SPN (Swimming Pool News) October 2021

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IN BRIEF AWARD-WINNING PRODUCT FEATURES IN CENTRAL LONDON PARK Ustigate Waterplay were delighted that the award winning Vortex Astra No.3 featuring Twirltec™ made its way to the UK in 2021 and the product made its debut in a new aquatic play area at Kensington Memorial Park. Ustigate Waterplay initially installed a Spwlashpad® at Kensington Memorial Park in 2007. Due to its popularity The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea raised funds for a new theme and product mix complete with the Vortex Safeswap™ Anchor System. Kensington Memorial Park can now be seen with a new variety of play options and a nature theme. The Council will also have the ability to exchange products in the future without the need to break the ground due to the installation of Vortex’s Safeswap™ Anchor System.

PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED FOR SWIMMING FACILITIES IN WARWICKSHIRE Plans for a multi-millionpound upgrade of Abbey Fields Swimming Pool in Kenilworth have been given the green light. Following approval by Warwick District Council’s Planning Committee, work is set to start early next year to create a brand-new facility. This will include the addition of a second indoor pool with an adjoining sun terrace. The designs for the new pool follow consultation with leading specialists and advice from Swim England and will have a moveable floor allowing the water depth to be altered in a matter of minutes to meet the needs of young children, parents and babies or aqua aerobics sessions. There will also be direct pool access via a hoist from a ‘Changing Place’ facility for the disabled, the first of its kind in the District.

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LPW Pools – The Perfect Product For Water Technics It is no surprise that over the last 18 months there has been a surge in demand for swimming pools. Warmer weather – at least in 2020 – and not being able to travel abroad has seen the industry as a whole boom! And this has most definitely been the case for installer Water Technics, with 2020 being their busiest year to date. The company’s most popular products have without doubt been LPW one-piece pools, supplied to them by Fairlocks Pool Products which are available in sizes from 6 metres x 3.6 metres up to 12 metres x 4.6 metres. The company have found that navigating through rural areas and small villages may dictate the size of pool or if a one-piece pool is the right choice of pool at all. Access is the number one factor when considering a pool of this nature, so site visits and route checks must be carried out prior to ordering. That said, the ease of installation for this type of swimming pool makes it an ideal addition to any

home, either inside or out. If coordinated correctly, swimming could be achieved within a few weeks. In a perfect scenario, excavation can be achieved in 1-3 days and a reinforced concrete base is added and allowed to set. This allows for the plant room installation to take place concurrently. There are several customizable options prior to order completion. These include stainless steel fittings, RGB lights, and counter-current systems – perfect for smaller sized pools. If timings are adhered to and trades are effectively communicating, the installation process is fast and effective giving the best service and product to the customer in the most efficient amount of time. The result is a stunning and stylish pool. Water Technics 0800 246 5879 www.watertechnics.co.uk

Edinburgh Leisure Making Aquatic Activity More Accessible Funding from Swim England has enabled Edinburgh Leisure’s Royal Commonwealth Pool to install a ‘Poolpod’, a submersible lift, creating inclusive swimming environments for people with long-term health conditions, disabilities and rehabilitation needs. The London Marathon Charitable Trust (LMCT) provided a £750,000 grant in 2020 to allow Swim England and its partners, the Activity Alliance, Community Leisure UK and GLL – to enhance swimming provisions at selected venues across the UK. The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh is the only Scottish recipient, out of 20 sites across the UK, to receive the funding. With one in five people in our population disabled or living with a long-term health condition, ‘the Poolpod’ gives dignified and independent access to the water for swimmers. Lynne Bauba, Manager at Edinburgh Leisure explained: “The Poolpod was installed just before the lockdown in March

2020, and with the reduced capacity in our pool when we reopened due to the pandemic, we haven’t been able to shout about the Poolpod until now. “However, regular customers with long-term health conditions, disabilities and rehabilitation needs, have been delighted with this new facility.” Edinburgh Leisure boasts 18 swimming pools across the city, including their stunning Victorian swimming baths and pools within secondary schools. They offer a variety of pool-based activities to suit all abilities and while the Royal Commonwealth Pool is the only one to boast a Poolpod, most of them have hoists, which the leisure attendants are trained on, to assist people less able to access the pools. This exciting initiative from The London Marathon Charitable Trust is making swimming pools across the UK more accessible and ensuring a more inclusive customer experience for all.

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