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APRIL 2024
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Two family businesses dominate pool and spa awards night
Two traditional family run, high profile swimming pool builders shared the main glory at the SPATA awards evening in Brighton.

Tanby Pools, based in Surrey and run by Martin and Delyse Borley and Cresta Leisure from Dorset, run by the Bareham family and headed by Tim Bareham shared the Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year when they equalled the number of points won for their winning pools during the awards.

Tanby Pools won two gold awards for best renovation and best residential pool over £60,000 and a silver while Cresta Leisure won a gold for the best liner pool up to £30,000, two silvers and a bronze.

The other big winner of the evening was Poolcourt Ltd, based in County Wexford, Ireland who won their award for a high profile pool and spa complex at the Garryvoe Hotel, Cork on the west coast of Ireland overlooking Ballycotton Bay. The pool which included a jogging ring and a two lane 25 metre pool as part of the hotel’s spa complex also won a gold award for commercial pools installations.

Richard Bolger from Poolcourt Ltd who are regular winners of SPATA gold medals for their sumptuous pool installations commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have won two prestigious SPATA awards. This double win is a fantastic achievement and winning Pool of Year is a wonderful acknowledgement of our team’s dedication.”

The extended awards again highlighted the achievements of the pool industry by showcasing the best examples of construction, design and innovation.

Chris Hayes, Managing Director of SPATA said: “This year proved to be incredibly popular, creating tough decisions for the judges with a shortlist of 133 entries across 21 categories.” Wensum Pools in Fakenham won another of the night’s top prizes, the Peter Geekie award, sponsored by Certikin International for outstanding retail excellence.

The Fakenham company “know all about first impressions,” said the judges, “with their attention to their customers and excellent reviews, and it shows in their showrooms. Each week they emphasise special offers giving customers new ideas and new products to try.

Seasonal offers and product advancement ensure the showrooms are ever changing and are kept exciting”.

Spectacular hot tubs in stunning locations were the central theme for the BISHTA (British and Irish Hot Tub Association) awards in Brighton which celebrated the best spas of the last twelve months.

An expanded category list and what the BISHTA judges called ‘an impressive high level of tubs and installations’ raised the profile of the awards.

Tony Welsby from Spa Crest Europe, who is President of the British Swimming Pool Federation and Issy Rickards Sanger from Elite Spas who chairs the BISHTA committee presented the awards at the presentation evening at Brighton’s Grand Hotel.

The 2012 SPATA & BISHTA category award winners in full were:

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Concrete Pools Up To £60,000
Sponsored by Sprayed Concrete Services
Gold: Gillingham Pools
Silver: Tanby Swimming Pools
Bronze: Neptune Swimming Pools

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Concrete Pools £60,000 And Over
Sponsored by BAYROL UK
Gold: Tanby Swimming Pools
Silver: Harris Pools & Leisure
Bronze: John Preston Pool & Spa Services

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Liner Pools Up To £30,000
Sponsored by OASE
Gold: Cresta Leisure
Silver: Deep End Pools
Bronze: Neptune Swimming Pools

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Liner Pools £30,000 And Over
Sponsored by Golden Coast
Gold: Oasis Pool Products
Silver: I J Cannings & Son
Bronze: Home Counties (Horsham)

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Residential Indoor Pools Up To £75,000
Sponsored by Sprayed Concrete Services Ltd
Gold: Whitewaters
Silver: Oyster Pools & Leisure
Bronze: Cresta Leisure

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Residential Indoor Pools Over £75,000 And Up To £150,000
Sponsored by Stretch Ceilings Ltd
Gold: Fowler Swimming Pools
Silver: Buckingham Swimming Pools
Bronze: Alba/SB Pools

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Residential Indoor Pools Over £150,000
Sponsored by BAYROL UK
Gold: John Preston Pool & Spa Services
Silver: John Preston Pool & Spa Services
Bronze: Buckingham Swimming Pools

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Non-Traditional Pool Installations
Gold: XL Pools
Silver: Best Impressions
Bronze: Deep End Pools

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Special Requirements Pools
Sponsored by Heatstar Ltd
Gold: David Hallam Ltd
Silver: Alba/SB Pools
Bronze: Heritage Pools

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Commercial Pools
Sponsored by Astral Pool UK Ltd
Gold: Poolcourt
Silver: Cresta Leisure
Bronze: Buckingham Swimming Pools

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Overseas Commercial Pools
Gold: Belhasa Projects LLC

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Overseas Domestic Pools
Gold: Belhasa Projects LLC
Silver: Belhasa Projects LLC
Bronze: Belhasa Projects LLC

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Gold: Tanby Swimming Pools
Silver: Heritage Pools
Bronze: David Hallam Ltd

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In-ground Domestic Spas And Health Pools
Sponsored by Golden Coast
Gold: Whitewaters
Silver: Cresta Leisure
Bronze: Heritage Pools

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In-ground Commercial Spas And Health Pools
Gold: Alba/SB Pools
Silver: Heritage Pools

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Sponsored by Calorex Heat Pumps
Gold: Asher Swimpool Centre
Silver: Neptune Swimming Pools

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Gold: Cheshire Wellness
Silver: Cheshire Wellness

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Residential Portable Hot Tub Below £5,000 (inc vat)
Southern Spas & Saunas
Runner up: Complete Spas

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Residential UK Portable Hot Tub Over £5,000 & Below £10,000 (inc vat)
Winner: Harris Pools & Leisure
Runner up: Riviera Hot Tubs

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Residential Portable Hot Tub above £10,000 (inc vat) - UK
Winner: Falcon Pools

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Residential Portable Hot Tub above £10,000 (inc vat) - Overseas
Winner: Riviera Hot Tubs

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Swimspas/Exercise Pools (All Sizes) - UK
Affinity Garden Spas & Hot Tubs
Runner up: Southern Spas & Saunas

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Swimspas/Exercise Pools (All Sizes) - Overseas
Sovereign Spas & Pools

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Best Showroom
Oyster Pools & Leisure
Runner up: Hydropool Hot Tubs
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