A legacy for future generations
For Sue Jackson, head teacher of Lee Chapel Primary School in Essex, UK, ensuring primary school pupils were able to swim from an early age was a lifelong ambition. She was determined no student should ever leave her school frightened of the water.
When Sue first joined Lee Chapel back in 1999, only Year 6 children were able to go swimming, by which age some had already developed a phobia and refused to participate. She lowered the age at which children started attending lessons, but dreamed of opening a pool on-site so pupils could learn from as young as four. Her challenge was to find the funding for a 25 x 11 m commercial indoor swimming pool.
Following countless rejections for government and local authority support, the school community began fundraising in earnest. “It was the hardest thing we’ve ever tried to get money for. Normally for every 10 bids we submit, we get eight rejections. For the pool, it was higher,” Jackson said.
In 2017 the school finally reached its target, engaging the services of commercial swimming pool specialists Gunton Swimming Pools and Hydrospec Engineering, who have worked as a partnership for over 30 years. The brief was to deliver a brand new, fully tiled 25 m indoor school swimming pool that could be enjoyed by pupils for years to come.
When it came to choosing the filtration equipment, Hydrospec immediately turned to Waterco products. “Whether specifying or installing, Hydrospec only recommends Waterco products due to their durability and pioneering design features — and has done so for many years,” said John Cheek, managing director, Hydrospec.
Waterco partnered with Hydrospec to supply two SPDD1600 nozzle commercial filters with one Dual Pressure Gauge Panel, one Hydrostar Plus 7.5HP Commercial Pump and six Commercial Supa Skimmers.
Nozzle plate filters were used over the more conventional lateral commercial filters in order to produce a better standard of fluidisation and sanitisation. The filters can be used with a combination of in-depth filtration techniques, and a variety of media, to provide everything from sediment removal to the elimination of minerals and odours from pool water.
“The pool’s flow rate is 100 m3/h/m2 and the backwash rate is 30 m3/h/m2, which is perfect for pristine filtration and to ensure complete fluidisation of the filter bed when backwashing,” Creek said.
The filter media used is Waterco’s EcoPure recycled glass media, which removes 30% more pollutants than sand media, is less susceptible to biofouling and reduces chemical treatment costs.
“EcoPure Glass media is a high-quality recycled glass that is fast becoming the preferred choice of many installers when looking for an alternative to conventional sand,” said Tony Fisher, managing director of Waterco Europe.
The school’s brand new £1.6 million, 25 x 11 m indoor pool was finally opened in July 2017. Thanks to Jackson’s initial vision and the determination of the entire school community, pupils now have weekly swimming classes taught by experienced teachers and brand new safety equipment. The school has also secured a deal with swimming school Aqua Aims to hire the facility outside school hours, which will cover all maintenance costs.
“Together with parents and pupils, we have achieved something truly amazing that will benefit thousands of Lee Chapel pupils for years to come,” said Jackson.
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