SWIMMING POOL LEGACY

Judith Wojtowicz reports on efforts to protect and preserve iconic pool buildings… When people talk about buildings of cultural and architectural importance, swimming pools rarely feature very highly on the list… perhaps they should, according to Historic Pools of Britain (HPB). This membership organisation, run by a voluntary board of trustees, was set up in […]

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50,000 PLEDGE ‘SAVEOURPOOLS’ SUPPORT

Almost 50,000 people have pledged their support to Swim England’s campaign to #SaveOurPools. A petition containing 48,928 signatures has been presented to the Government calling on MPs to ‘recognise the particular vulnerability of swimming pools and leisure centres as part of the Energy Bill Relief Scheme Review’. The petition is backed by Catherine West MP, […]

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THE PERFECT STORM FOR POOLS

Spiralling energy costs are hitting public pools hard, Gaffey reports… UK swimming pools are now facing the perfect storm: Massive increases in energy and chemical supplies. Spurred by the war in Ukraine, energy prices have risen by more than 150%. Heating and pool water treatment or simply keeping the lights on are becoming much more […]

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EXCITING YEAR AHEAD FOR WELLBEING

Less than 12 months on from seeing the first facility awarded Swim England’s Water Wellbeing accreditation, the programme has continued to grow. More and more facilities up and down the country are working towards the Water Wellbeing accreditation as they place a focus on improving health and wellbeing in local communities. Active Nation’s Bitterne Leisure […]

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THE FUN FACTOR

We go on location to Armagh in Northern Ireland…. Located at the south side of Craigavon’s balancing lake and enjoying outstanding views of Craigavon City Park, the South Lake Leisure Centre is a state-of-the-art facility situated in a pre-existing network of walking and cycling paths covering around three miles. The largest project within Armagh City, […]

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SCHOOLS FAILING PUPILS

Swimming and water safety should be taken even more seriously due to the ‘astonishing and worrying’ number of children leaving primary school unable to swim. English, mathematics and science are currently the only core subjects on the national curriculum across all key stages. However, Edward Timpson, Former Minister for Children, the MP for Eddisbury in […]

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MASTERS OF DESIGN

The Aqua Platinum Projects team deliver five star luxury… Marketed as a masterpiece in modern luxury living, Aqua Platinum were appointed as the main designers and contractors for this prestige location of London’s Regent’s Crescent. The property’s spa and pool facilities boast an array of cool indoor lighting and plush furniture. Situated in the lively […]

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LET THE GAMES BEGIN

Emily Martin reports as we look forward to the forthcoming Commonwealth Games… The eyes of the world will be on the West Midlands this summer as the city of Birmingham will play host to elite athletes from around the world flocking to participate in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The prestigious international sporting event is held […]

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SOLID GROUND

We meet the UK’s leading swimming pool concrete specialists… Being in the building trade from leaving school, David Bland fell into constructing swimming pools immediately after finishing his apprenticeship. Within three years, he had started a swimming pool construction company, with a colleague, that went on to become a prolific pool building team that was […]

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UNDER PRESSURE

Jane Herbert reports on the conflicting demands for community water space… Commercial pool operators have rarely been under so much pressure. Swim England’s September 2021 report – A Decade of Decline – highlighted the urgent need for investment to combat ageing pool stock. Months of COVID restrictions have led to some facilities not re-opening at […]

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