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Heastsavr mops up the
Pools overcrowded by
free scheme
Too many swimmers have been
business in Swindon
flooding to some ‘free-swim pools’
in the UK. That’s the claim as Heatsavr, the bio-degradable
swimmers enter the spirit of the liquid which forms a transparent
Heatsavr’s liquid pool cover is now being
used at all Swindon’s leisure centres
Government’s free swimming monomolecular layer over the
scheme. Several pools have surface of a pool, is now being
reported overcrowding and ‘very used in all six of the pools in
high’ numbers. The Swim 4 Life three leisure centres in Swindon.
programme started last month The borough council is one of
and offers the under-16s and over- many local authorities to adopt
60s the opportunity to enjoy the liquid pool cover system. It
swimming sessions without is being used in Swindon’s
needing to splash the cash. Oasis, Link Centre and Health
Hydro centres. Like many
authorities they see the system
Sharron opens new as a part of their commitment to
£1m Chester pool energy savings and initiative to
Olympic silver medal winner reduce CO
Sharron Davies opened a new The Heatsavr layer s reduces
£1m swimming pool at The evaporation, which not only
Queen’s School in Chester. saves on water heating but with
Twice Commonwealth gold indoor pools can significantly
medal winner Sharron, impressed reduce the cost of humidity
upon her audience the importance control and air heating. An Bob White, Managing Director years has seen an increasing
of swimming as part of a healthy automatic dosing system of Heatsaver Ltd, the UK interest from the residential
lifestyle and encouraged the girls ensures the correct dose of distributors, who first introduced pool market and we now have
to swim regularly, whether they Heatsavr is added at the same the product to the UK market in many pool companies regularly
competed or not. She told guests: time each day. 2003, is keen to point out that supplying Heatsavr systems,
“In these days when so many For over 50 years, scientists Heatsavr is a fully automatic particularly for those pool
pools are closing, it’s a great have known a monolayer spread cover with a difference. where a conventional cover is
pleasure to be opening a facility across the surface of a liquid can “Unlike a conventional impractical or where the pools
like this.” dramatically reduce evaporation automatic cover, which has to owner is concerned about
Headmistress Catherine and energy loss, but until be removed before swimming, aesthetics or where any other
Buckley reminded the guests of Flexible Solutions developed Heatsavr is available to do its form of automatic cover is
the history of the pool and the their patented Heatsavr, over 16 job 24 hours a day since it outside their customers
decision taken by the board of years ago, no company had works whenever the pool is budget.”
governors to replace the been able to make a monolayer sufficiently calm.
existing building which had spread reliably and “Whilst our main focus for
been damaged in the gales of inexpensively or re-group Heatsavr from the outset was
telephonesolid 01737 271879
2007. The pool had originally effectively after the water had towards commercial and local
been built with funds raised been disturbed. authority pools, the last two
through the energetic efforts of
girls and parents. Built by James
Carroll Ltd and designed by
Cheshire Architects, the
Brockwell Lido wins civic trust award
swimming pool cost just under
£1m to complete. Brockwell Lido has won a new 1,672sq m health and keeping the same foliage
Civic Trust Award following fitness suite featuring 100 around the site.
the refurbishment of the stations, three studios and a spa Stephen Parker, Business
Increase in UK pool stunning Grade II listed area, changing facilities and Development Manager for
chemical incidents building in 2007, with Alliance reception area and was part of a Alliance Leisure said: “We are
The National Chemical Emergency Leisure being recognised as £3m redevelopment. A new delighted that Brockwell Lido
Centre has reported a higher than one of the companies café area is currently under has been awarded a Civic Trust
normal level of calls related to involved in this development. construction. Award. The success of this
incidents at swimming pools and Civic Trust Awards are The Grade II listed building, historical site is a true
leisure centres. awarded to buildings that are Alliance Leisure’s first heritage testament of recognition that
NCEC receives calls from the architecturally advanced, site, was part funded by Alliance a partnership approach is the
UK emergency services, with its exciting, innovative or Leisure and English Heritage way forward. There were a
trained chemists advising on how striking. However, the and was covered by 106 number of issues that arose on
to deal with incidents involving awards also recognise that planning conditions to ensure site and each time they were
chemical substances. This year, the the buildings should be of the integrity of the old building overcome by the partners
NCEC has experienced an benefit to their local was kept. This included the dealing with them in a timely
increase in the number of community. rerouting of major water mains, manner, which meant that
incidents related to chemicals The successful refurbishment specially made bricks, finding an costs were kept on budget
used at pools or leisure centres, of Brockwell Lido undertaken exact match for the windows and the project was
often involving chlorine. by Alliance Leisure, included a and shaping the banks and completed on time.”
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