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.