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Albatross Pools is incredibly proud of its SPASA Award Winning Pool Project, the Donvale Pool Project. With a size of 25.0 metres by 5.0 metres by 2.0 metres, the Donvale Pool Project was recently awarded the Gold 2016 SPASA (Vic) Pool and Spa of the Year Award for Best Residential Fibreglass, Acrylic, or Vinyl-Lined Lap Pool. Albatross Pools also picked up the Silver version of the same award at the national level.
SPASA Victoria, also known as the Swimming Pool and Spa Association of Australia, is the premiere industry body devoted to all things swimming pools anywhere in the country today. The organisation represents over 1200 industry professionals across the nation and has devoted itself to promoting and advancing not only the health of the swimming pool industry, but also the integrity and the sustainability of it, at a national level. It is a great honour to receive such an award, and shows the continuing commitment from the team here at Albatross to continually evolve swimming pool design to meet the needs of the modern family.
Lap Pool Popularity
Lap pools exploded in popularity when they suddenly became the ‘hot’ thing in modern home design. The appeal of being able to swim laps in an aesthetically pleasing pool design that didn’t consume too much backyard space meant they were the pool on everyone’s wish list. But they came with inherent problems. While mum or dad enjoyed the fitness side of the pool, it didn’t have much appeal to the children who would find it awkward to play in a skinny footprint, especially if their parents were occupying the pool at the same time!
While standard lap pools are still a popular choice from Albatross Pools, we create many lap pools with a twist, to satisfy all pool users in the family. Our designs offer the best of both worlds with adequate space for relaxation and for family games. The alternative lap pools offered by Albatross Pools deliver unique shapes, where you essentially can get a 25 metre lap pool AND a more traditional-shaped family-friendly swimming pool in the one unit.
Lap Pools with a Twist
The Award Winning Donvale Pool Project was unique because this particular client essentially wanted something that was a little left of centre in lap pool terms. He was both someone who trained for marathons and triathlons all year round, but who also had a young family who wanted to play in a pool on those warm summer days. Traditional pool designs didn't offer much in the way of fitness capabilities, while routine lap pools offered little in the way of all-ages fun, with kids and parents on a collision course in a long, skinny lap pool. Operating on a single income stream, the client also needed an option that would help them accomplish all of their goals and require as little money as possible by way of operating costs in both the short and long term if possible.
Albatross Pools loves a swimming pool design challenge, and the team rose to meet that challenge by designing a lap pool with a twist, and exceeded the client’s expectations. Through its unique design, the use of a Remco Swimroll Pool cover, energy efficient pool pumps, and the heating system offset by Solar Panels, Albatross Pools was able to build the client an option that allowed them to keep one foot in the world of fitness and one foot in the world of excitement at the same time. The fitness part of the brief was met with a 25 metre lap lane, with family fun being accommodated by an offset family zone of varying depths, creating the type of situation where everybody walked (or swam) away happy.
The Albatross Pools Approach
If you're looking for a pool builder in Melbourne who can help your family enjoy all the family fun and fitness you want during those warm summer months of the year, you've come to the right place. As the leading provider of pre-engineered in ground pools with silky smooth Aqualux pvc membrane interiors, Albatross Pools has been proudly serving residents in and around Melbourne since 1969. To see one of our showpiece lap pools with a twist, visit our Warrandyte display centre. One of our six display pools on show is an 11-metre lap pool that widens to a 6-metre wading area for the kids. Fun for the whole family! To discuss your swimming pool needs or to find out more about our range of lap and other pool designs, please contact us today.