project profile

devices, mounted above and below the water line, which relay information about the swimmers behaviour. The system automatically detects a person in a potentially dangerous situation that may require assistance, an alarm is generated on a hand held device identifying where within the pool the incident is allowing the poolside lifeguard to assess and respond to the situation.

safety in wet areas “Floor finishes in pool changing and pool surround areas present a common problem but unfortunately the ultimate solution, total

also included a specialist Condensation Analyser, developed an innovative proposal which combined a structural and environmental solution incorporating; 1m deep steel beams at 6m spacings over the pool hall, (these beams were craned in one at a time using a tower crane over a public highway due to the site constraints), they were then spliced together on site to create the remainder of the overall 40m span. A pre-finished metal deck creates a vapour barrier above the pool, 250mm of reinforced concrete were cast over the deck followed by 200mm of high density floor insulation followed by another layer of structural reinforced concrete, followed by a further layer of sand to control tolerance and create a perfectly flat level before the ‘Ice Matt’ is applied. Multiple computer simulations of this

construction were carried out to confirm how the build-up would respond to changing weather conditions throughout the year. In the event of the ice plant failing the upper slab was also designed to retain the melted water from leaking into the pool hall below.

glare and pool safety “Controlling thermal performance of spaces within the building is essential to the success of the facility. Excess glare in the pool hall can create significant health and safety issues in the pool hall because low sun, reflecting off the surface of the water, can make it extremely

difficult for lifeguards to see the bottom of the pool where someone might be in distress,” explains Swift. To tackle this the team researched a number

of solutions used in the past but failed to find an existing system that resolved all the scientific and technological challenges presented in this particular situation whilst delivering the high quality and safe environment desired. The research lead to a proposal to bring together two new technologies: a Polycarbonate wall/rainscreen double-skin cladding, and an automated drowning detection system. “Creating the right atmosphere in a pool hall

is critical. Natural light in a room helps to add to the quality of the space whilst excess glare on the pool surface makes it difficult for lifeguards to see below the water line. Using Everlite polycarbonate panels (manufactured on the Continent) allow natural, UV filtered, light into the space without the glare in a double-skin scenario to improve the U-Value (thermal performance). This is the first time this product has been used in this way in the UK and we are now looking to use it on three other schemes,” says Swift. Constructed by Willmott Dixon, Sapphire Ice

& Leisure Centre is one of the first new-build centres in the UK to be fitted with AngleEye from opening, an automated drowning detection systems incorporating optical


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