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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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THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM requirements are that by the end of Key Stage 2 (year 6), pupils are expected to be able to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.

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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192,000 TILES HAVE NOW BEEN LAID at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre

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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SCS WERE CHOSEN to provide the pool shell on this natural swimming pool.

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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SWIMMING TRAILBLAZERS

The Mildenhall Hub has been described as a trailblazing project – bold, exciting and visionary with residents at its heart. The concept behind the community complex was to bring together a range of public services on one site, making access easier and cutting costs including high school, library, citizens advice, emergency service as well as […]

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THE FUTURE of Carlisle Public Baths is in jeopardy.

BATTLE TO SAVE HISTORIC POOLS

The charitable organisation, Historic Pools of Britain, was established in 2015 to raise the profile of swimming pools of outstanding architectural significance including pools of the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Modern Movement periods. HPB sets out to work with members, communities, supporters and the media to protect surviving historic pools, acting also as a lobbying […]

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"This is a very worrying report which could impact on millions of people across the country..." - Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive.

CALLS FOR £1 BILLION POOL INVESTMENT

Swim England has warned almost 2,000 swimming pools could be lost forever by the end of the decade unless the Government and local authorities ‘act now’ to replace or refurbish ageing facilities. In its new A Decade of Decline: The Future of Swimming Pools in England report that there will be a huge reduction in […]

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SOME 200 PUBLIC
POOLS have still not
reopened following
the first lockdown in
March 2020.

UNITED VOICES IN PUBLIC POOLS CALL

A special report from the Pool & Spa Scene team… Combined voices are calling for commercial swimming pools to be recognised as essential services as leisure operators reel under the third enforced closure since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. The national closure of swimming pools through the third compulsory lockdown has resulted in a […]

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