Natural Pool Design Takes European Top Spot

A secluded natural pool in the forest has won a major International Award for its designers, Poolscape. Pic: Ian Thwaites.
A secluded natural pool in the forest has won a major International Award for its designers, Poolscape. Pic: Ian Thwaites.

Poolscape has scooped a major international award for a secluded natural pool, located in the heart of a forest in the Brecon National Park. The pool won a BIOTOP International Natural Pool Award for the best Natural Pool design, beating off entries from around Europe. Designed and built by Herefordshire-based Poolscape, the ‘forest pool’ was created for two artists, who wanted a magical natural pool within an old disused quarry.

The remote location of the build meant the construction was extremely challenging for Poolscape’s team, who had to transport all materials on dumper trucks, via a muddy, singlewidth forest track, which was unsuitable for lorries. The pool is chemical free, and is naturally cleansed using plants and BIOTOP’s patented filtration system.

The pool was constructed using as many sustainable materials as possible, including BIOTOP’s recycled corner units, which avoid the need for large volumes of concrete. The stone used was collected from the old quarry and the Larch for the timber deck was sourced locally. Once complete, the pool was filled using natural spring water from the many local streams on the private estate.