SPN (Swimming Pool News) June 2022

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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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