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LEISURE CENTRE PLANS UNVEILED FOR WORKINGTON Plans have been unveiled for a new £9m swimming pool and leisure centre in Cumbria. The proposed new facility will replace the existing leisure centre at Workington as Allerdale Borough Council said it was “out of date” and “expensive” to run.

A public consultation is now under way for people to give their views on three proposed schemes and sites.

Potential options include a swimming pool and leisure centre at the existing site or a swimming pool, leisure centre and family entertainment complex in the town centre. The development is being funded by asset sales and council borrowing and is expected to open in 2015.

NEW £16M SOUTH SHIELDS POOL WILL OPEN SIX MONTHS LATE South Tyneside’s showpiece £16m swimming pool will finally be open in October – six months behind its scheduled completion date.

Haven Point in Pier Parade, South Shields, was due to be open in May but it was put back until August after cold weather during the winter caused problems for Graham Construction, which is carrying out the work. The council then revealed that the 8 lane pool would not be opening its doors until October.

A spokesman for South

Tyneside Council said: “Haven Point will be absolutely unique, and a fantastic asset to the borough for years to come. “We had hoped to complete the pool during the summer, but the most important thing is to get it right and provide a complex that local people and visitors alike can enjoy for years to come.”

The pool, work on which started in the spring of 2011, is the single biggest investment ever made into leisure facilities in South Tyneside. A Swimming Pool Fit For A King?

Luxury swimming pool specialists, Guncast, regularly install pools that receive regal attention. Discretion is this family owned business’ middle name, so Guncast’s lips are sealed when it comes to revealing client names, but suffice to say, this latest project, one of their finest pools to date, would serve admirably the needs of any devoted family bringing up a future heir to the throne. With the arrival of the most famous baby in Britain (or indeed the world) recently, installing a private pool in the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s home is certainly something the young couple might want to consider, as studies have claimed that babies who are introduced to water at an early age are happier, healthier, more alert and have better eating and sleeping habits.

Housed in a modern extension to an impressive family home in Sussex, Simon Morray Jones and Guncast created a tailored and chic pool, safe for family use that seamlessly blends into its surroundings. Key features include an infinity edge, slate grey limestone surround and a stunning listed flint feature wall, all of which contribute to making this pool an integral and impressive element to the property. The key concept behind the design was dual use in a stylish space that fuses old and new

Hippo Brings Play to Teaching Pools Hippo Leisure have transformed

teaching pools at Wolverton Swimming & Fitness Centre and Cefn Fforest Leisure Centre this summer by installing interactive play equipment.

The features at both centres have been installed to allow the teaching pools to be either free of play equipment during swimming sessions, or to

provide the flexibility of teaching sessions to run alongside these sessions if desired.

At Wolverton Swimming & Fitness Centre Hippo installed two span arms suspended over the pool, each with a number of surprise and anticipatory based features including shark showers, tipping buckets

and water wheels. A snake squirt and a selection of interactive play panels were also installed to enhance the visual impact and provide excitement for toddler and mixed ability user groups. Cefn Fforest also opted for

Hippo’s popular play panels, along with six floatys and an interactive span pipe along the pool wall, to squirt water over the poolside. The aim of these play feature installations are to bring fun to lifeless teaching pools and attract more visitors without

Suspended span arm feature and splash toys installed at Wolverton Leisure Centre

architecture, and is evident in all aspects of the project. The infinity feature at the foot of the pool adjoins a stunning listed Sussex flint wall, whilst the backdrop to the infinity edge is a newly constructed wall interspersed with full length, clear glass ‘fortress’ windows, allowing shafts of natural light through. On dull winter days and when evening falls, the strategically placed uplighting installed around the edge of the pool adds a warm and calming ambience, as well as a safety feature.

Guncast paid meticulous attention to every detail of this pool. The giant glazed sliding door design works well as a privacy feature when closed, and allows the pool to be used as an indoor pool during the

winter months, protected from the outdoor elements. Combined underwater and poolside lighting gives the entire interior a pleasantly intimate and welcoming atmosphere. Come summer, the doors slide away into a side cavity wall and flood the interior with natural light, transforming the pool into outdoor mode. With doors fully retracted, the poolside Italian limestone tiles surrounding the pool flow uninterrupted onto an external and generously sized entertaining area, and children’s play area, allowing the impressive outside soft and hard landscaping to fuse naturally with the pool.

Guncast 0870 241 0736

disrupting teaching sessions. The installation of new play equipment will enable the pools to become more appealing to community groups, have the facilities to promote learning through play and remarket themselves.

Hippo Leisure (Part of Manuplas Ltd) 01752 771740

Floatys at Cefn Fforest Leisure Centre

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