With more than 5,000 already created in Germany, natural swimming ponds are one of the main themes of the Aquanale international trade fair in Cologne from October 22 to 25.
Global water and wellness giants, Fluidra, custom-designed the new integral wellness centre attached to the Caldea spa complex in Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra.
The draft publication of a combined set of European standards for residential swimming pools is now ready for public consultation. The documents relate to pool construction and installation for in-ground and above ground pools.
With an estimated 972,700 in ground and 633,500 above ground pools, France is one of the world’s biggest private pools markets, second only to the USA. The value of the French pool market is an estimated 1.5 billion euros, more than 70% made up by 930 specialist companies, employing 23,250 workers, with nearly 20% of their turnover based on export. The French Federation of Pool Professionals (FPP) recently presented its seventh annual pool awards, recognising, at the same time, some of the most dynamic pool builders across France.
Goa is a former Portuguese administrated region and is India’s smallest state with a population of approximately 1.5 million.
Tonstad School in Norway, originally built in 1965, has undergone extensive refurbishment together with large new extensions and new swimming pool complex.
One-piece pools are becoming increasingly popular across India, in both commercial and residential projects. With hotels, townships, and private homes sprouting up across the subcontinent, coupled with the rise of India’s middle class; the market potential for ready-made pools is set to soar. Ready-made pools are not only cheaper than traditional pools but require significantly less time to install.
The Russian swimming pool market, in contrast to Spain and France, shows sustained stability despite the difficult financial situation in the world. Despite having emerged over more than two decades, the Russian market has a distinct lack of home-produced goods, about 12 original manufacturers, which is totally out of proportion with the size of the sector, let alone the country. The result has meant a heavy reliance on imports and inevitably higher product costs. The second feature of the Russian pool and spa sector is the variable weather and the extremes of climate.
Soon to be proclaimed by the Guinness World Records as the largest man-made swimming pool in the world, the process of filling the 120,000 m² Crystal Lagoon at the Citystars, Sharm El Sheikh, began at the end of October and took 21 days to complete. The new resort takes the world’s biggest swimming pool title from current holders, San Alfonso del Mar resort in Chile, a gargantuan blue man-made ‘lake’ spanning the length of 20 Olympic-size swimming pools and filled with 66 million gallons of water.