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China increases
chemical prices SWIMMING POOL – AGAIN!
China has put an export excise on
chemicals coming out of the Transforming a clay-pit ‘pool’
country which could affect pool into a fully lined ‘natural’
chemicals bound for the UK. Most swimming pool is becoming a
importers had been aware of the regular occurance for Olympic
impending changes, and stocked Pools of Norwich. The
up before the excise came into company did such a good job
effect. The cost increases include at a holiday villa in northern
the export excise and the Italy earlier this year they were
production quota system, designed asked to ‘do it again’ by the
to minimise chemical production. same client.
This second project, for a
villa near Salzburg, required a
Outdoor pool fight 40ft x 20ft clay-pit garden pond
Portishead swimming club to be re-sculptured, including
members in Bristol who have used steps, before the base and
the town’s open-air pool since it walls were lined with hessian
Salzburg villa project transforms clay pit pool
opened, have joined a fight to and a final glass-fibre layer.
keep it open. The Loafers Olympic contract managed the
Swimming Club, based at Sugar entire project. between 4ft and 7ft at
Loaf Bay, have been writing to Golden Coast supplied the its deepest.
council officials and local MP Dr filtration system, including “We seem to have gained a
Liam Fox outlining its support for 200 metres of pipes. Lee reputation for the unusual,
the Save The Open-Air Pool Cutting and colleagues from being able to turn what are
campaign (STOP). Members of the Olympic took all the basically natural pools into
group, which has been running for equipment and a pre- swimming pools. Although
around 12 years, swim nearly every fabricated purpose-built plant much of the process is the same,
day. Before the pool opened, the room to the site by road. each project had its own
authority used to maintain the The team carried out the particular uniqueness in terms of
beach as a place for sea swimming preparatory site work before their size, the surroundings and pipe work all being completed
and there were changing rooms, a installing the filtration system the filtration systems required,” from inside the pool shell added
cafe and a children’s pool. and sealing and facing the pool said Lee. a variation from the norm!”
surround. They erected and “The style of lining for the
fitted the plant room. The pool along with the construction
Residents fight for pool finished pool has a main water was different from our
Over 200 people packed a area providing depths of traditional methods. Also, the
Portishead hall near Bristol to
discuss the future of the town’s
open air pool. Residents and
regular swimmers listened to the
findings of a review report that
Securiwall solves in-ground
recommended closure of the
pool before the majority voted in
principal to support the idea of
covers for liner pools
forming a community company
to run the site. The meeting was The problem of providing an trapped between the slats. the cover moving freely
arranged by members of the ‘in-ground’ automatic cover Securiwall creates a separate through an aperture above the
Portishead STOP Campaign after system as an integral part of a and easily flooded motor pit bulkhead itself. Produced by
the proposal of creating a not- liner pool system has been allowing the mechanism to be Del of France, Securiwall can
for-profit trust to save and solved with a Del ‘Securiwall’ hidden out of sight with be installed in any type of
manage the pool was first made from Golden Coast. pool system.
by Portishead businessman Previously a complicated
Roger Whitfield. and costly procedure to
include such a system without
compromising the integrity of
The world’s biggest the pool liner, the Securiwall
Holiday World in Indiana, is to system allows a ‘bulkhead’ to
open the world’s tallest water ride. be built within the confines of
To be called Pilgrims Plunge, the the pool itself to create an
“shoot the chute” ride will go up internal roller pit.
to 135ft, before plummeting down In addition, the system
131ft at a 45-degree angle and at provides added safety as the
speeds of up to 50mph, creating a roller, once retracted, cannot
wall of water splashing 45 feet be accessed by swimmers,
high and 90 feet wide. removing the possibility of
clothing or fingers being
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