Temporary pool complex making waves north of border

By October 21, 2014Sport & Leisure

A temporary pool complex supplied and erected by Spaciotempo is making a big splash with residents of a town in Scotland.

The DG One IceBowl will provide swimming facilities while the main leisure hub in Dumfries is closed for refurbishment work.

The temporary pool complex, featuring a 25m pool along with changing rooms, reception area and toilet, opened for the first time on Monday. And civic leaders think it will be just the ticket while a 17-month remedial project at the nearby DG One Leisure Complex is carried out.

Ronnie Nicholson, leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, said: “The pool is a fantastic facility. The facility will enable residents to keep up their swimming activity while work on the leisure complex takes place. Our council committed to provide this facility and I’m confident it will be a success.”

The pool, which is 1.2m deep, has five lanes and can accommodate up to 80 people, is already being used for public swimming and lessons, while clubs and schools will ensure it is kept busy throughout the day. The facility is fully DDA compliant and features two changing villages alongside a fully accessible disabled changing area.

Scott Jameson, managing director of Spaciotempo, said: “Dumfries and Galloway Council wanted to a temporary pool while the main leisure complex is being refurbished.

“We visited the site to found out exactly what was needed and provided the perfect solution. I’m delighted the council are happy with it and we hope swimmers enjoy the facility.”

The temporary pool complex has a translucent roof which lets in a large amount of natural light– providing a more natural environment during daylight hours while reducing running costs and energy consumption. The roof is also equipped with a thermo system to provide easier temperature control while solid insulated uPVC walling ensures that temperature is maintained.

The complex also features specialist non-slip flooring, lighting, heating and ventilation systems, high-profile windows and secure, lockable doors along with innovative built-in vermin flashing, which improves the profile of the building.

Spaciotempo were brought in by Total Swimming, who had been tasked by the council to maintain swimming facilities in Dumfries during the refurbishment of the leisure complex.

Neil Richardson, Senior Business Development Manager at Total Swimming, said: “The Dumfries pool presented unique challenges, but Spaciotempo did a great job. Because it was situated on the site of the Ice Bowl, away from the existing leisure centre, it had to be completely stand-alone in terms of facilities. Spaciotempo designed turn-key facilities including a reception area, shower, toilets and changing and it now feels like a mini swimming centre in its own right.”