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STAINLESS STEEL POOLS


Sturdy, cost effective and easily erected in almost any climate, Natare® Pool Systems deliver outstanding durability and functionality


This approach and the expertise that the individual parties bring to the table, ensures that the end user is not merely taking ownership of a steel box full of water but rather a solution that is both aesthetically stunning and performs functionally throughout its life cycle.


Pool Systems are fully customisable, structural panel pool construction systems featuring a wide range of shapes, sizes and configurations to accommodate fast, all- welded or bolted pool construction for a pool that is on-time, on-budget and built right the first time.


The interior of a Natare® Pool can be


polished stainless steel, laminated or field- applied PVC; it can also have the exclusive look of ceramic tile or natural stone. A full range of interior finish options is available regardless of the pool style; and the pool bottom can be stainless steel, traditional concrete, tile or plaster. Natatec®


PVC


membrane lining systems are often used with the pools to provide a colourful interior finish or the waterproofing system used in conjunction with various types of pool bottom or floor systems. Sturdy, cost effective and easily erected in almost any climate, Natare®


Pool


Systems deliver outstanding durability and functionality while providing economical construction and cost control. Special grades of stainless steel that provide excellent performance in any swimming pool environment are used in their proven system .


MANUFACTURING LINK HELPS ASTRALPOOL’S APPROACH AstralPool UK Ltd have offered a different approach in delivering stainless steel pools due to its links to the manufacturing source – Metalast which is part of the Spanish multinational group Fluidra.


Both the manufacturing/design (Metalast) and the distribution (AstralPool UK Ltd) capabilities are intrinsically linked, thus offering a significant selling point to pool builders who are tasked with satisfying employers’ requirements via a contracting route.


Architects and specifiers who may be involved with these types of projects can take advantage of this service by drawing on this added value at the relevant stages of design. Pool builders who are looking to deliver these types of projects can utilise the


www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk CASE STUDY


Any remaining doubts about the value of pre- engineered stainless steel pool construction were conclusively answered with the completion of the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Pool in Singapore. This unique structure from Natare contains over 500,000-lb (227-metric tons) of stainless steel holding some 400,000-gallons (1,500m3


) of pool


water. The pool is simply huge and stretches across the top level of three 55-storey


expertise that AstralPool UK Ltd have in stainless steel pools as part of their package, thus ensuring continuity, technical support and transparent supply chain management. Principal contractors can enjoy the reassurance that they are receiving a solution based on a joint approach between their pool builder and the stainless steel pool manufacturer and distributor alongside all the relevant service providers, this results in all the required members of the design team ensuring that they are “round the table” as early as possible. Representation is provided on a local level by the technical team at AstralPool UK Ltd for day to day discussions, however this can be supplemented by representatives attending from Spain and in particular the manufacturers – Metalast, periodically throughout the design process.


Once it comes to the on site installation, AstralPool UK Ltd facilitate on behalf of the pool builder, an installation team from Spain who are directly employed by the manufacturers, working alongside dedicated project management personnel. The installation team work to stringent quality standards to ensure that the installation complies fully with any performance specifications and employers’ requirements. In conclusion the message has to be engaging in this level of partnership working between AstralPool UK Ltd will only serve to add value to any opportunities that may present themselves and ultimately put all parties in as strong a position as possible to capitalise on this increased interest for stainless steel pools.


ACCESS ISSUES CREATE DEMAND FOR STAINLESS STEEL Mike Wallace of stainless steel pool manufacturers Westfront Pools said that stainless steel pools are steadily growing more popular.


“They are becoming an instant solution to wherever there is an access problem or where weight is an issue getting a pool into position. Of course they are also very visually attractive and their style makes a real statement by the pool owner that this is a quality pool. “Stainless steel swimming pool design


The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in


Singapore, a stainless steel pool built on the 55th floor by the Natare Corporation


skyscraper hotels overlooking the Marina Bay of Singapore. It is the world’s largest infinity edge pool at that height – 478 feet (146 metres) in length. Four movement joints are part of the pool, which are designed to help the pools withstand the natural motion of the towers. The SkyPark pool was conceived by architect Moshe Safdie and was designed, manufactured, and installed in Singapore in just over 14 months.


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