in marine-grade mirror polished steel, its beguiling reflections are endlessly captivating. Forever reflecting the changing seasons, it creates sculptural intrigue at any time of the year. This installation of Cyma took place in October and provided these beautiful colours as a backdrop, and some wonderful reflections in the Cyma slide.

Ideally proportioned for this London townhouse garden, Cyma makes a striking sculptural highlight. Added to a natural water swimming pool, simplicity and clean lines were at the heart of the elegant pool and landscape design. Safety is paramount for the company and Splinterworks’ proprietary cooling system works in three ways to ensure the slides safe to use, in even the hottest conditions. The company install slides in some of the hottest climates in the world, and they are all designed to cool down to usable temperature in 15 seconds. Quick enough for even the most enthusiastic pool user! Splinterworks 01225 255525 www.splinterworks.com

Plan For Enhanced Swimming Experience In Bedfordshire Takes Its Next Step Ambitious plans to build a new £25m community and leisure centre at Houghton Regis in Bedfordshire are taking their next step. Regarding the provision of wet leisure specifically, the proposals for the new facility include an eight-lane 25 metre community swimming pool, which is more than double the size of the pool at the existing Houghton Regis Leisure Centre. There will be a dedicated learner pool with a movable floor to raise or lower the depth for swimming lessons and other activities and a separate splash pool. This is all part of an enhanced swimming experience. A formal agreement with nearby Houstone School will mean the local community can tap into the exceptional modern sports facilities being built there too. Councillor Tracey Stock, Executive Member

for Health and Wellbeing and Communities, said: “This is a once in a generation opportunity to build a fantastic new leisure and community facility for Houghton Regis. The much bigger, new centre will transform the leisure provision by offering superior facilities for residents. When you combine the new leisure centre with what is available at the school, it offers a comprehensive package of the very latest sports and leisure facilities. The plan will now be subject to a planning consultation and will be considered by the Development Management Committee in July this year. Subject to planning approval, construction would start in winter 2022 and be complete in summer 2024. The existing Houghton Regis Leisure Centre would remain open throughout the works.

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IN BRIEF PLANS MOVE FORWARD FOR NEW DEVON COMMUNITY FACILITY A state-of-the-art new leisure centre is set for Sherford in Devon, with plans progressing and work expected to start before the end of the year. This new community facility will include an indoor 25-metre, four-lane heated swimming pool plus various other sports and fitness amenities. The leisure centre marks a major investment in the creation of high quality facilities at Sherford, and will be led by the Sherford Consortium, the developers responsible for this awardwinning new town. Plymouth City Council has secured £400,000 in developer contributions towards the project and additional funding will also be provided by Plymstock and District Swimming Pool Association, contributing £182,000 to fund enhancements to the pool area that will ensure it is accessible to all.

BOGNOR REGIS SWIMMING POOL SET TO CLOSE The Arena Sports Centre in Bognor Regis could be forced to close its swimming pool ‘for the foreseeable future’ despite short-term plans to have it operating in late summer following heating issues. Closing the swimming pool was a last resort for staff at the centre, and management made clear they explored all possible avenues before deciding on the closure. £100k had been invested in the pool in the last two years but further work was required for repairs to the pool and the building. United Learning, the trust responsible for operating the pool, said it is not in a position to ‘re-invest in the pool’, however it was also made clear that the swimming pool could re-open at some point in the future, albeit with the assistance of a third party.

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Therme Group Unveils Updated Design For Manchester Wellbeing Resort

Therme Group, a global developer and operator of state-of-the-art wellbeing destinations, has unveiled updated plans for Therme Manchester, the UK’s first city-based wellbeing resort at TraffordCity. Therme Group is working in partnership with Peel L&P to deliver the project, at a cost of over £250m and builds upon many exciting elements in the existing planning consent. In addition to a ‘next generation’ waterpark, thermal bathing and a wellbeing spa, these include immersive digital art, an on site urban farm and botanical gardens. This combination of features highlights Therme’s aim to be far more than just a waterpark and spa, but to create an integrated experience to benefit physical and mental health. The updated plans adopt the very latest technology to make the development even more sustainable and deliver additional exciting features for visitors. They involve a greater integration of biophilic design elements, including double-curved

roofs, which reduce the amount of steel required, increasing the sustainability of the development. New guest attractions include an all-season urban beach and the world’s first living waterslides to incorporate a 3D-printed superstructure housing thousands of plants. Innovative ‘welltech’ experiences will be available, such as a snow room, multi-sensory showers and oxygen rooms, and a visitor and education centre will welcome school and community groups for events on sustainability, food and nature. The resort will have a major net gain in biodiversity with a 10,000 sq m wellbeing garden, a next-generation hydroponic vertical farm, more than 1,500 trees and roof-top beehives, producing honey for use in restaurants and wellbeing treatments. Therme is aiming to submit a revised planning application in the summer. Construction of the development is scheduled to begin in 2023, with a build time of around two years.

Another Triumph For EVAline Lighting The new Eastwood Leisure Centre in Sheerwater, Woking is one of the latest builds to benefit from innovative EVAline lighting. The facility opened to the public in autumn 2021, hosting a number of impressive facilities for the community, including a 25-metre swimming pool. Contractor Barrie Beard was responsible for the electrical design, supply and installation at Eastwood, and when it came to choosing the lighting for pool, there was a clear choice in mind. Darren Stokes, Associate Director at Barrie Beard explained: “Ever since we first installed EVAline direct LED lighting at a leisure centre a few years ago, it has been our go-to product. These lights deliver exceptional performance and quality.” Unlike indirect lighting, EVAline LED lights are fitted around the perimeter of the pool shining directly over the water. This ensures minimal glare on the surface of the water and provides lifeguards with better visibility into the pool.

As an additional safety measure, Eastwood Leisure Centre uses anti-drowning technology in the form of underwater cameras. EVAline delivers greater light penetration into the water which enables the cameras to capture clearer pictures with less shadowing for more effective pool monitoring. At the leisure centre, Barrie Beard mounted twelve 120W EVAline modular lights and six 30W EVAline modular lights around the pool and upper viewing balcony within the 583m3 pool hall. These lights use only 2100 Watts at just 3.34W/ m², with a total load of 1.05 W/m²/100 Lux. For this particular installation, industry guidelines state that light levels must be an average of 300 Lux, with an illumination uniformity value of 0.7 or higher. Despite its lower wattage, EVAline lighting at Eastwood provided powerful illumination and delivered an average Lux of 333 plus a uniformity of 0.84. Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com

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Mapei Features At Carbon Neutral Leisure Centre A full Mapei system has formed part of the new Braywick Leisure Centre – a £33m state-of-the-art facility designed by Plymouth-based BRL Architects. The new iconic Centre in Maidenhead replaces the Magnet Leisure Centre; it combines recreational, leisure and cultural facilities on a larger footprint, whilst using 70% less energy. The project was delivered by Wates Construction who worked closely with engineering consultants, Hoare Lea, to meet the sustainability targets. Under its striking sweeping roof, the centre features a 400m2 internal covered top lit ‘street’, from which all areas are accessed. Wet leisure facilities include a ten lane pool and trainer pool – each with spectator seating. Mapei products were used from early design stage to completion, in the installation of floor and wall coverings, for concrete repairs, new construction, tanking, waterproofing and structural reinforcement. The Mapei specification included Eporip solvent-free epoxy adhesive for construction joints, bonding of screeds and localised concrete repair. Within pool areas, changing villages and corridors, products used included Mapei Topcem fast drying hydraulic binder, Planitop Fast 330 quick-setting, fibre-reinforced mortar, Mapelastic Smart highly flexible, cementitious waterproof membrane, Mapetex Sel non-woven, macro-holed polypropylene reinforcing fabric, Keraflex Maxi S1 deformable cementitious adhesive and Keraquick S1 quick-setting, deformable cementitious adhesive. Mapei Ultracolor Plus anti-efflorescence, quick-setting and drying polymer-modified grout – featuring water-repellent DropEffect® and mould-resistant BioBlock® – was used for all tiled areas, along with Mapesil AC pure mould-resistant acetic silicone sealant for all movement joints. Other products specified included Mapemortar HB R3 high build, shrinkage compensated repair mortar. Further Mapei products were also used within the street area, and for floor installation in the sports hall, sport stores and spectator seating areas. Mapei UK Ltd 0121 508 6970 www.mapei.co.uk

Charity Football Match Gets Backing From Wet Leisure Companies On Sunday 8 May 2022, a charity football match took place between Sophie’s Allstars and Portsmouth FC Legends, with the final score being 2-1 to the Allstars. The winning team were representing Sophie’s Legacy (www.sophieslegacy.co.uk) – a cancer research charity for children. Sophie turned 9 when she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and at the age of 10 sadly passed away surrounded by her family at home. Sophie wanted the following things changed and this will be her legacy in memory of a remarkable young girl who touched so many lives: • Play specialists 7 days a week in hospitals • Improvements to food for children in hospital • For parents to be fed when staying with their child • For GPs, nurses and health professionals to be trained in childhood cancer • To increase the funds (currently 3%) in childhood cancer research. Sophie loved going to football with her dad, a lifelong Pompey fan and season pass holder for 34 years. It was, therefore, fitting to have the charity football match. The event was sponsored by the luxury pool and wellness brand Aqua Platinum Pools who also supplied the kits and trophy, and

LEFT TO RIGHT: Aqua Platinum’s Ryan Fronda, Owen Hargreaves ex England and Manchester United footballer, Mark Wells of Blanchard Wells and Tony Fisher from Waterco Europe

was attended by 3,500 spectators. All money raised was donated to the charity. To help towards this great cause, Waterco Europe donated two England football tops signed by David Beckham and Wayne Rooney that were auctioned off at the end of the game raising an incredible £2,400! Overall, the event was a huge success, raising an impressive £25,000 for Sophie’s Legacy. Aqua Platinum Pools 01489 896438 www.aquaplatinumprojects.co.uk Waterco Europe 01795 521733 www.waterco.eu

New Poolpods Installed At Wiltshire Swimming Pools Wiltshire Council is installing Poolpods across its leisure centres, making swimming pools more accessible for disabled customers and anyone who may struggle to access swimming independently. Poolpods have already been installed at The Vale in Pewsey, Marlborough Leisure Centre and Devizes Leisure Centre, with further installations due at Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre, Olympiad Leisure Centre, Trowbridge Sports Centre and The Activity Zone in Malmesbury by March 2023. They will also be installed at the new Melksham Community Campus, which is due

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to open later this year. Poopods provide dignified and independent access for swimmers who find it hard to get in or out of the swimming pool, such as wheelchair users, older adults, pregnant women and those with limited mobility. Unlike a traditional pool hoist, the user can independently control the operation, using a specially designed wristband, without the need for a pool attendant’s intervention. Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Public Health, said: “Having these Poolpods installed and in use at our leisure centres

will help us offer greater access to more local people who may wish to use our leisure centres to improve their health and wellbeing. “Regardless of a person’s fitness level, swimming is a great form of all round exercise, and swimming regularly can help to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, boost mood and help with weight management. “We are excited to have the new Poolpods and we are aiming to have them installed in all Wiltshire Council swimming pools as soon as we can.”

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Improve Efficiency With Bespoke Water Treatment Training And Mentoring Increased profitability, fewer engineer callbacks, excellent business reputation and loyal customers are just some of the benefits that quality training and mentoring can help provide. Formed in 2020, Andrew Gaffey Ltd offers a unique range of pool water treatment training, mentoring and consultancy services to pool service companies and commercial pool operators alike. Eight members of the technical operations In addition to team at Thorpe Park Resort recently passed their STA Pool Plant Operations course with regulated Pool Plant flying colours Operator courses, the company delivers on site, hands-on training for new PPOs who need to gain confidence in operating and maintaining their specific plant room, helps new service engineers to learn all the essential chemical dosing and water treatment related service tasks and diagnostics, and ultimately, helps them all avoid costly mistakes or knowledge gaps that can impact an organisation’s bottom-line. Andrew recently worked with a commercial pool service company to train new engineers on electrical fault-finding, pool controller and dosing pump installation/service techniques, pool water chemistry, and provided a filtration masterclass for their senior engineers. These training resources will soon be launched online (at www.andrewgaffey.podia.com) so that service companies and pool operators can access valuable, practical training videos and presentations on-demand whenever they need them. With 38 years’ experience in the front line of commercial pool water treatment, Andrew Gaffey Ltd can deliver bespoke training to develop individuals and teams and equip them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a real difference for their customers and employers.

Relocation Boosts Heatstar’s West Country Coverage With the recent relocation of their Senior Service Engineer, Heatstar have extended their UK coverage to offer a greater level of service and maintenance support on both a planned and reactive basis. The change will mean Heatstar can offer a speedier response time for callouts in the south west, whilst keeping all important callout times to a minimum. It is worth noting that the area taken up by the relocation not only ensures that the south west will receive the best after sales service from the company’s most experienced senior engineer, but the rest of the UK can rest assured they will not miss out on his expertise as he will also continue to fulfil his duties around the country. With a team of dedicated engineers located throughout the UK, Heatstar are able to deliver an unrivalled level of after sales support, preventative maintenance

and service response. With extensive experience, this national network is directly employed by Heatstar, and is completely knowledgeable about the company’s entire product range. Each engineer works from an optimally equipped and GPS tracked vehicle carrying an array of specialist tools and a wide range of spare parts to cover most eventualities. Heatstar don’t like ‘downtime’ and are passionate about keeping it to an absolute minimum for their client’s units. To achieve this, the company offers planned maintenance agreements on all of their products not only to increase the longevity of a Heatstar system, but also to ensure it continues to operate to its optimum performance. These service and maintenance contracts are renewable annually and there is no obligation for the client to commit themselves prior to the expiration of the initial manufacturer’s warranty. Heatstar also have a Technical Helpline available which can often resolve common faults over the telephone. Heatstar 01983 521465 www.heatstar.com

Andrew Gaffey Ltd 07395 570568 www.andrewgaffey.co.uk

STA Named As Double-Finalists At The 2022 ukactive Awards For the fourth Awards in a row, STA is delighted to have been named by ukactive as 2022 Awards Finalists within the ‘Supplier of the Year’ and ‘Education Provider of the Year’ categories. Dave Candler, STA’s CEO and the winner of ukactive’s Outstanding Leader of the Year in 2021, said: “We are incredibly proud to be finalists again, and in both of the award categories we entered this year. As a team, we are also equally excited about attending this year’s ceremony and seeing everyone from the industry again – it’s been a long time. “The last time the awards were held

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in-person was 2019, the year we won Supplier of the Year, so it will be great for the industry to come back together and celebrate all the huge achievements of the people and companies that went the extra mile in 2021 – plus it’s our 90th anniversary year.” As award finalists in these two categories, STA will now go forward to judges’ houses

later this month and then eagerly wait for ukactive to announce all the winners at the ceremony being held in Birmingham at the end of June. ukactive’s annual awards are the most prestigious within the physical activity sector; they recognise facilities, suppliers, operators, educational institutes, health practitioners and large corporations that have demonstrated exceptional standards in driving forward the physical activity agenda. STA 01922 645097 www.sta.co.uk

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Plain Proflex® Liners Provide Long-term Performance Proflex® liner membranes are manufactured by Haogenplast, a recognised specialist in the field of waterproofing (for housing and construction) for over 50 years. Their products are produced in factories certified to ISO 14001 (environment), ISO 9001 (quality) and OHSAS 18001 (safety and hygiene). Since their establishment, they have earned a solid reputation for their extensive experience and knowledge in technical and decorative solutions and Haogenplast is now one of the global leaders in the development, design and manufacture of premium quality pool linings. The Proflex range features a number of lining solutions and includes a high quality, 100% watertight vinyl reinforced uncoated pool liner range with a 12 year waterproof guarantee.

Available colours within this range include: Green, Mid Blue, Light Blue, White, Black, Dark Grey, Dark Blue, Sand and Light Grey. Non-slip material is available in all colours and a PVC Seam Sealer is available in all colours too, as well as in a clear option. Quality control at every stage of manufacture (via batch number printing on the underside of the membrane) ensures that the Proflex® plain lacquered range has: • A uniform thickness that is beyond reproach • An excellent barrier to the development of microorganisms • Stability and colour fastness to UV light • Support for hot air welding • Excellent abrasion resistance and resistance to overchlorination. Suitable for both domestic and public pools, these liners deliver long-term performance, with professional installation and excellent aesthetic properties. SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com

Divina Infinity – A New Concept In Swimming Pool Elegance Divina Infinity is new, a semi in-ground pool with stunning features that make it one of the leaders for sophisticated, contemporary pool concepts. The pool boasts an Italian design with panels, crafted in synthetic rattan, providing an aesthetically pleasing hand-woven weave. These are available in two colours, Laghetto® White or Gray, while the lining comes in white or beige; these refined options will unquestionably turn the pool into the refuge owners are dreaming of. It is the perfect addition for open spaces, with an elegant looks that will help owners relax and enjoy the beauty of their garden. By combining different elements like cushions, a lounge area can be created, transforming the space into an authentic outdoor living room surrounded by water! Divina Infinity features the new filtering system called the Infinity System, which delivers an enhanced suction-based cleaning treatment. Above ground, the pool’s height helps keep the pool clean and dirt out. In addition, unlike the Divina Basic pool, the Infinity’s overflow channel allows owners to have a wider surface to sit on or to lie down along the perimeter of the pool. If what’s needed is an extra dose of relaxation and modernity, owners can round out the pool equipment with accessories like LED projectors, a counter-current swimming system, heating and a winter and summer cover. A full range of possibilities are available to help create an area for rest and relaxation, covering all needs with a modern and elegant touch. Installation is simple and no complicated construction is required: it takes much less time to assemble the Divina Infinity than a traditional in-ground pool of similar size. Two different installation solutions are available: on a concrete base or directly on the ground with a special base kit available on request. AstralPool UK 01329 514000 www.astralpool.co.uk

SWIMEO Jet Stream Turbines – For Swimmers Of All Abilities Available through Fairlocks Pool Products, SWIMEO is a range of jet stream turbines for everybody – from beginners to advanced swimmers. Unlike some jet stream pumps, which offer limited power and uncertain reliability, the SWIMEO jet stream turbine is fully submerged, quiet and reliable. Manufactured in France by SIREM, these turbines are recommended for competitive and amateur swimmers looking for a private swimming pool counter-current solution to complement their traditional pool or open water training. The maximum power of the SWIMEO is equivalent to a swimming speed of 1 min 50 seconds per 100m. The products offer a fantastic flow power/ comfort ratio. The wide flow improves the

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body’s stability in the water and increases tolerance to lateral movements. With SWIMEO, the swimmer can move to either side of the flow without the risk of losing perceived power. All the turbines in the SWIMEO range are controlled either by a wireless remote control or via the smartphone application, which can be used to create training programmes. Within the programmes, the

intensity of the stream can be varied over time. Currently available is the S1 model, which features a functional, modern design. The positioning of the inlets and the shape of the hydrodynamic appendages have been designed to offer the best performance and price combination available. Available later this year, the X1 is recommended for new construction projects. This model is built-in and supplied with an integration kit and a grid that allows the turbine to be perfectly hidden in the pool wall. Fairlocks Pool Products 01869 934333 www.fairlocks.co.uk

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Waterco Glass Pearls Are A New Generation Of Filter Media Manufactured from 100% virgin glass, Waterco Glass Pearls are capable of providing water of superior clarity. Glass Pearls have a small, effective size of only 0.6mm to 0.8mm. They are laboratory tested to be able to filter down to below 3 microns effectively and are tested for leeching contaminants. Being spherical, there are no sharp edges and their smooth shape results in a low coefficient of friction. Glass Pearls are safe to handle service, and are easy to install, enabling a rapid start-up of the media filter. They also fluidise very easily when backwashing, resulting in a backwash water saving of up to 20% in comparison with sand, as well as saving time, chemicals, and energy and reducing wear and tear on filter vessels. Waterco also offers EcoPure Glass filter media manufactured from 100% recycled glass. It is an environmentally friendly and viable alternative to sand, offering finer

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filtration. EcoPure filter media is chemically inert for superior purity and does not contain any crystalline free silica, heavy metals or contaminants. Its high purity also greatly reduces its initial backwashing requirements before commissioning a filter, enabling a rapid start-up of media filters. EcoPure media is a truly ‘recycled product’ and therefore contains various colours. To use only one colour over others would be antithetical to the recycling ethos and would have little benefit to the environment. EcoPure Glass filter media is available in three grades with sizes from 0.5mm up to 6mm. Waterco Europe 01795 521733 www.waterco.eu


ACTI Range Provides Water Maintenance In Three Stages Whether a swimming pool is treated manually, via dosing pumps or even through salt electrolysis, SCP’s ACTI range of pool and spa water care products meets all needs and requirements. The quality of pool water depends primarily on the quality of its filtration with a cleaned and descaled filter being an essential component. At the opening of the pool and during the season, regular analyses should be carried out, particularly of the pH, alkalinity and hardness of the water with treatments being applied to ensure the water is disinfected and disinfecting. ACTI offers all the products necessary for pool water maintenance in three stages: • Water balance for pH, alkalinity and hardness (Solid or Liquid) • Regular or shock disinfection with all the products in use

(bromine, chlorine, salt for electrolysis, active oxygen...). The products are available in powder, pebbles, stick or liquid form. • Water treatment in special cases (Anti-algae, Anti-scale, descaling, filter cleaner, winterisation...). The ACTI range brings together quality products made with selected active ingredients at an affordable price. View all the products from the ACTI range at www.acti-chemical. com where a description of each, instructions for use, as well as product and safety data sheets are all available. Free ACTI Soft water analysis software is also available as a download from the website too! SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com

Innovative Microdos Solutions Make Ownership Easier Verder offer a full programme of equipment for all types of pool including swim spas and swimming pools. From solenoid and peristaltic pumps to dose chemicals, to instrumentation to read and adjust water parameters, they can fulfil any customer’s request. All the products are designed with ease of use in mind and easy maintenance, while being compliant with the highest industry standards. The Microdos Pooltec all-in-one control system with Wi-Fi connectivity is particularly innovative. The instrument integrates the most important and complete functions for complete control of the pool and the 10-inch touchscreen and graphic interface makes all operations easy to set. The user can control pH, redox, chlorine and temperature values as well as pool lighting and cover. Thanks to the Pooltec PRO platform, it provides remote operation via smartphone, without having to access the technical room. Microdos have also created OXY, an ecological pool management system. OXY contributes to protecting the environment and is up to three times more effective than chlorine. Thanks to the hydrolysis

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system, disinfection of the water takes place without the use of either chlorine or salt. It is an advanced technology based on the use of hydroxide ions, making it completely eco-friendly. In addition, it features an anti-scale system using magnetic fields and an automatic flow sensor alarm that alerts and disables all outputs in case of no water flow. Under Verder’s Microdos brand, their pool and spa products are designed and built using tried and tested principles and rigorous testing. Produced with the best quality components and efficiency standards, Microdos products are made entirely in Italy. Verder UK 01924 221000 www.verder.co.uk

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A New Range Of Cleaning Robots For Public Pools Zodiac®, the well-known and swimming pool equipment specialist, is continuing its development and has created, for the first time, a new range especially for professionals in the public swimming pools sector. The company has launched two series and four electric robotic cleaners designed for public and communal swimming pools found at hotels, campsites, sports centres and water parks. Zodiac® has divided the range into two groups depending on its customers’ needs. The new range of Vortrax robotic cleaners are sturdy and resistant to intensive daily use in small- and medium-sized public pools and are easy and effortless to operate by all. Available to the British pool market through AstralPool UK, the new Vortrax family of Zodiac® robotic

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pool cleaners for public swimming pools meets the sector’s needs with robust, intelligent and highly efficient designs. For the daily maintenance of communal swimming pools, cleaning the bottoms and walls of small- and medium sized pools up to 25 metres, Zodiac® recommends the VORTRAX™ series. Using powerful cyclonic suction, they efficiently suck up all types of debris. Two models are available in this series, the TXR 7500 iQ and the TXR 7700 iQ. Meanwhile, the two cleaning robots ARCO™ and ARCOMAX™ have been specifically developed for intensive use in medium- to large-sized pools up to 50 metres. AstralPool UK 01329 514000 www.astralpool.co.uk

UK-made Smart Pool – The Ultimate Control System Certikin’s Smart Pool is the ultimate in the automated control of pool equipment and operational processes. This pioneering system can be customised to suit all brands of pool equipment and applications, providing the effortless control of heating, filtration, lighting, dosing, the pool cover and much more – providing total peace of mind for the pool owner. Designed and manufactured in the UK, Smart Pool offers its comprehensive array of control, monitoring and reporting functions via a mobile (Apple IOS and Android), tablet or PC. It has the option of an additional touch screen on a ‘central control hub’ and is Amazon Alexa enabled for many functions. Easy to install and connect, it’s intuitive to use and can even co-ordinate equipment operation with local weather forecasting for maximum efficiency. Specific key features include manual or timer control of pump, heating, lights, cover (open only) and UV; manual or automated dosing to manage pH and ORP; monitoring and reporting of temperature, flow state, pressure, pH and ORP; three additional open auxiliaries are available for feature control (such as garden lights or swim jets); sunset activation to operate cover and lights etc; and, such is the level of its smartness, it can be configured to order acid and chlorine automatically too! In addition, Smart Pool creates a 300-hour history of pool parameters. The package comprises the Smart Pool hub unit, cable glands for the box, installation and user manual, temperature sensor, cable for pressure switch, flow switch and 2.5mm jumper cables. Certikin 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk

SCP Extends Its Already Impressive Range Of Pool Cleaners SCP is proud to announce the extension of its range of cleaning robots with the addition of new Zodiac and Polaris models. Polaris® is part of the Zodiac® family of products and has been around for over 40 years. The SCP range is composed of all the technologies on the market and can meet the demands of any pool owner. It features: • Hydraulic robots with the Hayward® and Vektro® brands • Battery operated robots with the Vektro® brand • Electric robots with the Hexagone®, Hayward®, Maytronics®, Zenit® and now Zodiac® and Polaris® brands. With the extension, SCP offer four new robots, some of which are equipped with

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iAqualink™ control technology. This feature allows the control of all Zodiac® products via a smartphone application and in particular the following Polaris robots: • The W675 with onboard sensors (gyroscope and accelerometer)

• The W655 with 4-wheel drive for ease of movement, three cleaning cycles and control box • The W635 with two cleaning cycles. The fourth new model is the W445 for in-ground and above-ground pools with rigid walls. It is suitable for pools of all shapes (both polyester shell and tiles) and features a large capacity filtering tank and extra large suction mouth (22 cm). All of the new models also feature easy access to the filter and present in SCP’s 2022 catalogue. SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com

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Superior Wellness Director Makes Shortlist For Prestigious Entrepreneur Award Rob Carlin of Superior Wellness, has been recognised as an inspiring and influential entrepreneur by organisers of the Great British Business & Community Awards 2022. Superior Wellness is a market leading hot tub manufacturer, creating premium, high quality products focused on improving health and wellbeing. Managing Director of the award-winning, Chesterfield-based hot tub company, 34 year-old Rob was recently shortlisted for a prestigious award in the ‘Male Entrepreneur of the Year’ category. This recognition comes at a time wheen Superior Wellness is experiencing a monumental level of growth. The company has recently doubled in headcount, relocated headquarters and opened an impressive 10,000 sq. ft training facility and hot tub showroom. The Superior Wellness journey began in 2011. At the age of 23, Rob decided he wanted to import and sell hot tubs. Having zero knowledge of the hot tub industry he researched the products and discovered a gap in the market for entry-level products to be retailed online. Fast forward ten years and Superior Wellness are now the fastest-growing hot tub and swim spa distributor in the world, with a strong presence in the UK, Europe and now America too. The organisers of this year’s Great British Business & Community Awards ceremony received over 1,600 nominations and 92 entries in the Male Entrepreneur of the Year category alone, of which 13 were then shortlisted. Rob Carlin, Managing Director, said: “I am incredibly grateful that the team nominated me for this prestigious award. To have been shortlisted alongside many other influential and inspiring leaders is something I feel very humbled by.” Superior Wellness 01246 559071 www.superiorwellness.co.uk

Enjoy The View With A New Sauna From Harvia The stunning Variant View range of domestic saunas is the latest addition to Certikin’s extensive Harvia range. Certikin and its Finnish supplier are at the cutting edge of design and innovation with an extensive product range that caters for both the domestic and commercial sectors. The Variant View’s modern, sleek design incorporates high quality, large glass walls on the front to let in natural light and create an open, spacious feeling. Easy to construct, the aspen wood benches can be installed on either side of the sauna. A warm and welcoming ambience can be created via the optional DMX controlled colour lights. The six models in the range include two different sized corner cabins and four standard cabins – mini, small, medium and large. All feature interior and exterior walls made of beautiful spruce. Certikin’s Harvia range caters for all wellness needs, from heaters and sauna benches, ready-made and bespoke saunas and even infrared cabins and steam rooms. Bespoke modular designed saunas and infrared cabins can be ordered to suit a customer’s exact needs. With more than half a century of experience in developing the best Finnish sauna products, Harvia knows how to combine the relaxing elements of nature expertly – wood, stone and water. Manufactured from slowly-grown wood, the trees are felled in accordance with strict EU environmental standards. There is a Harvia sauna option available for installation almost anywhere, whether that is a bathroom, basement, attic or outside space. Certikin 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk

Topline Appointed As UK Stockist For CAREL Topline Pools and Wellness is delighted to announce its appointment as a UK stockist of CAREL wellness and spa steam generators, accessories and spare parts. CAREL has over 40 years’ experience in the field of steam humidification and its steam generators are used in steam baths, sauna areas and relaxation rooms in spa and wellness facilities across the globe. Commenting on the announcement, Andy Bolton, Director of Topline Pools and Wellness stated: “We are proud to have worked with CAREL for many years and stock and distribute a wide range of their exceptionally high-quality products. “So, naturally, we are delighted to have been appointed as a UK distributor of steam generators and spares for the wellness and spa market and to strengthen our relationship

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with CAREL. “CAREL is a world leader in systems for humidification and evaporative cooling, so the decision to appoint Topline is a major compliment and is an endorsement of our own reputation for excellent product and dealer support. “Our company’s goal is to provide customers with the best products and services. This partnership ticks all those boxes, and we are excited to further add

to the CAREL range of steam generators, accessories and spare parts to the portfolio of products available to our customers.” Nigel Hillier, Managing Director at CAREL UK added: “We are delighted to take our partnership with Topline Pools and Wellness to the next level and to provide customers with quick access to CAREL generators, accessories and spare parts from a UK stockist. “We have been working with Topline for several years and have seen its on-going commitment to providing its customers with exceptional servicing and solutions. This strategic appointment further strengthens the relationship and commitment to the UK market.” Topline Pools and Wellness 01323 440760 www.topline.uk.net

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Clear Comfort’s Groundbreaking CCW25™ AOP System Is Now Available

RotoSpa Team Celebrate Regional Manufacturing Award Win The RotoSpa team is delighted to announce that they were the winners of the ‘Excellence in Manufacturing 2022’ award at the annual Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Awards! The RotoSpa team have worked incredibly hard and truly deserve this honour. As a company, they are proud to be flying the British manufacturing flag for their local town of Sutton Coldfield and honouring Birmingham the ‘City of a Thousand Trades’. In 2021, the company invested in developing a new West Midlands based production facility. Coupled with the Sutton Coldfield, Head Office, newly constructed training centre and flagship showroom, the development plan provided numerous opportunities for local job creation and the business is growing rapidly. The company’s vision for 2022 is to be the leading manufacturer of rotationally moulded spas in the

UK, recognised for the integrity of their people, the ethics of the business practices and the quality of their products and service. As a manufacturer, it is vital that the brand is constantly striving to create a product that is more energy efficient than before. With RotoSpa’s larger manufacturing plant, they are taking steps with the Greater Birmingham Grow Hub to implement lowering their carbon emissions further, as well as ‘offsetting’ their carbon footprint. The company’s existing tree planting initiative is underway with UK ‘Woodland Trust’ donations, who they will continue to support throughout 2022. The win follows being featured on ITV show ‘Made in Britain’ – a documentary series which takes a behind the scenes look at British industry. RotoSpa 0121 354 3428 www.rotospa.co.uk

Manufactured in the USA, the CCW25 delivers the market-leading Clear Comfort AOP full-flow water treatment in a compact design that installs seamlessly across all portable spas and swim spas. Designed for ease and wellness, the CCW25 is an effortless way for owners to experience the best water that protects their health and their spa. Without compromising on performance, Clear Comfort has delivered on its high quality, low-touch water care, and powerful full-flow treatment. The CCW25 provides spa water that looks and smells as good as it feels with freedom from toxic chemical handling after every use. Additionally, the CCW25 AOP system introduces the industry’s fastest system maintenance method with a sustainable cartridge replacement that takes less than one minute each year. “We are proud to extend our market-leading, low-chemical water treatment systems to benefit spa owners, dealers, and manufacturers,” said Steve Berens, CEO of Clear Comfort. “Customers are yearning for simpler, healthier water treatment and we are proud to bring them a new level of ease and protection.” The CCW25’s intuitive integration and reduced need to troubleshoot can help spa dealers efficiently serve a wider range of customers in less time. The CCW25’s spa-specific, compact design provides the convenience and ultimate flexibility needed for a wide variety of mounting configurations. Built for factory integration or aftermarket addition, the CCW25 accommodates full-flow water treatment for all types of portable spas, swim spas, plunge pools and more. The CCW25 brings noncorrosive water care, while minimising chlorine, bromine and other toxic chemicals to healthier levels better than drinking water. Additionally, Clear Comfort’s new CCW25 allows spa owners to have clearer water that’s kind to eyes, skin, lungs, surfaces and equipment. Clear Comfort +1 303 872 4477 www.clearcomfort.com

Marquis® And Make-A-Wish® Celebrate 1,000th Wish

Born with epilepsy, Haiden has limited mobility and heated water offers him freedom of movement, and always brings a smile to his face. Thanks to the combined efforts of Make-A-Wish®, Marquis® Hot Tubs, and local retailer Seattle Hot Tub, Haiden’s wish has been granted. His wish marks a historic milestone: one thousand wishes granted by Marquis and Make-A-Wish since their partnership began. First inspired by a wish for a hot tub back in 2000, the partnership has since generated more than $6.8m in donations and discounts to Make-A-Wish® America, Make-A-Wish® Canada, and Make-A-Wish® United Kingdom. Thanks to wish kids, Marquis remains committed to giving exceptional hydrotherapy to children with critical illnesses.

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“A wish experience can be a turning point for a child battling a critical illness, giving them the strength needed to fight, and often overcome, their illness. It’s because of partners like Marquis that we can continue to transform lives, one wish at a time,” said Make-A-Wish America’s LuAnn Bott. Sam Collins, President of Marquis, expressed similar appreciation. “The MakeA-Wish partnership continues to inspire our employees and the local Marquis dealers who help to fulfill hot tub wishes,” said Collins. “It’s our privilege to celebrate

this milestone with Haiden and his family, and we look forward to fulfilling many more wishes in the years ahead.” In celebration of the 1,000th wish, Marquis introduced a new version of its aptly-named ‘Wish’ model. The new design includes advanced therapy features exclusive to its flagship Crown Collection. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Wish is donated to Make-A-Wish® to help grant wishes for children with critical health conditions. Marquis +1 800 275 0888 www.marquisspas.com

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SCP UK Unveils New Garden Leisure Hot Tub® Range New for 2022, SCP UK have unveiled a new range of hot tubs from the Garden Leisure brand. There’s six models to choose from and each features full foam insulation, backlit headrests, internal and external lighting, plus a locking, insulated cover. Accommodating between three and seven people across the model range, the smallest is the Garden 334L. With room for three people and including a full body massage lounger, this compact hot tub is designed with the same attention to comfort and detail as the larger models in the range – nothing is compromised! Featuring 34 jets with stainless steel trim, a 2kW stainless steel heater and a 2hp dual-speed pump, the Garden 334L is available in two shell colours – Alpine White and Midnight Canyon – and also two cabinet colours – Charcoal and Brown. Additional features include: • Adjustable cascading waterfall • 2 backlit pillows • Intuitive digital controls with LCD Panel • Ozone water care system • Maintenance free cabinet.

Every Garden Leisure Hot Tub® has full foam insulation, insulated cabinet panels and an insulating wrap. There is also a focus on potential heat loss through the base of the hot tub by fitting a purpose made tray that seals and provides protection against small mammals or rodents. This new range of hot tubs also features LED lighting to give a soft ambient glow for further enjoyment. Each Pillow is backlit plus either four or eight individual underwater lights have been placed in the hot tub so the water is illuminated and the cabinet has an external LED light on each corner. Everything is connected together so users can choose between letting the system scroll through all the colour changes on its own, or it can be paused on a favourite colour. SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com

Topstak Launches The Tub Tub – A Stunning New Wood-fired Hot Tub Nothing quite beats the fragrant scent of wood smoke drifting by during a soothing soak in the waters of a hot tub, and this type of experience can now be enjoyed all year round thanks to Topstak’s fantastic new wood-fired model called the Tub Tub. The Tub Tub is available in two sizes – accommodating 5/6 or 7/8 people – with the larger model having a 200cm inner diameter (outer 230cm) and the smaller model a 180cm inner diameter (outer 200cm). Each comfortably seats its users on the strong, smoothly curved fibreglass benches. Inside, Tub Tub’s LED lights have six selectable RGB colours. Four flashing modes are also built-in with users pressing the air button to safely turn the light on and off in the tub. Strong hydromassage is available due to a 2.2 kW motor with ten water jets performing a real massage. The specially shaped jets leave no water residue in the massage system when draining the water from the tub, so owners can be sure that in wintertime there will be no risk for the system to be damaged by freezing water. The Tub Tub has other exciting and innovative features too, for example, the wood fired stove is an integral part of the Tub Tub, making the heating of the water an effortless and speedy process. The water will reach temperature within a 2-3 hour period. Topstak will also provide all the support needed to install the Tub Tub and the quality of the tough wood-clad fibreglass product and the company’s unfailing customer care ensures that each hot tub will be providing a sanctuary of relaxation for many years to come. Topstak 01446 771567 www.topstak.co.uk

Superior Wellness Success At The EMEA 2022 Inspiring Workplace Awards Superior Wellness is delighted to announce they were proud finalists at the EMEA Inspiring Workplace Awards. The awards recognise forward-thinking and people-first organisations. Originally, called The Employee Engagement Awards, they have since evolved into Inspiring Workplaces. The Inspiring Workplaces Group announced its first ever Top 50 Inspiring Workplaces across EMEA at a recent Gala Dinner held at the Kia Oval in London. Superior Wellness came 39th out of 50 finalists with special

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recognition for their culture and purpose. Wellness is at the forefront of everything that Superior Wellness do, and this is followed through to partners, suppliers and the internal team. The family culture that has been built at Superior Wellness is something they are incredibly proud of. The focus is to create a positive working environment where the team feel inspired to come to work every single day. Carol Claydon, Head of HR said: “I am absolutely thrilled

that Superior Wellness has been recognised as a finalist in the Inspiring Workplace Awards. The evening was a great success and it was inspirational to see so many organisations who also offer a great work environment and focus on the culture. “We understand that if there is a positive working environment, our team will enjoy coming to work and in return feel happier. We really are like one big family here and I feel very lucky to be part of it.” Superior Wellness 01246 559071 www.superiorwellness.co.uk

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IN BRIEF FLUIDRA DIVESTS 100% OF ITS OWNERSHIP IN TOGAMA Effective 11 May 2022, Fluidra completed the divestment of 100% of its ownership in Togama SAU to US-based Ten Oaks Group. Togama, based in Vila-Real, Castellón in Spain, is a manufacturer and distributor of ceramic and vitreous products for swimming pool lining, wellness and interior and exterior decoration. Togama’s activities were considered non-core to the pool business, and its divestment will have a very marginal impact on the group’s financial statements. To ensure Fluidra’s supply requirements, a supply agreement is in place for a minimum 2-year duration and no business disruptions are anticipated. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Ten Oaks Group is a family office with a successful global track record dedicated exclusively to investing in corporate divestitures. Fluidra believe that they will provide a great home for Togama, giving it the opportunity to develop its products further and enter new markets.

LATHAM GROUP PROVIDES UPDATE ON TEXAS FACILITY FIRE At the end of April, Latham Group, Inc. announced that its fibreglass facility in Odessa, Texas was affected by a fire. No employees were present at the time of the incident, and no one was injured. The Odessa location is solely dedicated to manufacturing in-ground fibreglass pools. The fire primarily impacted the facility’s production area. Existing inventory in the facility was largely unaffected. Production at, and pool deliveries from, the Odessa facility were paused as Latham worked alongside local authorities to investigate the situation and assess the extent of the damage whilst opportunities to redeploy assets and resources to its other US fibreglass manufacturing facilities were being explored.

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Lifestyle Comes First For Pool-owning German Family The old spa town of Wiesbaden, situated on the right bank of the Rhine, is an idyllic place for a peaceful family life. The Lange family lives in a house there, and decided to add the last piece in the jigsaw of their dream life – their own family pool. Following up on recommendations from friends, the Langes contacted Hessen-based Pro Pool, the region’s NIVEKO Profi Partner. As a trusted installer, they have extensive knowledge and experience in supplying NIVEKO’s custom-built monopools. One of the main advantages of NIVEKO pools is the wide range of configuration options available, which the Langes made the most of. They eventually opted for a unique Overflow Underflow measuring 10 x 2.5 x 1.5 m. The wooden terrace around the pool offers plenty of space for the children to enjoy the water, as well as for evening social get-togethers with friends. As the Underflow’s overflow edge is hidden beneath the terrace, this is the ideal model for saving water

whilst still offering a unique overflow design. In this pool, the environmental aspect of the NIVEKO philosophy is enhanced by a number of elements – a modern pool surrounded by a wooden terrace, natural materials everywhere you look, as well as flowering shrubs and the still life backdrop of the trees. As a whole, the project beautifully emphasises the family’s modern way of thinking and provides harmony with nature. This is the first year the Langes have had their pool; they spend all their spare time in or by it and are delighted that they made the decision to get one. It is another example that demonstrates NIVEKO’s tradition of manual craftsmanship and technical innovation combined with the best service and a strong partner relationship results in the perfect customer experience. NIVEKO s.r.o. +420 572 693 246 www.niveko-pools.com

Upstate New York Welcomes Studio Apostoli Designed Shin Rin Spa Part of the international Discovery Land Company, Silo Ridge Field Club is an exclusive 850-acre resort in the Hudson Valley, two hours from New York City. The valley’s preserved landscape is a perfect place to rediscover nature and physical and spiritual wellness. It also offers a range of recreation and sporting activities. The Club was designed to be an exclusive destination with a continuously evolving offering, which is why Studio Apostoli was tasked with designing the new Shin Rin Spa – a modern wellness centre that maintains the philosophy of the Club. The interior design is contemporary and streamlined, customised by the use of natural materials and warm lighting, the result of the combination of specific light sources or fixtures with soft emissions, to personalise the rooms. The layout designed by Alberto Apostoli is divided into two main macro-areas: wellness and fitness, both of which include simultaneous indoor and outdoor spaces to optimise the connection with the landscape and the park. The wellness area includes a men’s and women’s

Spa, equipped with wet treatments such as hammams, glazed saunas overlooking the valley, and sensory showers, together with different types of pools and relaxation areas. There are nine treatment cabins, of which five are outdoor, that are used for a wide variety of treatments. The remaining fitness facilities are categorised into, and located within, four different buildings. Now at the end of the design phase, Shin Rin Spa is expected to add to the club’s support of an American wellness culture that embraces diverse disciplines and cultures, in harmony with nature. Studio Apostoli +39 045 877 9190 www.studioapostoli.com

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At Fuorisalone in Milan, architect Michele Perlini exhibited his My Secret design, a wellness module in the form of an architectural element devoted to calm and contemplation. A tribute to the Japanese culture of wellbeing, My Secret created an impression through its simple architecture. Enclosed by sliding shoji walls and a large, panoramic glass facade, which draws the eye to a more intimate interior. The inside follows a typically oriental layout and employs surfaces in natural materials, soothing diffused lighting and pared-back decorative elements, for a pure and uncontaminated effect, with visual voids designed to encourage contemplation and spiritual elevation. The module is spread over three functional sections: a sleeping area, dominated by a large futon, a Finnish sauna, and a sensorial shower area with chromotherapy. This last area features Lapitec sintered stone, a next-generation

Made in Italy material, covered by 25 patents and created from a mixture of 100% natural minerals, compacted without the addition of glues or resins. Available in large, full-body slabs, for architecture and interiors, it offers ultra-resistant characteristics – even in wet or particularly humid environments – thanks to its completely nonporous surface. The My Secret project proposes a new way of thinking about wellbeing, through a module with the potential to be placed anywhere – including a field, a meadow, a forest, or floating on water as here – and something that is also customisable. However, above all, it creates a meeting point between technological innovation and humanity’s primordial need to return to nature, silence and tranquility.

First Of Its Kind Pop-up Swimming Pool Arrives In Republic Of Ireland Fingal has become the inaugural host for Ireland’s first ever popup swimming pool, with the Swim Ireland initiative set to bring swimming to communities right across the country. In partnership with Fingal County Council and Sport Ireland, Swim Ireland wanted to improve the opportunity and experience for all level of swimmers to access somewhere local, so found an innovative solution by bringing the first of its kind pop-up pool to communities. Every 12-weeks the pool will move to new locations on its journey around Ireland, with an ambitious target of providing 750 swimming experiences a week. Holding 45,000 litres of water, the 12m by 3.4m structure will remain in the small coastal town of Donabate until midJuly before setting off to its next destination. The pool itself is sheltered from the elements in a hard sided marquee, and there is a ramp and a hoist meaning the pool can cater for all types of swimmers. It makes it the ideal place to learn to swim, hone skills or just remember how great it feels to block out the world and dip your head in the water. Launching the pool in Donabate, Minister for Sport Jack Chambers said: “This is about bringing a pool into the heart of a community and integrating it with our education system. We boast some 6,000km of coastline in Ireland, so it’s important we deliver water safety lessons to as many people as possible – this new and innovative pilot will help us achieve that, along with encouraging active participation for all groups in the community.”

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My Secret – A Floating Spa Module Devoted To Calm

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Pentair Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner Of The Year – Sustained Excellence Award Pentair is proud to announce it received the 2022 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Energy. Pentair was the first pool equipment manufacturer to have an ENERGY STAR certified pool pump and has been recognised as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year since 2013. “Pentair is built on delivering smart, sustainable, energy- and resourceefficient products and solutions,” said De’Mon Wiggins, Group President, Pentair Pool. “We are proud of our continued collaboration with the EPA and honoured to be recognised as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year once again. Our efforts, paired with ENERGY STAR’s

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goals and leadership, are changing the pool industry.” In addition to its ENERGY STARrated pool pumps, Pentair offers smart, sustainable solutions to help pool owners conserve energy and make thoughtful environmental choices. Through pool solutions like automated controls, heaters and lighting products, Pentair strives to design products that facilitate

environmental sustainability. Each year, the ENERGY STAR programme honours a group of businesses and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy achievements. Winners are selected from a network of thousands of ENERGY STAR partners and lead their industries in the production, sale, and adoption of energy-efficient products, homes, buildings, services, and strategies. These efforts are essential to fighting the climate crisis and protecting public health. Pentair +1 763 545 1730 www.pentair.com

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Safety And Standards Are Still High Industry Priorities In this latest issue, BSPF Managing Director Chris Hayes provides an update on topics being addressed by working groups within the pool and spa industry, with key subjects including standards and safety


s June focused on Drowning Prevention Week here in the UK, although there are very few deaths in pools and hot tubs, we are still aware of the need to promote safety, and we welcome a contribution from our colleagues at the National Water Safety Forum. The forum brings a number of bodies together in cooperation with an interest in water safety, including a campaign called #RespectTheWater. Please see the article on page 33 for more details about the important work of the National Water Safety Forum. Carrying on the collaborative working theme, BISHTA and SPATA have been liaising with the Home Office, and a recent webinar presentation was hosted online regarding the vital topic of ‘Selling Chemicals Responsibly’. There was a beneficial exchange between law enforcement officers and our industry to identify how we can work even more effectively at reducing the chances of chemicals falling into the wrong hands. The recent presentation has been added to the BISHTA and SPATA websites (in the Members’ Hub). It is planned to have a follow-up article on this subject in SPN later this year. Apart from the webinar mentioned above, the industry has also benefited from sessions at SPATEX, an ISPE seminar and

also a SPATA webinar on the draft domestic outdoor pool standard prEN 17645 ‘Environmental performance efficiency – Performance evaluation, methodology, and classification of the use of pools and their equipment’. With the standard expected to be published in September, awareness sessions have been provided by Will Dando (who has been the UK expert on behalf of SPATA and BSI at this European working group). Further training is anticipated for installers as the industry starts to get used to the proposed new way of working regarding industry energy labelling. You can read more about Will’s work on page 35. Other training opportunities via SPATA already in the diary include a Sauna & Steam course on Tuesday 25 October, and a Heat Pump course on Wednesday 9 November. Being planned for later this year, there is also due to be a Liner course and some Environmental Control & Ductwork courses. BISHTA continue to benefit from tutors offering courses in Water Hygiene Management, Dangerous Goods, Electrical (run by NICEIC) and CHTT courses. SPATA members need to be aware of an update to the Standards with the third amendment to the 2017 standards recently released and available on the SPATA website in the Members’ Hub. There is more on this subject on page 34. It is also hoped to have opportunities to work with Buckinghamshire and Surrey County Councils’ Trading Standards teams, who have taken on the role of

It will soon be time for BISHTA and SPATA to reveal to members the categories and entry criteria for the British Pool and Hot Tub Awards 2023. Members are encouraged to arrange photos of their projects over the summer in readiness for entering the awards later this year”

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Primary Authority Partner to BISHTA and SPATA. Following the original, successful partnership with Hampshire County Council Trading Standards, a change was needed when Hampshire reviewed the resource they had available to offer to our industry (and others) and realised they could not provide everyone with the same high quality of service. So, we now look forward to working with our new Authorities to provide consumer rights knowledge, to help the industry. While each trade association organises a number of meetings each year, one recent BISHTA get-together was particularly memorable, as it was held in the Forest of Dean, courtesy of Ryan Birchnall and Forest Holidays to discuss hot tubs in business settings. The meeting was a hybrid format, with most attendees in Gloucestershire, with some attending online. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the existing member factsheets on holiday parks and homes; it was also to provide BISHTA with feedback on HSG 282. With this guidance now over five years old, there has been time for many views to be formed about what needs updating or amending. It is hoped to have another meeting later this year, potentially in a Forest Holidays’ venue in Yorkshire. It will soon be time for BISHTA and SPATA to reveal to members the categories and entry criteria for the British Pool and Hot Tub Awards 2023. Members are encouraged to arrange photos of their projects over the summer in readiness for entering the awards later this year. Finally, it is great to have an article from Jamie Smith reflecting on his time as BSPF President on the following page. We look forward to retaining Jamie’s expertise on the BSPF Board and SPATA’s National Council and for a couple of years on the SPATEX Board. Have a great summer.

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BSPF President’s Reflections As Jamie Smith, the British Swimming Pool Federation’s President, comes to the end of his twoyear period in office, we asked him to reflect on his time whilst having the important role


he BSPF was formed in 1999, and members include BISHTA, SPATA, SPATEX, PIP, and the STA. The President chairs the BSPF board meetings made up of representatives from the above membership and is a figurehead with a multifaceted role, including activities such as the annual Industry Gala Evening, the President’s Weekend, the BSPF AGM and attending committee meetings involving the BSPF membership. Before Jamie handed over his chain of office at the annual Industry Gala Evening and Awards held during SPATEX in Coventry this year, we interviewed him about his time in office.

CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOU AND HOW YOU MANAGED THE CHALLENGES OF BALANCING THE PRESIDENCY WITH YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE AND WORK ROLE RUNNING THE LONDON SWIMMING POOL COMPANY? It was an exceptional period in which to carry the mantle of President! I certainly could not have foreseen that we would not be able to see BSPF members in person for nearly two years, but we all learned to work around the COVID-19 pandemic. Not having held an honorary presidential role in the past, I really didn’t know what to expect when I accepted the invitation to be BSPF President, but I am glad to say that the role is far from onerous. The BSPF office provides a lot of support with everything from information to organising events such as the President’s Weekend. I had to make time for various BSPF activities, but these didn’t impinge on my business’s day-to-day running.

WHAT DID YOU SET OUT TO ACHIEVE WHEN YOU STARTED YOUR ROLE AS PRESIDENT, AND HAVE YOU ACCOMPLISHED THEM? I was pleased to have the opportunity to represent an industry that I have worked in for more than 20 years and feel passionate about. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of my predecessor and wave the flag for the industry at national and international meetings, and I was excited at the prospect

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of playing a pivotal role in the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards night at the annual Industry Gala Evening. Of course, it wasn’t possible to be at meetings in person, but that did not prevent me from taking part in key events online. For example, I attended a virtual meeting of WAPSA (World Alliance of Pool and Spa Associations). It was fascinating to hear about our industry counterparts’ pool and spa experiences, issues, and opinions in countries like the USA, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, and Europe.

WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR HIGHLIGHTS AS PRESIDENT? Apart from working more closely with the BSPF team, there were two major highlights. One was the 2021 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards ceremony, which moved online for the first time due to the pandemic. My task involved pre-filming at our office; the film crew were excellent and made the whole process such an enjoyable experience. Watching the Awards Ceremony on the night made me proud to be part of this event and the BSPF for pulling off such a professional online event. It’s great that we were still able to reward outstanding work, despite not being able to host a live event. The second highlight was the President’s Weekend – this was a complete joy. By that time, we were able to come together in person and my wife Caroline and I were able to host this event in the historic town of Windsor. It was an excellent opportunity to network with industry friends, colleagues and peers, sightsee and enjoy downtime in great company and beautiful surroundings.


Being President throughout the COVID pandemic, which started a month after I took up the Presidency. Without the lockdown, we would have had more face to face interactions and been able to travel for international meetings. For example, I would have attended European pool shows during that period, but it was impossible. Many of us transitioned to online meetings without too much angst and kept connected that way!

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PETE GRINNALL AS YOUR SUCCESSOR? Simply enjoy the experience! The chain of office was passed over from Jamie Smith to Pete Grinnall as the incoming BSPF President in a presentation at the recent annual Industry Gala Evening in February 2022. Pete was BISHTA’s Chairman from 2018 to 2021; he also sits on the association’s Technical Committee and is BISHTA’s representative on discussions relating to the wiring regulations on behalf of the industry. He has worked in the electrical industry for all of his working life and is the joint owner of Complete Spas. Pete will be planning his President Weekend in 2023, which is open to anyone working in the industry and will be hosted in Liverpool. Watch out for more information on this event in future issues of SPN. BSPF 01264 356210 www.bspf.org.uk

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New Safety Initiative Launched By NWSF With Drowning Prevention Day taking place on 25 July, the NWSF has teamed up with a leading London creative agency to launch a new safety initiative to reduce accidental drowning fatalities


he National Water Safety Forum (NWSF) has appointed krow, part of The MISSION Group, to oversee the strategy, creative ideation and activation of its ‘Respect the Water’ initiative. Tragically, on average, around 400 people drown in the UK every year; because of this, one of NWSF’s principal aims is to reduce accidental drowning fatalities in the UK by 50% by 2026. Current drowning figures show a clear gender divide, with men accounting for the vast majority of those who die. With men accounting for over 80% of UK fatalities, the campaign is primarily aimed at them, but the safety advice is just as relevant for anyone who finds themselves in difficulty in open water, both at the coast or inland. John Quarrey, CEO of krow Group, said: “We’re thrilled about being appointed by the NWSF, and excited about working with the team to create new, disruptive ways of speaking to our audience to help save lives.” David Walker, Head of Road and Leisure at RoSPA, said: “We are incredibly excited to work with krow Group on what will be an important new phase for RTW and drowning prevention in the UK.” The Respect the Water campaign (RTW) was first established by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). It has grown into a national brand for water safety and drowning prevention campaigns through the NWSF, bringing together all strands of water safety across the UK in a bid to help reduce the number of accidental drownings. Gareth Morrison, Head of Water Safety for RNLI, said: “The RTW campaign aims to highlight the potential dangers of water, and encourage people to reconsider their actions and adopt safer behaviour, including what to do in an emergency. Working together with water safety organisations across the country

ahead of this year’s Drowning Prevention Day on 25 July, the awareness campaign runs throughout the year with a specific focus on the summer months during which the majority of UK fatalities sadly occur.” RTW is a galvanising campaign for the water safety sector with four key messages: • What to do if you/others get into difficulty • Show people both at the coast or inland how this affects their community • How to enjoy the water safely • How to reduce the likelihood of tragedy. We know from the research, nobody plans to have an accident in the water. Water safety organisations can shout louder together about RTW and how to avoid danger without demonising the water. Most campaigns fail when they expect a rationally engaged audience. Facts matter, but they need real stories to support them and show the emotional realities of accidental drownings and the devastating ripple effect on families.

WHAT DOES THE DATA SAY? • It’s too important to guess. Data-driven education is key for this campaign. • In 2016: 283 accidental drownings

Tragically, on average, around 400 people drown in the UK every year; because of this, one of NWSF’s principal aims is to reduce accidental drowning fatalities in the UK by 50% by 2026”

• In 2020: 254 accidental drownings • In 2026: 141 accidental drownings would mean a 50% reduction. Over the next five years, the RTW campaign aims to help reduce annual accidental drownings by at least 113 lives. On average, over the past three years, eight people drowned every year as a result of entering the water because someone else was in difficulty. In 2020, 41 people drowned. That’s an increase of 500%. Plans for the campaign include education resources for schools and a cold water calendar to educate the public about when UK waters are at their coldest – especially for spring months when the weather gets warmer, but both coastal and inland waters lag behind in temperature. The campaign will be accessible and diverse to reach communities who have traditionally missed out on water safety information, plus there will be a toolkit available for supporting organisations. We need to change behaviour to save lives. Remember that sharing simple ways to stay safe could make a difference: • If you find yourself in difficulty in the water, float to increase your chances of survival. • If you see someone else in trouble in the water, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard on the coast or Fire Service inland.

FLOAT TO LIVE • Fight your instinct to thrash around. • Lean back, and extend your arms and legs. • If you need to, gently move them around to help you float. • Float until you can control your breathing. • Only then, call for help, swim to safety or continue floating until help arrives.

COLD WATER Cold water shock is triggered in water temperatures lower than 15ºC. The average temperature of UK and Irish waters is 12ºC. So even in the summer, the water temperature is cold enough to cause cold water shock, which can steal the air from your lungs and leave you helpless in seconds. NWSF 0121 248 2235 www.nationalwatersafety.org.uk

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SPATA Publish New Standards Update The regularly updated SPATA Standards keep abreast of developments in building / installing swimming pools and spa pools and Amendment 3:2022 is the latest revision to these important industry standards. In this issue we take a closer look at the guidance which helps to ensure pools and spa pools are built to British and European Standards


PATA (and its forerunner, the Association of Swimming Pool Contractors) has set the standards in the pool industry for more than sixty years. These standards are renowned throughout the world. As part of the SPATA membership package, contractors are provided with a comprehensive set of standards (and supplements) to provide guidance on pool construction standards expected by industry experts with British and European standards at their core. The 2017 version of the Standards has recently been updated with Amendment 3:2022. The changes are straightforward to find, as the black font used for the standard has been updated with green font for changes between 2017 and 2020 and with purple font used for changes from now onwards. SPATA has recently celebrated its 60th anniversary, from its formation in 1961, when six companies made a small but significant contribution to the future of the UK Pool industry to set up the ‘Association of Swimming Pool Contractors’. In these early days, it was recognised that industry standards would need continual review and updating. Several specialist sub-committees were set up to carry this out, which are in place to this day, served on by various industry experts. By the beginning of the 1970s, the Association’s reputation was established, and it was regularly consulted by government departments and others on matters of safety, trade practice etc. The membership reflected the wider spread of industry interests, and it was decided to recognise this in 1971 by changing the

Association’s name to the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA). Jumping forward to the present day, there has been an immense amount of work carried out by the trade association and many changes over the years. SPATA continues its work in those formative years and has embraced the industry’s changes and consumer demands to grow its many facets. Today the role of the Trade Association is to work with companies involved in building swimming pools and spa pools so that they are working to British and European Standards. Members are expected to work to SPATA Standards and abide by a Code of Ethics set out by SPATA, helping the pool industry firmly establish the high quality of work companies working to these industry recognised Standards. All new members of SPATA receive a hard copy of the standards, and any updates and supplements are made available to all members in digital format via the online Members’ Hub, which provides access to the standards, supplements and a host of helpful information and online resources, easily accessible for members and viewable on any digital device with internet access. Copies of the Standards (including Supplements) will also be made available to architects and other allied professionals for £495 per copy (Plus P&P), but pool installers and those companies that work predominantly within the wet leisure industry are expected to be SPATA Members, to benefit from the wealth of knowledge contained from within the publication. (Company identification is required before purchase).

The Standards continue to evolve, with new legislation or regulations being considered, with SPATA’s Technical Committee leading the revisions on the Standards at their regular meetings, to check for any amendments or additions that need to be considered. For those interested in joining SPATA and having access to the standards and the many other benefits of which membership provides, please visit the SPATA website. SPATA 01264 356210 www.spata.co.uk

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An Energy Efficiency Standard For Domestic Outdoor Pools Is Coming Soon! In this issue, Will Dando, Plastica’s Technical Manager, and the UK expert on behalf of SPATA and the BSI, gives an overview of the work he has been involved with over the past four years with colleagues from across Europe to produce a new environmental efficiency standard for domestic outdoor swimming pools


ith energy prices rising, it is very timely for our industry to demonstrate how the topic of efficiency is vital, especially as a new European standard is due out as early as September 2022. It is called ‘Domestic swimming pools – Environmental performance efficiency – Performance evaluation, methodology, and classification of the use of outdoor pools and their equipment’. The rationale for the standard to be developed is based on: • Addressing the environmental performance of domestic swimming pools • Improving the efficiency of the products on the market and encouraging the development of energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly products • Promoting good practice in sustainability. As outdoor pools are less regulated than indoor pools, this standard is seen as an essential piece of work to encourage energy efficiency across the industry. This standard is applicable to outdoor pools, as defined in the domestic pool standard series EN 16582, intended to be permanently installed. The standard only covers the operational phase of the basin; it does not include all of the other product life cycle stages, e.g., extraction of resources, raw material acquisition, production, distribution, use and end-of-life processing. The pool industry is keen to show that selfregulation can be as effective as anything imposed by governments, and this standard will be a practical way of showing this. The standard has been developed by a Technical Committee (CEN TC 402), and it is in their Working Group 5 (WG5) that this collaborative work has been undertaken. The starting point was an experimental French standard that has been revised and updated with the help of experts from many European countries, especially those with national pool and spa associations like SPATA (and BISHTA). Having started with meetings in France, the impact of COVID meant that the rest of the meetings were held online to finish off

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the work. The fact that there was a French standard to begin with, was very helpful and meant the discussions could quickly focus on what was already very good and what needed to be revised. While the final vote on the standard is going through, it has been essential to inform the industry that this standard is due to be published imminently, as it impacts equipment manufacturers (and their suppliers) and it also impacts pool installers. So far, free training has been provided in February (at SPATEX), in March (at an ISPE seminar), and in April (at a SPATA webinar). Some bespoke, paid-for industry training is being planned in the summer as more tools become available to help companies assess the environmental performance of their products and their pools. Here are some key points to look out for when the standard is published: • It is due to have 79 pages • six sections • four annexes The six sections are going to be: • Scope • Normative references • Terms and definitions • Design and evaluation • Environmental performance efficiency • Consumer information The evaluations are based on the following main areas: • Basin structure • Cover • Heating systems • Filtration pump • Hydraulic connections • Water treatment system • Lighting system

The four Annexes are: • Method for the evaluation of the energy performance of pumps • Complementary information related to calculation of flow velocity in hydraulic connection • Evaluation table of water treatment system • Communication of environmental performance efficiency (Evaluation of the pool as a whole entity) The aim is that there will be pictograms to show the pool’s energy performance visually in different areas, namely the equipped pool, the cover, and the heater. The experts who have been working on the standard are looking to produce some easy-to-use calculators that will reduce the amount of work on the industry in calculating the energy performance ratings.

WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS? Once the standard is published, while it is not the law in the UK, the industry will be expected to use it; otherwise, companies may get left behind as others take advantage of showing their business or end-user customers the energy rating of their pools/equipment. From SPATA’s perspective, this standard will be added to the British Standards Online (BSOL) package available to members. There are 25 standards in the custom package, and the current cost is just £90 +VAT. Look out for more information on training in the trade press, and SPATA members will receive regular updates in SPATA News and at the forthcoming Information and Networking Days in October. SPATA 01264 356210 www.spata.co.uk

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Lone Working – Need To Knows “Lone workers are those who work by themselves without close or direct supervision.” Did you know, all employers have a legal responsibility to manage any health and safety risks before people can work alone? Here, Robbie Phillips, STA Pool Plant Tutor and Brand Ambassador, discusses how this applies to swimming pool plant rooms and wet leisure environments


wimming pools, spas and interactive play features all come in all different shapes and sizes. These facilities all have different designs, staffing structures and levels, but they all have one thing in common – they should all be the subject of robust risk assessments and controls to protect staff from unnecessary injury. The facilities we are talking about for the context of this article include: swimming pools, hydrotherapy pools, school pools, water parks, interactive play features and spa baths. In all cases, the risk involved in lone working should be minimised and included in the Normal Operating Procedures (NOP) and the Emergency Action Plan (EAP), and below are some key recommendations.

• Working alone in a pool. • Assessment of work activities, which might present a risk such as changing hazardous chemical containers. Also consider those working in pool areas alone, where they may be at risk from drowning – e.g., caretaker, non-swimmers working near pools.



• Working in balance tanks, plant rooms, ducts and voids should never be done by a ‘lone worker’ due to the substantial risk. These areas are subject to ‘Confined Space Regulations’. • Egress routes in the event of power failure, emergencies etc. • Channels of communication in an emergency, traceability of staff, reporting and recording procedures.

Operating procedures must reduce risks and prevent the risks involved in their obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for the health, safety and welfare at work of their staff.

Depending on the individual circumstances identified following risk assessment, a Line Manager will discuss providing the ‘lone worker’ with appropriate training and safety devices such as two-way radios, mobile phones, fall devices and panic alarms.

RELEVANT QUESTIONS Have your staff been… • Trained in appropriate strategies for the prevention of injury? • Briefed about local procedures for the area where they work including the pool, pool plant and associated buildings? • Issued with appropriate safety rescue equipment? • Made aware of the procedures for maintaining such equipment? Are your staff aware of the need to keep contact with colleagues, and do they know how to obtain support and advice Do your staff… • Appreciate their responsibilities for their own safety? • Understand the provisions for staff support by the employers and the mechanisms to access such support? A more detailed risk assessment may be specific to a particular instance of lone working e.g.: • Working with chemicals in the plant room.

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THE RISK ASSESSMENT SHOULD CONSIDER: • Identification of the lone working individuals or groups exposed to risk. • Assessment of working conditions e.g., hazardous conditions such as dangerous steps, unhygienic conditions, poor lighting, hazardous chemicals, deep water, gas escapes, etc. • Assessment of particular work activities which might present a risk to lone workers e.g., delivery and dosing hazardous chemicals, changing chemical containers. • Assessment of necessary equipment and the capacity of the lone worker to manage any risky situations. • Evaluation of physical capability to carry out lone working e.g., pregnancy, disability, inexperience. • Estimate and assess emergency equipment that may be required. • Likelihood of incident occurring and having an impact on individuals and resources. • Severity of impact in terms of cost to the people, environment, assets, reputation and security.

• Confidence that the necessary control measures are in place. • What action needs to be taken to ensure that improvements are made.

TECHNOLOGY – LONE WORKING DEVICES Lone working systems and devices, where applicable, must only be used for their intended purpose; to improve the safety of lone workers. To use them for other purposes will compromise the integrity of the system and may deter lone workers from using it.

CONCLUSION In conclusion working in pool plant rooms can be a high-risk operation due to the hazardous chemicals, high voltage electricity etc. The release of toxic gases, as we’ve seen reported in the press recently, is a real risk that must be taken into consideration e.g., chlorine and or carbon dioxide gas. It is recommended: • Any work undertaken in the plant room should be conducted in the presence of another competent staff member. • All staff working in these areas should be suitably qualified and competent in the said plant room and in relation to the specific activity. • All tasks should be time-tabled to avoid lone working in the plant room(s). • Another member of suitably qualified staff should be available in the building, who can be summoned to the area in the event of an emergency. • Appropriate gas alarms should be installed and suitably situated to raise the alarm. For further advice on managing risk in pool plant operations and training, please email technical@sta.co.uk or visit the STA website. STA 01922 645097 www.sta.co.uk

COMING SOON A new STA-approved CPD titled ‘Practical Safe Operational Procedures for Dangerous Chemicals and Poisons in Plant Rooms’ that also features Lone Working. Register interest via robbie@sensitivewatersolutions.co.uk

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Wide range of designs, standard and bespoke powder coat finishes and panel types to choose from Safety comes first, all module stoppers and side entry doors are lockable Good selection of standard sizes available from stock Custom made Enclosures available on reasonable lead times either as a DIY box or pre-assembled

Solid, tried and tested to NSF and GSB standards. Load bearing of up to 60 kg/m² and wind gust resistance up to 120 km/h Load bearing rails can be walked on and installed flush with the surrounding tiles or natural stone Full-service logistics – drop shipments direct to the customer at no extra cost and hassle free

ALBIXON have been developing and manufacturing one-piece pools and enclosures continuously for 30 years. Please contact our export manager Zdenek Dennis Tyll for further information.

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ALBIXON – A Reliable Supplier Of Complete Swimming Pool Solutions For this issue, we spoke to Zdenek Vosolsobe, CEO of Czech manufacturer ALBIXON who produce and distribute swimming pools, pool enclosures and associated equipment and who are looking to expand their presence in the UK market


LBIXON is a major Czech manufacturer with a history spanning more than three decades. Its portfolio includes complete pool sets, pools, enclosures, technology walls, shafts and equipment. As proof of quality, selected products and manufacturing processes are protected by utility models and awarded international certificates. ALBIXON exports to 70 countries worldwide and for many in the UK wet leisure industry, even if they haven’t worked directly with the company, they may have come across their products in the field. For others, the brand will be familiar as they have regularly attended numerous European exhibitions over the years. However, for others, the name will be totally unfamiliar. So in this issue, we spoke to CEO Zdenek Vosolsobe to find out more about the company, its products and his background at ALBIXON.

CAN YOU TELL US THE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENTS OF YOUR CAREER AT ALBIXON? I started at ALBIXON in the IT field. The turning point in my career came with my move from IT Manager to the position of Technical and Production Director, where I was able to significantly rollout the restructuring of the entire production. At that time, a large number of unfinished projects were completed and this immediately began to be reflected in the productivity of manufacturing and subsequently in the company’s results. It brings back many good memories, because at that time the

foundation stones were laid, which today help us in our further growth. In January 2019, an offer came to the position of CEO, which I accepted with humility and determination.

WHICH PRODUCTS DO YOU MANUFACTURE IN HOŘOVICE? In Hořovice we manufacture swimming pools, enclosures and technological shafts and walls. We also operate our own powder paint shop with a decoral production line.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE HOŘOVICE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF ALBIXON? It was a gradual development that led us to Hořovice. ALBIXON was established 15km from Hořovice and gradually all of our existing areas became small. Twenty years ago, we were looking for something bigger that would satisfy all of our needs, and due to the strategic logistical location of Hořovice and the relative proximity of other plants, we started building a new facility for ALBIXON here.

DOES YOUR MANUFACTURING HAVE ANY MAJOR ADVANTAGES? We produce the ‘ALBIXON BOX’ for the effective transportation and easy installation of pool enclosures.

IS THERE A POSSIBILITY OF CUSTOMISING YOUR PRODUCTS? Even in serial produced products, we offer a relatively wide range of options. Swimming pools are available either as a skimmer or overflow version, they come in six standard sizes, three colours, six types of steps, two

The MONACO FUTURE high enclosure by ALBIXON

The ‘ALBIXON BOX’ for the effective transportation, and easy installation of pool enclosures

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depths with several optional accessories such as LED lamps and counter-currents to name a few. Our enclosures portfolio is also quite diverse. Our customers can choose from several models, which we offer in standard sizes. They can choose different types of panels, colours and track options, the position of the side entrance and various other options for the front and back bulkheads. If the customer still cannot choose, we offer custom production of pools and enclosures.

AND FINALLY, WHAT IS THE TYPICAL PROCESS FOR PROTOTYPING AND PRODUCT TESTING AT ALBIXON? Not only do we have our own development department, but we also cooperate with external companies. We divide development projects according to competencies between individual developers and designers. We follow the set development methodology, which also includes space for testing in several steps. We utilise our own prototyping workshop and sampling garden for testing, where we simulate the actual use and environment in a customer’s garden. At the beginning of 2021, thanks to the acquisition of a company focused on 3D printing and Rapid Prototyping, we gained room for significant acceleration in the production of prototypes, which we also use for our development projects. ALBIXON a.s. +420 775 853 120 www.albixon.com

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A Tale of Two Pools… And Much More Too! The latest online international conference held by PWTAG was bookended by two topically challenging papers – one from the UK, one from the Netherlands – and with much of great interest in between


eld at the end of March, PWTAG’s virtual conference – The Future For Pools – had over 80 delegates drawn from across the wet leisure industry plus a long list of experts who presented throughout the day. After a welcome and introduction from Chairman Janice Calvert, the sessions opened with Tom Devin, a PWTAG director with over 20 years’ experience designing pools. He spoke about a lengthy paper, just published on the PWTAG website, dealing in detail with how pools can target net zero carbon. There are principles: electricity use for circulation and water treatment, water use, heat recovery, auditing – and then implementation: designers, contractors, operators etc, all involved. Central to all this was marrying power requirements to good water treatment. There’s a lot to the detail, but it was interesting that well-established PWTAG guidelines are comfortably part of a carbon-sensitive operation. There’s a long way to go though – a survey suggests that 80% of UK pools are using more power than they should – and this is down to valves, pipework, pumps and hydraulics. Talking of ambitions for the future, towards the end of the day, Maarten Keuten from Delft Technical University introduced his own project – a groundbreaking pool opening later this year in Nunspeet, a small town in the Netherlands. It has two unique features. Firstly, it’s all-electric – no fossil fuels at all – with a photovoltaic roof and lots of heat pumps; and the various heating and cooling functions are inter-related. Then there’s the no-disinfectant Clear Pool Concept. The hydraulics of the pool maintain two distinct layers (rather than the conventional mixing). Barriers ensure that the top 50cm have a 30-minute turnover and the rest 90 minutes. The water is then subjected to pre-filtration, biological filtration (activated carbon with bugs),

ultrafiltration and UV. There should be no chemical treatment; monitoring will be through online ATP. Having touched on the future of filtration, a paper from PWTAG’s Steve Carder dealt with Total Pool Chemicals’ experience installing 3-micron ceramic membrane filters. They’ve been in Europe since 2010 and since 2016 five have been installed in the UK, with four more coming soon. He advised they’re virtually indestructible, clean themselves automatically, don’t hang on to dirt as long as sand (and thus reduce chlorine use) and are more economical of power and water. During the conference, James Amburgey from North Carolina University issued a Crypto challenge. He said pools are routinely failing, both in terms of disinfection and filtration. But significant improvements are possible. He has developed a so-called Excel model, which shows how changes can result in better removal of Crypto cysts. Sand depth is vital: 0.6m doubles the efficacy of a 37m/h filter and moves a 25m/h one up to 99.7% removal. And even a good filter (90% cyst removal) can achieve 99.9% if boosted by UV. He advised half as much again as usually recommended of perlite in precoat filters should be used. He utilised

PWTAG’s virtual conference – The Future For Pools – had over 80 delegates drawn from across the wet leisure industry plus a long list of experts who presented throughout the day”

his Aquatics SuperModel to introduce time variables. It got pretty complicated after that – lots of equations and graphs – and involved considering the negative effect of cyanurics among other things. You need to look at his paper but the conclusion is that regulations should reflect the realities better. On the day, Professors came in twos: Fiona Henriquez from West of Scotland University specialises in free-living amoeba. Acanthamoeba is chlorine-resistant, and can give contact lens wearers keratitis (inflammation of the cornea). Bathers should ideally remove them, or wear goggles. Naegleria fowleri isn’t a problem in pools as it’s killed by chlorine, but it’s a nasty potential threat if warm, wild waters get up your nose. Rachel Chalmers from the Cryptosporidium Reference Unit in Swansea outlined the microbial hazards from water features – both those designed to be interactive and those who have interactivity forced on them. Careful management and risk assessment are vital for their safe operation. And the rest? There was reassuring research about the inactivation of the COVID virus in pool water. From the Netherlands (and the UK), updates on the significance of chlorates in pool water (the jury is still out, but meanwhile avoid metal in dosing lines) plus details of a novel approach to fielding and analysing complaints about pool water – an outpatient clinic approach. Lastly, there was the Drs Lee: John on the new PWTAG domestic hot tub book and Susanne on adapting water safety plans to include conservation issues. All that, plus lots of questions after each session and a lively concluding Ask the experts session meant for a busy experience. Delegates can catch up on the Powerpoint presentations on the PWTAG website, for six months – others can purchase them for £40 + VAT (£34 + VAT for PWTAG members). PWTAG 01509 640730 www.pwtag.org

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Fi-Clor Brand Becomes hth® With a full range of innovative and exclusive pool and spa products, hth® is already a well-known brand in the UK, and that’s especially thanks to the high quality of its calcium hypochlorite products that have been used for over 45 years. Today, to be able to maintain high product quality and continue to develop innovative products, the Fi-Clor brand is changing to hth®


ith more than 90 years of innovations, hth® is a strong worldwide brand offering quality and innovative water treatment solutions. This year, hth® is ready to start a new chapter for residential pools and spas in the UK.

SOME HISTORY The hth® journey began in the 19th century with the Mathieson family. Neil Mathieson was a Scottish chemist and businessman within the soap industry. In 1870 he decided to start his own company in Widnes, Lancashire. The Mathieson Company quickly became a highly respected business, producing alkalis and glycerine from soap waste. In 1886, Neil’s third son, Thomas Train Mathieson, arrived in the USA to supervise and develop the chemical company now known as the Mathieson Alkali Company. The company quickly grew to become one of the major manufacturers of bleaching powders, alkalis, synthetic amonia and chlorine products in the USA. In 1892 Mathieson obtained the new electrolytic cell for the manufacturing of extremely pure caustic soda and chlorine. A new plant was built at Niagara Falls and after many years of work, the Mathiesons developed a true calcium hypochlorite as a new chlorine donor. A result of this development, the hth® brand was first registered in 1928, with the name of hth® originating from the initials of the new

chlorine formula – high test hypochlorite. Today, with a team of 100 researchers dedicated to R&D (throughout USA, Brazil, South Africa and Europe), a 6,000m2 research centre in Alpharetta in the USA and an integrated laboratory at the company’s Amboise site in France, innovation is at the heart of the SOLENIS™ group’s strategy. Each year, dozens of new innovations are created to bring even more groundbreaking solutions to consumers in terms of convenience, duration and efficiency, while taking into account international regulations and their impact on the market, environment and people. hth® is a complete range of innovative, quality water treatment products, providing solutions for all kinds of wet leisure water – from commercial to residential pools and even for spas and small above-ground pools.

hth® MORE THAN 90 YEARS OF INNOVATION As already mentioned, the hth® brand was first registered in 1928 with the hth® GRANULAR calcium hypochlorite. In 1988 the most famous product of hth® was born: the thinner hth® SHOCK Powder, also known as Fi-Clor SUPERFAST Granular in the UK – the most powerful stabiliser-free chlorine on the market. This was only the beginning for the journey of innovation, as just one year later, in 1989 hth® found a solution to provide a regular treatment to complete the shock action of the powder with hth® STICK, also known as Fi-Clor

SUPERCAPSULES. In 1992, the company found a new solution to treat commercial pools with hth® BRIQUETTE and a complete range of automatic dosing systems. In 2019, the business caused a stir in the pool market with hth® ADVANCED – the first patented formula of slow dissolving hypochlorite without any plastic sleeve. With this new product, hth® also reinforced its commitment to sustainability by avoiding the production use of around 3 tonnes of plastic per year.

EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS FOR THE TRADE The brand stands out from the competition with products exclusively sold by pool professionals, providing exclusive solutions such as: • hth® EASYCLIC® (Fi-Clor 5-Buoy) a multifunctional chlorine floater providing up to 2 months of treatment. Built to make the life of pool owners easier • hth® MAXITAB® ACTION 6® EASY (Fi-Clor Premium 6 chlorine tablets) a multifunctional bi-layer chlorine tab in water-soluble sachet which assures consumer safety and reduces plastic waste • hth® YELLOW SHOCK, a powerful mustard algae killer presented in a flexible sachet, because less plastic is better for the planet.

THE ADVANTAGES OF AN INTERNATIONAL BRAND hth® supports both consumers and professionals in all stages of water treatment through: • A user-friendly website • Social media with a YouTube channel (hthpiscine), and a LinkedIn account • Information for consumers with treatment guides for pools and spas • In-store promotional items and promotional events during key periods • hth® Test’O Pro – a free water treatment software and application for professionals. As a global supplier, the company’s vision and their mission is to implement every effort to use science and technology to improve quality of life. hth® products are designed to obtain perfect quality pool and spa water and are available in over 75 countries. hth® 01924 792 909 www.hth-pool.com

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Hot tubs in stock and ready for delivery. We are actively looking for new Thermals Spas partners to join us. To find out more please contact Graham Message, Business Development Manager at graham.message@superiorwellness.co.uk


New Showroom And Studio Provide Key Facilities For Superior Wellness With a new showroom just launched and a new marketing studio about to be completed, SPN paid a visit to Superior Wellness, the rapidly growing distributor, to take a closer look atthe company’s latest facilities


n March, Superior Wellness were delighted to announce the launch of their brand new hot tub showroom, located opposite the Chesterfield-based business’ headquarters in Broombank Park. The company, currently the world’s fastest growing hot tub manufacturer, moved into its new headquarters 12 months prior and in April 2021, the renovation of the new 10,000 sq. ft showroom space began. Set across two floors and with a retail sales office located at one end of the building, the new purpose built facility is one of the largest hot tub showrooms in the UK and offers a one-stop-shop for customers. It features a wide range of hot tubs, a swim spa, a testing area and much more. In fact there are over 20 hot tubs (although there’s space for up to 40) on display plus a swim spa and six of the tubs, with varying layouts and sizes, being readily available to test before purchase. The layout and concept offers an immersive experience for customers, showcasing the many benefits of water wellness. Two changing rooms with shower facilities for customers to access before and after testing the products are also available. Both Superior Wellness’ partner network and retail customers are able to view a range of products from brands such as Platinum Spas, Thermals Spas, Be Well and more. To offer further inspiration for customers and partners, the showroom also hosts a variety

The company’s new marketing studio. Below: a training sesion for partners

of hot tub and outdoor living accessories, including filters, chemicals, gazebos, outdoor furniture and so much more. It truly is an impressive set up. Shortly after the showroom launch, the company’s new marketing studio was completed – a project that was developed to take Superior’s content to a whole new level. The large, bespoke space quickly became a second home to the marketing team as they started the lengthy process of taking marketing shots of each individual product that the company supplies. The new marketing studio includes several innovative features, all designed to improve the quality of the produced content. The lighting can be controlled through an app which allows all or each individual light to be dimmed and altered depending on the project. This means that Superior’s marketing team can now create stunning low light videos of the lighting features each hot tub has to offer. The app also allows for colour temperatures to be changed at the swipe of a button. Together, the new facilities have combined to provide the next step in the journey for this rapidly expanding company. Thankfully, as more than just a retail space, the launch of the new showroom has also meant more training opportunities can be offered to

both the company’s internal team and their growing partner network. In fact Super Wellness have already hosted several training sessions for their partners covering a range of topics and best practice demonstrations. Training was provided by the company’s specialist tech team who each provided insight into areas such as acrylic repairs, electrical requirements and much more. At the start of May, the company were thrilled to host the Chesterfield Champions meeting for Destination Chesterfield with a theme of health and wellbeing. Later in the month, Imogen Clark, the British 50m Breaststroke record holder, visited the Chesterfield showroom to try out the Helios Swim Spa from Platinum Spas to see if and how she may be able to incorporate a swim spa into her training routine. As I’m sure Imogen and all the guests who have visited the Superior Wellness site over recent months will attest to, the business has a very impressive set up, and the addition of the showroom and studio has further enhanced both the company’s reputation and facilities. We were certainly impressed! Superior Wellness 01246 559071 www.superiorwellness.co.uk

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Hot Tub Ideas For Holiday Parks, Lodges And More! Enjoying use in an ever-widening range of environments, hot tubs in a business setting have become an expectation rather than an exception over recent years, especially among many who choose to spend their leisure time in the UK. With the introduction of HSG282, manufacturers have been quick to produce a number of sector specific solutions to ensure compliance too. With holiday parks, lodges and cottages driving demand, in this issue we take a look at some of the sector specific solutions By Jon Wadeson


ot all that long ago, the sight of a hot tub outside someone’s home was a fairly rare event or it was at least restricted to select and exclusive locations. These days, they can be regularly seen in sports clubs and leisure facilities plus of course many types of holiday destinations. Holiday parks, lodges, cottages – they’ve all been quick to add them to provide a touch of the exotic to a UK-based holiday. Before the pandemic, they were increasingly popping up at music festivals and other outdoor events too! The UK’s holiday sector in particular has embraced hot tubs over recent years and according to research, they are one of the most requested items from customers researching holidays of this type online. Research also suggests that with the introduction of a hot tub, impressive premiums can be added to the overall price of a holiday and occupancy rates greatly improve too. So with statistics like these, it is no surprise that hot tubs have performed so well in the sector. A number of considerations have to be taken into account when it comes to maintaining models in these settings though. Their operation should be in accordance with the latest Health & Safety Guidance – HSG282: The control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems – something which the hot tubs showcased within this feature all meet. Operating methods, costs and durability also have to be considered too but thankfully, manufacturers have been quick

to acknowledge the sector’s needs and produce a number of models plus develop technologies specifically for it. With numerous solutions on offer, in this issue, we take a closer look at just a handful of them.

SPA MINI COCKTAILS – AN IDEAL PRODUCT FOR THE HOLIDAY RESORT SECTOR Best-know for filters and their SaniStream™ Direct Line Filtration system, Darlly Europe launched an extension to their very popular Spa Cocktails range of unique Dead Sea salt crystals at this year’s SPATEX exhibition. Darlly’s Gil Gingell said the company’s fabulous range is intoxicating, and provides a ‘cocktail feel’ to a consumer’s spa relaxation experience. Already supplied in 500g jars, they are now available in an enticing 70g pouch which will provide three uses. Spa Mini Cocktails are perfect for consumers to try the Spa Cocktail experience, therefore they’re an ideal product for the Holiday Resort sector and can even be co-branded too. This makes the product a simple and ideal ‘add-on’ sale for operators and Gil advised that the demand for the new pouches had been remarkable. Spa Cocktails granules are spa safe, oilfree, will not clog filters or jets and will not affect water chemistry. Darlly’s Spa Cocktails range is offered in six fragrances: Margarita, Moscow Mule, Daiquiri, Blue Lagoon, Gin & Tonic, Pink Rain and Pink Gin Fizz; each uncannily evoking the popular alcoholic blends they are named after. The packaging is attractively designed for retail settings, with Darlly recommending that the crystals are displayed in Martini glasses to allow members of the public to experience the aroma before making a buying decision. The labelling on each bottle of the product carries a fascinating history on the origins of each cocktail. Spa Mini Cocktails are perfect for trying the Spa Cocktail experience, therefore they’re an ideal product for the Holiday Resort sector

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Hot Tub Suppliers are launching the Lodgic for the holiday let market – a specially designed hot tub that is HSG282 compliant

LODGIC – A COMPLETE HOLIDAY LET HOT TUB This summer, Hot Tub Suppliers are launching a specially designed HSG282 compliant hot tub called Lodgic for the holiday let market. The concept was to develop a model which was stylish and reliable to cater for the emerging holiday rental sector and feature a user interface which benefits both guests and management. The six seater Lodgic is a 2m x 2m square design which is both attractive and practical for owners and users. A hot tub used in this kind of business setting has to incorporate all the specification of a luxury model with added features to ensure owners and operators remain totally in control of the hot tub and any HSG282 requirements. Lodgic is sanitised via an above cabinet automatic chemical feeder within the hot tub filter and is therefore easy to monitor and service. Chemical dosing is vital to keep the hot tub sanitised and free from bacteria for safe use by guests. The top control panel also has minimal functions to restrict users to basic operations (jets and lights). A second, complete management control panel is hidden within the lockable cabinet to ensure safety. From experience and customer feedback, Hot Tub Suppliers know a restricted top panel will eliminate user errors and keep the hot tub in peak condition.

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HOT TUBS IN A BUSINESS SETTING The AquaSPArkle Bromine Pod is designed to be used primarily in conjunction with Darlly’s SaniStream™ filter range

Both control panels are designed by Balboa along with the Wi-Fi enabled system which enables remote control of the hot tub via the Balboa Water App which again enables complete management control. Extra features such as the LED floor and surround lights, the Balboa Bluetooth Audio (BBA) and ice buckets give the aura of luxury which is the USP of any holiday let. As winners of the Gold in the ‘Best Hot Tub In A Holiday Location’ category at the 2022 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards, HTS know the DNA of a successful hot tub in this sector and with Lodgic, the bar has been raised.

AQUASPARKLE BROMINE POD – CONTINUOUS INLINE HOT TUB SANITATION In 2020, chemical specialist Complete Pool Controls launched the AquaSPArkle Bromine Pod, and it has significantly grown throughout the UK market ever since. The product is an easy to use, pre-filled adjustable bromine dosing product for domestic hot tubs and spas in business settings to help owners get in line with the latest recommendations set out by the HSG282 guidelines. Each Pod is filled with seven slow dissolving bromine tablets and is designed to be used in conjunction with Darlly’s SaniStream™ filter range or in proprietary in-built dosing units by way of the adaptor clip included with each pack of three Pods. Customers who have changed from their regular dosing routine to the Bromine Pods have found that it is easy to install, eliminates chemical handling and provides consistent sanitisation to their hot tub making it a very cost effective choice. In other words, Bromine Pods offer numerous key benefits over using a floating dispenser or hand dosing chemicals. They include: • Constant in-line dosing – no possibility of handling dosing device/chemicals • Fully adjustable – available to use for all levels of hot tub use

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Catalina’s six seater CX-6 HP evolved from the brand’s best-selling and award-winning residential CS6 model

• Cost effective dosing – up to six weeks sanitation • Improved safety – no chemical handling • Fully screen printed. When it comes to a simple and effective chemical dosing product, wave goodbye to floating dispensers and say hello to the AquaSPArkle Bromine Pod in partnership with Darlly filters – simple, safe and costeffective sanitisation for hot tubs!

with a grey tapered insulation cover with lock down straps, two tread steps and water care kit. For peace of mind for operators, shell and structure are covered for two years whilst equipment and plumbing are covered for 12 months. This is the brand’s new range-topping and largest model for the holiday sector, but smaller hot tubs are available with the CS-3 HP and the CS-5 HP accommodating three and five people respectively.



For operators who want to rise above the competition this summer, Catalina Spas have launched an all new hot tub. The CX-6 HP is fully HSG282 compliant and packs in all the features required to ensure years of dependable use in a holiday park environment. Aimed solely at the Holiday Park and Residential Lettings sectors, the 2250 x 2250mm, six seater CX-6 HP evolved from the brand’s best-selling and award-winning residential CS6 model. Catalina designed this hot tub to keep the popular features and functions of the CS-6, but incorporated upgrades and modifications to suit owners and users within the evergrowing holiday sector. These include: • Simple push button ‘non tamper’ topside with separate auxiliary controls for temperature and filter cycles. • Master control panel inside cabinet • In-line chemical feeder • No water features.

Bowman manufacture a range of heat exchangers designed for use in swim spas, hot tubs and spas where external heat sources are present. These will include gas, biomass or LPG boilers, ground and air source heat pumps, plus the latest hybrid heating systems. Bowman EC 80-5113-1T heat exchangers feature a shell and tube design. Hot water from the external boiler enters the heat exchanger and circulates inside the outer ‘shell’ of the unit and over the tube core, whilst spa water travels through the tubes collecting heat on the way. Though compact in size, when compared to the electric heaters often supplied with hot tubs, they heat the pool water much faster – often by around 10°C to 12°C per hour, reducing heat up times to around three hours using ambient temperature water

Available in a classic Silver Marble shell, with grey PVC cabinet, the CX-6 HP benefits from triple insulation (shell, base, cabinet), a titanium heater and has adaptors fitted ready for a remote heat pump if required. Other features include: Hi Flo cartridge filter, 38 stainless hydrotherapy, LED safety underwater and perimeter lighting. The CX-6 HP also comes complete

Bowman’s EC 80-5113-1T heat exchangers reduce heat up times – a significant benefit for holiday parks at guest change over periods

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The UK’s holiday sector in particular has embraced hot tubs over recent years and according to research, they are one of the most requested items from customers researching holidays of this type online” – a significant benefit for holiday parks at guest change over periods. Energy costs are on the rise and as electric heating is expensive, often double the price of gas or biomass heating, switching to a Bowman heat exchanger, with an external boiler can reduce costs significantly, and reduce the electricity loading for a holiday park. Supplied as standard with composite end covers and solvent weld connectors, the EC80 can be easily installed. There’s also an integral 7mm thermostat pocket for easy temperature monitoring. Manufactured from titanium, one of the most durable materials available, these heat exchangers are perfect for spas and hot tubs and all titanium materials in contact with pool water come with a ten year guarantee. Stainless steel or cupro-nickel tubestacks are also available.

PLATINUM PROVIDE THE PERFECT ADDITION TO ANY HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS A Platinum Spas Holiday Let 5 hot tub is the perfect addition to holiday cottages, holiday parks, leisure parks and glamping locations. The hot tub meets the HSG282 regulations and as the name would suggest, this model has been designed purely for the holiday let market and offers a basic layout with no breakable or removable components. The hot tub accommodates six people (with one lounger and five seats) and incorporates 40 jets with an array of formations, making it perfect for families or a group of friends. Produced with heavy usage in mind, the robust but minimalistic design perfectly

The Dura Pro heat pump features titanium heat exchangers that are resistant to corrosion by salt, chlorine and bromine

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complements any garden, decking or outdoor area. Available with one colour option for both the shell and side panels, as with all Platinum Spas models, the Holiday Let 5 comes with synthetic composite side panels, perfect for all weather conditions – indoors and outdoors – and they are easily changeable in case of damage caused by guests. Every Platinum Spa comes with the Ozone water clarifier as standard to help keep water clean and healthy. Ozone is a powerful oxidant and when generated in the hot tub, helps destroy bacteria, viruses and algae. An Ozone generator reduces the need for chemicals in your hot tub although it doesn’t replace them entirely. It can reduce maintenance time and cost, prolong equipment life and can reduce smells from chloramines – all good news for owners and operators!

SUSTAINABLE HOT TUB HEATING FROM GOLDEN COAST Heating can be expensive, increasingly so, but thanks to the advanced capabilities of Dura Pro pumps, customers can improve energy efficiency and reduce bills. Part of the DURAHEAT range, a Dura Pro pump can heat water up to 40°C and maintains the desired temperature while operating on a lower current. This allows it to use less energy compared to electric heaters, making it a much eco-friendlier and costeffective option. The Dura Pro is available exclusively in the UK through leading industry distributor Golden Coast. Adam Clark, Sales Director at Golden Coast said: “A Dura Pro pump uses innovative inverter technology to reach an extremely high coefficient of performance regardless of outside temperature. “The unit features a fullcolour touchscreen, allowing users to have complete control of key parameters such as energy consumption or pressure, and the temperature can be adjusted in steps of 0.1°C. The unique ventilation structure of

The Holiday Let 5’s robust but minimalistic design perfectly complements any garden, decking or outdoor area

the unit means it reaches noise levels as low as 40dB – that’s library level.” The Dura Pro heat pump is designed to be durable and long lasting, with titanium heat exchangers that are resistant to corrosion by salt, chlorine and bromine. Tried and tested around the UK, the pump can operate in cold temperatures as low as -15°C, and has a heater tray element that protects the machine in colder months. Dura Pro is available in a variety of sizes to suit a range of hot tubs and spas.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Catalina Spas 01980 611555 www.catalinaspas.co.uk Complete Pool Controls 01242 662700 www.cpc-chemicals.co.uk Darlly Europe 01952 580500 www.darllyeurope.com E J Bowman 0121 359 5401 www.ej-bowman.com Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com Hot Tub Suppliers 0116 251 3378 www.hottubsuppliers.com Platinum Spas 01246 559071 www.platinum-spas.com

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Products To Take The Chill Out Of Pool And Spa Water Heat pumps are a popular choice for warming the waters of swimming pools and spas, but there are a number of alternative products available which can also perform the task. The effectiveness varies with each product, but whether a gas boiler, electric option, or even a passive solution, the range of water heating options mean there’s something for all types of installations and budgets. In this issue, we take a look at some of the available products By Jon Wadeson


hen it comes to the heating of water in swimming pools and spas in the UK, there really is a wide set of options available to suit an equally varied number of installation types and environments. Whilst environmental systems and heat pumps provide some of the latest sophisticated technologies to meet the needs of many owners, gas boilers, electric options, passive solutions and even solar power all play their part in the heating mix, and in doing so, offer flexibility for the many settings in which pools and spas can be found. And with energy prices escalating at a frightening rate, efficiency is more crucial than ever before. So whether it’s for a large, frequently used swimming pool, a busy winter spa or for a garden splasher that’s used for only a short spell during the summer months, in this issue we take a closer look at some of the non heat pump options that are warming up the waters of pools and spas up and down the UK.

ELECRO OPTIONS FOR SMALLER INSTALLATIONS If a smaller water heating solution is required, Elecro Engineering offer a number of electric options which are supplied through leading distributors including Certikin and SCP UK. Firstly, there’s the Elecro Nano Splasher – a 3kW electric heater that is ‘Plug & Play’ and as the name would suggest, offers an ideal solution for soft/hard sided and splasher pools. Then there’s the Elecro Evolution 2 which provides efficiency, safety, and above all

reliability to heat a pool effortlessly to the desired temperature. There’s a range of eight power options available, from 1kW to 24kW. Stepping up the Elecro range, there’s also the Optima Compact. Available in nine power options, the top of the range comes with touchscreen, and is ideal for pools and spas. This fully titanium heater ensures maximum reliability and efficiency. The Optima Compact range can be easily operated using the digital thermostat, accurate to 0.5°C and is ready for integration to a Building Management System. The heater’s outlet manifold accommodates a flow switch, with gold tipped reed, that provides a signal to the control board for ultimate reliability and safety. Although aesthetically different than the Nano Splasher and Evolution 2, the Optima Compact’s design makes it a highly robust and durable product too. All of these products offer quick and easy to install options, feature silent operation and each is fully equipped and pre-wired meaning they can be floor or vertically wall mounted.

EASY AND EFFECTIVE HEATING WITH PAHLÉN AND GOLDEN COAST Whether for an indoor or outdoor pool, get it swim-ready in no time with the Pahlén range of electric heaters from Golden Coast. The Pahlén Compact Heater has an AISI 316L acid-proof stainless steel body and Incoloy 825 heating elements. If there is a high risk of corrosion (e.g., with saltwater pools) it is available with a titanium body and Nic-Tech treated elements. Golden Coast also provides the Pahlén Aqua Compact Heater fitted with either Incoloy 825 or titanium elements.

The Elecro Evolution 2 and Optima Compact are two models in a range of electric heaters that are perfect for smaller installations

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Available from Golden Coast, Pahlén’s Aqua Compact Heater (above/below) and Maxi-Flo tube heat exchanger

Both heaters offer 3kW-18kW power ratings and are equipped with an integral thermostat (0°C - 45°C) and overheating cut out. For extra safety and peace of mind, Pahlén electric heaters are fitted with a flow or pressure switch to protect the element from damage. Adam Clark, Sales Director at Golden Coast said: “The Pahlén electric heaters are quick to install as they can be connected to existing power mains. Once up and running, the water flows through the heater and is warmed by the heating element, ensuring that the pool is ready to enjoy as soon as possible.” Also available are Pahlén swimming pool heat exchangers, which can be connected to sources such as boilers, heat pumps or solar panel systems. Cross flow operation enables high output and exceptional heat transfer. The Pahlén Maxi-Flo is a tube heat exchanger that offers capacities of 40-117kW, and is suitable for installations that operate under high pressure. It is made of acid-proof stainless steel and can be easily installed using adjustable stainless steel attachments. For extra durability, the Hi-Temp spiral heat exchanger is made of thermoplastic with a high glass content and a coil of acid-proof stainless steel.

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WATER HEATING OPTIONS Bowman offer a comprehensive range covering virtually every pool size, from small domestic, to Olympic size swimming pools

composite exterior handles the heat and weathers the elements. The product’s compact design and super-quiet operation won’t intrude on poolside leisure time either. Inside, the heavy-duty (HD) unit with cupro-nickel exchanger stands up to the harshest of applications, like low pH, high flow or heavy use. All MasterTemp models offer 82% thermal efficiency – the highest in its class – making these heaters extremely economical to operate. If a pool heater is more than five years old, chances are a MasterTemp heater could quickly pay for itself in utility bill savings. Completing the product’s eco-friendly credentials, the MasterTemp heater is certified for low NOx emissions and outperforms industry standards.

GENIE – RENOWNED BOILER SOLUTIONS FROM CERTIKIN HEAT WATER MORE QUICKLY WITH BOWMAN HEAT EXCHANGERS Bowman heat exchangers offer outstanding heat transfer performance, heating up pool and spa water significantly faster – often up to three times faster – reducing energy costs and saving money. At the heart of this superior performance is the design of the unit’s tube stacks, which not only includes more heat transfer tubes than most competitor products’, they also feature a novel internal baffle arrangement which forces the incoming hot water to travel through the unit in a configuration that achieves the most efficient heat transfer. Renowned for their quality and long-life durability, all models are available with titanium, as well as stainless steel and cupro-nickel tube stacks to suit installation requirements and customer preferences. Titanium, being especially durable, is suitable for use with any type of pool water, including saline pools and salt water chlorinators, as it resists attack from most aggressive chemicals indefinitely. Bowman offer a comprehensive range covering virtually every pool size, from small domestic, to Olympic size swimming pools, in a range of ten different sized models, for pool

Pentair’s MasterTemp heaters offer all the efficiency, convenience and reliability features owners want in a pool heater, plus a lot more

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sizes ranging from 40m³ to 1,689m³ and with heat transfer rates from 20kW to 1,170kW (based on 82°C boiler water). The popular EC and FC heat exchanger ranges feature composite end covers and solvent weld connectors, enabling them to be easily installed directly in to the pool’s pipework. Bowman also offer a range of swimming pool heat exchangers for use with renewable energy systems, for pool owners wishing to reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions. These units are specially designed to work with the lower temperature water from solar panels and ground source heat pumps and need less energy to heat pools to the required temperature.

EFFICIENCY, CONVENIENCE AND RELIABILITY – PENTAIR’S MASTERTEMP When it comes to non heat pump water heating options, SCP UK has all bases covered with a wide range of options from Bowman, Elecro and Genie too. Pentair is another brand and their popular MasterTemp gas-fired heaters are an SCP exclusive. Available in LPG or natural gas options, MasterTemp heaters offer all the efficiency, convenience and reliability features owners want in a pool heater, plus a lot more. There’s no long waits before enjoying the pool with the MasterTemp as a fully premixed system with a highly efficient air and gas mixture lets the heater heat up fast. The product’s easy-to-read controls make system operation and monitoring simple too. Water temperatures can be pre-set and controlled with the push of a button. A digital display indicates the water temperature, and five LED lights provides owners and users with a system status, letting them know if the heater needs service. The easy-to-view, rotating digital display places controls front and centre, no matter how the MasterTemp heater is positioned. On the outside the unit’s tough, rustproof

As you would expect from the market leaders, Certikin have a range of heating options for any size of pool, whether that be indoor or outdoor, commercial or domestic. However, Certikin are renowned for their oil and gas boilers, and with the latter, the Genie range of gas condensing pool heaters are one of the world’s only condensing pool heaters. An efficient water to water heat exchanger with cupro-nickel tubes ensures long lasting durability even on salt chlorinated pools and rapid transfer of heat into the pool water. A precise and clean burn is guaranteed every time due to the perfect air/fuel mixture managed by state-of-the-art controls. Condensing technology allows the Genie to perform at 94% efficiency ensuring that the heat goes into the pool water, not into the air. As a comparison, standard direct fired pool heaters typically operate at between 60 to 80%. Certikin oil fired heaters are the only dedicated oil fired swimming pool boilers on the market. They have been designed and manufactured to provide both ease of Genie range of gas condensing pool heaters are one of the world’s only condensing pool heaters

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WATER HEATING OPTIONS installation, and highly efficient, reliable performance. The heaters come complete, pre-plumbed and pressure tested resulting in ease of installation and peace of mind for the customer. Approved to the latest OFTEC and CE standards, the heaters come with a 2-year limited warranty and are suitable for use with salt chlorinated pools.

TLS HEAT EXCHANGERS INCLUDE ‘GREEN’ CREDENTIALS With the emphasis on sustainability these days, heat exchangers from Thermic Leisure Supplies (TLS) are manufactured from 95% recycled materials. Plate heat exchangers consist of thin, corrugated plates packed inside a frame, with the product in alternate channels, and service fluid in between product channels. The compactly designed TLS plate heat exchangers range consists of a number of herringbone patterned, pressed heat transfer plates. These are assembled in an inverse formation to create two sets of parallel channels, one for each liquid. Since the herringbone patterns point in opposite directions, a large number of points of support are achieved, creating a lattice in each channel. This provides a high level of turbulence, which in turn leads to an elevated rate of heat transfer. Four new plate geometries were announced last year, which were designed through the use of innovative tools and which provide dedicated solutions. Featuring high thermal efficiency and exceptional mechanical performance, these newer, compact and efficient units retained all the features of the company’s existing models, which include: • Heat exchanger completely contained within the insulation: minimised thermal losses and condensation, high degree of safety and comfort for those who work around the heat exchanger. • Low installation costs. • Quick and easy access to the heat exchanger for inspection. • Varying options of stainless steel, titanium plates with various thicknesses down to 0.4 mm with patented glue free plug in design of NBR and EPDM gaskets. • Moplen, threaded or flanged connections.

Leicestershire-based Stoves + Solar are able to provide cost-cutting and eco-friendly advice regarding the use of solar thermal energy

With stainless steel, frames avoid corrosion with a long product life, easier maintenance operations makes these heat exchangers suitable for both chlorine and salt water swimming pools.

SOLAR THERMAL PANELS FOR POOL WATER HEATING SHOULD BE A ‘NO BRAINER’ A large body of water that needs heating usually when the sun is out and the UK’s weather is at its best surely should harness the sun’s rays to do so, rather than racking up a huge cost in fossil fuel use, but many pool owner’s still spend a small fortune on heating. Thankfully Leicestershire-based Stoves + Solar are able to provide cost-cutting and eco-friendly advice regarding the use of solar thermal energy. Full installations from a local installer are available, as are complete kits tailored to any size indoor or outdoor pool. Kits from a variety of manufacturers are offered and

Plate heat exchangers from TLS consist of thin, corrugated plates packed inside a frame

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purchasers can rest assured that these kits are reliable and high quality. Regardless of the option chosen, the installation works in tandem with an existing heating system to offset costs. Once running, the benefits of solar thermal on a swimming pool or large spa include: • Free, eco-friendly, carbon neutral heating all year round. • Less reliance on a boiler • A one-off payment rather than ongoing and ever-increasing bills. • The pool can act as a constant heat dump • Little-to-no maintenance required. Solar integrates smoothly and easily with the existing heating systems and can utilise the same pool pump. It should be noted though that swimming pools that have chlorinated water require a heat exchanger to utilise solar thermal panels and cannot be connected directly as chlorine can deteriorate the copper in the solar panel’s manifold.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Certikin (H&V) 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk E J Bowman 0121 359 5401 www.ej-bowman.com Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com Stoves + Solar 07377 505181 www.stovesandsolar.com Thermic Leisure Supplies 01772 422528 www.thermicleisure.co.uk

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Allowing Dignified Access For All Easy access to facilities is a legal requirement for swimming pools and leisure centres across the country and commercial operators need to ensure that people with a disability have the same opportunities to use swimming pool facilities as their able-bodied counterparts. This issue, we take a closer look at disability access products, technologies and systems that are delivering access for all in commercial and increasingly domestic environments By Jon Wadeson


evelopments and advances in design and technology mean that lifts and access systems for swimming pools, spas and hot tubs are no different than other sectors within the wet leisure industry and disability access products are continually evolving with improvements to both the lifting units themselves and the various accessories that accompany them. New and improved materials and technologies have allowed product designers to improve what’s on offer and provide equipment for the ever-changing market of access. Whether the enhancements are needed due to advances in medical procedures, to accommodate increases in clients’ weight or to provide dignity and reassurance to people wanting simply to enjoy wet leisure facilities, there are companies dedicated to improving the lives of everyone who wishes to experience the relaxing and buoyant waters of swimming pools or the therapeutic and invigorating environment found in spas and hot tubs – and we take a closer look at the market in 2022.

be an undignified means of access which can often draw unwanted attention from other pool users. Poolpod allows disabled people to enter the pool quickly and easily without having to make a transfer from a wheelchair at the poolside. Its clever design means the pool lift is quick, yet smooth and comfortable and doesn’t require involvement from the pool attendant. Bespoke pool lift chairs allow users to transfer within the privacy of the changing facility and use Poolpod for getting into and out of the swimming pool. The pool lift is independently operated by Poolpod proximity wristbands and with a maximum working load of 250kg allowing for multi-occupant lifting, it is perfect for disability classes and swimmers who need extra support. The system controls do not discriminate against persons with left or right side injuries or users with visual impairment or motor control problems. Poolpod can be retrofitted in a matter of hours and, being mobile,

can easily be moved between locations on the poolside or removed altogether for competitions or swimming events.

THE PANDA POOL LIFT FROM DOLPHIN MOBILITY Dolphin Mobility, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of pool lifts, has been supplying the popular Panda Pool Lift for a number of years. Manufactured by Italian company Digi Project, The Panda Pool Lift is one of the most advanced lifts available. With a unique powered drive propulsion system similar to a powered pallet truck which makes it very easy to move into position at poolside. The chair can be lowered into the water by an attendant using the control on the tiller or by the user themselves, by means of the optional hand control. With a maximum lift capacity of 145kg and the ability to lower 900mm from the edge of the pool, most swimmers should be suitable to use the lift and with 100 lifts

ELIMINATE POOLSIDE WHEELCHAIR TRANSFERS WITH POOLPOD Poolpod is an extremely cost-effective swimming pool lift that enables dignified, independent access for any swimmer who finds using current pool access difficult or inappropriate. It has revolutionised the swimming experience for a number of wheelchair users and people with mobility impairments. The Equality Act (previously the Disability Discrimination Act or DDA) requires that all service providers make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to ensure that people with a disability have the same access as their ablebodied counterparts. In the case of access to swimming pools, this was typically achieved using a pool surround mounted hoisting mechanism to lower the bather into the water. Feedback from disabled swimmers suggests that this can sometimes

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Poolpod enables dignified, independent access for any swimmer who finds using current pool access difficult or inappropriate

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DISABILITY ACCESS Suntrap’s Portable Pro 2 is simply wheeled to where it is required and wheeled back again into storage after use

Manufactured by Italian company Digi Project, The Panda Pool Lift is available from Dolphin Mobility

per charge, daily recharging is not required. There is an extensive range of safety features incorporated into the Panda Pool Lift; a manual emergency operating system ensures the lift can still be operated should the internal electrics be damaged, whilst a unique automatic braking system and infrared ground detector prevents the lift from approaching the edge of the pool too quickly. A two point safety belt is fitted as standard and four or five point belt is also available on request. A ground fixing kit and handset control can also be supplied if required.

SOLUTIONS FOR ALL BUDGETS AND APPLICATIONS FROM SUNTRAP SYSTEMS Suntrap Systems is a long established company with an extensive portfolio of disabled pool access lifts and hoists with a range of models, all CE certified, to suit all budgets and applications. As an affordable solution for pool access

...there are companies dedicated to improving the lives of everyone who wishes to experience the relaxing and buoyant waters of swimming pools or the therapeutic and invigorating environment found in spas and hot tubs” and being ideal for personal use and at smaller swimming centres, the EZ2 is a manually operated lift featuring 360° rotation plus the ability to clear a pool wall up to 15” (38cm). The construction is powder coated stainless steel and comes as standard with a mesh sling seat, chains and hanger bar. Another lift that has proved popular amongst some prestigious developments because it requires no drilling or installation is the Portable Pro 2 Pool Lift which has a massive 25 stones (160kg) lifting capacity. The Portable Pro 2 is simply wheeled

to where it is required and wheeled back again into storage after use. This makes this lift ideal for those centres with more than one pool, or where poolside installation is impossible or not required. Being batterypowered and fully automatic means that users, if able, can operate it themselves and retain their independence and dignity. Lastly, the Super Power EZ Lift is Suntrap’s most affordable lift for use with an aboveground pool or hot tub. The Super Power EZ lift is designed to clear walls up to about 58” (147cm) in height and 10” (25cm) wide

CASE STUDY BESPOKE LIFT FITS THE BILL AT REFURBISHED POOL COMPLEX The swimming complex at the well known Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment project to improve the leisure facilities at this prestigious venue, and Suntrap Systems were entrusted with the contract to supply a pool lift providing access for disabled users. The pool lift specified by the client was the fully automatic Scout Excel model with the request to have the stainless steel construction powder-coated to complement the new colour scheme within the pool area. The manufacturers of the lift – US-based Aqua Creek Products –

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were able to provide the necessary colour and powder-coating procedure to provide a unique and eye-catching finish to the lift, enhancing its appearance to match the overall colour scheme within the updated pool hall. The installation by Suntrap was carried out early in December 2021 in accordance with the main contractor’s timetable. The company are proud to confirm this is the first pool lift ever to be fitted in the UK with a special colourway designed to complement site specification, and the automatic Scout Excel which comes with a 5-year structural warranty, is the only lift which matched the required specification.

Whatever the challenge, the team at Suntrap Systems are happy to work with clients,

specifiers and contractors to provide the best possible solutions for disabled pool access.

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DISABILITY ACCESS to the underside of the seat. Battery assisted to provide a smooth lift and lower function, the Super Power EZ will require a helper to rotate the lift across the pool wall. The lift is installed into a single poolside socket, and is supplied with a mesh sling seat and adjustable chains to allow the user the benefit of a safe and comfortable fit.

A MORE MODERN WAY TO CREATE ACCESS TO POOLS AND HOT TUBS The Pool Lift Company has introduced a pioneering yet affordable new pool lift to its product range. INPOOL is the latest fully compliant fixed pool lift solution to provide independent access to in-ground swimming pools and hot tubs for those with restricted mobility. INPOOL enables commercial businesses such as health spas, hotels, lidos, leisure centres and sports facilities, as well as residential customers, to offer a more advanced and innovative way of creating disabled access to pools and spas. INPOOL differs from other fixed pool lifts in three ways: its reduced dimensions which create a more compact device, its modern appearance and its convenient design which allows it to be moved and mounted to another location with minimal effort. Technical features of the INPOOL include a folding seat for practicality and safety, a headrest, adjustable armrests and a removable telescopic leg support. The IPX06 mobile push-button panel with spiral cable enables users to control the pool lift independently to get in and out of the water. There is also an emergency button. The pool lift comes with a 2-point safety belt as standard; customers can also opt for a 4- or 5-point harness. Both durable and reliable, INPOOL is built with a stainless-steel frame and has a removable, rechargeable, long-lasting battery which offers 50 working cycles.

The Pool Lift Company has introduced INPOOL – a pioneering yet affordable new pool lift to its product range

INPOOL can be installed by the Pool Lift Company’s fully qualified engineers.

WHETHER MANUAL OR MOTORISED – HEXAGONE AND SCP HAVE THE ANSWER SCP UK are able to provide a number of disability access system solutions from French manufacturer Hexagone. Sure to be one of the more popular choices for the sector, the portable Hexagone Classic Lift is available in both manual and motorised variants, with the latter being advised for more intense use. The motorised version operates at the touch of a button and is powered by a 24V battery. It is able to complete 40 cycles (each cycle corresponds to a descent and ascent) per battery charge and has a recharge time of 10 hours. With counterweight, each unit weighs in at 260kg and both models feature a maximum load lift of up to 136kg. When moving the lifts, the front wheels are fixed and rear wheels on each swivel and incorporate a brake. Both models utilise

The portable motorised Hexagone Classic Lift is available from SCP UK

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a patented pantograph (double winch) system for lifting, however the manual version has the lowest seat position of 80cm whilst the motorised unit will descend slightly further and go as low as 65cm. Featuring a stainless steel tubular structure with epoxy paint, a high capacity strap, both versions of the Hexagone Classic Lift are ideal for use in multi-pools and come with a two year warranty and an anti-corrosion warranty of seven years. Other disabled products supplied from Hexagone include manual and motorised fixed systems plus two wheelchairs, one of which – the unique looking Unikart 50 – sports distinctive looks and has been designed to float during transfers thanks to two large, inflatable wheels.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Dolphin Mobility 0800 980 0126 www.dolphinlifts.co.uk Pool Lift Company 01256 896000 www.poollifts.co.uk Poolpod 0560 366 6896 www.poolpodproducts.com SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com Suntrap Systems 0121 428 1155 www.suntrap-systems.co.uk

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Above-ground Options Offering Fun And Value

Prior to the pandemic, the demand for above-ground pools had been under pressure, but with the Coronavirus outbreak creating uncertainty around holidays, over the last couple of years, they’ve provided a lifeline for many across the country. With relatively straightforward installation combined with some excellent designs, these great value for money pool options are perfectly placed to provide memories for families in search of water-based fun By Jon Wadeson


he wooden and above-ground pools sector has seen a resurgence in popularity over the last couple of years, and that’s not just been down to their relatively affordable price tag versus other, similar options. Size and flexibility combined in an easy to use and simple to install package have also played their part. The advantage of these pools is they are within reach of those families who dream of getting on the ‘pool owning ladder’ and this mix of cost and convenience has really come into its own over the last couple of years or so with the Coronavirus situation resulting in many families spending money on various garden-based products. Whether it was for entertainment when children were off school, to provide a form of exercise or because holiday plans just weren’t possible, manufacturers and retailers of above-ground and wooden pools of all shapes saw a surge in demand. For families with plans of longer term pool ownership – who weren’t just reacting to pandemic pandemonium – a little imagination and landscaping can mean that the options available for these versatile projects can transform a garden and provide fun and relaxation for owners for a much lower cost than that associated with a full sized swimming pool. Increasingly these high quality pool options have been sought by families or owners who want to make the pool into a real feature in their garden and they are often sunk into the ground with plants, landscaping and decking really finishing the project off. The ease of building is a big advantage over other types of pools and with installs taking just a few days, above-ground pools are a great optional extra for any home or garden and can often be an impulse buy. With so much going for them and a new round of holiday uncertainty being created with flights being cancelled, it’s no wonder that the British public has started to look at the more serious above-ground and wooden pools as an investment for both their families and gardens, and this could end up being another good year for the above-ground

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and wooden pool sector, plus of course, any extras and accessories that accompany them!

STEP INTO A MAGICAL SPACE WITH THE NEW POP CRYSTAL Available from AstralPool UK, the new Pop Crystal pool from Piscine Laghetto® hits the market this year to delight users with its seethrough liner strips that create a charming, yet striking aesthetic, both day and night. It was once enough to have a pool just for taking a dip. However, in today’s market, owners also want a dose of creativity and innovation, and that’s why the transparent pool trend is becoming increasingly popular. The Pop Crystal wants to stand out from the rest. Not only does it deliver everything a traditional pool does, but this model provides an aesthetic appeal through a design that lets users see the crystal-clear water through its walls. Created for cool, creative spaces, Pop Crystal is designed with curved and rounded shapes that will give any garden a casual, yet modern and fresh feel. A design meant for having fun and enjoying a dip with friends and for letting the imagination soar at night, when going for a swim takes on a whole new level. After all, why should the party stop when

the sun goes down? For many, the luxury of an evening swim is one of the best things about owning a pool, but what if there was an added wow effect? Pop Crystal enhances the pool’s beauty, elegance and creativity with a LED lighting system that is visible between the walls. Shining through the transparent panels, the lights create a uniquely magical effect at night. This pool is practical too. Its sand filtration system (6m³/h) makes it easy to keep the water clean and free of dirt. The frame is made of galvanised steel and is coated with an anti-rust epoxy to ensure flawless pool performance and maintenance. Available in two colours, white and beige, and in two sizes, 2 x 4m or 2 x 5m, the Pop Crystal is sure to delight many new owners this season.

BUDGETS WON’T BE AN ISSUE WITH SCP’S RANGE OF ABOVE-GROUND OPTIONS To complement their extensive, popular and exclusive range of wooden and above-ground pools, SCP UK further extended their range last year with brand new additional options from the Garden Leisure brand. The Niagara metal-framed pools come in a range of sizes and are quick to set up. Produced by an ISO 9001 Quality

The new Pop Crystal will delight users with its see-through liner strips that create a charming, yet striking aesthetic, both day and night

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Last year, SCP introduced new models to their Garden Leisure above-ground range, including Niagara metal-framed pools and four new wooden pools including the Summer Oasis

system certified manufacturing company, they feature a 60mm top frame and self supporting metal frame structure. Each Niagara’s high quality polyester fabric pool liner has been treated against algae and UV, and each pool has a skimmer placed in a pocket in the pool liner corner. These innovative pools feature 15 patents across the full range and come with a kit which includes 6m3/h sand filter, skimmer, security ladder, cleaning kit and connections. Four new models were also added to the Garden Leisure wooden pools range, with the largest being the 6m x 4.19m rectangular Summer Oasis. Each of these kit pools can be installed above-, in- or partially in-ground and come with a five year wood warranty. Made from dense Scandinavian 45mm high quality timber, each kit comes with all structure hardware fittings in stainless steel, detachable external wooden steps, stainless steel internal ladder, anti-bacterial felt and 0.75 light blue liner. In addition to a Startup Water Treatment Kit, other equipment includes: • Sand filter c/w 6 way valve including all accessories (hoses, connectors, sand) • Pump 12m3/h • Wide angle skimmer and inlet (quantity dependent on pool size).

measuring a huge 5 x 10 metres. One of Plastica’s popular models is their Exercise pool with a built-in strap system. There are no steel braces which enables the build to go directly onto any hard surface. This saves time and is a costsaving improvement for both the trade and end-user. The straps are made of stainless steel, ensuring anti-rust and corrosion free operation for long-lasting durability. As a manufacturer, Plastica responsibly sources reliable quality wood from the global supply chain, precision cut and pressure treated to the optimum standard. This pressure treated timber has been impregnated with wood preservative in the controlled conditions of a vacuum pressure impregnation plant – it is protected against fungal rot and insect attack to ensure a long service life. Not only are the pools made of high-grade treated redwood timber, they also incorporate a high-quality liner. Plastica’s reputation for high quality and reliability is founded on their knowledge of the industry, built up over 50 years and manufacturing in the UK. They take pride in their understanding of the wet leisure market and their friendly and helpful staff.

ABATEC – A EUROPEAN LEADER IN ABOVE-GROUND WOODEN POOLS For those unfamiliar with the Abatec name, the brand is one of the biggest wooden pools manufacturers in Europe, delivering thousands of top-quality products annually to their customers all over the world. Their wooden pools are made exclusively from kiln-dried wood, sourced from Scandinavian forests, where the harsh climate and poor soil create an ideal raw material that offers great durability as well as a beautiful appearance. All of the company’s swimming pools’ wooden elements are machined in a modern state-of-the-art production facility. The process includes precise computercontrolled CNC machining and all elements of Abatec wooden pools are vacuum-pressure impregnated in an industry-class autoclave. The company offer wooden products that scrupulously respect European standards, meaning the quality of Abatec’s swimming pools is assured every time and the company’s in-house design team is constantly working on new and custom pool designs to make them even more beautiful and last longer. An exercise Pool from Plastica with countercurrent kit built with a strap system – no braces, so a quick and easy build

The two ranges joined Garden Leisure’s popular offering of AGP above-ground pools which SCP have been selling for a number of years, some of which were also enhanced last season.

SAVE TIME AND MONEY WITH SELFBUILD WOODEN POOL KITS FROM PLASTICA Plastica’s range of quality wooden pool kits contains some of the most affordable timber-based swimming pools on the market. They are made of natural high-grade wood that carries up to a ten year warranty on the wooden structure, even if sunk into the ground. The Eco and Fun wooden pools are a few steps up from inflatable/metal-framed pools – these not only last longer but look great, providing a more aesthetically pleasing solution to any outdoor space. Their flagship wooden pool, the Chelsea, is the largest wooden pool option currently available,

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Abatec’s wooden pools, such as this Pacific Paradise Standard Line model, are made exclusively from kiln-dried wood, sourced from Scandinavian forests

This approach has led to the company extending their offering this season with the introduction of their finest wooden pools to date. The new Premium Line of pools is a step up from the company’s already successful Standard Line. This new range features an additional unique three-stage wood protection treatment for protection against the elements, resulting in an extended eight year warranty (in comparison to the Standard Line’s five years). There are several ways Abatec’s wooden pools can be installed – outside or inside, free-standing or in-ground. With pools available in four shapes – hexagonal, octagonal, octagonal oblong and square – with various models offered in each category.

Abatec wooden pools are sold exclusively through a growing worldwide dealer network which they are looking to expand in the UK, and they are putting major emphasis on simplifying the purchasing process for end customers by offering complete technical and marketing support to their partners.

UK-MADE ABOVE-GROUND POOLS FROM THE TEAM BEHIND LIGHTHOUSE Available through Lighthouse and manufactured in Devon using insulation from 100% recycled PET plastic bottles, HeatForm above-ground pools are entirely flexible, available in unlimited lengths and widths and come with three height options.

These above-ground pools are quick and easy to install, allowing them to be put in a garden, basement or building where an in-ground pool would not always be possible. Their modular construction also allows easy access to tight spaces such as basement builds and awkward sloping gardens. Manufactured in fibreglass, the smooth clean-faced panels are easy to handle and connect together, allowing them to be fixed, aligned and secured quickly. A steel support system surrounds the panels creating a strong and sturdy structure, which is bolted to a concrete floor slab. Adjustable elements are built into the design to remove alignment issues and

CASE STUDY A WOODEN SWIMMING POOL THAT’S A CUT ABOVE This eye-catching installation of the Certikin wooden pool by Salisbury pool retailer, Spruce Pools, illustrates why the above-ground pool wins out on aesthetics, quality materials and clever design to maintain its position as market leader. The owner of this pool originally requested that Spruce Pools install an in-ground swimming pool. However, the property is surrounded by two rivers, running either side of it, with a water table only 80cm down, ruling out the chance of installing an in-ground pool. The Certikin wooden above-ground pool provided the perfect solution. Managing Director of Spruce Pools, Jeremy Chalke said: “The installation went very smoothly,

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we took delivery on Monday lunchtime and the customer was swimming by Friday evening, even though the water temperature was only 20°C. “The customer was absolutely delighted with the end result and uses the pool from April through to October. This is the third wooden pool that we have installed and each has been so successful that we intend promoting this product heavily in the future.” Jeremy added: “Leaving aside the fact that it is a stylish and superb quality pool, we like the wooden pool because it is Certikin. That means we know it’s solid and of sound construction; we have the assurance that we can easily get spares and we can

access the whole raft of service and technical back-up that Certikin offers.”

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ABOVE-GROUND & WOODEN POOLS ensure a perfect finish to the pool project. Each pool can be customised with a pool liner of choice and owners can select from a wide range of Zodiac pool products (pumps, robotic pool cleaners, heating and water treatment solutions) to complete the ultimate pool package. Bespoke extras include external cladding kits to ensure that the pool reflects each owner’s personal taste and fits with the surrounding environment. Counter-current exercise jets can also add an extra fitness element to the pool. The benefits of using recycled plastic insulation are twofold; as well as the ecological benefits of repurposing plastic bottles and removing them from the environment, the 80mm thick insulation greatly increases the pool’s heat retention and therefore lowers the overall running costs. The average pool incorporates over 9,000 half litre plastic bottles.

SUPERIOR WOODEN POOLS – BRITISH BUILT TO THE HIGHEST QUALITY Certikin wooden pools are a superb addition to any garden with the attractive design blending perfectly with natural surroundings. Made of Scandinavian redwood and Iroko hardwood, they are built to the highest standard. The redwood walls are professionally notched in-house on the state-of-the-art machinery to guarantee ease of build and maximise the strength of the construction. They have no side buttresses which can be unattractive and take up valuable space, nor do they require any concreted-in steel supports, making installation far easier. The steel plates and shoes used in the construction of Certikin wooden pools have been designed to remove the need for extra external bracing found on other timber pools. All this adds up to give one of the strongest free-standing pools on the market. Made of Scandinavian redwood and Iroko hardwood, Certikin’s wooden pools are built to the highest standard

HeatForm above-ground pools from Lighthouse are entirely flexible, available in unlimited lengths and widths and come with three height options

...they are within reach of those families who dream of getting on the ‘pool owning ladder’ and this mix of cost and convenience has really come into its own over the last couple of years or so...” Available in three sizes; 4.2m x 4.2m, 6m x 4.2m and 4.7m x 2.9m, the pool packages come complete with steps, Certikin flow fittings, filtration, maintenance kit, solar bubble cover and a 30thou liner from Certikin’s in-house liner production facility. The 4.7m x 2.9m Dolphin Sport is ideal for the addition of a Fastlane swimming machine which will enhance the fun factor and boost exercise potential. Being supplied from one of the UK’s

leading swimming pool equipment manufacturers means confidence in not just getting an excellent product quality, but also getting peace of mind in the unrivalled service care that is available before and after any purchase.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Abatec +48 59 845 6333 www.abatec-pools.com AstralPool UK 01329 514000 www.astralpool.co.uk Certikin 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk Lighthouse 01752 253525 www.lighthousepools.co.uk Plastica 01424 857857 www.plasticapools.net SCP UK 01293 546126 www.scpeurope.com

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Tough Tiles Get Top Marks For Style The options that exist today to finish off stunning looking pools and other wet leisure products is as wide as it's ever been and creating that all important bespoke finish through the use of tiling and mosaics is, for many, the ultimate style statement. As trends change, so does the market, and there’s seemingly no end to the possibilities now on offer. Here, we highlight what’s available to add some style and durability to any project this year By Jon Wadeson


iling is still seen by many as the superior finish within swimming pools, spas and more, however, stunning looks and opportunities for numerous inspired designs tell only part of the story. Durability is the other huge factor, hence tiling being the preferred, traditional choice for most commercial applications. Increasingly, it is this combination of choice and flexibility, plus good looks and ruggedness that has ensured tiled finishes are now also much sought after for higher-end projects within the domestic sector too. Available in glass, stone, ceramic and porcelain and in multiple sizes, there’s something for every project. That degree of choice also means that if needed, pool, spas and other wet leisure facilities can be easily customised to fit in with their surroundings whilst still retaining their own personal design. When correctly cared for, a tiled pool or spa will offer many years of use and with so many effective water treatments available, keeping the tiles in tip-top condition has never been easier. So with products and trends continually evolving, in this edition, we look at the latest in styles and materials that are available for pools, spas and more this year.

CRANBOURNE BRING THE BEAUTY OF PORCELAIN TO PROJECTS Tiling can make or break a pool project. Not only is it important for the structure and formation of the pool, but it is also significant to the overall aesthetic and style. Whether it is a sleek modern design or a more traditional pool design, porcelain works perfectly with any desired look and feel. Key characteristics of porcelain are that it is both highly sustainable and has a slipresistant finish, making it ideal for pool lining. A versatile material, porcelain is also stunning when used for the pool surround too, to give a modern sleek and continuous finish. Porcelain not only creates a beautiful and superior finish to a project, but it is also stain resistant, highly durable, resistant to moss and mould, and is easy to keep clean. Porcelain tiles are made from a mix of natural clay and finely ground sand, which is then pressed and fired at a very high temperature. Each design is baked onto the body of the surface of the tile, to produce natural-looking tiles, along with the benefits of longevity and practicality. The material is very versatile and can be used for both indoor and outdoor pools. To get

a contemporary feel, use the tile with a honed surface and combine with a matching grip finish, perfect for internal steps and surrounds. Porcelain can also transform a pool simply by the colour used within the design. With so many shades available, porcelain can alter the look of the pool through its reflection in the water. Whether it’s the appearance of the crystal-clear turquoise seas of the Mediterranean, a tranquil mid-blue colourisation, or the dark, novel and dramatic colours popular in contemporary designs, porcelain truly bring creations to life.

UP THE DESIGN ANTE WITH STONEWORLD’S PORCELAIN POOL LINING TILES Offering something fashionably different for internal pool lining options is easy with products from Stoneworld. Designers and installers are able to create stylish and individual pool interiors with the company’s porcelain pool lining tiles. Available in a range of colours and authentic finishes, there’s a product to suit every project. Using porcelain tiles to line a swimming pool is a great new trend in pool design. These tiles are available in extra

This outdoor pool was finished using Cranbourne Stone’s porcelain tiles creating a Mediterranean aura of crystalclear turquoise water

This client chose Stoneworld’s Rio Black Slate porcelain tiles for their pool, which resemble the natural surface of a dark slate

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TILING & MOSAICS edging, fixings and gratings – all in one place – with the brochure to hand, it’s never been easier to design the perfect pool or spa. For those larger projects, Waxman Ceramics can be relied upon to cater for even the most demanding specifications thanks to their large volume of in-house stock and their dependable UK delivery network. Combined with their extensive technical know-how and nationwide representatives, there’s access to the highest quality tiles ensuring even the largest projects can be started on time and within budget. Within the Waxman Ceramics offering is ‘Aquastyle’, an oceaninspired glass mosaic made from 98% recycled glass

large format to add even more drama. So whether a natural slate-effect pool interior to blend into a natural garden, a concrete-effect tile for a basement pool or a limestone and marble-effect to complement a stone pool surround is needed – design options can be found through Stoneworld that will set any pool project apart. Some of the features and benefits of these easy to install porcelain lining tiles include: • Incredibly realistic looks which are nonabsorbent – so no delamination, rusting or algae growth. • Natural stone effect without the issues that may come with submerging natural stone in water. • Colours are resistant to UV light and aging – feel confident the pool interior will look on-trend in years to come. • Tiles are resistant to chlorine and chemical agents. • Matching copings and pool surround available in particular ranges and colours. Stoneworld can also precision cut the porcelain tiles for light fittings, speakers, filters, step treads and more. If required, the company can also supply and advise on the correct adhesives, waterproofing products and requisite grouting compounds for installing the porcelain pool tiles too, meaning all of the products required arrive at once for the pool lining tiles' installation. Samples are available and these porcelain tiles are in stock. With a quick turnaround possible, materials can be on site in no time at all.

the swimming pool industry since it began importing mosaics from Japan in the early eighties. Today, from their headquarters in Elland, West Yorkshire, they have grown to become one of the UK’s leading suppliers of swimming pool tiles and mosaics. With so many tiling choices available, Waxman understands that choosing the right tiles for a project can be a daunting task, which is why they developed the ‘Pool & Spa Collection’ brochure. Encompassing the very best of Waxman Ceramics, the brochure is an essential tile catalogue for the industry and caters to the demanding needs of pool and spa builders. By utilising digital print technology, the possibilities in colours and designs are endless and for the greener consumer, Waxman also stock ‘Aquastyle’, an oceaninspired glass mosaic made from 98% recycled glass. Featuring an array of designs, sizes, finishes and shades, alongside copings,

CHOOSE TILES FOR ANY TYPE OF POOL WITH AQUATECHNICA Available exclusively through sister companies Parkside Architectural Tiles and Strata Technical Tiles, Aquatechnica™ provide a system-based approach to develop a unique tile specification for competition, leisure, residential and outdoor pools. The portfolio includes everything needed to deliver a tile specification that works hard for any project. The company’s range of specialist tile solutions for competition and diving pools ensures that sports and performance centres can benefit from pool tank and edge systems for high and low water swimming pools. The range includes metric formats suitable for both short course and Olympic standard pools, along with anti-slip across a wide collection of different styles and designs. For the high-quality interiors of spa and health clubs, Aquatechnica delivers a range of tiles for pool tanks, surrounds and associated wet areas. With design-focused porcelain and ceramic tiles that provide the durability for round the clock use while delivering attractive interiors. Catering for the unique design demands

...it is this combination of choice and flexibility, plus good looks and ruggedness that has ensured tiled finishes are now also much sought after for higher-end projects within the domestic sector too"

WAXMAN CERAMICS – A WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE AND PRODUCTS There are a number of important factors to consider when adding the finishing touches to a wet leisure project. By choosing Waxman Ceramics as a project partner, there’s the benefit of a wealth of knowledge and guidance from their team to ensure only the very best tiles are selected, resulting in a stress-free experience. Part of the Waxman Group, Waxman Ceramics has been a leading supplier to

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TILING & MOSAICS of private and domestic pools, there’s a range of Aquatechnica tiles that blend high aesthetic principles with the anti-slip performance needed to bring a safe surface underfoot in residential pools. Suitable for tank, surround and other wet areas, and creating a true sense of luxury with durable and maintenance friendly finishes, these tiles excel in contributing to sophisticated and elegant residential swimming pool interiors that feel connected to other areas of the home through natural effects. To respond to the rise of outdoor swimming pools and lidos, Aquatechnica has a range of outdoor porcelain tank and surround tiles ready for the rigours of all-year use in a 20mm specification. Providing a durable and safe surface underfoot in nearly all conditions, these tiles can be used to create an attractive and durable swimming pool area.

ENJOY A SMALL PIECE OF TROPICAL PARADISE WITH EZARRI’S BALI STONE 50 TILE Available through Designworks Tiles, Ezarri’s Zen collection is a unique, elegant range of mosaic tiles inspired by natural stone, marble and wood. Found within this high-end range, the Bali Stone 50 mosaic is the perfect tile for creating a small piece of paradise and a Balinese style swimming pool. Bali Stone 50’s matte green 50mm mosaic tiles provide a swimming pool with the natural effect many owners are looking for. The Bali Stone 50 mosaic evokes real Bali stone without the inconvenience and problems found with the real thing. Bali stone in its natural state is not meant to be submerged in water. It is porous and sensitive to pool chemicals, which amounts to shortterm maintenance issues – not to mention more complicated installation. Therefore a much better solution is the Bali Stone 50, which perfectly imitates real Bali stone without all the problems of maintenance and fitting. The captivating, natural colours of the mosaic are reminiscent of the rich mineral composition of real Bali stone. With

Luxury Pools & Mosaics pride themselves on supplying high end products at reasonable prices, from Europe and beyond

beautiful aesthetics, the green-veined matte of the Bali Stone 50 mosaic gives any pool an organic look and feel, and providing bathers with the impression that they are swimming in the Indian Ocean. The extra-safe non-slip version, Bali Stone 50 Safe, is now also available.

EXPERTS IN CUSTOMER SERVICE AND PERFECT POOL FINISHES From pool surrounds and landscaping in 2004 to specialising in pool surround and tank tiles since 2012, Luxury Pools & Mosaics pride themselves on supplying high end products at reasonable prices, from Europe and beyond. For a completely bespoke project, they advise that natural materials can not be beaten. All the company’s mosaics and tiles are specially designed for use in pools, spas and other wet leisure areas. Most mosaics supplied are available with a silicone link or dot backing, however mesh backing can also be provided, if preferred. The company’s bespoke hand cut mosaic designs are paper faced, however, trends change, and in recent years, porcelain has come into its own, with large format and 4D printing. Eco friendly, recycled and recyclable, strong, extremely weather Ezarri’s Bali Stone 50's matte green 50mm mosaic tiles provide a swimming pool with the natural effect many owners are looking for

resistant, scratch resistant and chemical, acid and stain resistant... what’s not to like? Luxury Pools & Mosaics also supply soft anti-slip finishes – unheard of until recently – which make for easy cleaning and comfort underfoot. This also means that the same tile finish can be used in and around the pool plus into adjoining areas, where an anti-slip tile is not needed but keeps the continuity of the flooring throughout the whole project for a seamless finish. These are available in both 10 and 20mm thicknesses, in a number of the company’s ranges and most options have matching large format wall tiles in either a shaped, natural, polished or extra polished finish. In some instances there are also large, book matched tiles for the ultimate pool! Working with the top manufacturers of porcelain and natural materials, on both high profile and residential projects, Luxury Pools & Mosaics can work from templates or CAD – no job is too big or small.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS: Cranbourne Stone 01264 810813 www.cranbournestone.co.uk Designworks Tiles 01392 473037 www.designworkstiles.com Luxury Pools & Mosaics 0800 756 1445 www.luxurypoolsandmosaics.com Stoneworld 01844 279274 www.stoneworld.co.uk Strata Technical Tiles 0800 012 1454 www.stratatiles.co.uk Waxman Ceramics 01422 311331 www.waxmanarchitectural.co.uk

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Events Roundup With numerous exhibitions having been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic in the last two years, and with a small degree of uncertainty still hanging over both the events industry and international travel, in this issue we take a closer look at what’s on and where over the coming months both in the UK and further afield By Jon Wadeson


he COVID-19 pandemic badly affected a number of businesses around the world and none more so than those operating within the exhibitions and events sectors. With light finally appearing at the end of the pandemic tunnel at the start of 2022, firm plans are in place for many postponed events to finally go ahead. Of course, there is still some uncertainty surrounding what is a constantly evolving situation surrounding COVID, but most organisers and venues are now looking forward to the long-awaited resumption of ‘business as usual’ for their particular event. In this issue, we round up some of the key events that have relevance for the wet leisure industry taking place both here in the UK and further afield over the coming months.

AUSTRALIA’S SPLASH! SHOW RETURNS WITH A BUSY SCHEDULE With day-to-day normality finally returning to Australia, the SPLASH! Pool & Spa Trade Show will take place from Wednesday 22 to Thursday 23 June at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event is the largest pool and spa trade show in the southern hemisphere, attracting over 2,000 visitors from more than 27 countries and close to 200 exhibitors under one roof. SPLASH! has secured more than 5,000 square metres of exhibition space and as

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always, a number of well-known brands will be in attendance, showcasing their latest products, innovations and services. Despite the exhibition itself running over just two days, the event provides visitors with the opportunity to attend additional days of conferences and training, network with industry peers at the National Awards, and see the best of the best within the industry. The Australian Swim Schools Association are running their annual Conference in conjunction with the show. Run across three days and featuring 19 sessions and six networking events, this year’s Conference has pulled out all the stops. The multi-day event will be jam-packed with speakers to inspire and expand the knowledge of attendees. There’s also a brand new Golf Day, a Swim School tour, Australian Swim Schools National Awards of Excellence dinner, iClassPro Customer Workshop & Social Event, as well as the annual Vorgee Welcome Drinks. For those working in the commercial sector, a pool technician day is scheduled. The Commercial Pool Technician Program (CPT) delivers the required Aquatic Industry Qualifications to compliantly manage public and commercial swimming pool and spas in Australia. CPT is a new training programme that contains nationally accredited units of competency to ensure that participants are provided with up-to-date skills and knowledge and standards to manage public and commercial pool operations.

IAKS will also be hosting an event at SPLASH! It will address important issues around commercial aquatic operations and design. Speakers will be drawn from key sectors of the industry to address staffing, safety, and sustainability.

INTERBAD GATHERS MOMENTUM WITH NEW TOPICS AND PARTNERS interbad will be the meeting point for the swimming pool, sauna and spa industry for the 29th time from 25 to 28 October 2022. Together with the German Association for the Recreational and Medicinal Bath Industry, Messe Stuttgart will offer the industry an ideal platform with a combination of a trade fair, a Congress and an attractive accompanying programme. “After the forced break due to the corona pandemic, we all are really eager to meet one another at the next interbad in Stuttgart,” said Christian Mankel, Managing Director of the German Association for the Recreational and Medicinal Bath Industry. He added: “There’s a lot going on at present in the swimming pool and wellness industry. The potential in the areas of digitalisation, energy efficiency and climate protection, that was shown during the Innovation Days in the previous year, has developed very quickly and will also form the focal points of our Congress this year. The industry’s propensity to invest and the demand for technical discussions, networking, the live experience of technical developments and innovations for swimming pools, saunas and wellness are extremely high.” “interbad is a success story which keeps abreast of the times with its topics and will also provide this year future-oriented momentum for the forthcoming challenges,” said Claudia Döttinger, Vice President of Messe Stuttgart. The Project Team is currently starting to allocate floor space in the halls and search for topics for inclusion in the first-class accompanying programme of interbad. Another integral part of interbad is the Congress for Pool and Bath Technology, which will again be held in the ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart. The International Sauna Association (ISA) will welcome its members to the Congress for the first time during interbad too.

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...most organisers and venues are now looking forward to the long-awaited resumption of ‘business as usual’ for their particular event” HOLIDAY PARK & RESORT INNOVATION WILL HAVE A FOCUS ON WET LEISURE Over 18,000 owners from across the holiday park and leisure industry are expected to set up camp in Birmingham’s NEC on 2 and 3 November for Holiday Park & Resort Innovation 2022. As Europe’s largest event in the leisure and hospitality industry, the two-day show is an unmissable opportunity for those within this sector, especially given the rise seen in the UK’s domestic holiday market due to the pandemic. Visitors to the event will be able to expand their knowledge on the industry as a whole as the show delivers first-hand expert advice on the latest products and trends. With a specific focus on the wet leisure sector again this year, the event’s organisers are again expecting some incredible exhibitors to head to the Midlands venue, and with many weeks still to go before the event takes place, they are anticipating even more to confirm their attendance. So far, as in previous years, the companies to see from

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the sector over these two unmissable days are predominantly drawn from the hot tub and wellness sectors of wet leisure. Along with these world class exhibitors, organisers will again be arranging a number of unmissable seminars, so visitors should expect presentations from industry experts covering topics which are bringing the latest innovations and inspiration to the forefront of minds! Following the COVID pandemic, November’s instalment is set to be one of the most exciting and comprehensive editions yet for the wet leisure sector. With world-class experts present, enlightening seminars and workshops expected to take place combined with sought-after suppliers exhibiting, these two November days are set to be truly unmissable for anyone operatiing within the wet leisure side of the UK’s holiday park and resort sectors.

THE WORLD’S LARGEST INDUSTRY SHOW RETURNS TO LYON-EUREXPO Piscine Global Europe, the leading event in the pool and wellness sector, will

be back at Lyon-Eurexpo for a face-to-face event from 15 to 18 November this year. An opportunity for professionals in the sector to gather, exchange views and boost their business, but also – at long last – to meet up in a social setting. Organised in partnership with the French Federation for Pool and Spa Professionals (FFP), Piscine Global Europe is now more than ever a strategic international event for the wet leisure sector as a whole. Florence Rousson Mompo, Director of the GreenTech+ Department of GL events Exhibitions Operations, advised: “With 860 exhibitors and brands already confirming their attendance, Piscine Global Europe is consolidating its position as a key event for the sector. After four years of absence, players in the sector can’t wait to meet in person in Lyon once again. We are so looking forward to sharing this exhibition with all the professionals: it’s a key moment for doing business and presenting new products, but also a time for getting together socially! ” On an upward trend since the lockdowns, which exacerbated a desire for the outdoors and poolside fun, the wet leisure sector is continuing to grow and generate new jobs, and is seeking to improve skills amongst its workforce. To support this expanding ecosystem, Piscine Global Europe has built a reputation as an unmissable event for anticipating, understanding and discussing future developments in the sector and seminars and dedicated themed areas will encourage discussions and improve understanding of these topics. Various activities will also set the tone for this new edition of the exhibition, including: • The Pool Design Awards • The Pool Innovation Awards • The Pool Showcase for presenting new products • The Pool Arena, an area dedicated to exhibitors’ elevator pitches and seminars on market trends. • The Jobs and Training Campus. With this year’s event expected to be key for many across the industry, SPN will feature a dedicated Show Preview of Piscine Global Europe later in the year.

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SPATEX 2023 GETS OFF TO A ROARING START! With almost 65% of exhibitors from SPATEX 2022 rebooking for the 2023 event which takes place Tuesday 31 January to Thursday 2 February, the UK industry’s annual water leisure exhibition at the Coventry Building Society Arena could not have got off to a better start. And, there’s still some eight months or so to go! SPATEX’s delighted Organiser, Michele Bridle, said: “The response has been nothing short of phenomenal. It is really gratifying to see how many companies want to replicate the success of the 2022 show. Many of

our exhibitors expressed disappointment at having to wait another 12 months before we meet again! The pandemic served to underline the demand, and overwhelming consensus of opinion that an annual live SPATEX show provides vital lifeblood to the industry, and nothing replaces face-toface business. As the first pool and spa exhibition in any calendar year, SPATEX is your window on all of the latest water leisure developments happening around the world. “Having given the previous year’s exhibitors the opportunity to rebook, the floor plan is now open to everyone, including all the new companies that have contacted us saying they wish to make 2023 their SPATEX debut. My advice is book now to avoid disappointment as there is only limited space.

“Buoyed and appreciative for such industry-wide support and enthusiasm, the team is busy planning a vibrant 2023 campaign and we will be switching things up a bit. Our new website carries all the latest news, from what our 2023 exhibitors are doing to updating you on plans for next year’s show, so be sure to check in at www.spatex. co.uk soon. “The second phase of the Coventry Building Society Arena’s £10m refurbishment plans will be finished in time for SPATEX 2023, including the pavilion entrance on the south side of the venue and the new Commonwealth Convention Centre Lobby and dedicated art and gallery space, so we look forward to using the upgraded facilities.”

WHAT’S ON AND WHERE 2022-23 – AT A GLANCE JUNE 2022 22 – 23 June SPLASH! AUSTRALIA Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia Tel: +61 2 9660 2113 Email: info@splashexpo.com.au Web: www.splashexpo.com.au AUGUST 2022 2 – 5 August EXPOLAZER & OUTDOOR LIVING Expo Center Norte, São Paulo, Brazil Tel: +55 11 2226 3100 Email: atendimento@francal.com.br Web: www.expolazer.com.br OCTOBER 2022 25 – 28 October INTERBAD Messe Stuttgart, Germany Tel: +49 711 185 600 Email: info@messe-stuttgart.de Web: www.interbad.de NOVEMBER 2022 2 – 3 November HOLIDAY PARK & RESORT INNOVATION NEC, Birmingham, UK Tel: 0117 929 6087 Email: william.mansfield@prysmgroup.co.uk Web: www.holidayparkshow.co.uk

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15 – 17 November INTERNATIONAL POOL, SPA, PATIO EXPO Las Vegas Convention Center, Nevada, USA Tel: +1 972 536 6350 Email: info@poolspapatio.com Web: www.poolspapatio.com

31 January – 2 February SPATEX 2023 Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, UK Tel: +44 (0)1264 358558 Email: info@spatex.co.uk Web: www.spatex.co.uk

15 – 18 November PISCINE GLOBAL EUROPE Eurexpo, Lyon, France Tel: +33 (0)4 78 176 324 Email: visitorpiscine@gl-events.com Web: www.piscine-global-europe.com

FEBRUARY 2023 15 – 17 February FORUM PISCINE Bologna Exhibition Centre, Bologna, Italy Tel: +39 051 272 523 Email: ufficiostampa@absolutgroup.it Web: www.forumpiscine.it

DECEMBER 2022 7 – 8 December CANADIAN POOL & SPA EXPO Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Canada Tel: +1 877 743 1393 Email: mette@rogers.com Web: www.poolandspaexpo.ca JANUARY 2023 24 – 26 January THE POOL & SPA SHOW Atlantic City Convention Center, New Jersey, USA Tel: +1 609 689 9111 Email: pmccormick@nespapool.org Web: www.thepoolspashow.com

21 – 24 February TECNOVA PISCINAS IFEMA - Feria de Madrid, Spain Tel: +34 91 722 3000 Email: atencionalcliente@ifema.es Web: www.ifema.es MAY 2023 23 – 25 May THE HOTEL SHOW DUBAI Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai Tel: +971 4445 3632 Email: info@dmgevents.com Web: www.theleisureshow.com

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The World Of Work

From the Great Resignation to hybrid working and nationwide labour and skill shortages, the world of work is seeing a lot of changes. It just isn’t the same old nine-to-five anymore as Jamie Adams, Managing Director at Golden Coast explains


he how, why and where of work has changed more since the pandemic than at almost any time in my entire working life. Turn the clocks back a couple of years and the hot topic concerning the work place was that elusive work-life balance. Labour and leisure were seen as separate; one was a necessary evil in order that you may enjoy the other. It was the inheritance of the forties way of working – 50 weeks in the factory followed by a fortnight in Brighton. Even before the pandemic, people were muttering about job satisfaction; about choosing a career where they felt they made a real difference. A year after COVID hit, surveys showed that a third of workers in the UK were planning on quitting their jobs, either for something new or a new life outside work and the term ‘Great Resignation’ was coined. Out of a staff of 32, one person left Golden Coast for something new. It seems that working here isn’t too bad.

CLOCKING ON I like to make an early start. I’ve been out of the saddle recently due to a mixed bag of foul weather and an unpleasant brush with COVID but generally I like to cycle to work and that gets me in good and early. (I won’t say quite when but I like to kick off the day with a fresh coffee and Yesterday’s Quiz with Greg James.) While BBC Sounds mutters away, I like to make sure my office door is open; a little thing, but an important one.

SUPPORT YOUR HOME TEAM GC staff are generally discouraged in communicating internally by email. If you have a question for Sophie, walk around to Sophie’s desk and ask her. That’s how you build a team and #Team GC is something we are all inordinately proud of. Having said that, the pandemic pushed us

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE There are more job vacancies than unemployed in the UK for the first time since records began. This affects the entire economy but bites more in some areas than others. There is a skills shortage crisis in building and construction and for the last two years the Wet Leisure Industry Survey has noted that difficulty in finding skilled staff is one of the biggest challenges businesses face. Did a lack of skilled people act as a break on the growth in pool construction that staycations rather then vacations brought about? It would certainly have made doing that work harder.


to find new ways of keeping in touch with our customers. We now have two sets of offices equipped for Zoom and Team meetings and I confess that I’ve been pleased at just how efficient and effective those meetings are. The amount of motorway miles that we have saved and the amount of doughnuts we haven’t eaten doesn’t bear thinking about but to my mind, nothing can ever replace a good old analogue face to face get together.

SHARED GOALS. SHARED REWARDS I doubt my working day is much different to many other managers in the industry but as with any business of a certain size there is an ongoing necessity to get together with people to discuss a multitude of issues from the performance of our business and finances to suppliers and Human Resources. Wherever someone works in the business we always make it clear that his or her input and ideas are valued. That we know they make a difference, one that leads to business growth and they are rewarded for that. Fostering that team spirit is probably one of the most important things myself and other managers do.

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In the past, most managers worked their way up from the shop floor. The trend nowadays seems to be that they get a qualification in management and then find an industry to work in. I don’t know how true that is in our industry but I do know that by the time I came to be Managing Director at Golden Coast, there weren’t many jobs in the business that I hadn’t tried my hand at. That breadth of experience helps me relate to every member of our team. Whether it’s chatting with the drivers and getting feedback on everything from their favourite customer or tea and cake stop, to their opinion on how well business is going or just observing the various elements of the business in action, I do like to maintain a finger on the pulse of Golden Coast.

JOB SATISFACTION I am lucky to work in an industry that I enjoy being a part of. I think what we provide for our customers – health, wellbeing and fun in the shape of pools, spas and saunas – benefits those people in lots of ways. We play our part in making the industry reduce its carbon footprint and we run a business that is enjoyable and satisfying to work in. So yes, in the midst of these changing times, I still enjoy job satisfaction, and I very much hope you do too. Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.goldenc.com

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