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Swimming Pool Feasibility Studies

One of the types of Project that must be studied in detail is the development of commercial swimming pool facilities - indoors or outdoors.

The success of a commercial swimming pool often requires some subsidy from central government, local goverment or sports body to cover all the operating costs.

So it is essential that the level of subsidy is known before the facility is built as otherwise there is a high level of risk that the swimming pool will be shut long before the useful life of the building and pool equipment expires.

Alternatively it may be necessary to design the pool in a way that allows its use by a variety of local organisations - particularly swimming clubs, triathlon clubs and local schools that send their pupils to be taught to swim.

The complexity of the problem

The pressure is on to maximise revenue generation and reduce the running costs of every public swimming pool in the modern world where public finance is under so much pressure.

And it is just as important that new pool projects in developing economies are the subject of a rigorous study to make sure that they are commercially viable.

It is a generally true that:-

So it is vitally important to get the pool size right.

The provision of separate water areas for different activities is very unlikely nowadays to be justifiable on a cost basis and so competitive activities like diving and synchronised swimming may only be provided on a cost effective basis by including movable floors and bulkheads or booms.

Assessment of the Demand

All these factors increase the complexity of the whole planning and design process and it is vital to get an experienced pool design consultant to:-

Assessment of the suitability of the Site or Site Options

The assessment of the Site Options will need to consider:-

The Pool Design elements that will need to be considered include:

The site layout Design Elements that will need to be considered include:-

The site layout Design Elements that will need to be considered include the Location of:-

Pool Designers are needed to get the Concept Design of a pool right!

The world-wide building industry is dominated by International Architects - many of them are British or American - and the world-wide civil engineering industry is dominated by British and American consultants

So it is very stange that the world-wide pool industry is dominated by Pool Installation contractors who provide "Design and Build" Services.

Quite frankly I do not believe that Pool Installation Contractors know how to get the Concept Design right! - they are good at the detailed engineering - and that is what they should concentrate on.

But if the basic concept is wrong the project will never be really successful - not matter how good the detailed engineering is!

I sincerely believe that if a Pool Contractor is responsible for the Concept Design of a pool project it will have real flaws that will cause real problems throughout its useful life.....

.... and more importantly its useful life can easily be as much as half of what it would have been if the engineering has been done properly in the first place.

So on Public Swimming Pools Bluepools works closely with the Client or his Architect to develope a Concept Design that:-

  1. Optimises the layout of the pool, deck areas and changing room facilities to facilitate control of and the flow of customers through the facility
  2. Optimises the use of the volume of the building that is assigned to swimming activities by getting the right balance between air space over the pool, deck areas and undercroft areas.
  3. Optimises the location of the balance tanks, filters, pumps and control panels to minimise piping run lengths and pumping costs
  4. Optimises the layout of the undercroft areas to minimise floor level trip hazards, access to the back of the pool walls and access to the underside of the overflow gutters
  5. Makes sure that there are no areas where high humidity can persist or cold bridges that instigate condensation and ugly staining of the building fabric
  6. Makes sure that the water supply to the pool from the main in the street is adequate as well as the drains required for emptying the pool quickly in the event of an emergency

Typical Brief for the preliminary inspection of an existing pool installation

Bluepools will provide a draft brief for an initial inspection for approval by the Client after a discussion or exchange of Emails about the problem.

The Brief could typically include :-

Common Commercial swimming pool design faults

The detailed engineering is normally fine both in public, health club and council owned swimming pools but..........

  1. Through life energy cost forecasts are not carried out to balance initial capital costs against through life running costs

  2. The access arrangements to the undercroft areas of public pools are often both unsafe and some areas are in many cases completely inaccessible

  3. Long term corrosion problems are ignored by not providing for access to control corrosion and by not proving temperature and humidity control in both the undercroft and the pool hall

  4. Stainless steel installations are not designed and specified in a way that reduces rapid corrosion of the stainless steel elements - yes it does corrode unless it is properly designed and installed

  5. Filtration systems are undersized for the peak bathing loads - this is especially true for school pools where 30 people can be in the pool continuously for long periods of time

  6. Badly designed Pool Decks are a major problem - simply because splash out must be returned to the pool and deck cleaning water taken to the sewers

  7. Balance tanks are undersized or located where they can overflow and cause flooding - this results in a requirement to run bigger pumps for longer periods.

Infinity Pool at the top of a 20 storey building

So it does not matter whether you are considering an infinity pool at the top of a 20 storey hotel or a commercial pool for leisure swimmers in a small town - it will need a Feasibility Study that looks at all the development Options in the same way that every other Feasibility Study should!


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