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Falcon Pools Receive Accreditation From SafeContractor


Certikin Swimming Pool Covers Save The Dig!


Folly Farm in Bigbury, South Devon is beautiful location for summer camping and draws many visitors including frequent trips from Maggie Gilpin of Westcountry Leisure Pools & Spa Services Ltd.


On a visit last year, she showed an interest in an archaeological dig being carried out at the farm (www.mtfolly.org). Whilst chatting to John Tucker, the farmer whose land it was on, it was mentioned that when covering the area after excavation is finished, the dig’s Project Officer Eileen Wilkes from Bournemouth University had found that no matter what they cover the ground with, little creatures particularly voles can nibble their way through, disturbing the covering and exposing underneath. Westcountry Leisure Pools & Spa Services had previously provided John with an old swimming pool cover in the past for covering ground on the farm. With this in mind it was suggested that if another old cover could be provided, it may work on the area of the dig. The cover was duly supplied and after the winter when the team returned to excavate again this summer, they were delighted to find that neither rodent’s teeth or bad weather had penetrated the cover and it was a huge success. In addition to this, whilst working on the excavation, a short shower of rain on some of the chalky earth can stop work, and so using a section of the cover to protect a vulnerable area means work can continue when the rain stops. This maximises a volunteer’s time which is of great value as many digs are only carried out during a short period of the summer. This got Maggie thinking. If a network could be set up between local swimming pool companies and archaeological digs around the country, any redundant covers could be sent or indeed be collected and may make a small difference to the environment as these products may very well end up in the landfill sites.


12 August 2014 SPN


Surrey based pool builders, Falcon Pools have been awarded accreditation from SafeContractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors. The company’s application for SafeContractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.


SafeContractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management and retail / leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services. John Kinge, Technical Director of SafeContractor said: “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety


policies in place. More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Falcon Pools has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.” Under the SafeContractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website. Client-organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation. Over 210 major, nation-wide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.


SafeContractor 02920 266242 www.safecontractor.com


F T Leisure At The University Of Birmingham


In addition to an arena sports hall and various other facilities, the University of Birmingham’s new £55m sports centre features a 50-metre swimming pool – the only one in the region – with an 8 lane pool, 2-metre constant depth, a half moveable floor, traversable boom, disabled platform and moveable steps.


F T Leisure has secured the contract to supply, install and commission the filtration for the pool. F T Leisure specialises in the provision of innovative products and professional technical services to the commercial, municipal and private swimming pool industries. Their range of services includes the design, manufacture, installation, commissioning and/or refurbishment and maintenance of water treatment and filtration systems, moveable floors, booms and disabled access platforms, ozone and UV sterilisation, wave


machines and leisure water features. The project reflects Birmingham’s status as one of the top three universities for sport in the UK and is being supported by Sport England which is set to contribute £2m of National Lottery investment into the new centre.


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


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