Water for wellbeing
With its self-contained wharves, secure warehouses, underground vaults and acres of open water, London’s historic docks in Wapping once played a critical role in the city’s international trade of luxury commodities like coffee and cocoa. Closed to shipping since 1969, the area has attracted a series of new developments, the latest being London Dock by St George of the Berkley Group.
Neighbouring world-famous landmarks including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the River Thames, London Dock is a mixed-use ‘destination’ development containing luxury apartments and penthouses, beautifully landscaped open spaces, water gardens, central squares and boulevards lined with shops, bars and restaurants.
The Health and Fitness Suite at London Docks is billed as ‘a place where you can get in shape or soothe away the stresses of the day’. It includes a number of purpose-built amenities, such as a squash court, a fully equipped gym and a fully tiled 20 m indoor swimming pool. The pool features a vitality spa located at one end comprising a number of spa jets and two stainless steel neck massagers.
The challenge was to sanitise a 20 m indoor swimming pool without harsh chemicals and Waterco’s pool filtration products were selected as suitable for the job.
Designed and built by Aqua Platinum Projects (APP) in conjunction with its supplier, Paramount Pools, the swimming pool and vitality spa needed a robust filtration system that would maintain crystal clear, healthy pool water year-round for residents.
APP opted for two Waterco SMDD1200 Micron commercial sand filters and two 6 HP Hydrostar commercial pumps in the 145 m3 main pool. In the 12 m3 vitality spa, it installed two SMDD1200 Micron commercial sand filters and two 4 HP Hydrostar commercial pumps, along with two Hydrostorm 1.5 HP pumps for the neck massagers and two 2 HP Hydrostorm pumps to operate the spa jets.
“The SMDD range of Micron commercial filters were chosen for a number of reasons, including the unique ‘fishtail lateral arrangement’ rather than the standard star configuration common in the cheaper models of commercial filters available,” said Waterco CEO Tony Fisher.
“The star configuration is generally only used on residential-sized filters. The fishtail lateral arrangement results in superior filtration and reduced backwashing times, saving thousands of litres of water over the year and, along with the 1.2 m bed depth, ensures that the highest level of filtration is guaranteed for years to come.”
The pumps were chosen for their ability to meet the demands of the commercial market in regard to performance, reliability and quietness and are a good match for the SMDD range of Micron filters.
“When Waterco was asked to be involved in such a fantastic job, we were more than delighted,” said Fisher.
One thing is for sure — the Health and Fitness Suite’s luxury swimming pool will become a place where children will learn to swim, stresses will be soothed away and memories made.
“The heart of any swimming pool is the filtration and we insist on the best as that is what our clients expect, and for this reason we have and will only use Waterco filtration and pumps,” said APP Managing Director Ryan Fronda.
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