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AwardWinners APR 2012 SPN


NORTH EAST NEWCOMERS WIN AT THEIR FIRST ATTEMPT


SPATA newcomers Whitewaters won double gold at the awards – at the first time of asking. The Sunderland company only joined the trade association last year, and these were the first awards that they have entered.


Said Lyn-Denise Williams: “Although we are based in the north east, approximately 50% of our contract work is out of the immediate area. At present, we are working in central London, Cheshire, south Yorkshire and Glasgow.” The Whitewaters winning categories were for residential indoor pools up to £75,000 and the in- ground domestic spas and health pools. The residential indoor pool costing up to £75,000 – was an eight metre by four metre deck level pool in Newcastle with stainless steel finishes and overflow grating. It featured large format tiling, Roldeck automatic cover housed in wall ‘cave’, and colour changing LED lighting. This was a complex basement installation and included a sauna and tiled steam room. The winning spa was for an exercise pool project in Worcester and was completed on schedule over 10 months and on budget.


INFINITY POOL INSIDE CONVERTED RESERVOIR WINS GOLD FOR XL POOLS


A pool built alongside a house which is a converted reservoir, presented real construction problems for award winning XL Pools, based near Ashford in Kent.


The client wanted a large pool to be installed within a confined space built inside the walls of the property which had no roof.


The stunning and unique pool, which won XL Pools the gold award for the best non-traditional installation, is only 2.7 metres wide with an infinity edge constructed from an above-ground concrete shell using C30 concrete with an insulated panel system pool installed inside the shell with a fibreglass coating applied to allow the pool to be tiled.


An infinity edge was incorporated within the design to stop turbulent water while swimming.


FIRST TIME GOLD FOR OASIS POOL PRODUCTS


It was first time lucky for Oasis Pool Products whose first ever entry into the SPATA awards came up gold.


The pool, built in a property in east Kent, won the top prize in the category for liner pools costing £30,000 and over.


Said Oasis Director Peter Hollingsworth: “We have only been SPATA members for a couple of years and so are relatively new to all this but until know we had never bothered but this came up trumps. I think we’ll take a different view now.”


The pool fitted with an automatic cover, salt water chlorinator and granite finish was an all round pleading job for Oasis.


“It was especially pleasing because we did everything from the green field site right through to fitting the underwater lights,” added Peter. Oasis is a family run business based near Sandwich which was established in 1979, offering construction, repair and maintenance of swimming pools along with a showroom and UK based online store.


The filtration room needed to be hidden due to the location of the pool.


“The owners wanted to incorporate a pool without changing the existing walls. Through extensive designs and technical knowledge we managed to achieve everything the client had requested,” said XL Pools.


“The only access to where the pool was to be located was either over a five metre wall or through the house. To construct the pool we used concrete pumps, screed pump and cranes to lift the reinforced mesh. As the project was carried out during the winter months we had a lot of issues with snow in the pool so we had to build a temporary tin roof with scaffolding to keep the snow out and then heat the area with heaters and cover the pool to dry the screed.”


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