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NEWS IN BRIEF
New disabilities
BSI launches new
swim scheme
standards for
swimming schools
launched
The British Standards Institute has The Swimming Teachers’
published its new standard for the Association has launched a
operation and management of new Penguin Series – the
swimming schools. official water safety
PAS 81: 2008 includes the programme for people with
minimum requirements all disabilities. The programme
swimming school operators will be hastwodistinctprogrammes,
expected to meet in a bid to the Emperor Series and
New sauna style at Curzon Place in Wimbledon
increase safety. RockhopperSeries.
The document replaces PAS 81: Developed with the help Two high profile projects completed
2005, which was reviewed earlier of a number of schools for
this year as part of the BSi’s peoplewithdisabilitiesandin
for Tylö and Leisurequip partnership
quality assessment programme. partnershipwithStarCollege Two bespoke sauna and steam exterior walls and aluminium
A total of 90 organisations Cheltenham, the new series roomprojectshaverecentlybeen framedglassdoors. Theinterior
across the leisure industry were recognises that the aquatic completed by Tylö’s London and tiled floors match the adjacent
involved in a consultation on the environmentcanhelppeople southeastdistributor,Leisurequip poolsurround.
2005 document, with a number of with disabilities, not just – the first in one of south-west Award winning interior
suggestions implemented in the physically, but emotionally, London’smostprestigioushouses designers Keech Green of the
new standard. socially and educationally. tocomeontothemarketandthe Chelsea Harbour Design Centre
Steve Franks of the Swimming The approach is holistic, other for the country retreat of in London, commissioned
Teachers’ Association (STA), the recognisingthattheinherent investmentbankGoldmannSachs. LeisurequiptoinstallaTylösauna
original author of the standard, nature of water provides a With a price tag of £15m, and steam room into a
said: “Most of the suggested perfect environment for Curzon Place Properties has minimalisticpoolandleisuresuite
amendments referred to legislation peoplewithdisabilities. developed what has been attached to Goldmann Sachs
and changes to qualifications that TheEmperorSeriesoffers described as ‘a truly spectacular countryhouseinHampshire.
have occurred since the original a series of distance awards residence of unparalleled scale The traditional spruce walled
document was published. to enable the swimmer to and luxury adjoining Wimbledon sauna incorporated aspen
“This feedback has helped to increase their strength and Common’. Leisurequip was benches and internal down
ensure that the 2008 document is staminabyswimmingintheir commissioned by London lighters, whilst the bespoke
better focused and more own adapted style from 5 Swimming Pools Company to blackslatesteamroomfeatured
pertinent to operational metersto400meters;whilst install two corner cabins – a Tylö a glass door and 9 kW fully
standards, making it a more the new Rockhopper Series 2020C ‘Classic’ sauna and a Tylö automatic steam generator.
effective guidance tool for the focuses on developing 6FCRsteamroom–eachstanding Both the units had matching
swim school sector.” traditionallearntoswimand eithersideofandoverlookingthe touch-button control panels to
watersafetyskillsbyusinga spaatoneendofanindoorpool, enable bathing times and
flexible mix of lessons, spaandleisuresuite. temperatures to be pre-set,
Exhibition celebrates activities and rewards Positioned so they are withasecuritycodefunctionto
140 years of swimming throughout its nine oppositehanded,theyareboth stop interference by
A new exhibition at Watford progressivelevels. finished with matching mirrored unauthorisedpersonnel.
Central Library will look back on IreneJoyce,STA’sTechnical
nearly 140 years of swimming in Swimming and Aquatics
Watford and will be run to mark Officer said: “The Penguin
the opening of the borough two Series has been designed to £1.5m repairs needed at Glasgow pool
shiny new leisure centres. giveteachersastructureand
The exhibition, includes attainable goals that will AGlasgowswimmingpoolatapopularleisurecentreneedsmore
swimming photos, newspaper stimulate their students and than£1.5mofessentialrepairs,anewreporthasrevealed.
cuttings and other memorabilia enhance their time in the TheTimeCapsuleinCoatbridge,whichattracts600,000visitors
from 1870 to 2008. aquaticenvironment.” ayear,needsanewventilationsystem,majorpoolsideworkandan
There are also pictures of the overhaulofchangingfacilities.
first public swimming area in Thecentre’sairhandlingunitswerebelowstandardandhadcaused
Watford, in the Colne River, ‘corrosiontoexposedsteelwork’,includingthewaterslidesupports.
former Watford Olympic The pool remains safe to use but action needs to be taken to
swimmers, the opening of the safeguardthecentre’slong-termfuture.
central baths in 1933, as well as Engineershavecalledfor£700,000tobespentonreplacingthe
the opening of opening of the ventilation ducts, £400,000 on ‘essential remedial works’ on the
new pools this year. poolside,and£400,000onupgradingthechangingvillage.
County Councillor Keith Emsall, Lizanne McMurrich, Head of Community Information and
Executive Member for Education LearningatNorthLanarkshireCouncil,said:“TheTimeCapsulecan
and Culture, said: “With the beviewedasoneofthemajorleisureattractionsinScotland.
opening of the two new leisure “Thereplacementoftheairhandlingunitswillpromotegoodair
centres – both of which have and ventilation to the facility and remove any further corrosion
swimming pools – I’m sure local issuesandenhancethevisitorexperience.
people will find it fascinating to The Time Capsule Monklands Trust Ltd, which manages the
look back at the history of this sport
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and leisure activity within the town.
telephonesolid
TA
facility, will borrow money from the council to fund the project.
pc
01922 645097
Workislikelytostartearlynextyear.
www.sta.co.uk
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