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Ceiling Installation From Knauf AMF Goes Swimmingly


The Knauf AMF Aquatec ceiling system has been installed in the new pool hall at Leytonstone Leisure Centre, London. The refurbished centre is part of an ongoing £24.5m regeneration programme. The hall is equipped with a 25m main pool and a teaching pool. Architects AFLS+P specified the Aquatec ceiling system to meet the demanding requirements for the public pool. The ceiling has to withstand a tough combination of extreme humidity, a range of temperatures, water and exposure to the corrosive atmosphere caused by chlorine. AFLS+P are impressed with the ceiling and have specified Aquatec for a number of projects including a further three large leisure centres. Interiors Manager Jason Griffiths explains why they’ve chosen Knauf AMF saying: “Knauf AMF were extremely helpful in providing information about their product. We were invited to view the manufacturing facility and a demonstration on how the Aquatec systems performed when exposed to high humidity. We observed a test where the product was immersed in water. Knauf AMF prepared the full NBS specification for the leisure centre and went through the spec in great detail highlighting any areas that were of concern whilst providing solutions to overcome them. Their support on pricing was extremely helpful and competitive.”


1,000m² Aquatec ceiling tiles were installed using AMF Donn DX24 grid system. Aquatec panels are moisture resistant up to 100% RH and can withstand the wet conditions of the pool environment without


deteriorating, even at temperatures as high as 40˚C. The AMF Donn DX24 grid has an advanced anti-corrosive coating and is specifically designed for use in extreme humid and highly corrosive environments. The grid features a quick-release clip design which makes it easy to remove the ceiling tiles without the use of tools allowing access to the void above.


High noise levels could have been a problem in the pool hall because it features brick and tiled surfaces which reflect sound. So, potentially, the noise could build up the busier the space becomes. Thanks to the Aquatec ceiling with its superior sound absorption and sound attenuation characteristics, the acoustics are controlled creating a pleasant environment for swimmers to enjoy.


The hall is designed with large glass windows and the 88% light reflectance of the Aquatec ceiling surface reflects the daylight back into the room helping the local authority to reduce its electricity costs.


Knauf AMF Ceilings Ltd 0191 518 8600 www.amfceilings.co.uk


F T Leisure To Work On Pools At New Chesterfield Sports Centre


Chesterfield Borough Council is to build a modern, new sports centre on the site of Queen's Park Annexe. The new Queen’s Park Sports Centre will replace the current sports centre on Boythorpe Road; this will remain open until the new facility is complete. In addition to other sports facilities, the new complex will include a main pool, plus a learner pool with moveable floor and children’s fun water features. An extra £2m from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities fund will allow previously approved plans to be expanded to provide additional activity space, including increasing the main swimming pool from six to eight lanes, increasing the size of the learner pool and providing spectator seating in the swimming pool hall.


F T Leisure has been appointed to 6 April 2015 SPN


provide the water treatment and filtration systems for the 25-metre 8-lane competition pool and the 16.5 x 7 metre learner pool. The filtration systems are traditional medium rate sand filtration combined with chlorine dosing, pH control, filter coagulation and UV sterilisation.


In the main pool, F T Leisure is installing a motorised wall mounted pool cover system to retain heat as well as designing and installing an integrated hydraulic disabled access system. This will lower and raise bathers in and out of the water safely and discreetly enabling dignified, independent access for any swimmer who finds pool access difficult. F T Leisure is also designing a full parallel moveable floor system within the learner pool. The ability to alter the pool’s depth means that the facility can be used by swimmers of all levels from babies and toddlers to


Queens Park LC Chesterfield – Entrance View image courtesy of B3 Architects


elite short course swimmers. Within the moveable floor system there will be a number of air operated features combined with some pool side water supplies.


The main contractor for the project is Morgan Sindall who will work with B3 Architects and the Sheerwater Consultancy. Work is underway and completion is targeted for early 2016.


F T Leisure 0161 494 5785 www.ftleisure.co.uk


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