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SPN APR 2012 ProjectShowcase


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PROJECT SHOWCASE


ondon Swimming Pool Company completed an advanced hydrotherapy pool at this specialist school for cognition and learning in Wiltshire – and the facility has dramatically changed the lives of its 72 pupils. Seven years of planning and fund raising initiatives generating £700,000 by the local Rotary Club and their dedicated charity SNAP (St Nicholas Appeal for a Pool) have turned a dream into reality. This achievement won for the Chippenham Rotarians the organisation’s Award for Best Vocational Project in Great Britain and Ireland, and this was even before the complex was finished. Construction professionals, led by building consultancy Bailey Partnership and London Swimming Pool Company, designed and put in place a facility which has exceeded


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expectations. The pool allows for children and young people with special needs to enjoy the experience and benefits of water for the very first time and provides a unique learning environment. The vision of building a hydrotherapy pool at St Nicholas school was initiated by the Rotary club, with President Eric Sambell, OBE in the lead. The club wanted to do something for the organisation’s centenary in 2005 and managed the whole project until the final stage when they handed over to Bailey Partnership for the building phase. The fund raising efforts included activities in pubs, shops and businesses, at dog shows, village fetes and school fairs drumming up community support which lead to bigger grants and donations, including £100,000 from the Starfish Foundation, a charity supporting children


with special needs in the West Country and £150,000 from the county council. The target of £700,000 was eventually reached and the project was commissioned. The pool element of works was awarded to London Swimming Pool Company based on their track record and level of experience in designing and building specialist installations in schools, colleges and hospitals. The long summer break came to an end and the official opening with a party atmosphere took place on 30 September. Pupils and their families and friends of the school and anyone else interested in the pool enjoyed a tour of the whole hydrotherapy complex and a demonstration of the different features the pool has to offer. A number of the school’s children took to the water including a little girl called Jade who needs to


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