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WORCESTER’S NEW COUNCIL WON’T BE RUSHED ON NEW £13.5M POOL Worcester Council chiefs have insisted they will take their time over a new swimming pool decision and have pledged to have a “good look at it”. The city’s new Labour-led administration will be tasked with overseeing whether or not a proposed £13.5m facility will get the go ahead. The entire project is currently up in the air, with fears it may never see the light of day as seven of the city’s 15 Labour councillors abstained on a vote on it back in March.

At the moment, there is a £5.2m funding gap for building the £13.5m, eight-lane pool and the city council is currently making efforts to find external backers willing to stump up the extra cash.

There is an alternative option of building a scaled- do wn £10.7m pool, but even with that there is a small £192,000 funding gap. Neil Monkhouse, who chairs Worcester Swimming Club, said: “We want to see an eight-lane, county standard new pool and Worcester will be in a desperate situation if we end up with nothing.”

£8M TIPTON LEISURE CENTRE OPENS Tipton Leisure Centre opened its doors to the public in April at a formerly vacant site on Alexandra Road. Swimming facilities at the centre include a 25m six-lane pool and a 12.5m teaching pool.

Sandwell Leisure Trust will manage the new centre, which was designed by Sandwell Urban Design Architects – the council’s in-house service.

Construction of the centre was led by Hertfordshire based group Willmot Dixon.

Bespoke Sauna And Steam Combinations

Regarded as the expert in wellbeing rooms for prestigious residential properties, Dröm UK has designed many stunning bespoke saunas and steam rooms which are often situated side by side for the ultimate bathing experience.

Proving that saunas are no longer just a wooden box, there is nothing ordinary about the innovative saunas from Dröm UK. Meeting new standards of aesthetics, functionality and luxury, each room is individually hand-crafted by skilled craftsmen. Every detail, from the feature lighting or integrated music system to the ergonomically designed benches, is carefully considered. The finest quality materials make the sauna stylish and practical inside and out. Generally, the room is constructed

in timber such as Spruce, Aspen, Cedar or Alder, although a feature wall in stone or marble may be incorporated to add a different dimension. The look can be traditional or more modern with frameless glass doors to give a greater feeling of space, while tiled exteriors may be employed to complement the tiling in the bathroom or pool area. Saunas have improved

people’s health for centuries – from alleviating the effects of the common cold to increasing performance in endurance sports. They are a great stress buster too; they reduce levels of stress hormones and increase levels of beta endorphins. Infrared panels in saunas add a further important health- enhancing dimension to tackle the effects of rheumatism, tense

muscles and other aches and pains. The latest research from Japan shows that people with heart problems who take regular saunas are able to improve their heart function and the amount of exercise they can take. And alongside the sauna, why not include a steam room for added pampering possibilities? Helping to rejuvenate and refresh, bespoke steam rooms from Dröm UK are designed to suit all tastes, aspirations and budgets. The team specialises in the design, supply and installation of these beautiful rooms in a variety of sizes with finishes such as colourful glass mosaics, corian, marble, tile or stone. The use of glass creates a unique feeling of space and openness while fully-automatic steam generators are used to provide the perfect bathing experience.

Steam rooms provide gentle heat and penetrating humidity which is good for the heart and promotes a sense of wellbeing. Relaxing the body, easing muscles and making breathing easier, the steam cleanses every pore, leaving skin soft and smooth. The experience can be combined with aromatherapy oils for different moods, and chromotherapy where the colour-changing fibre-optic lighting system tints the steam within the room.

Bespoke ice rooms from Dröm UK are designed to suit every taste and aspiration

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Lovibond® Scuba II Wins Golden Wave Award Scuba II has won first place

The Lovibond®

at the Golden Wave 2013 award ceremony – a prestigious international bi-annual event which recognises the very best in innovative designs for the leisure industry. This year, the Scuba II literally ‘scooped’ its award for the best new invention in the category ‘Water Maintenance and Chemistry’. Ideal for all domestic pool and spa users, the easy-to-use, buoyant and watertight device is ideal for quick home testing with results displayed in a large viewing area within just one minute. The Scuba II is perfect for the five most important tests: free chlorine, total chlorine, pH, alkalinity and cyanuric acid.

Lovibond Tintometer 01980 664800

Above: Martin Woelk, Sales Manager – Leisure Industry in Germany collects the award

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