West Sussex Fowler Pools

Best Of Both Worlds

Set in magnificent 15-acre landscaped gardens in West Sussex, the design brief for this good-looking pool was to provide the best of both worlds – a beautiful, natural-looking pool but, at the same time, a practical swimming pool.

Fowler Swimming Pools, of Cowfold, West Sussex, were instructed by the client that he wanted a ‘training pool’ which could be enjoyed by his grandchildren.
Set between outbuildings and timber pergola on one side and planted borders, plus tennis court on the other, the pool compliments the overall landscaping scheme.

It took a Fowler team of eight, including ground workers, plasterers, tilers, plumbers and electricians about three months to complete.

Constructed in reinforced concrete, the pool is 14m long x 4m wide with a constant water depth of 1.05m for an overall price around £65k.

The pool’s Heat source is a Heatstar Aquarius 4 SDF, a self contained pool water heating system which utilises free renewable energy from fresh air. Offering the highest possible efficiency the Aquarius has a super low noise fan and a digital controller.

This case study is reproduced by kind permission of Waterland Media Ltd, publishers of Pool and Spa Scene magazine, where the case study first appeared. Photography courtesy of Fowler Pools.

Southport Pool

Misty Blue

This Southport pool owner is a keen swimmer so wanted to achieve the maximum length for his pool within the largest pool hall the local planning department would allow him as part of a new home development.

To guarantee their design and exercise wishes were fulfilled, it was vital the client chose an experienced company like 2011 Pool Builders of the Year, Portrait Pools, a team that can provide a complete turnkey package.

To ensure control of levels and dimensions plus continuity of the project, Portrait Pools took care of all the pool hall and underground plant room waterproof concrete foundation works. They produced all the design drawings, structural calculations, specifications and completed all the finishes within the pool hall.

“Having full control of all the construction works local to the pool enabled the project to run smoothly,” says David Bland of Portrait Pools.

The energy to heat not just the pool and spa water, but also the pool hall air is efficiently provided by a Heatstar Phoenix 4000 Super+. This special Phoenix system features the latest dehumidification heat pump technology and reduced energy active fan technology. The Phoenix also provides active heat recovery to both air and pool water and fresh air ventilation.

The client drew design ideas from hotel pools visited and from the vast portfolio of award-winning Portrait Pools projects.

As David says: “Just knowing the client is delighted and completely satisfied with their finished pool shows, in itself, the success of this project which is the main goal for all of Portrait’s installations.”

This case study is reproduced by kind permission of Waterland Media Ltd, publishers of Pool and Spa Scene magazine, where the case study first appeared. Photography courtesy of Portrait Pools.

St Nicholas School

London Swimming Pool Company completed an advanced hydrotherapy pool at this specialist school for cognition and learning in Wiltshire – and the facility has dramatically changed the lives of its 72 pupils.

Seven years of planning and fund raising initiatives generating £700,000 by the local Rotary Club and their dedicated charity SNAP (St Nicholas Appeal for a Pool) have turned a dream into reality.

The pool allows for children and young people with special needs to enjoy the experience and benefits of water for the very first time and provides a unique learning environment.

The pool element of works was awarded to London Swimming Pool Company based on their track record and level of experience in designing and building specialist installations in schools, colleges and hospitals.

Hydrotherapy can open up a whole new world of physical and mental wellbeing and recuperative and healing benefits due to its thermal effects. The support of the water on the body, and in particular the joints, can be very liberating for those who are suffering from a chronic condition such as arthritis, osteoporosis or back problems or can make exercise even easier or even possible as well as increase the range of movement. The benefits of hydrotherapy can speed up recovery from illness, injuries and surgery.

The 7×7 metre pool accommodates 15 users at any one time and assistance and interaction for those in the water can also be provided by teachers from the sunken walkway alongside one end of the pool. This useful feature enables support staff to communicate with those in the pool at eye level without the need to enter the water.

To assist with overall running costs, the building and plant design has taken advantage of the latest developments in sustainable energy resources by incorporating solar heating panels located on the roof of the pool building, which also greatly reducing the carbon footprint, and by utilising a Heatstar Phoenix 3000 Super+ unit which offer the latest dehumidification heat pump technology and reduced energy active fan technology. The Phoenix 3000 Super+ also provides active heat recovery to both air and pool water and fresh air ventilation.

Not only will every child at St Nicholas now be able to swim regularly, the school wants their
pool to be a resource for the local community, particularly for people who have disabilities who
cannot access local pools.

This case study is reproduced by kind permission of Swimming Pool News, where the case study first appeared. Photography courtesy of London Swimming Pools.

Rutland

Award-winning swimming design is fit for purpose

This award-winning pool was constructed by the team from David Hallam Swimming Pools who provided the specialist water leisure knowledge on a special educational needs school building project in Rutland.

The pool is 10m x 5m x 1m and has a turnover of approximately half and hour. Equipment includes chemical control via a Siemens Ezetrol plus contoller with a Willand ATG unit.

Pool hall heating and ventilation is courtesy of a special roof-mounted Heatstar Phoenix 6000 Super AR WP unit with the primary hot water being fed from heat pumps, solar, four Lacron 42″ filters, two 100% duty 1500 rpm Astral Pumps with an Inducon pool cover.

“We always pay particular attention to the turn-over rate on a hydrotherapy pool and try to keep this less than 45 minutes wherever possible,” comments Steve Hallam of the Yorkshire-based swimming team.

“This type of pool tends to be very heavily used throughout the day by the schools then rented out in the evenings for swimming lessons to generate additional revenue so it is paramount that the water quality does not suffer.

“The other critical design element is the heating and ventilation system in the pool hall, therapy pools by nature are run at a higher temperature than a standard swimming pool, with the pool cover being off for a significant length of time.

“If the system is not designed correctly for the pool hall environment it can get very uncomfortable for the staff to work in and the fabric of the building can deteriorate very quickly. We always find Heatstar’s technical knowledge and products invaluable when it comes to designing this element of the project.”

This case study is reproduced by kind permission of Waterland Media Ltd, publishers of Pool and Spa Scene magazine, where the case study first appeared. Photography courtesy of David Hallam Ltd.

Nirvana Spa Resort

When you offer only the best to your customers, trust your environmental control systems to Heatstar

The multi-award winning Nirvana spa is one of three spas in the UK with its own underground reservoir of pure water feeding 15 individual water facilities, such as a spa pool, relaxation pool, fitness pool and hot tubs, with water clean enough to drink.

Heatstar Taurus energy recovery and dehumidification systems have been installed throughout Nirvana for several years and have proved to be extremely reliable. So, when Nirvana Spa chose to install a floatation pool, the Heatstar Taurus HP120 Super AR unit was an obvious choice. These units are specifically designed for large commercial pools providing all the environmental control, ventilation, heating and heat recovery required for a business such as Nirvana Spa.

Other added factors were that the Nirvana nine metre diameter “Celestial Flotation Pool” is the first large scale Dead Sea pool of its kind in the country. In order to offer a unique stress-reducing total body flotation experience the Nirvana flotation pool imports its salt content direct from the Dead Sea where people have experienced the health and relaxation benefits of this highly mineralised water for centuries.

The unit serving this pool has to be totally reliable in delivering a constant water and air temperature of 35o/36o. In addition the salt used to recreate the flotation experience of the Dead Sea to a specific gravity of 1.28 makes the interior environment of the unit very corrosive. Only a unit with the build quality of the Heatstar Taurus could easily cope with this situation. The final “seal of approval” for choosing a Heatstar Taurus was that Nirvana’s ME consultant also highly recommends Heatstar products.

Nirvana Spa Resort’s Maintenance Director, Neil Phelps, takes up the story: “Our main criteria for the environmental control unit serving the new flotation pool was total reliability from a well-built unit that would stand the test of time. Another major advantage of Heatstar units is that they can be tailored to our specific requirements.

This was particularly useful with this installation because our biggest problem was a narrow access route through the roof. Heatstar therefore made the unit in three sections so each section was lowered one at a time through the roof then we could bolt each section together once inside the roof space.

As a final point, speaking as a maintenance director, it is extremely reassuring to know that we have the excellent level of after sales service which Heatstar provides. However, I have to say, the unit has been trouble free since installation”.

This case study is reproduced by kind permission of Waterland Media Ltd, publishers of Pool and Spa Scene magazine, where the case study first appeared. Photography courtesy of Nirvana Spa.

Kensington Pool

Kensington below ground

This pool and spa complex is on the third level below ground in a seven storey property in Kensington, London. The underground leisure area is part of the latest build mews house construction in the heart of London. The considerable engineering works included a 25 metre deep excavation to accommodate the multi-million pound development.

A number of companies were involved to complete the ‘tardis like’ dwelling and London Swimming Pool Company were appointed the specialist pool contractor based on their expertise for installing sub ground level pools within listed buildings.

The swimming pool measures 12×4 metres and features a moving floor which is elevated through the water to be set at different depths as required.

A Heatstar Phoenix XF 3000 Super+ was chosen for the project offering dehumidification via fresh air ventilation, air heating, pool water heating and active heat recovery to the air.

The exacting design and specification of the pool and spa took around a year and a half and the subsequent construction lasted approximately two years.

London Swimming Pool Company say the client was ‘very pleased’ with the luxurious and practical combined leisure and entertainment area in the property where space is at a premium.

This case study is reproduced by kind permission of Swimming Pool News, where the case study first appeared. Photography courtesy of London Swimming Pools.