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NEWS IN BRIEF
Why getting in the
water is so good
Dr Bruce Becker will report on
his second year findings the
World Aquatic Health Conference
from his study, funded by the
National Swimming Pool
Foundation and 11 hot tub
industry organisations that look
at the health benefits of hot-
water immersion. Dr Jack Raglin
will present his learnings on the
psychological benefits of soaking
in hot water.
Hexham pool boasts
UK’s first biomass
heating system
Hexham’s new swimming pool
complex at Wentworth has the
UK’S first biomass heated
swimming pool.
UPS bring new tiling look – without having to close down pool
The state-of-the-art building has
been funded by Tynedale Council.
It will be operated by North
Country Leisure and aims to be
Night and day pool
accessible to everyone, regardless
of their income or ability.
Tynedale Council’s Chief
Executive Richard Robson said:
refurb pays dividends
“This kind of project is exactly
what councils should be all If you are looking to refurbish Work on the project was work would be done at night
about – improving services for your pool there’s new evidence carriedoutwithoutdisruptionto and tiling undertaken
local people.” that it needn’t mean shutting the normal running of the pool. throughout the day. Under this
The development’s centrepiece thepooldown. UPShadnodifficultyinagreeing new plan, tiling was to take
is the new 25-metre, six-lane pool, The pool at the Crow Wood as – being the company who place on a continuous basis, in
which is flanked by two much LeisureRacquetsandEquestrian invented the technique – they five stages with all necessary
smaller pools for use by adults Centre at Burnley, needed have been repairing pools safety precautions in place,
with babies and toddlers. comprehensive re tiling but the overnight and underwater for including safety barriers to
In a separate area is a further criteria was that the pool must overtwodecades. protect pool users.
15-metre pool, which has been stayopen. To comply with their client’s, The work, which began with
dubbed the studio pool, and UPS, had originally retiled the ‘no disruption’ condition, whilst the removal of existing tiles
boasts a moveable floor and a male and female changing room dealing with the nature and followedbysurfacepreparation
higher temperature. areas. The Crow Wood extent of this new project, UPS and, finally, the application of
All the pools are framed by management were so pleased created a particular strategy. new tiles, was finished on
huge, treated glass windows which with the result that they then They came up with a variation schedule and to the complete
will allow swimmers to see out but askedUPStoprepareaquotation on their original ‘overnight’ satisfaction of the pool
prevent passers-by seeing in. forretilingthepoolsurround. strategy,wherethepreparatory management.
Mr Robson said: “We believe
this is the UK’s first biomass
heated swimming pool – it may
even be the first in the world –
either way, we’re sure you will be
Swimmers fight for Ilford pool’s future
impressed by it.” Swimmers have demanded would cover the cost of safety issues over a service
council chiefs lay the first reconstructing floors and pool tunnelbetweenthetwopools,
bricks of a new swimming structures; replacing the water but this is not used by visitors
Cash for pools in complex or carry out filtration plant, electrics, andisanexcuse.
Mansfield emergency repairs to keep heating and ventilation; “Surely it is not beyond
Mansfield DC is set to invest IlfordPoolopen. upgrading customer facilities; the capability of engineers to
£5m upgrading the swimming Redbridge Council insisted improving disabled use, and support an avenue between
pools in which double Olympic £7m is needed to save the reconfiguration of the gym the pools for a limited
champion, Rebecca Adlington, pool in High Road from a and reception. period.
learned to swim. December chop – prompting Secretary Paul Alvarez said: “The council has two
One local pool is also set to anger from Redbridge “We do not need half of this. options – either shore up the
be renamed in Ms Adlington’s SwimmersAssociation. The bottom line is closing the tunnelandkeepthepoolopen
honour. Thecouncilhasnoplansto poolsavesmoney. temporarily or start building a
stump up the cash, which “They stated health and newpoolnow.”
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