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NEWS IN BRIEF


PLANS FOR NEW WALSALL SWIMMING POOL SCRAPPED In our June edition, we reported on plans to close Walsall town centre’s iconic Gala Baths and replace them with a new pool and multi- storey car park but those proposals have now been scrapped. Former Walsall Council leader Mike Bird wanted to create more modern leisure facilities as part of a partnership with a private car park operator. But the town’s new Council leader Sean Coughlan says the proposals are unrealistic, will not be pursued and added that he is committed to keeping the baths and the site’s renowned brine pool and preserving them for the future.


PLANS REVIVED FOR COMPETITION POOL IN WORCESTER


Plans for an eight-lane pool in Worcester have been dramatically revived just months after they were dropped for being deemed too expensive. Worcester City Council’s Conservative leadership is ready to back a competition standard pool by extending Perdiswell Leisure Centre in a £10.4m project.


The shock move has come about after the council sold its headquarters for £3.1m and some of that windfall is now likely to be used to part- fund the project combined with a bid to Sport England for grant funding which could reach up to £2m. A final decision will be taken on the plans at the end of September.


In 2012 the council looked at an eight-lane pool costing more than £13m, but that was for a new build rather than an extension of the Perdiswell centre.


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New Spa And Spa Garden Part Of £3.4m Essex Club Investment


David Lloyd Leisure is investing £3.4m in its Chigwell club as part of a major investment programme to continue providing members with unrivalled facilities to achieve their health and fitness goals. In addition to other new facilities, one of the main new features will be a wet spa facility, including a spa pool, plunge pool, sauna, steam rooms and relaxation area, plus an outdoor spa garden providing the ultimate haven for unwinding and de-stressing.


The outdoor pool terrace, pool bar and indoor pool are also being revamped, as well as the club’s locker rooms – including a new family change zone – and reception area. Work on the Chigwell scheme, the most ambitious club investment by David Lloyd Leisure as part of a wider £50m facilities investment programme across


its estate, began in April and is being undertaken in three phases, with completion due early autumn. David Lloyd Chigwell General Manager Gail Sainsbury said: “We are very excited to be able to offer the Chigwell community these stunning new facilities for the whole family, which will support them in their health and fitness goals as well as providing a superb environment in which to relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life. “David Lloyd Leisure’s investment in Chigwell demonstrates its continued commitment to providing the best health, sports and leisure facilities for all ages and abilities. The team cannot wait to welcome both new and existing members to enjoy the enhanced offering along with all of the club’s extensive facilities, services and expertise,” added Gail.


Hull Swim School Chooses Calorex


A Calorex dehumidifier has proved to be an invaluable asset to a brand new swim school pool in Hull, by maintaining ideal swimming conditions for its users. The 6 x 3m indoor pool was built in the back garden of Waterworld swim school owners Richard and Kathleen Gay, to provide much-needed swimming facilities for children in the area.


Lincolnshire-based Grayfox Swimming Pools designed and installed the pool, and carefully selected a Calorex Vaporex 55


wall mounted dehumidifier unit for the pool hall. Nigel Gray of Grayfox Pools commented: “Having used Calorex products in the past we were confident that the Vaporex unit would be the best option for this particular project.” He added: “For aesthetic and space reasons, we decided the best option would be to place the dehumidifier in the plant room adjacent to the pool hall, so a ‘through the wall’ adapted unit was selected with wall brackets and grills for the air ducts. A 5kW heater battery was also included, to heat the pool room from a supplementary boiler.” High levels of humidity if left unchallenged can be a major problem in an indoor pool environment. Water evaporating from the pool surface increases air humidity, and can eventually lead to mould, structural damage or collapse. Essex based Calorex Heat Pumps manufacture and distribute an extensive range of dehumidifiers with units perfect, not only for


A Calorex Vaporex 55 dehumidifier unit is


successfully managing the humidity levels in the pool room at Waterworld swim school in Hull


preservation of old buildings, but suitable for all types of storage and work environments. Their high-performance dehumidifiers recirculate the air and physically remove moisture from it. This alleviates the need to reheat incoming air continuously. Not only that, the units cleverly convert energy taken out of the room as moisture (latent energy), to create ‘sensible energy’ that can be used to heat the room, accelerating the drying process. Typically, for every unit of energy that a Calorex dehumidifier consumes, it will convert 2.5 times this amount to useable heat. The potential energy savings are huge. In fact, compared to traditional heat and ventilation energy, cost savings of 500% are not unusual.


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