THE Swimming Pool and Allied Trade Association is celebrating an outstanding year of success for the pool building sector with record breaking wins unveiled at its annual UK awards ceremony at The Grand Hotel, Brighton this month.
In one of the closest fought competitions in memory, an unprecedented 13 companies came away with gold awards with five separate companies winning top UK titles.
They include two Pools Of The Year awards – an indoor residential pool built by Heritage Pools of Surrey and an outdoor residential pool built by the team from Rio Pools and Hot Tubs of Gloucestershire.
The London Swimming Pool Company and Penguin Swimming Pools from Devon, tied for the top spot of Pool Contractor of the Year. Meanwhile, Welsh-based Oyster Pool and Leisure completed a remarkable double – adding Pool Retailer Of The Year to the title of Hot Tub Retailers of the year they won last autumn as part of the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association – a sister organisation to SPATA under the British Swimming Pool Federation umbrella.
Engineered Pool Supplies, of Essex, was victorious clinching a second successive win in the Environmental Award category while Steve Nelson, of Certikin International, was named Young Pool Star Of The Year.
“The industry continues to raise standards and this has been one of the hardest fought competitions in memory,” comments Stephen Booth, president of the British Swimming Pool Federation that includes SPATA.
“Demand for luxury swimming pools and home wellness continues to buck the downward economic trend as people opt to improve rather than move,” he adds.
“The industry is confident a good, sustained summer will also breathe fresh life into other levels of the market as home owners invest in a healthier home lifestyle.”
The Swimming Pool and Allied Trade Association (SPATA) represents about 250 specialist pool building companies across the UK with a combined turnover of about £250 million. It estimates that 2,000 new pools will be built in the UK next year in addition to a thriving refurbishment market. State of the art moving floors and walls, extravagant water features and push button controls are top of the wish list. Energy efficiency and environmentally-friendly water treatment are also prime considerations.
SPATA also reports the commercial swimming pool sector is also holding its own buoyed by the Olympic effect.
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