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Tiling Issues Solved At Lion Quays Waterside Resort

Cheshire based Tiling & Pool Projects (UK) Ltd know how important it is to have a good reputation and references, and it was thanks to theirs that they were recently awarded a contract at a UK luxury resort.

The company were asked by Mr M Bowen, Group Facilities Manager at Lion Quays Waterside Resort in Shropshire to come out and look at the problems they were experiencing with tiles that were missing and constantly coming loose. The leisure facilities are part of a luxury hotel complex and have a very high standard of clientele who expect nothing but the best and the pool was letting down that image.

After meeting on site and discussing the options available, Tiling & Pool Projects then provided references so that the client could be sure they were dealing with a professional company and soon after that, the decision was made by the client that the existing pool tiles would be removed, with cracks repaired and the pool would be

fully re-tiled using the correct swimming pool tiles and grouted in a full epoxy material. The client had made a very difficult decision to fully re-tile due to the significant cost that would be lost during the shutdown, therefore the time scale of the contract had to be kept to a minimum.

During the period of removing the tiles a number of hollow and weak areas were found on the walls and in the existing screed

which had to be repaired using a special rapid setting screed material. Tiling & Pool Projects completed the works in the time scale allowed and upon completion the client was extremely pleased with the finished result. Mr Nick Dulson, the Managing Director at Lion Quays said: “We were confident when we chose Tiling & Pool Projects to carry out the works due to the excellent references

we had back from previous customers who had used them for similar projects. The team of men who carried out the works were fantastic from start to finish and any problems that did occur were dealt with and fixed quickly. I am more than happy to recommend them to anyone else who are looking for a professional tiling company.” Tony Crank, Managing Director

of Tiling & Pool Projects (UK) Ltd said: “The contract had a few problems during the works, but

this can be expected when dealing with swimming pool refurbishments. The client and his staff were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble during the contract with regards to quick decisions or an extra pair of hands when needed. This was a very difficult and expensive decision made by the client to fully refurbish the pool, but was well worth it, and thanks to them and their commitment their clientele once again have a first class swimming facility.”

Tiling & Pool Projects (UK) Ltd 0161 969 0660

Calorex And Certikin: When Expertise Really Counts

The luxury, high end pool market can be extremely challenging, especially when dealing with the wealthiest of overseas clients who naturally expect nothing but the very best. Typically, Middle Eastern pools are operated at 31o air at only 20o

C with 50% humidity and C. When it comes to London,

these same clients demand identical conditions to those back home. The limitations of space, power supply, energy efficiency and the onerous regulatory regime in the UK can make meeting these demands difficult, to say the least.

This was exactly the situation faced by Glyn Lucas at DG Pool & Leisure at a prestigious property in Holland Park. The wealthy client, having installed a full fresh air system from a “bespoke” dehumidifier manufacturer, still couldn’t achieve the conditions required, even after retrofitting supplementary air conditioning. A conglomeration of architects, consultants and other professionals from top London consultancies were incapable of meeting the client’s expectations, so the warning signs

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were loud and clear – this project was not going to be simple!

Glyn turned to the experts in Certikin’s H&V department. An 85m2 pool at 31oC, with no cover in a large glazed atrium is not easy, even at ordinary UK temperatures, let alone the exacting conditions demanded for this project. Realising immediately that introducing fresh air in the balmy London summer would make the situation worse, their H&V team understood the trick was to minimise fresh air introduction. Even the Calorex Delta with its inbuilt air conditioning facility wasn’t going to be up to this job. Going back to first principles, the H&V gurus soon came up with the ideal solution. Utilising three separate dehumidifiers and re-setting out the basement plant room, three 1800 Variheats with air conditioning modifications could just be accommodated in the available space. Linked to remote condensing units in a walled garden two floors above, all that was required was to run six small bore refrigeration lines. Two of the Variheats were reconnected to the existing

ductwork distribution system, with the third simply “sucking and blowing” directly in the pool hall. Utilising minimal fresh air introduction through separate fresh air and exhaust fans, additions to the already large air conditioning load was minimised. The really clever part though is that solar gains in the pool hall were recycled into the pool water. The whole system was then maintained at 29o

C water temperature

without drawing any additional heat from the boilers at all. The boilers only needed to cut in to add the last 2 degrees to the pool water. The whole system is not only compact but also highly energy efficient enabling the building regulations inspectors to be easily placated.

DG Pool & Leisure 01403 711581

Certikin International 01993 778855

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