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Thursday, 12 December 2019

The Vox, Resorts World, Birmingham

Buckingham Swimming Pools (3)

Buckingham Swimming Pools (3)

The world’s first YMCA building had a swimming pool and therapy suit installed in the 1960s which had never been updated since. With barely any maintenance over the last decade the pool environment wasn’t good at all.

The brief for Buckingham Pools was to completely strip off existing tiles, render and screed to the inside of the swimming pool and surround floor and retile the pool, surround floor and walls of the pool hall. This was to include the feature tiles around the exterior of the sauna and steam room and following around the inside of the shower area between the two.

This project had a very tight programme of nine weeks, in which the team were working nights and weekends from an early stage. To compound the issue, the pool itself was three levels underground with no vehicular access. This meant that the all of the waste had to removed from site by hand up six flights of stairs as well as the new render, screed, adhesives and tiles for the whole area being brought down by hand also.

All of this was done quickly and efficiently using local labour, much to the delight of the centre manager of the YMCA as it meant the team handed the pool over before the Christmas break before it opened to the public in January.

The striking gloss blue tiles around the front of the sauna/steam room areas really set the whole pool hall and coupled to the new LED underwater lights set a great scene for the swimmers.

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