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SPN APR 2010 IndustryNews

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BATH SPA PROJECT PROBLEMS ENDS IN £4M COMPENSATION

Bath and North East Somerset Council was paid at least £4.17m in compensation for the delayed and over budget Bath Spa Project.

The council sued builders Carillion and architects Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners after the project opened £32m over budget and five years late.

Green pools and the actions needed to make swimming pools more sustainable were the themes to the trio of annual Certikin seminars held in Maidstone, Taunton and Warwick. The use of renewable heat technology was the theme for sales executive, Julie Pringle who told the seminars how using this technology helps care for the environment, increases efficiency enormously and is safe and convenient to use. A Government ruling means that in 2016 there will be no new gas supplies to new sites so she urged delegates to start thinking of renewable heat technology as a viable alternative.

Certikin Chairman, Patrick Thorpe profiled products the company is launching under the environmentally friendly banner. The Heatwave pool, launched at the end of last year has

advantages with outstanding savings on heating costs, thanks to its unique heat retaining panels. He reminded delegates that as from October 2010 Part L of the Building Regulations will state that indoor pools will require thermal insulation making the Heatwave a relevant product. Patrick introduced two new LED lights. The Eco-Star and Hi- Performance LEDs use the latest technology. The Eco-Star boasts a minimum life expectancy of 50,000 hours whilst the Hi- Performance LED promises an amazing 100,000 hours! Each light will reduce energy consumption by at least 80% compared to traditional lights. The seminar also heard other themes from Certikin including three new refurbishment products. Top Border (self adhesive tile band), Pool Motifs (motifs made from commercial

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An out-of-court settlement has been reached.

But the council accounts for 2008/09 have revealed money paid as a result of “a legal agreement” with the firms. The council said this was not the whole settlement and further details would be published in the accounts for the current financial year.

The Bath Spa project is recorded as an “exceptional item”. “This brings to a close a legal dispute that has previously been disclosed in the accounts as a contingent liability and which has previously been reflected in a provision within the council’s exceptional risk reserve.

“The compensation is treated as an exceptional item within the accounts with £4.17m deemed to relate to the period up to 31 March 2009,” said a spokeperson for the council.

It was revealed a settlement had been reached in the legal dispute over who was responsible for delays and rising costs at the Bath Spa project.

The troubled spa eventually opened in August 2006 at a cost of £45m, more than three times the original predicted cost.

REVAMP FOR FAMOUS ART DECO POOL

One of Britain’s most famous art deco lidos – an outdoor swimming pool at Tarlair in Aberdeenshire is to be revamped.

The tidal pool, built in the 1930s, was granted category A-listed status by Historic Scotland because of its architectural and historic importance.

The pool has not been used for many years and has been gradually falling into disrepair. Options include developing the site as a major tourist attraction.

Consultants have been brought in to work out how to save it.

Funding of £80,000 has been sourced to fund the study.

GREEN THEMES DOMINATE CERTIKIN ANNUAL SEMINARS

grade PVC for concrete or liner pools guaranteed for ten years) and Pool Décor (the perfect DIY product that can be brushed onto the pool floor for decoration0. Also profiled was the Hidden Water Pool, a patio/terraced area can be transformed into a full

depth swimming pool thanks to a moveable floor operated by a hydraulic lifting system. It is available in 12 to 18ft diameters and it can even incorporate a table and umbrella when in non pool mode and a counter-current unit and therapy jets when in use.

ABOVE: The winners with Neil Murray at the Maidstone seminar (left to right): Candice Cooper, XL Pools; Robert Wakefield, Jetform Services; Colin Porter, Aquabuild and Shaun Newson, Newson Swimming Pools

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