SPN (Swimming Pool News) October 2021

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

New Surrey Leisure Centre Gets The Green Light Spelthorne Borough Council’s Planning Committee has approved plans to build a new Leisure Centre in the Borough. The state-of-the-art facility will be located in Knowle Green in Staines-upon-Thames and in addition to a comprehensive range of sports facilities and amenities, will benefit from a 25m, eight lane swimming pool with micro filtration technology and spectator seating, a 20m x 10m learner pool and a splash pad plus sauna and steam rooms. As well as being a modern design with all the latest facilities one would expect, the new leisure centre will also be extremely energy efficient as the first centre in the UK to be built to the ultra-low energy ‘Passivhaus’ standard. The Council expects the new centre to use 60-70% less energy than a typical modern leisure centre – a major step in helping the Council achieve its aim of becoming carbon neutral in the coming years. Chair of Spelthorne Borough Council’s Community Wellbeing Committee, Cllr Sandra Dunn, said: “I am very excited that this important project has been given approval to proceed to the next stage.

“Feedback from residents has heavily influenced the location, design and facilities and we have worked hard to ensure the new building meets the Gold standard for environmental credentials. “This is going to be a fantastic hub for

all the community, offering a great range of sports facilities and activities for everyone to enjoy. I am sure it will make a huge difference in encouraging residents to maintain healthy lifestyles. I look forward to seeing the plans take shape.” Building work is due to start in early 2022, with facilities planned to open in 2024. The current centre will be demolished once the new facility has been built.

Certikin Moves Lock, Stock And Barrel To New HQ By Xmas Certikin has occupied its current offices and warehouses in the thriving Oxfordshire market town of Witney for 31 years, during which time it has expanded its footprint several times. However, the building no longer meets the requirements of a burgeoning business. Determined to retain the experienced and loyal workforce together with its central location, Certikin secured a 125,000 sq. ft. site just two miles down the road and the construction of the purpose-built warehouse and office development began in the Autumn of 2019. The new premises will house the UK’s largest stock of water leisure equipment, comprising over 9,500 product lines for both domestic and commercial pools for new build and retro-fit markets as well as wellness, spas, saunas and aquatics. Such is the speed of the construction of Certikin’s new Headquarters that practical completion has been achieved and the fit out programme has started in earnest. A gradual transference of business is planned to start next month, with the new Tungsten Park site fully operational in December 2021. The new site in Witney is in addition to the company’s state-of-

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the-art, computer-controlled swimming pool liner plant in Leeds, manufacturing tailor-made pool liners and covers as well as a range of EPS steps and spa covers. The impressive new HQ is located on Witney’s Downs Road and is part of a 24-acre site located just 500 metres from a new junction on the A40. It allows easy access to Oxford and Cheltenham and, in turn, the main arterial routes of the A34, M40 and M5 motorways. Neil Murray, Managing Director for Certikin commented: “As well as being an ideal location, Tungsten Park offers us the space and enhanced facilities that we need to suit the complex needs of our growing business. This, combined with the dedication of our loyal 130-strong workforce, will improve our operational efficiency and secure Certikin’s future.” Certikin International 01993 777200 www.certikin.co.uk

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