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Falcon Pools Win Master Pools Guild Highest Honour!


UK pool builder Falcon Pools are flying high in the awards stakes but rather than rest on their laurels with the eight accolades taken at the Master Pools Guild Excellence Awards in March last year, they simply raised the bar.


The 2014 Master Pools Guild Awards Ceremony was held in Fort Worth Dallas in March and each year, the Guild chooses one swimming pool design to receive the Ocean Home Grand International Excellence Award, their highest honour. Falcon Pools were thrilled to become recipients of the 2014 Award for their


indoor pool design at an exclusive new property in Virginia Water, Surrey. Beating off stiff competition from American and international pool specialists, Falcon Pools’ Managing Director, Ian Storr was a very proud man on accepting the top prize at the event. “It’s just fantastic to take the trophy to England,” he said. “There’s so much talent in the pool industry in the United States and overseas and this a real achievement for us.” The winning pool contains


approximately 20,000 gallons of water and is accompanied by a luxurious sauna and steam room area. It was designed and built for a property developer in Surrey and features beautiful mosaic tiling with gold fleck glass. Ian describes this as his favourite aspect of the pool design due to the beautiful effect that it creates. He said: “Our main goal was to build something out of the ordinary.”


Falcon Pools 01932 353040 www.falconpools.co.uk


Fluidra Equips The Persian Gulf’s Largest Resort


Fluidra, one of world’s leading pool manufacturers with the AstralPool brand, has participated in the construction of the Anantara Dubai - The Palm Resort & Spa. This wellness centre, the largest in the Persian Gulf, is located on the eastern crescent of Palm Jumeraih, one of the United Arab Emirates’ three man- made islands. Specifically, Fluidra installed equipment worth a total of €400,000, outfitting the resort with products and components from the company’s different divisions. The installation included 22 special filters that were custom-designed for the complex with different structural thicknesses so that they could be installed by overlapping them horizontally. The Anantara Dubai - The Palm Resort & Spa features three swimming pools that cover a 10,000 m² area and can be accessed through the resort’s 293 rooms and villas, some with their own private pool. Dubai is one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab


Emirates, a country in the Middle East where efficient water management is crucial and Fluidra has been operating and developing significant projects there since 1994.


80 August 2014 SPN www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk


Lawsuit Filed For Child Swimming Pool Electrocution Death


Last issue we reported on the tragic death of Calder Sloan who was electrocuted in his family’s pool in Florida. The Sloan family is now suing four companies over the death of the 7-year-old.


The family is suing for faulty wiring, maintenance and other issues. They claim, among other things, that a wire overheated and that certain fail-safe mechanisms either weren’t installed or failed.


The suit names Pentair Pool Products (now Pentair Aquatic Systems), which produced the pool light and the service firm, All Florida Pool & Spa Center, which the family says worked on the swimming pool on a weekly basis. Also named are Gary B. Electric and Construction Consultant, for improper bonding and grounding and Jorge Perez Enterprises Inspection Company, which inspected the home during the purchasing process.


Both Pentair and All Florida Pool both issued statements of sympathy over the family’s loss, with the later adding it was not involved in the design or construction of the swimming pool.


The family is determined to effect change so that others will be protected from electrocution hazards and claims that as a result of the child’s death and subsequent safety-awareness website, thousands of pools have been inspected.


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