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SPN APR 2012 AwardWinners


When Cresta Leisure was first approached about a property overlooking Poole Harbour, it was clear the first thing on the agenda for the owners was to install a swim spa.

The Dorchester based family run business looked at the site and suggested instead a small, high quality training pool with a counter- current jet built under the slotted pool cover end.

The resulting stylish pool won the Bareham family the gold award in the category of liner pools up to £30,000.

“We just thought the training pool would offer more options for the family than a swim spa and I know

the owner appreciated our advice and thought he had made the right decision,” said Simon Bareham. “It’s an out of ground pool in a great location. The counter-current makes it a swimming pool for the whole family to enjoy rather than a swim spa which is for a totally different purpose than the family wanted. The pool is conveniently economic and we fitted an extended season heat pump, and now the children use this pool with lots of enjoyment.”

The gold award was one of four individual awards won by Cresta Leisure who took great pride in their runner up in the best commercial pool for a major Proteus pool

system installed in Bridport. The company, main UK dealers for Proteus Pools, also won awards in the concrete pools up to £75,000 category and in-ground domestic spas and health pools.

Cresta Leisure shared the overall Dick Millward trophy for SPATA

Pool Contractor of the Year with Tanby Pools.


The award winning vanishing edge pool built by Gillingham Pools Ltd on Guernsey made it a hat-trick of pools on the same site for the company.

It was also the fourth year running the Channel Islands family run business has won a gold award at the SPATA ceremony. It was the third time the team had worked with this particular home owner to build a pool on the coastal site. Over a period of 15 years the company responded to the client’s request to update and renovate the pool regularly.

The pool which won the SPATA award for concrete pools costing up to £60,000 caused a number of unique problems not the least being that the site sloped 10 metres. The vanishing edge was an inspirational choice, making the views of the neighbouring islands all the more dramatic. The pool was created over seven weeks by Gillingham who are specialists in the design and construction of concrete pools and spas and also in the installation of fibreglass and liner pools throughout the Channel Islands, France and the UK.


Kris German is a classic case of an employee who started working as a holiday job and ended up a shareholder in charge of the day to day running of the company. For his work with Torquay based Harris Pools & Leisure, Kris took the award as SPATA Pool Star of the Year. The award, sponsored by insurance specialists NSure, rewards employees for outstanding service within specialist companies. Thirty one year old Kris joined Harris Pools initially as a temporary summer helper after completing a degree in Business Studies at

university and a year travelling. In his first season he did everything from yard sweeping, shelf-filling, delivering customer orders, and generally assisting engineers on site. Said Harris Pools’ boss Mike Harris: “He was keen to progress, listening to, and learning from the engineers. We were soon confident enough in his abilities to send Kris to maintain pools and hot tubs on his own. As a position in the showroom came available around the time he was due to leave we were pleased to persuade him that his future lay with us, and he changed his

forthcoming career plans to join us on a permanent basis. He is now exclusively responsible for all hot tub sales.”

During his time as a pool engineer Kris was frustrated by a difficult maintenance procedure, to which there was no available solution. He spent time thinking and designing a product that would make the pool owner’s life simpler. Over a couple of years, several prototypes, a self-funded trip to China he created the Vacvice, a product that is now to be marketed throughout Europe by one of the

major pool equipment distributors. Last year Kris was rewarded by becoming a shareholder of Harris Pools & Leisure Ltd.

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