31 October 2014
Lighting up your swimming pool, Jason Beirne, LSPC Service Engineer
This is Jason Beirne’s final bog as a Service Engineer at LSPC. Jason will continue blogging in his new role as Trainee Project Designer at the Contracting arm of London Swimming Pool Campany. From December yuou can follow Jason's blog in this section.
It’s the 31st of October, and it’s the warmest Halloween on record!
My determination to wear shorts and T-shirt for my last day as a service engineer has been backed up by the weather report on the radio, as I travel towards Norland Square in London.
It’s intriguing to observe us as a species after the clocks change, I pass cyclists, some donning summer Lycra, whilst others have gone the more arctic route with big coats; it simply knocks us a little off kilter. I hate to think of what it does for the bird kingdom, some species trapped in the departure lounge of migration, waiting to flock south whilst snacking on the new season’s treats.
Light is a hot topic at this time of year too. We are suddenly graced with it again in the mornings, Hindus celebrate Diwali, which is the festival of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance, and lest we forget our annual nod to the pyromaniac that was Guy Fawkes.
Lighting in swimming pools
As a company that has been established for 30 years, some of the pools that are serviced have been with us since the beginning. This month, I saw my oldest residential pool yet – it dates back to circa 1950; it was in its original, state, but now in very poor condition. Unless a pool has been refurbished, the older generation tend not to have underwater lighting. However, no matter what age your pool, adding lighting to the equation adds a completely new dimension and quality to the experience; whether it’s an outdoor pool that is used for al fresco entertaining in the evening or an indoor pool that changes colour to the rhythm of the music that’s playing in the pool hall.
LED lights are the latest must have, whether you’re planning your pool or considering a refurbishment.
We install LED lighting in all our refurbishments and new builds. If you have halogen lights, we will present the option of transferring to LEDS because of the benefits they yield being brighter, burning longer and having lower energy consumption. There are benefits to servicing as well - the bulbs need to be changed less frequently!
The approach of maximising efficiency is key in all aspects of swimming pool maintenance, from lighting to filtration, from retaining heat to chemical consumption and this ethos runs through the veins of all at London Swimming Pool Company. Ultimately this means leaving less of a carbon footprint and for somebody that once studied arboriculture, that is very motivating.
Today I have five central London clients to attend to: Norland Square, Onslow Gardens, Bentinck Street, and two in the Phillimore Gardens area. (Since working in London, the Street and place names of London are something which I’ve become interested in and some great stories lay behind many of the names – the book London Place Names by Caroline Taggart is a good one to check out.).
I arrive early for my first appointment, and on my way to the parking ticket machine, get a chance to view the houses that have been decorated for Halloween. It’s a big deal in this neighbourhood – some houses have been totally transformed with ghoulish effect. Luckily the pool cover problem that had arisen the day before wasn’t so frightening and I was able to sort it out quickly.
Second up, a long standing customer has forgotten to reschedule the appointment, so slip a note through the door, leave a phone message and get Q to send an email, so that all channels of communication are covered.
A cold start to the day
Many employers are now installing health facilities to accommodate the demand from employees wishing to stay fit. In the city, nobody wants to be held up in the commute to work, so cycling, jogging, skating and scooting are all popular forms of transport.
Our newest client has an office with 60 associates and has just installed a full gymnasium with an ice bath that is proving to be very popular before work begins.
Ice baths offer huge benefits for muscular rehabilitation after workouts and massively decrease recovery time; I expect to see a huge increase in popularity with these units.
After my last two jobs just a stone’s throw from Harrods in Knightsbridge, it’s time to take all the week’s recycling back to the office and carry out all necessary paperwork. It’s been a long week and that’s proven by the amount of empty chemical containers that have accumulate in my trusty steed, but it’s a good feeling to know that these will be replenished, ready for another week of servicing.
This blog is dedicated to our former Chairman Tony Line, who gave me the encouragement to start blogging! Thanks for the kind words and long may you be the light that shines bright for LSPC.