Swimming pools and spas are complicated buildings, and their design requires a high level of engineering expertise at all stages.
The key to success of these buildings is to involve all professionals early in the design process. Devin provides the specialist pool and spa engineering services at each of the design and construction stages.
This early stage of the project will normally address the project brief, sustainability options, key spatial requirements, programme, and high-level budget costs.
Key inputs on the specialist engineering are required at this stage. On existing sites, appraisals and site surveys can be carried out.
Stages 2 and 3
This is the early and most crucial design stage of the project. Key issues that need to be resolved are: the design philosophy including approach to sustainability, the pool tanks type and profile, the extent and types of water treatment, the servicing strategy, the budgets for the elements, the sizes and locations of plant rooms and service ducts and the procurement method.
Failure to address the issues adequately at this stage can have serious design and cost implications for the project at a later stage. The Pool and Spa Consultants’ role for these two stages is vital – so they should always be involved, and if not then there is the risk of abortive works.
There are two distinct elements to this stage – the specification/drawings and interfacing the design with the rest of the design team.
The specification and drawings clearly establish the scope and quality of the installations, which can then be used to level the playing field to obtain competitive tenders. This provides the right solution at the best price. For clients that require systems and materials that are efficient, effective and that will stand the test of time then these are essential. In today’s highly competitive market there will always be pressure on sub-contractors to reduce the quality of the specification to obtain the job. This is rarely in the projects or the client’s best interest. The specialist elements such as water treatment, pool tanks, and movable floors and booms are all highly integrated with the rest of the building.
The interfaces with the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, drainage and builders work elements need to be clearly established and it is most effective, both in terms of cost and design, if these are done before any subcontractors are appointed. Our role for this stage brings significant cost and design benefits to the project.
Our team has over 60 years’ combined experience of the specialist engineering market, so Devin has extensive knowledge of subcontractor selection.
It is crucial that appointed subcontractors have the capability to work to the standards specified. Devin also evaluates tenders and provides detailed tender reports with recommendations. Checking that the correct and most advantageous tender is accepted is a specialist and critical task.
Stages 5 and 6
With the right design, an appropriate subcontractor and an appropriate price, the installation works can commence with the reassurance that risk has been minimised.
Construction information should reflect the specification, should be co-ordinated with the rest of the building and should make maximum use of allocated plantroom space. The pool and spa consultant needs to comment upon and co-ordinate this information to check that the client achieves the best possible result from the subcontractor. The pool and spa consultant plays several key roles while the works are on site, essentially protecting the clients’ interests and assisting the main contractor by:
Given the specialist nature of the works the pool and spa consultants are the only people who can realistically carry out this key role in the expert and independent manner required.
The pool and spa consultant plays four key roles in this stage.
As with previous stages, given the specialist nature of the works the pool and spa consultants are the only people who can realistically carry out this key role in the expert and independent manner required.
Our team carry out 3D modelling of the specialist elements including plantrooms and pipework routing, working in Revit, and we work up to BIM Level of Development (LOD) 300 where required.