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safety measures in pools that The final date for submitting
are accessible to the public. This written papers to the third
relates to the slip resistance of international Swimming Pool & Spa
membranes used in shallow Conference is Friday 16 January
water areas, pool surrounds, 2009. The Pool Water Treatment
steps and diving blocks. Advisory Group is to host the
The standard EN 13451-1 conference at the Royal College of
Chapter 4.10 lays down Physicians in London’s Regent’s
Requirements for Swimming Pool Park from 17-20 March. The first of
Equipment. Alkorplan non-slip the biennial conferences was in
membrane type 81116 achieves Budapest in 2005; the second in
the highest safety classification of Munich last year. The 2009
Class C which meets the conference is expected to attract
necessary safety requirements for some 250 delegates from the UK
every area within the pool and mainland Europe, as well as
including steps and diving blocks, from further afield. The
and all surrounding areas. Conference Technical Committee
Aquaflex have been using material available in public and is inviting papers under a whole
Alkorplan material for on-site private pools.
range of relevant topics.
lining for many years and know European standards have For more information visit
it to be the strongest and safest now been introduced to cover
NEW AND Pool plans scrapped
FAMILIAR FACES AT Tide turns for Scotland’s
Harrow Council has become the
latest local authority to shelve
leisure development plans due to
Two key Astral staff changes
Victorian pools
concerns over funding. A 25m,
have been announced. Jackie The tide is turning for many of Scotland’s Victorian swimming eight-lane swimming pool with
Gordon has returned to pools. But while some are thriving, others are drowning. spectators’ area, a 20m learner
AstralPool UK and Simon Booth Last month Glenogle municipal baths in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge pool was to be included in a
takes up a new appointment closed but when they reopen in 18 months time, they will have £37.2m Leisure Centre. Plans have
with the company. Jackie been modernised with all Victorian glory intact. A vigorous public been scrapped thanks to tumbling
returns to work on the campaign overturned a proposal by Edinburgh City Council to housing prices and the looming
forthcoming AstralPool 2009 hand the building, which dates from 1898, over to private recession. The council are being
catalogue. Daughters Jessami developers, and now solar panels and modern units will replace the forced to rethink its strategy to
and Livvie keep Jackie busy for inefficient and costly heating system. improve the area’s sports and
the majority of her time. The £5.3m price tag for Glenogle’s upgrade is being met by leisure facilities after the value of
Simon Booth has taken on the Edinburgh City Council, which has already spent £8m on restoring land, due to be sold to fund the
role of Northern Area Sales the capital’s four other Victorian public baths: Dalry, Leith Victoria, new development, dropped so
Manager. Simon, who lives with Portobello and Warrender. low that its sale would not cover
his partner Kirstie and sons This is in contrast to the plight of the magnificent art deco Bon construction costs.
Cameron and Jack, has worked Accord baths in Aberdeen, the oldest remaining in the city, which
in the swimming pool industry were closed down this year.
for a number of years and prior The Victorian or Edwardian public baths in Alloa, Dundee, 2009 e-college
to that, the industrial hose and Dunfermline and Renfrew, as well as those in Edinburgh, have been programme
ducting markets. restored and are still in use. But the tangible legacy of this part of Keiser University eCampus has
Glasgow’s celebrated past has all but disappeared. announced its 2009 international
There are only five of the original 20 baths buildings left from schedule for students enrolling in
this period, and only one of these, North Woodside (1882), is the two-year Aquatic Engineering
currently in use. Degree Programme available
“Local authorities are beholden to the general public and have through its eCampus online
to revise their buildings to suit changing demands, whereas private programme. Beginning in 2009,
clubs remain immune to demand for change from their members,” students will learn about the
explains Simon Inglis, co-author of The Historic Indoor Swimming business of managing aquatic
Pools of Great Britain, to be published by English Heritage. facilities, service, and pool and spa
Ranald MacInnes, principal inspector with Historic Scotland, says retail stores during each module.
it’s not all bad news. “Five is better than none, and the good news The Keiser University Aquatic
is that work is being done at both Govanhill and Maryhill,” he says. Engineering Degree is 60 hours.
“In the 1970’s and 1980’s, it was thought that swimming up and The online format makes it
down a pool wasn’t enough, and local councils started building possible to offer a global study
multi-discipline sports centres, leaving the problem of what to do program that enables schedule
with existing buildings. Now there is a return to thinking small and flexibility and increased access to
sustainable – and with people thinking about the London Olympics those currently employed.
and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, there is a growing See
interest in swimming.”
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