Commercial Pool Renovation

I. The Problem

Commercial pools must be operated to a standard that completely protects the health of every user - irrespective of whether they are employees, contractors or members of the paying public.

Commercial pools include:

The following types of facility are included:

Every commercial pool operator is faced with the requirement to maintain safety and reduce costs in order to maintain the economic viability of the facility - that is the PROBLEM.

II. Bather Satisfaction

If the water in a pool is sparkling, the air quality in the facility is fresh and there is nothing that bathers can complain / worry about - they will return time and time again. If the water is cloudy, the air is dank and there is a background odour of chlorine - they will never come back!

III. Improve Air & Water Quality whilst reducing Pool Running Costs

Bluepools provides just a Service that will:

IV. The Process

Bluepools will undertake an Inspection and then provide a Report. See below an example:

Bluepools Report on ABC Pool at AB1 2CD

Proposal and Report

Once a Proprosal request has been received, Bluepools will provide a tailored Report which will generally adhere to the following format.

The Consultant

Bluepools Ltd. is a highly experienced and qualified swimming pool consultant and has been asked to carry out an inspection and provide a report on the condition of the swimming pools, pool plant and equipment at XYZ.

The Inspection will be carried out by Mr Will Witt B.Eng. C.Eng. M.I.C.E. during week commencing ?/?/20??

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Swimming and Spa Pool Regulations

It is understood that the facilities at ?????? were built in ????????? and so the pools and equipment are approximately ?? years old.

It should be noted that there are no statutory requirements for the quality of swimming pool water in Commercial Pools in the UK.

The industry generally follows the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (known as the PWTAG) Code of Practice. However, this is not mandatory and many swimming pools currently in use do not meet the standards recommended in this Code of Practice.

The Report will identify the elements of the existing pool plant and equipment that do not currently meet the recommendations of the PWTAG Code of Practice with regards to water and air quality in indoor pools. The operational management recommendations of the PWTAG Code of Practice will also need to be met when the pool has been renovated.

The HSE document HSG179 Managing Health & Safety in Swimming Pools is also relevant and the detailed requirements of this document will need to be considered during the Detailed Design Phase of the renovation project.

Both HSE and PWTAG have recently publsihed the following documents:

No doubt these documents will soon become the standard for the design and operation of such faciliities and all existing facilities covered by these documents will have to be upgraded.

If any renovation project needs Building Regulation Approval the requirements of the Disability Diiscrimination Act may also need to be taken into account during the Detailed Design Phase of the project.

Purpose of Inspection

An initial inspection by an experienced pool consultant without any invasive excavation of the structure or testing of concrete, pumps and pipework etc. will identify most, if not all, of the issues that might effect the economic viability of the swimming pool in the short and long term.

However, the inspection may also indicate that further testing on concrete density, reinforcement cover, depth of carbonisation, degree of chloride attack is necessary to confirm the probable remaining useful life of the pool structure.

The inspection will also identify any Health and Safety Issues as these can have high risk implications and can be very costly to correct.

Buried pipework may also need to be tested before it can be incorporated into the renovation works.

The bathing loads that are currently in place may require a much shorter pool water turnover period than is currently being provided.

The water treatment system may also be inadequate as chlorine is very limited in its ability to remove Cryptosporidium and coagulation dosing may be appropriate.

Feedback from the Client will also be necessary to tenable the Consultant to identify the appropriate Development Options during Renovation.

The purpose of the inspection and report will be to identify the areas of concern that do not currently meet the recommendations of the PWTAG and HSE documents and to identify the reasons for any particular problems that have been expereinced by the Operator as follows:-

The Report

A Draft Report will be submiited to the Client in digital pdf format within 10 working days of the Inspection.
Bluepools will respond to queries, amend the report and return to the Client within 5 working days of receipt of the comments.

The fee for the report depends on the complexity of the installation and will range from about £1000 + VAT for an average size outdoor pool up to several thousand for a multiple pool and spa complex.

Please click here to see a sample report prepared by Bluepools.

Development Options

The Bluepools reports will normally include two basic options.

Option No 1 will have the objective of reducing the overall running costs and improvement of water quality but not general facility improvement which would increase the attractiveness of the facility to users.

Option No 2 will examine how the facility can be additionally improved for instance by the installation of water features, spa pools, better quality paving and the changing of a freeboard pool into a deck level pool etc.

The capital costs and running costs of both options will be provided in a tabular format that identifies the cost and benefits from each element of both options.

Quotation for the Pool Renovation

The Client will consider the findings of the Report and if a decision to proceed with the Renovation Project is made Bluepools will submit a Quotation for the preferred Option.

The Quote will be broken down with the cost of each element and the labour cost identified as seperate items:

The water disinfection system will be based on minimising the use of chemicals by constantly circulating the pool water through an Ultra Violet water treatment unit.
The minimal chlorine levels will be maintained by automatic chlorine pH monitoring and dosing systems which will be monitored by Bluepools via the Internet as monitoring & backup of the work being carried out by the trained lifeguards (See below).

The Renovation Works

The Renovation work will be carried out in 3 Phases:

Phase 1 - Detailed Design

Bluepools will provide a Folio of Drawings and Schedules that includes:

Bluepools will proceed with Phase 2 after the Client has approved the Phase 1 Drawings.

Phase 2 - Installation and Commissioning

Bluepools will carry out the works in accordance with the detailed Proposals provided in Phase 1 using a specialist sub-contractor. Bluepools will commission the pool and hand it over to the Client.

Phase 3 - Training of Lifeguards and Pool Maintenance

Rebecca Witt of Bluepools is a Palm Academy approved trainer of Pool Technicians. During the first month of the renovated pool being in use, she will attend as required to train the nominated lifeguards in the operation and maintenance of the pool.

The Quotation will include the monitoring service for 12 months after the pool has been commissioned .

Bluepools will the provide a fee based service for continuing with the ongoing training of lifeguards and the monitoring of the pool water quality ...
The Pool Operator will never have to use an unreliable pool maintance contractor ever again!!!