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Stunning Restoration of Damaged 40 Year Old Pool - London

Refurbishing a swimming pool that is long past its ‘use-by date’ is as exciting a design project as building a new pool. In the case of this 40-year-old freeform pool the structure had suffered from movement and cracking because it had remained empty for many years. Pools need water along with regular servicing and maintenance to preserve the integrity of the structure! London Swimming Pool Company (LSPC) was delighted to be given the task of breathing new life into a pool with quite a checkered past.

Refurbishing a swimming pool that is long past its ‘use-by date’ is as exciting a design project as building a new pool. In the case of this 40-year-old freeform pool the structure had suffered from movement and cracking because it had remained empty for many years. Pools need water along with regular servicing and maintenance to preserve the integrity of the structure!  London Swimming Pool Company (LSPC) was delighted to be given the task of breathing new life into a pool with quite a checkered past.  

The pool refurbishment was part of a wider property refurbishment project which required a high level of coordination so that the pool refurbishment team could work ‘just-in-time’ and keep on schedule. The team worked closely with the main contractor and the pool owners to transform the damaged structure into this impressive contemporary pool. The unique shape (14m at its longest point and 7m at its widest point), profile and variable depth of the pool shell (1m-2.5m) were a challenge in terms of establishing the position of the new fittings and features. 

The extensive renovation included removing the mosaic tiles, rendering the pool and installing brand new pipework. The old fittings, for example; skimmers; inlets; vacuum; main drains, and the pool lights, were replaced with stainless-steel alternatives. Instead of a tiled finish, the client chose the Alkorplan Touch Prestige pool liner from Aquaflex; a minimalist design that evokes a volcanic rock effect. The pool surround and patio have been finished in Basalt tiling which complements the liner design.

The pool liner was cut to the pool’s specification at the client’s premises and fitted perfectly to create a stylish aesthetic. Apart from the convenience of on-site installation, the liner is ideal  because it eliminates any leak potential from unknown issues with the existing pool structure (such as ground movement), is very low-maintenance compared to tiles, for instance, there will be no need for re-grouting in the future and the liner comes with a 15 year warranty, providing peace of mind.

A completely new filtration and water chemistry system featuring the Bayrol Pool Manager dosing system were designed and installed in a newly built summer house-cum-plant room. The pool is heated via the client’s domestic boiler fed to a Bowman heat exchanger which was also supplied and installed by the LSPC team.

This ambitious refurbishment project is proof of what can be achieved with a very dilapidated pool – starting from scratch is not always the answer. By working together on a shared vision and bringing great craftsmanship to the challenge, the damaged old pool has been restored to its former glory for the family and their friends to enjoy.

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Re-shaping A 40 Year Old Pool - Barnes, London

Refurbishment projects come in all shapes and sizes, and on this project, LSPC replaced a 40-year old, 9.4 metre long kidney shaped pool which was dominating the client’s back garden.

Refurbishment projects come in all shapes and sizes, and on this project, LSPC replaced a 40-year old,  9.4 metre long kidney shaped pool which was dominating the client’s back garden.  The brief was to replace the old pool with a small, family-friendly pool for the client, visiting friends and toddlers, at the same time creating much-needed new outdoor space. Aware of the client's safety concerns, LSPC suggested and then undertook the raising of the back garden by a few centimetres to the level of an existing, rather dangerous, step down from the main house and patio area.  The above work had to be carried out during the winter, on a limited budget, for completion before the following summer.  This gave the design and build teams only 6 months approx to design and install the new pool

The old pool shell was demolished, quite a task (involving additional personnel to meet the schedule), then LSPC carefully filled in most of the old pool area to create a level base for new garden landscaping, including the laying of a small lawn.  They then built a modern 4 x 3 metre rectangular pool in the unfilled-in section of the old pool.

LSPC was able to re-use much of the existing plant equipment, which had been well-maintained over many years, reconnecting the new pool to the original plantroom. Additionally, they installed two new features, specified by the client: 

The first was a Fluvo counter-current unit.  This meant that despite the pool's comparatively small size, keen users could swim any number of 'virtual' lengths against the (adjustable) counter-current (a feature which can also be used for massage purposes).

The second was the fitting of a PoolLock safety cover since the client particularly wanted to ensure safety around the pool when not in use. The rectangular shape of the new pool made the option of this type of pool cover financially feasible.

The change in the pool design now provides the client with a far more aesthetically pleasing garden, whilst giving her peace of mind with regard to safety.  Another benefit of the smaller pool is that the client finds it far easier to maintain than the old one in between regular professional servicing.

The client's final verdict: “I’m delighted with my new family-friendly pool and garden.  Not only did LSPC manage the pool project superbly, but they completed the work on time and on budget - very impressive, especially since certain small modifications needed to be made as the build process progressed.  My new pool has been much admired and enjoyed by all and sundry, particularly during last summer's heatwave!”

Partner: Garden Design: Mike Bayon Garden Design

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Domestic Pool Refurbishment - Wimbledon, London

This sophisticated pool is the first ever project which has been given two SPATA design awards.

This sophisticated pool is the first ever project to have been given two SPATA design awards.   The pool was initially constructed in 1992 and then given a make-over in 2005.  The classic blue to dark green interior finish blends beautifully with the changing garden colours; ideal for a pool that remains open throughout the year.

Award: SPATA Gold Award 2009 and SPATA Silver Award 1992 – Best Domestic Refurbishment

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Private Communal Pool - Wimbledon, London

The fresh, bright pool and surround finishes along with the new arched wooded ceiling featuring eight skylights have turned the pool complex into a very inviting place with the added therapeutic benefits of a sauna.

The original pool was built in the 1970s and closed in 2008 on safety grounds as it was in a very poor condition after so many years’ service.  This extensive refurbishment contract turned into a complete re-build as the pool shell needed to be re-aligned and re-enforced and the pool hall extended to accommodate a bigger plantroom.

The fresh, bright pool and surround finishes along with the new arched wooded ceiling featuring eight skylights have turned the pool complex into a very inviting place with the added therapeutic benefits of a sauna.

The new high tech equipment provides not just great water and air quality for bathers, but also minimum maintenance and meets the stringent health and safety requirements for public pools.

Before the renovation, only a handful of residents used the facility, and now 75% of the 40 households enjoy the pool several times a week.  The head of the pool committee said: “The project has brought the community of the estate closer together.”

Residents appreciate the improvement to their lifestyles and have also welcomed the increase in the value of their properties arising from the dramatic transformation of the pool and spa complex.

Architect: Architectural Design: Michael di Marco Architects

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Pool and Spa Renovation - Kensington, London

This old, sub-standard pool and spa underwent a metamorphosis, emerging from its renovation as a beautiful, serene, inviting space. The project entailed the complete overhaul of the 4,000 square feet pool to complement the quality of design and high level finish of the rest of the property.

This old, sub-standard pool and spa underwent a metamorphosis, emerging from its renovation as a beautiful, serene, inviting space.  The project entailed the complete overhaul of the 4,000 square feet pool to complement the quality of design and high-level finish of the rest of the property.

The warm, clean look was achieved by using natural stone on the floor and walls combined with black mirrors and darkly stained wood panels setting of the new mosaic tiles in foggy blue in the pool.

The lighting system enhances the effect – it is dimmable and fitted in recesses in the pool surround to wash down the stone strips.

The air handling system was replaced and was replaced and all air outlet grilles were powder coated to blend in with the colours of the walls.

Architect: Architectural Design: Markcam Associates

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Riverside Outdoor Pool Refurbishment - Twickenham, Middlesex

The outdoor pool, which is overlooked by a magnificent riverside Palladian-influenced residence, was completely rebuilt.

The outdoor pool, which is overlooked by a magnificent riverside Palladian-influenced residence, was completely rebuilt.   With a new shell and surround, plant and pipework, finishes and lights, fixtures and fittings, the revitalised pool now looks like a dark gemstone set amongst the lush hanging willow trees in the tranquil manicured gardens on the banks of the Thames.

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Outdoor Pool Refurbishment - Wimbledon, London

The tired and damaged outdoor pool underwent an amazing transformation along with the landscaping at this beautiful property. The brief was to create the look and feel of a natural pool in a woodland and this was achieved by retaining the trees around the pool and choosing shades of cream and sand for the glass mosaic interior finishes, resulting in the pool water appearing a clear, light green colour similar to that of a pond.

The tired and damaged outdoor pool underwent an amazing transformation along with the landscaping at this beautiful property.  The brief was to create the look and feel of a natural pool in a woodland and this was achieved by retaining the trees around the pool and choosing shades of cream and sand for the glass mosaic interior finishes, resulting in the pool water appearing a clear, light green colour similar to that of a pond.

While undertaking the transformation, the old fashioned deep pool was made shallower to make it safer for younger children as well as adults to use the pool.

Sawn York Stone paving and sandstone coping stones add to the earthy theme and the splendid surrounding flower beds complete the tranquil scene. 

Project Manager: Nicola Reynolds
Main Contractor: GM Developments

 

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Outdoor Pool Renovation - Wimbledon, London

Renovated from its very tired existing marbelite finished condition to a look perfectly matches the "English Country Garden" in which it sits.

Renovated from its very tired existing marbelite finished condition to a look perfectly matches the "English Country Garden" in which it sits. The interior is finished in a simple matt black ceramic mosaic which has a stunning shimmer in the sunshine.

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Outdoor Pool Renovation - Wimbledon, London

This 11 x 4 metre outdoor pool received a new lease of life with some concrete shell remodelling and a high quality new liner providing much enjoyment for all the family through the summer months

This 11 x 4 metre outdoor pool received a new lease of life with some concrete shell remodelling and a high quality new liner providing much enjoyment for all the family through the summer months.

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