Best Of British

This year’s biggest SPATA winners, XL Pools, lived up to their name in the recent British Pool & Hot Tub Awards. The Kent-based team scooped three SPATA Gold awards, as well as The Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year and the Outstanding Pool of the Year Award. Also celebrating were Wensum Pools, […]

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COVER STORY

With more slatted cover system options than ever available on the market, suppliers could be forgiven for whipping up a price war in an attempt to increase their share of the sales’ cake. On the contrary, both wholesalers and manufacturers are holding their nerve, and their prices, on a quality pool product, unanimously declaring, when […]

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Fresh Strokes

POOLSIt is fresh strokes for the one-piece pool market with recent changes in routes to the UK market.At the start of 2018, European one-piece pool manufacturer Niveko was incorporated into the global pool industry giants, the Pollet Pool Group. Meanwhile German-made RivieraPool secured a new distribution deal with Lighthouse Pools.The Niveko acquisition represents a major […]

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Hearts And Minds

Attracting regional and national television coverage, the transformation of the Portishead Open Air Pool is a triumph for all involved. Work by CP Pools and DG Pool and Leisure has secured a long term future for the much-loved public amenity pool in Bristol that has 90 years remaining on their lease. Built in the early […]

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MAKING MEMORIES

Co-winners of the UK Pool & Spa Awards’ Holiday Park Pool Of The Year, Splashaway Bay has undergone a £4million transformation over the last two years, culminating in the completion of a new £1million changing village. Operated by Haven, part of the Bourne Leisure group, the refurbished swimming pool complex, Splashaway Bay, now the largest […]

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ABOVE: Birmingham’s Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre boasts a six-lane, 25m pool with viewing areas

On Location – Community Matters

Opened to the public last summer, Birmingham’s Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre boasts a six-lane, 25m pool with viewing areas, along with a learner pool, sauna and steam facilities. The water leisure features share the prestigious premises with an 80-station fitness suite, dance studios, café and community room. Together the combined facility welcomed more than […]

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On Location: Rising Like A Phoenix

Rising from the ashes, Phoenix Pool and Gym was given a new lease of life in September 2016 following a £2m investment from Great Yarmouth Borough Council. The large-scale regeneration project completely transformed the venue into a state-of the-art leisure centre by the Pulse Group, who are joined in managing the site by Sentinel Leisure […]

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Leisure Operator: Fitness Champions

Working with almost 50 councils and Trusts nationwide, Everyone Active boasts an impressive pool portfolio of nearly 100 pools. Marking their 30th anniversary this year, the leisure team has gone from managing a single site in the Midlands to operating 158 leisure centres countrywide. The longest-established leisure provider in the UK, has built on strong […]

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Community Spirit

Boasting one of the largest attendances in the South West for any one leisure centre, Bristol-based Horfield Leisure Centre is celebrating a record-breaking year with more than 850,000 visitors to the long-serving community venue. The centre was originally constructed in the 1980’s as a standalone facility that only catered to dry-side leisure, such as racket […]

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Return On Investment

Active Centres operate five leisure centres and two dual-use sports centres across South Gloucestershire. Since 2005 they have worked with Circadian Trust, the charitable company working in partnership with the local authority, to improve the health, cultural and social wellbeing of the local community. Any profit made is reinvested back into local facilities and services, […]

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