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Fowler Swimming Pools tend only to enter the SPATA awards when they have done something special. So when they completed a luxurious indoor pool project in a Sussex village not far from their Horsham base they thought it qualified under the ‘special’ category.

It was a good thought as the deck level pool won the gold award in the prestigious residential pools costing over £75,000 and up to £100,000 which tends to be the category which features really glamorous and photogenic pools. The indoor pool was part of a luxurious private home in a setting with large gardens and lakes which was being completely refurbished and which includes an outdoor pool on site.

The owner didn’t want a pool cover for the 1.3 metre depth pool so Fowler brought in a Phoenix air

handling unit to compensate for the pool atmosphere. The finished pool was spectacular.

Said Fowler Swimming Pools Director Tom Holman: “We only enter these awards when we think we have something worthy and I think this is our third gold in five years which perhaps says we are making the right judgements. Our market is very much at the top end of domestic pool building so this build was typical of the quality we produce. It was a very upmarket contract in a spectacular property. Specialising in swimming pool design, building and construction since the late 1950s, Fowler Swimming Pools, part of the Fowler Group gives the business the chance to work on some good PR following the award.

“We are working hard to raise the profile and awards like these certainly help,” added Tom.

AwardWinners APR 2012 SPN



Claire Asher knows the first thing people want now when they ask for a pool to be built is that it should be as ‘green’ as possible. “I think that it is now their main aim. They are worried about the costs of running and maintaining a pool but they also want it to fit into the environment,” said Claire of Asher Swimpool Centre from Lincoln who last year built Britain’s ‘greenest’ pool.

The indoor pool built for a client just outside of Lincoln, took the gold environmental award at the SPATEX awards. It took six months to build this eco-friendly family pool. The heat for the pool is produced by using Calorex ASMP technology to provide primary heat into a buffer tank into which is fed integrated heat from roof mounted solar panels and electricity was provided by

photovoltaic panels.

“We used all Certikin equipment for the pool, filters, pumps and lights and the Calorex system was key to meeting the demands of the client who was adamant he wanted the most environmentally efficient pool possible.”

The SPATA environmental award is still fairly new and this is the third time it has been awarded and looks certain to be one of the most prestigious categories. “It’s great to win this award because as a business we have to reflect our client’s interest in environmental issues when we build pools,” added Claire. “It’s a trend which is not going to go away and quite rightly so.”

The gold award follows success at the 2011 SPATA awards where they were winners in the refurbishments category.


Hydrotherapy pools have become something of a speciality for David Hallam Pools.

“We have sort of fallen into it over the past 10 years and I guess now we are leaders in this part

of the market,” said James Foers, a director of David Hallam who are based in Rotherham in Yorkshire.

The company again won the gold award for the special requirements pool at the SPATEX awards for the installation of an unusually large 11 metre by 7 metre hydrotherapy pool at Worcester’s Regency High School. The school had been undergoing a major rebuild completed in April 2010. A new two storey 10 classroom teaching block opened together with a new gymnasium and the spectacular hydrotherapy pool. “The school already had a pool but the filter was inadequate and the solution was really to add a new pool on to the changes at the school,” added James.

A larger hydrotherapy pool was needed mainly because of the number of therapists using the pool. The special problems involved in the construction of hydrotherapy pools were reflected in the award winning pool – larger filer plants and sumps due to the need to turnover water filtration within an hour caused by the requirement to heat the water to 35 degrees rather than the normal 29 degrees. The bright colours also give it a stimulating feeling for the children using the pool, the seating area is incorporated for the children to then relax in.

The pool also features colour change lights for mood lighting and therapy, and a massage gel in the pool floor as an added hydrotherapy feature.

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