London Swimming Pool Company
The minimalist design of the semi-level deck pool and the hall are simple in form with clean lines throughout. The space is flooded with light from the surrounding french windows, skylights and a roof lantern that casts attractive shapes on the water. The pool and hall feature a monochromatic colour palette of subtle greys that create an inviting atmosphere – the pool and hall ooze tranquillity.
The pool, which measures 12.2 x 3.5 x 1.3m deep, is finished in large-format porcelain tiles, which help to create a spacious, luxurious feel.
A HydroStar counter-current swim unit with a single turbine is capable of delivering 160m³ per hour flow to swim against. The current enables swimmers to enjoy vigorous swimming training and therapeutic massage.
Complementing the pool is a separate, 6-seater spa which is finished in the same porcelain tiles as the pool.
The plant room uses technologically-advanced equipment that ensures high performance, energy and cost-efficiency. Highlights of the technical equipment include a Phoenix environmental control and heating system from Heatstar. Water treatment starts with medium rate filtration (25m³/h/m²) with Activated Filter Media (AFM) within the filter vessels complementing a turnover for the swimming pool water within four hours.
A Bayrol Pool Manager Pro monitors water chemistry and ensures a measured dosage of sanitiser and pH minus are injected into the swimming pool water via the plant room circulating pipework. There is also a Triogen UV system to assist with keeping the combined chlorine levels under control during heavy bather loads. These features are key to both the pool and spa, with the exception of the spa turnover which is around 15 minutes.
Typically pool owners want to ensure extra safety around pool usage, to protect their pools and conserve energy, and the owners of this pool are no exception – consequently, the pool is fitted with an Ocea Polycarbonate automatic pool cover and the spa is fitted with a bubble cover. When the swimming pool and spa covers are on, the air handling system will set back the room temperature from 28 to 22ºC (whilst keeping the pool water at 29ºC) – this saves energy when the pool is not in use because:
Floor inlets deliver the filtered and heated water back into the pool and eventually over the weir edge which is just below the finished floor level. This weir allows for up to 100% of the circulated water duty to flow through the pool tank giving optimum circulation. This slot is fitted to both sides of the pool in their entirety to maximise this flowing of the swimming pool water.
LSPC worked closely with the client to realise the bespoke tile layout pattern ensuring lines flow through the pool and onto the surround as sympathetically as is possible working into columns and window reveals and around floor grilles delivering warm air back into the room. Pool edge tiles were all measured on-site and fabricated off-site to allow the walkway to flow where stone meets water.