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The 2006 opening of Bath
Spa was five years late
EVENT Safety tips profile is
The first national careers raised
event dedicated to the The US based National Swimming
sports and leisure industries Pool Foundation has launched a
is being held in March 2009, national campaign to try and
with a programme of improve safety and pool
seminars, workshops, recognition. Its top tips all seek to
exhibitors and partner events get consumers to test water
that will provide anyone that quality and systems. Emphasis is
wants a career in sports and also put on the need to check on
leisure with everything they the drain cover in pools – the
need to make their passion subject of major new suction
their career. entrapment legislation throughout
In the last three years, the United States.
more than 200,000 young The tips include:
people graduated with sport Look at the pool water. Is it
or leisure-related clean and clear? Can you see
qualifications. the bottom drain?
Careers in Sport and Test the water for proper
Leisure will provide the first chlorine and pH with test strips
Bath Spa, the UK’s only natural clarifying discussions and one-stop shop for careers found at any swimming pool
thermal spa, is to be sued by the negotiations with Carillion prior advice and face-to-face supply or home improvement
local council for opening five to the issue of the writ, the access to employers, training store.
years late. amount of the Carillion claim has providers, universities, Dip the test strip into the water
Bath and North East Somerset been significantly reduced. recruitment consultants and and follow the directions to
Council is to sue a building firm for “The council has consistently national sports bodies for all watch the color change. The
£21m after the luxury spa which maintained that it has no liability young people that want to directions will show what the
opened in 2006 at a cost of £45m, to Carillion but rather that it has work in this highly proper colours for the pH of
three times the original cost. significant claims against them competitive industry. As well the water and the disinfectant.
The council is bringing the and/or other parties in as the biggest exhibition of its Look to see if the main drain
£21m counter claim against connection with design and/or type in the UK, the event will cover is fastened to the bottom
Carillion, responsible for the workmanship and/or supervision also feature more than 50 of the pool.
Bath Spa project. related to the Bath Spa project. workshops and seminars, For Seven Tips for Safer
Carillion initially served a writ Councillor Malcolm Hanney, encouraging the attendees to Swimming visit
against the council, claiming deputy leader and cabinet learn from some of the most
£2.4m in money relating to the member for resources, said the successful people in the
spa in August 2008. council’s position in relation to industry. Dog ramp product
A statement has said Nicholas the litigation had been agreed The first Careers in Sport wows the US
Grimshaw & Partners has also by all group leaders. and Leisure exhibition is taking Skamper-Ramp, a new patented
been served with a “Part 20 A spokesperson for NGP place at the Sheffield Arena on water exit ramp for animals from
notice” which will involve them said: “We have received notice March 25 and 26 2009. The pools which recently won second
as a party to the litigation. that the operator of the Bath event will include a place in the New Product Pavilion
The council said: “Carillion Spa project has filed suit. comprehensive workshop and at the International Pool/ Spa /
had originally indicated that its The Millennium Commission seminar programme, industry- Patio Expo in Las Vegas for its
claim against the council was awarded the Bath Spa project leading speakers and more new design, has become a hit in
worth around £10m. £7.78m in 1997 to reopen the than 50 exhibitors. the US trade. “It’s a safety product
“As a result of extensive city’s thermal waters to bathers. which allows animals to escape
from the pool. And animals in
pools are a regular occurrence in
the US, believe me,” said a
Surex-Voxsan engineer new ‘Gel Block’
spokesman for the company.
“Since we launched it we have a
Long term pool chemical cannot be used in either above Surex-Voxsan will be phenomenal success. We have
specialists Surex-Voxsan have ground pools and particularly participating at the SPATEX. obviously found something the
engineered and designed a new spas because the base material The oldest established chemical public wants.“
pool and spa called ‘Gel Block’. not being encased, rapidly and equipment company says it
‘Gel Block’ technology, the expands causing blockages in will be the first ‘pool supplier’ in
company says, is the ultimate in flow lines which are expensive the UK, possibly in Europe to New for Newmarket
taking out ‘colloids’ – finely and time consuming to remedy. stage a stand that will exhibit all A refurbished £13m swimming
suspended particles in water. It contains a phosphate ‘in-house’ products only. The pool has opened in Newmarket,
The ‘Gel Block’ has been remover in its make up which is prime concentration will be following a 24 month
designed in a dispenser that slowly emitted into the water based around the three E’s – refurbishment of the town’s leisure
allows a slow release of the flows that will cut down on algae Ecology, Environment and centre which was commissioned
environmental and ecological growth which have become one Energy Savings. by Forest Heath District Council.
friendly compound which will of the industries biggest The pool, which was closed in
function in above-ground pools, chemical problems.
December, has been updated to
spa’s and pools generally. The company claims a world provide a six-lane, 25m pool and a
Up to now ‘Gel Blocks’ exclusive and patent protected. smaller training pool.
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