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A Floor for Every Occasion - Belgravia

Every property owner wants to maximise the use of space in their home and this is especially so when that space is the basement of an exclusive property in central London where square footage comes at a premium.

Every property owner wants to maximise the use of space in their home and this is especially so when that space is the basement of an exclusive property in central London where square footage comes at a premium.  

This opulent 9m x 3.7m pool is a focal point in the basement but also allows the family to reclaim the space when the pool is not in use. London Swimming Pool company designed this luxury pool with a Hydrofloors moving floor built into the base of the pool.  At the push of a button, the moving floor can be raised to any level to create different swimming depths.  When the floor is fully raised it completely covers the pool, providing a solid, load-bearing floor - the room is then transformed and can be used for other social activity.  When it’s time to swim again, the floor is quickly and easily lowered.  The client/design team on this major property renovation maximised the floor space by selecting a pool with a Hydrofloors moving floor.

In addition to the space savings, a pool that is totally closed off with a solid floor provides maximum safety, especially if there are young children or pets in the family.

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From Pool to Movie Theatre in Minutes - Primrose Hill

Our latest moving floor pool is one of many custom-designed features in a super luxury residence in London’s upmarket Primrose Hill. Designed in the image of the Maison de Vere in Paris, the striking home comes with every luxury imaginable including this minimalist subterranean pool with an inbuilt moving floor.

Our latest moving floor pool is one of many custom-designed features in a super luxury residence in London’s upmarket Primrose Hill. Designed in the image of the Maison de Vere in Paris, the striking home comes with every luxury imaginable including this minimalist subterranean pool with an inbuilt moving floor.

Moving floor pools are becoming increasingly popular because they allow the client to close the pool completely and transform the space for a different use. When the floor is lowered at the base of this pool, which has a maximum depth of 1.2 metres, it is ready for full depth swimming.  At the other end of the scale, the pool floor can be raised so that it creates a paddling pool for youngsters.  In fact, the floor can be set at literally any level the client wishes.

When the moving floor is raised to deck level, it covers the water completely providing a solid, load-bearing floor on which people can stand and walk with total confidence – the pool room is instantly transformed for other uses and in this installation, the room doubles up as a private cinema.

This minimalist design reflects the contemporary interior of the unique property, which has a distinctive “warehouse” feel, albeit enormous! The sleek, rectangular pool measures 9.81 x 3 metres and features an attractive semi level deck system.  Instead of the more conventional overflow system, the water sits just beneath the edge of the pool surface. The floor tiles surrounding the pool are natural stone and the surface of the moving floor is also finished in natural stone, ensuring a beautiful seamless interior floor throughout the room.

The pool incorporates high-quality stainless steel floor inlets that allow heated water to return to the pool, giving an even flow to the semi-level deck; the pool walls are finished with Pacelite, a cement-based lining that offers a luxury alternative to ceramic tiles.  EVA Optic high efficient LED lighting completes the picture.

As one would expect from a top quality pool, the plantroom equipment is of the highest standard including a Heatstar Phoenix heat recovery ventilation system for superior environmental control; an automatic chemical dosing system and a Triogen ultraviolet system for disinfection and excellent water quality.

Photos: Joas Souza

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Moving Floor Pools Frequently Asked Questions

Moving floor pools stimulates a lot of questions. We are delighted to present a Q&A giving answers to the most frequently asked questions. What is a moving floor pool? It is a swimming pool that is designed and built with a floor at the base of the pool. Many people want a luxury pool without permanently sacrificing space to the pool. When the moving floor is activated, it rises to the top of the pool, covering the water with a solid floor. Using a control panel, clients pre-set the depth of water for swimming. They can adjust the floor level to any depth to accommodate different requirements, for example, a shallow depth for children to paddle.

Moving floor pools stimulate a lot of questions.  We are delighted to present a Q&A answering the most frequently asked questions.

What is a moving floor pool?
It is a swimming pool that is designed and built with a floor at the base of the pool. Many people want a luxury pool without permanently sacrificing space to the pool.  When the moving floor is activated, it rises to the top of the pool, covering the water with a solid floor.  Using a control panel, clients pre-set the depth of water for swimming. They can adjust the floor level to any depth to accommodate different requirements, for example, a shallow depth for children to paddle.

Who buys moving floor pools?
People who want multi-use space. We have clients who transform the pool area for all types of social occasions to one who uses the covered pool for orchestral rehearsals.

Do you make the moving floor?
We design and build pools with moving floors; however, we are not manufacturers of moving floors. LSPC is an authorised dealer for Hydrofloors® and builds pools using its advanced movable floor system.

How does a moving floor work?
The Hydrofloors® movable floors structure comprises stainless steel beams, which are calculated precisely to the pool size requirements to allow for a strong load capacity. A higher load capacity at the surface level (350 kg/m2) is achieved by using locking pins sliding automatically in the pool shell walls. Under the structure, between the main stainless steel beams we install buoyancy packs; these are designed to make the floor float in the highest position.

Can you explain the floor structure and finishing?
The floor surface finish consists of 3mm thick stainless steel plates and are ready to be tiled/finished. The finish will match the rest of the flooring in the room.  This ensures a seamless look when the floor is raised. The complete floor structure is buoyant and pulled down via cables and a pulley system with water based hydraulic cylinder to the desired depth. All components (structure, cables, etc) are sized taking into consideration all safety factors.  
   
How much time does the floor take to reach to the top of the pool?
A Hydrofloors® moving floor takes approximately 8 minutes to rise from the bottom of the pool to the top of the pool.

Where does the water go when the moving floor is raised?
All the pool water is held safely beneath the moving floor.

Is there a limit to how many times a day one can raise and lower the moving floor?
Clients can raise and lower the pool floor whenever they wish.

How much room is required for the moving floor?
The moving floor can be built to almost any size required.  Depending on the size, the pool structure will need to be between 700mm and 900mm deeper than the swimming depth to accommodate the floatation tanks and operating mechanisms.

Can you retrofit a moving floor into an existing swimming pool?
Retrofitting a moving floor into an existing pool would require major modifications on the pool so we do not recommend doing this. Clients should incorporate a moving floor at the pool planning stage.

What weight can the raised floor take?
The load capacity at the surface level is 350 kg/m2.

Can you have a moving floor on an outdoor pool?
Yes.  A moving floor can be installed in both indoor and outdoor pools. An outdoor moving floor pool provides the same space saving benefits, providing a terrace for socialising.

Does the moving floor come with a warranty?
Yes.  Hydrofloors® warranty provides the following:

  • 10-year warranty on the stainless steel structure, giding rollers, locking pins
  • 3-year warranty on buoyancy packs, cables, pulleys
  • 2-year warranty on hydraulic power pack, ram and other electro- parts

Complete warranty details are contained in the Hydrofloors® warranty certificate.

For more information and some great photos, check out our Moving Floors Flipbook Portfolio produced with Hydrofloors.

If you have a question that is not covered here, please email Jamie Smith at enquiries@londonswimmingpools.com.

LSPC would like to thank Hydrofloors® for its assistance in compiling this Q&A document.

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Moving Floor - Party Time In and Out of the Pool - London

This imposing pool has been designed and built with Hydrofloors Moveable Floor system, enabling the family to easily switch from swimming to entertaining up to 60 guests in a cool, comfortable environment. Fun in and out of the pool!

This imposing pool has been designed and built with a Hydrofloors Moveable Floor system, enabling the family to switch easily from swimming to entertaining up to 60 guests  in a cool, comfortable environment. 

The moving floor can be elevated to whatever water level desired, for example, from completely lowered at 2 metres for maximum swimming depth to raising it to a level that allows young children to paddle. And fully raised to deck level, the floor provides a robust, attractive floor for socialising.

Working with architect and main contractor, Janine Stone, LSPC created this 15.8m x 3.2m metre classic design with two magnificent Roman ends. The large format porcelain tiles were specially fabricated down to 20 x 20mm to achieve a perfect finish on the Roman ends. The steps  are centred on the right side of the pool and cast into the pool wall to ensure that the moving floor glides smoothly over them. 

Features include two Hugo Lahme massage stations which are recessed, as are the Wibre 3 x 3 watt LED lights, avoiding any protrusion from the wall structure.  The pool walls are finished with 600 x 600mm elegant cream coloured porcelain tiles and the same large format porcelain tiles were used for the pool surround creating a light and seamless feel to the 75 square metre pool hall.  

The air handling system, which controls the temperature in the pool hall, is linked to the moving floor allowing the heating to set back the temperature when the pool cover is fully raised,  conserving energy.  This  pool also has a chilling mode which drops the air temperature to 20 degrees, creating a lovely cool ambience for guests.

For more information and some great photos, check out our Moving Floors Flipbook Portfolio produced with Hydrofloors.

For more information on Hydrofloors moveable floors click here.

Awards: Bronze Award - British Pool & Hot Tubs Awards 2015
Gold Award - Inground Residential Spas and Health Pools British Pool & Hot Tubs Awards 2015
Partner: Main Contractor: Janine Stone

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Moving Floor Pool - Kensington, London

The leisure area is located on the third level below ground and required a 25 metre excavation. The installation combines the latest in technology to offer a stunning and comfortable space for exercise, relaxation and entertainment.

The leisure area is located on the third level below ground and required a 22 metre excavation.  The installation combines the latest in technology to offer a stunning and comfortable space for exercise, relaxation and entertainment.   

The pool features a moving floor which can be set at different levels in the water, including at full depth for swimming, shallow for young children to play and splash and completely raised to provide a large floor space for social gatherings and entertainment. The ability to transform an area in this way is particularly useful in properties in the heart of London where space is at a premium.

The understated internal pool finishes in shades of cream come to life via rows of contrasting white and colour changing underwater LED lights.  A dry bonded black slate wall adds interest and texture along one side of the pool and is replicated on the opposite wall as a backdrop to the spa.

The custom built spa features six hydrotherapy jets and six calf massage jets and is finished with black and silver Italian mosaic to match the leisure area’s elegant colour scheme.

Awards: SPATA Design Award 2013
Partner: Management Contractor: AP Arcon Construction

 

 

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Concert Hall Moving Floor Pool - Wimbledon Village, London

An exclusive design and installation, the pool features a moving floor set in an arched wood-finished enclosure. The pool functions both as a large leisure pool with adjustable depth, accommodating children of different heights and swimming abilities, as well as a concert hall when the floor is raised.

An exclusive design and installation, the pool features a moving floor set in an arched wood-finished enclosure.  The pool functions both as a large leisure pool with adjustable depth, accommodating children of different heights and swimming abilities, as well as a concert hall when the floor is raised. 

The innovative buoyant floor technology allows a pool area to double-up for multiple uses, for example a dance floor, function hall, cinema, meeting and conference room facility, a terrace – the possibilities are endless.  Pools with moving floors are particularly beneficial where space is limited.

Award: SPATA Gold Winner 2006

Partners: Architectural Design: Michael di Marco Architect
Pool hydraulic Design: BBS Technical Services

 

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