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NEWS IN BRIEF


NEW POOLS TO BE BUILT ACROSS BIRMINGHAM Five new swimming pools are to be built as part of a £36m revamp of leisure centres across Birmingham.


Pools at Erdington, Northfield, Shard End, Stechford and Northfield are to be rebuilt on their current sites whilst Newton pool will close with the arrival of a new leisure centre at Icknield Port Loop, near Ladywood. Birmingham City Council said money to build the pools would come from council loans and Sport England.


The authority said it would start the bidding process to find private companies to run the facilities for the next 15 years and wanted to use the model of the £12m Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre which opened in 2012 and is operated and managed by DC Leisure Management Ltd.


NORTH EAST WATERPARK FORCED TO CLOSE JUST DAYS AFTER OPENING In the last issue of SPN, we reported on the Wet ‘n’ Wild waterpark in North Shields, Tyne and Wear which was being re opened after closing in October 2013.


Following a £1.1m revamp, owners Moirai Capital Investments appointed Serco to manage and operate the facility on a 25 year lease, but just days after opening, the waterpark had to close temporarily following reports of breathing difficulty and sickness from visitors. A spokesperson said “technical problems” had caused the closure which allowed Serco to check all pool water and humidity levels. The Wet ‘n’ Wild waterpark offers over 1 kilometre of slides including the hurricane, the kamikaze, the abyss and calamity canyon.


The problem was reportedly caused by the facility’s air conditioning unit and North Tyneside Council said it was investigating the reports.


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Golden Coast Has Pool Winterisation Covered


The onset of autumn means one thing for outdoor pool owners – preparing for winter. While protecting against the effects of freezing is a key concern, there is often a need – even in the coldest months – to shield pool structures from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Another important consideration is keeping the pool clean, and ready for quick start-up in the warm season.


A good-quality winter debris cover is invaluable, not only to defend the pool against leaf drop and UV, but to safeguard children, pets and wildlife. Customers should be discouraged from using their summer solar covers for this purpose, as they will be damaged by frost and their life will be shortened. Golden Coast’s own Swimmer range of Green Winter Debris Covers is designed for the purpose, using a specially formulated, durable, polypropylene mesh which lets rain in while keeping the pool water crystal clear. The green and black fabric covers are neat and functional. Available in all sizes and shapes, they fit tightly to the pool and can be manufactured to accommodate structures such as ladders and steps. Along with the Classic version, there is a Superweb option offering extra strength through features like crisscross webbing, stainless steel spring fixings and reinforced strap


points. This comes with a ten- year guarantee.


For those wishing to invest in the convenience and style of state-of-the-art automatic covers, Golden Coast also offer the full range from DEL. The French manufacturer’s products, available in the UK exclusively through Golden Coast, provide a year-round debris solution, along with advantages in terms of energy efficiency, user- friendliness and safety. In addition, they enhance the look of the pool.


In-ground pool covers include


DEL’s RollEnergy, RollOver, Moove’O and Rollin/RollKit. All except Rollin/RollKit can be installed as retrofits and may be drawn to existing customers’ attention as upgrade options. DEL automatic covers minimise effort needed and offer a number of further convenient qualities. For example, Moove’O requires no guide rails and when retracted it can easily be moved away from the pool area by one person to save space. The retracted RollOver cover can be neatly stowed in a container which serves as a useful bench seat. DEL’s above-


ground pool covers include the fully customisable MOON and DUNE systems,


Care And Maintenance For Natural Swimming Pools


A new book entitled ‘Natural Swimming Pools: Care and Maintenance’ has been produced and is being published by landscape architect and author Michael Littlewood FLI FSGD.


Somerset based Michael, who introduced natural swimming pools to the UK in 2000 says the title is essential reading for anyone who owns a natural pool. Since their introduction, many people have built natural pools and many others have converted their conventional chemical pools to the natural system, inspired and assisted by three previous books on the subject by Michael. Commenting on the new title, Michael said: “Many of the owners mentioned to me the need for further


information focusing specifically on the maintenance of the natural pool. Therefore I have written a book which takes the natural pool owner step by step through all aspects of care and maintenance. With my new book to hand, owners can be confident that their pool will continue to be a wonderful amenity for themselves and for the natural world.” The 80 page softback book is published by Ecodesignscape 2014 and retails at £17.99 plus £2.75 p+p.


Ecodesignscape 01460 75515 www.ecodesignscape.co.uk


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whose innovative technology is reflected in a domed disk design with a choice of impressive finishes and colours. Their advanced features include tubular motors, fully adjustable automatic stops, a three- position key switch to help avoid accidental activation, and the option of an automatic failsafe mechanism which stops all movement if any abnormal strain in the cover is detected. “To succeed in this business, pool and equipment supply and service companies must take full advantage of seasonal opportunities,” says Jamie Adams, Managing Director of Golden Coast.


“Our trade customers have much to offer existing pool owners at this time of year and should be making them aware of the need to prepare for winter.”


Golden Coast 01271 378100 www.GCTrade.co.uk


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