chairpoolA change in management presented a unique opportunity for Dartford Borough Council to breathe new life into its ageing Fairfield Leisure Centre. After 40 years, the facility had come to the end of its useful life and when the centre operator’s contract expired at the end of March 2014, the doors closed to the public.

Nearly two years later they reopened to reveal a major refurbishment and a substantial investment in new plant and equipment. The main contractor on the project was Willmott Dixon and Hydrospec carried out the design and refurbishment of the 880m3 main pool with diving pool area and the teaching pool.

“The original filters were two horizontal and one vertical metal fabricated sand filters that had started to corrode and were costly to repair, along with the ongoing maintenance program required with metal fabricated filters,” explains John Cheek of Hydrospec.

“The pools had all new pipework installed along with pool return fittings and all new tiles. The plant room was also totally refurbished.” When it came to choosing new filtration equipment, Hydrospec turned to Waterco to supply four Micron SPDD2000 Nozzle Plate filters for the main pool and two Micron SPDD1400 for the teaching pool.

Waterco’s EcoPure Glass Media was used for both filters, while Waterco Dual pressure gauge panels were also installed.

Hydrospec Tel. 01277 225416 www.hydrospec.co.uk