Northamptonshire-based Lifestyle Group was pleasantly surprised to see a very familiar pool used as a location for Hunted, a BBC One series shown recently, to national acclaim. This swimming pool’s shotcrete shell was built by Lifestyle’s subsidiary company, Guntek Ltd in 2005. The build specification was 200mm thick shotcrete with double steel reinforcement. The pool interior and surround were finished in white Italian marble to stunning effect.
The John Preston Pool & Spa Services team worked around the clock, seven days a week, right up to Christmas Eve, to ensure this outstanding pool hall project was finished in time for what was a festive season to remember for one lucky customer. The David family live near the Lancashire coast in Formby, in five acres of woodland that, as well as the new pool hall, boasts its own go-kart track and tennis courts, The pool is set in an ancillary building separate from the house and is constructed from a huge oak framework supporting a glass roof with a six metre span.
In the world of swimming and sports centres the growth of excellence in community facilities has been driven by a few key players. At the forefront of the design and delivery of some stunning buildings – including the Olympic Aquatics Centre – is the number one company, S&P Architects. With dozens of prestigious projects under their belt throughout the UK and Ireland it is difficult to comprehend the size of their operation, with regional offices in London, Nottingham, Glasgow and Dublin. They are soon to open an office in Birmingham. At the helm of today’s company, founded by two architects in 1982 – Peter Sergeant and Mark Potiriadis – is a man who admits he is hardly ever in the same office two days running.
They say success breeds success but for spa retailing couple Peter and Rachel Grinnall, of Midlands-based Complete Spas, it seems the harder they work, the luckier they get! The entrepreneurial pair first thought of opening their own spa retail business five years ago. “Rachel and I went out on a sunny afternoon with £5k in our back pocket with the hope of buying a ‘proper’ hot tub as we had a spa in a box for three years and loved it,” recalls Peter.
They promoted it as the event you cannot afford to miss. Lyon Piscine and Aqualie 2012, two benchmark exhibitions for swimming pool and spa professionals certainly lived up to that billing. Simply put, the Lyon exhibition event is the biggest and most important global show for the combined pool and spa sectors. It brings together 600 exhibitors, 1,000 brands from 90 countries and in the region of 18,000 visitors to Lyon. Traditionally, the first opportunity to see new developments in Europe, the combined Piscine and Aqualie 2012 events are also an exceptional opportunity to explore the latest key trends in the pool and spa markets.
The Savior, the world’s only portable, submersible, floating solar pump and filtration system, has triumphed at the 2012 International Pool, Spa,Patio Expo in New Orleans, voted Best New Product by a jury of pool and spa professionals. Marketed as the greenest, most energy efficient pool pump and filter system available for pool or spa owners, this revolutionary product promises better filtration than conventional systems and saves up to 100% on pool electricity bills; effectively pumps while filtering the pool free of charge.