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F T Leisure Provide Water Treatment And Filtration Systems For New £4m School Pool
Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington officially opened the recently completed £4m swimming pool and dance studio at Northampton School for Boys. The school was founded in 1541 and moved to its present site in 1911.

It is hoped that the new 6-lane 25-metre competition pool which replaces a dilapidated pool opened in the 1960s, will become a regional centre for water polo and maybe one day produce a few Olympians of its own. The building also provides a large dance studio, a fitness suite and a flexible teaching space.

F T Leisure was the principal sub-contractor for the water treatment and filtration systems for the pool. The filtration system was traditional medium rate sand filtration, combined with chlorine dosing, pH control, filter coagulation and UV sterilisation.

The chlorine donor was an electrochlorination system which generates a low concentration of sodium hypochlorite when salt water is inserted into electrolyzer cells. First, the solid excess is removed from the salt water then, the salt water is streamed through a channel of decreasing thickness through which a low voltage DC current is applied. This triggers electrolysis producing sodium hypochlorite and hydrogen. The hydrogen-rich sodium hypochlorite then travels to a tank where the hydrogen gas is removed. The remaining solution is the finished product. No chemicals other than ordinary salt (sodium chloride) are used throughout the entire process. The reduced cost and minimal handling of chemicals makes this very attractive for operators.

F T Leisure also designed and installed a 13-metre wide by 9-metre long moveable floor system complete with protective ramp. This allows the pool to be used for multiple activities at the same time and means that the facility can be used by all levels of swimmers from babies and toddlers to elite short-course swimmers. A motorised, wall-mounted pool cover system was installed to cover the area not reached by the moveable floor.

The project team comprised main contractor, R G Carter, Devin Consulting and pHp Architects who have successfully delivered several buildings during a long-standing, 15-year relationship with the school.

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