1000m² of tiling needing replacing at this 40 year old leisure centre

Stratford Park Leisure Centre Swimming Pool

A fast track solution was required, so our specification included products which minimised drying times

Stratford Park Leisure Centre Swimming Pool

At 40 years old, the Stratford Park Leisure Centre was in need of refurbishment, so in 2015, Stratford District Council and Sports and Leisure Management Ltd invested £5million to improve the centre’s facilities and create a first class building for the town.

The second phase of this upgrade included renovation works on the main 33 metre swimming pool, as well as the shallow teaching pool, where 1000m² of tiling had to be removed and replaced.  In conjunction with Cheshire Wellness, specialist tiling contractor W B Simpson & Sons (Midlands) Ltd were appointed to carry out the works; and opted to use an extensive range of ARDEX products throughout the installation.

Adam Willmott, Business Development Manager at ARDEX UK, specified the system of ARDEX products and said “When we conducted our first site visit to assess the work required, we saw the pool tank had been left with a very rough and uneven surface after the exiting tiles and render had been removed.  This meant that we needed a system for rendering, waterproofing and tiling.  In addition, due to the time constraints the contractors were under, a fast track solution was required, so our specification included products which minimised drying times and allowed the subsequent stages to commence as quickly as possible.” 

“We also needed a separate system for installing the Bamberg Channels, which involved screeding the base of the channels and backfilling them.  Using ARDEX S 21, the contractors were able to screed in shallow depths and quickly move on to fixing the channel blocks. “

Anthony Parrott, Director at W B Simpson & Sons (Midlands) Ltd, commented “We have been using ARDEX products for 25 years, and have worked with them on a number of swimming pool projects.  We have always had a good experience with both their products and their technical support and, as a result, we decided to choose them again for this project.  In addition, the client requested a fast turnaround, so they could re-open the pool to the public as soon as possible – so we were under pressure to finish quickly.  ARDEX fast-track products helped us to do that.”