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SPN OCT 2012 PoolEnclosures


www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk


THIS: A school in Kent dramatically improved its swimming options with this Arch enclosure


RIGHT: An Abrisud enclosure from Arch


Enclosures provides a covered indoor pool feel to this residential home


“Specialist enclosure companies say the market continues to grow steadily. Last year saw sales higher than the previous year – although more were concentrated at the top end of the market”


outdoor pool or increasingly holiday camps looking to make the most of their investment by building a designed structure to provide a permanent cover. This sector has been growing strongly and continues to do so. There’s a real desire for schools especially to make the most of an outdoor pool, save costs and turn it into much more of an asset by providing all year swimming.


Pool enclosures now, are becoming more structurally demanding and often tie the client into a lot of building regulations and procurement documentation. Because of this specialist companies have had to step up service levels as enclosures become more architecturally challenging.


A pool enclosure helps to minimise heat loss from the pool water and maintain pleasant swimming temperatures. In addition to helping to keep the water at an ideal and comfortable temperature the air temperature remains


warmer and free from cold draughts. This also reduces chemical usage saving time and money.


ARCH – BUILDING A REPUTATION FOR LARGER ENCLOSURES


Although Arch Enclosures supplies enclosures from 5 metres wide, the range of commercial and private pool enclosures run by the husband and wife team of Peter and Estelle Michaels are known for larger enclosures up to 25 metres wide (16ft – 82ft) and any length.


To accommodate these larger widths Arch have five different structural arch designs which include breakthrough aesthetic design features underlying robust and structurally refined new arch designs. An automatic window opening system and new locking systems are amongst many enhancements in the new range. Also offered are aluminium arch colour accents as well as a wood finish. Arch Enclosures believes the question to why pools need enclosures has tried and tested answers.


Says Estelle Michaels: “It allows you to swim any time, every day independent of the weather guaranteed in a warm, safe environment. Maintenance costs are lower because the enclosure retains pool water heat loss and benefits from the free infra-red solar gain. “Heating costs are no longer a shock to the system. In April, an Arch school pool hall air temp was 24°C (75°F) when outside temp was 15°C without additional heat input.


“There are fewer administrative constraints and vastly reduced maintenance costs and less time to install.”


With an enclosure an average 20% increase in the occupancy rate was recorded by a French camp site survey. Camp sites in fact are becoming one of Arch’s key market areas. “I think the benefits are it means assured swimming often earlier and later in the season or throughout the year. There are no more leaves, dust and insects floating on the pool surface and


New for 2012 – Neo Line enclosures available in low, medium and high options


The Neo Line lift up brush sealing system


Enclosure sections on the Neo Line include a unique locking system


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