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UK Pool & Spa Awards 2015

around 40 per cent of swimming pools are now purchased for health and wellness reasons alone

Health conscious Brits are contributing to a rise in the sales of home swimming pools and spas for aquatic fitness.

Often considered the ultimate status symbol, sales of home swimming pools and specially designed fitness spas or ‘swim spas’ have hit a new high – as owners seek to shape up, rather than impress the neighbours.

“The popularity of aquatic fitness is playing a huge role in the increase in sales of swimming pools and spas,” says Craig Trusson of leading domestic pool company Home Counties Pools & Hot Tubs.

“I would estimate that around 40 per cent of swimming pools are now purchased for health and wellness reasons alone, which is a huge increase on 10 per cent five years ago.

“Added to that is the relatively new market for swim spas, which is also booming. Five years ago we didn't even stock swim spas – now they contribute to over 10 per cent of our overall sales.”

Christina Connor, editor of leading industry publication Pool & Spa Scene, puts the swing in buying habits down to an increased awareness and understanding of the health benefits of swimming and other forms of aquatic fitness.

“Consumers’ buying reasons have changed; although the ‘wow’ factor remains an important factor for owners, many more are choosing to install pools and spas at home for fitness.
“There has long been a strong emphasis on the health benefits of swimming and it seems that the message is starting to get through, with many pool and spa companies across the country now offering specialised products to meet demand.”

Coinciding with the peak, water leisure companies from across the UK have once again raised the bar in swimming pool and spa provisions at the hotly contested UK Pool & Spa Awards 2015.

Now in their sixth year, the UK Pool & Spa Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the country’s leading companies and organisations that are involved in the multi-million provision of water leisure, both at home and across a variety of public sectors from hotels and health clubs to schools and public pools.

Winners across 21 categories were presented with their trophies at a special business networking and promotional evening in January, held at the NEC in Birmingham.

“The jury of judges unanimously expressed their praise for the outstanding range of projects and venues that speak volumes for the high standard of swimming pool and spa provision, not only in this country but also overseas,” says Christina Connor.

“The standard of entries was extraordinarily high this year and were delighted that the awards racked up over 1,800 online votes – setting a record for the public voting.”

Making a popular return visit to the event, the awards presentation was hosted by Olympic medallist and BBC sports personality, Stephen Parry, who runs his own mobile pool business, Total Swimming.

Stephen says: “Having spent most of my life in and around swimming pools, the pool and spa sector is particularly close to my heart.

“There have been some outstanding projects recognised at this year’s UK Pool & Spa Awards. The industry as a whole should be very proud of its achievements this year.”

ENDS

NOTE TO EDITORS: The 2015 UK Pool & Spa Awards were held at The Gallery at the NEC in Birmingham on 23rd January, to coincide with the opening of the UK Pool & Spa Expo.

More information on the awards can be found at www.ukpoolandspaawards.co.uk

PIC CAPTION: A selection of some of the winning pool and spa projects from this year’s UK Pool & Spa Awards.

For further information or images, please contact Ashleigh Mackenzie at Waterland Media on (01353) 666663 or email ashleigh@thewaterlandgroup.com

2015 UK POOL AND SPA AWARDS WINNERS

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by V12 Finance
WINNER: Paramount Pool Products
RUNNER UP: Pollet Pool Group
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Designworks Tiles

INTERNATIONAL TEAM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Waterland Media
WINNER: Lonza
RUNNER UP: Guncast Swimming Pools
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mineral Supplies International

UK TEAM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Pool & Spa Scene magazine
WINNER: Pollet Pool Group
RUNNER UP: Cheshire Wellness
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aqua Platinum Projects

POOL & SPA PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Waterland Media
WINNER: The eXact iDip from ITS Europe
RUNNER UP: The Circulator from Complete Spas
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Deep Clean from ServoChem UK

WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Waterland Creative
WINNER: Hydrospares
RUNNER UP: Falcon Pools
HIGHLY COMMENDED: All Swim

BEST MARKETING INITIATIVE OR PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Marquis Spas
WINNER: Hot Tub Superstore
RUNNER UP: Help for Heroes Phoenix House Recovery Centre
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aqua Spa Supplies

HEALTH & WELLNESS PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Bayrol
WINNER: Cheshire Wellness
RUNNER UP: Howards Hydrocare
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bos Leisure

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AWARD
Sponsored by Ocea
WINNER: London Swimming Pool Company
RUNNER UP: Aqua Platinum Projects
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Brenntag UK

WATER LEISURE OPERATOR OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by HTH
WINNER: 1Life
RUNNER UP: Parkwood Leisure
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Aquaterra

WATER LEISURE VENUE OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Hanovia
WINNER: Guildford Lido, operated by Freedom Leisure
RUNNER UP: Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, operated by Parkwood Leisure
HIGHLY COMMENDED: WaterWorld


COMMERCIAL REFURBISHMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by HTH
WINNER: Hydrospec
RUNNER UP: Cheshire Wellness
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Hydrospec

COMMERCIAL POOL OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Univar
WINNER: Bridlington Temporary Pool by Total Swimming
RUNNER UP: Center Parcs Woburn Forest
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Perform at St George’s Park by Spire Healthcare

RESIDENTIAL INDOOR POOL OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Bosta
WINNER: Tanby Pools
RUNNER UP: Home Counties Pools and Hot Tubs
HIGHLY COMMENDED: London Swimming Pool Company

RESIDENTIAL OUTDOOR POOL OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Pollet Pool Group
WINNER: Portrait Pools
RUNNER UP: Aqua Platinum Projects
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lifestyle Group
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Tanby Pools
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cheshire Wellness
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Falcon Pools

RESIDENTIAL REFURBISHMENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Fi-Clor
WINNER: Aqua Platinum Projects
RUNNER UP: Tanby Pools
HIGHLY COMMENDED UK Swimming Pools
HIGHLY COMMENDED Tanby Pools

POOL & SPA ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Mineral Supplies International
WINNER: Joe Pocock of Tanby Pools
WINNER: Tompall Gibbs of The Pool & Spa Company
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Daniel Anthony of Spas and Landscapes
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Matt Herbert of Hot Tub Solutions

SPA OR HOT TUB PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by SpaEuro
WINNER: Bathing Under the Sky
RUNNER UP: Splash-Tec
HIGHLY COMMENDED: North Spas

POOL & SPA SHOWROOM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Darlly Europe
WINNER: The Pool & Spa Company
RUNNER UP: Wensum Pools
HIGHLY COMMENDED: All Swim

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Sponsored by Paramount Pool Products
WINNER: Johnson Tiles

OUTSTANDING SWIMMING POOL DESIGN
Sponsored by Sprayed Concrete Solutions
WINNER: Aqua Platinum Projects
WINNER: Guncast Swimming Pools
RUNNER UP: London Swimming Pool Company
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Shehan Luxury Pools

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