Immediate: February 14, 2018
The state-of-the-art swimming pool at the Love2Stay resort at Emstrey, Shrewsbury was installed by Hereford-based Poolscape Ltd who collected the BIOTOP Frogking 2017 award for natural swimming pools at a ceremony held in Rotterdam.
Love2Stay is owned by Salop Leisure, one of the UK’s premier caravan and leisure companies. The resort, situated on 22 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, offers visitors a luxurious natural retreat, with accommodation in either glamping Safari style lodges or 120 touring caravan pitches.
The natural swimming pool, which is chemical free, was designed and built by Poolscape Ltd in collaboration with multiple RHS Gold Medal winning landscape designer Owen Morgan from MOSAIC.
The team used the latest technology from Austrian natural pool specialists BIOTOP, who invented the first commercial natural swimming pools in Austria more than 30 years ago.
The bespoke design provides swimmers with crystal clear, chemical free water, which is naturally filtered by BIOTOP’s market leading skimmer and filtration technology.
In addition to the swimming pool, there is a stunning planted regeneration zone filled with more than 250 mature water lilies and a naturalistic marginal zone, which has been planted with more than 400 native reeds and rushes to create the appearance of a natural lake at the centre of the resort. The pool is flanked on three sides by spacious cedar decking edged and surrounded by soft, textural herbaceous borders.
Poolscape, a UK partner of BIOTOP, designed a completely new, concealed deep water chamber which enables the swimming area to remain at a safe 1.4 metres deep.
Peter Miles, Poolscape’s managing director, said: “BIOTOP presents five awards annually and we were given the one for natural swimming pools. It’s the third award Poolscape has won and I am the only English winner.
“Peter Petrich, BIOTOP’s chairman, was bowled over when he opened the pool. We have turned the vision of Salop Leisure’s managing director Mark Bebb into reality in the most ambitious project we have undertaken because of the technology involved.”
Mr Bebb congratulated Poolscape on the award and said he hoped it would be the first of many. “The pool has created a real wow factor for our guests and it will continue to evolve over the years as all the plants around it mature,” he said.
“We wanted the Rolls Royce of natural swimming pools for our guests and that’s what we have.”
Peter Miles (centre) from Poolscape and Owen Morgan (right) from MOSAIC are congratulated on their award by Ed Glover, Salop Leisure’s marketing manager, with the natural swimming pool in the background.
For more information, please contact Mark Bebb at Salop Leisure on Tel: 01743 282400 or Duncan Foulkes, public relations consultant, on 01686 650818. firstname.lastname@example.org