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World Architecture Day 2022

03 October 2022

Created by the International Union of Architects (UIA) in 1985, World Architecture Day is celebrated on the first Monday of October and this year that falls on October 3rd

The theme this year is well-being, and swimming pools and spas have a significant role to play here.

The proper design of swimming pools and spas requires a high level of engineering expertise. A key to ensuring the success of these buildings is to use experienced aquatic professionals, and to do so early in the design process.

At Devin, we work closely with renowned architects on projects around the world, delivering the aquatic design on residential, commercial and sports facilities – from 50m pools in Saudi Arabia to spas in Qatar, the UK and Dubai.

Drawing on our mechanical engineering expertise, we create detailed designs and specifications backed up by commissioning processes which we believe are the best in the industry - this reduces risk and enables exacting cost and project control.

We provide architects with expertise in:

• pool water treatment systems
• heat experience cabins
• movable pool structures
• pool and interactive water features
• decorative water features
• pool tanks

Our services include:

1. Concept and outline design
It is crucial for an aquatic engineer to get involved early in a project to ensure the effective integration of pool tanks, plant rooms, heated cabins, pumping stations, holding tanks, hydraulic systems and chemical storage.  By doing so, disruptive and abortive design costs can be avoided in the future.

2. Detailed design and specification
The only way to achieve comprehensive engineering solutions in a highly competitive construction environment is to carefully specify them.

In addition to carefully crafted specifications for the needs of each project, Devin also provides a schedule of engineering drawings that are fully interfaced with other design professionals.  We level the playing field so that tenders can be submitted on an equal basis to enable competitive bidding.

3. Integrated design solutions
Getting involved early in projects allows Devin to ensure more efficient design, more efficient engineering, and better building design.

Professional water, features and heat experience systems' design is important in the development of pools and their associated buildings where the integration of architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and drainage elements is necessary.

4. Competitive tendering and selection
Devin has extensive knowledge of subcontractor selection. It is crucial that appointed subcontractors have the capability to work to the standards specified. We also evaluate tenders and provide detailed tender reports with recommendations.

5. Site monitoring
With the right design, an appropriate subcontractor and an appropriate price, the installation works can commence with the reassurance that risk has been minimised. We carry out regular site inspections to check that the installation works are in accordance with specification, and are properly co-ordinated with other trades.

6. Commissioning
Comprehensive and effective commissioning is the key to a successful installation. Bespoke commissioning documents are prepared for each design, which are applied by the subcontractor, then independently verified by Devin. Important mechanical, hydraulic, chemical and microbiological criteria must be satisfied to enable completion. Before a pool is handed over from the contractor to the client, the water quality should be verified for its safety, hygiene and attractiveness. Heat experiences and features need to be verified for functionality.


As we are not trade contractors, but 100% independent aquatic consultants, you can be assured that our specifications are optimised, corners are not cut and there won't be any unexpected surprises or additional costs at construction stages.

"We have worked with Devin over many projects over the past 20 years and have always found the team to be extremely professional and knowledgeable on all aquatic matters. Tom, Colin and the team have their finger on the pulse of what is best practice in the industry and where future trends will take us."


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