Some of the most innovative swimming pool and hot tub companies were celebrating on Sunday night (6 February) after collecting awards at the annual SPATA and BISHTA Awards.

 

The Swimming Pool and Allied Trade Association (SPATA) and British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) Awards were held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel where SPATEX, the UK’s largest swimming pool and hot tub exhibition, held its 15th annual trade show.

 

The big winner of the night was Portrait Pools & Enclosures from Southport, Lancashire. They scooped ten awards in total including ‘Domestic Pool of the Year’; The Dick Millward trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year’ and gold, silver and bronze in the category of ‘Residential Indoor Pools over £150,000’. They were closely followed by Tanby Swimming Pools who took home seven awards, including three golds.   A number of companies gained BISHTA Awards, including Euphoria Lifestylewho had a clean sweep in the Residential Portable Hot Tub above £10,000 category, while Southern Spas and Saunas won the category of Best Innovative Spa and were runners up in two other categories.   Oyster Pools & Leisure was celebrating a great double, as they won the Peter Geekie Retail Excellence Award (SPATA) and they won the Best Showroom category in the BISHTA Awards.

 

The awards, organised by SPATA and BISHTA, highlight the achievements of the pool industry by showcasing the best examples of construction, design, installation and innovation.

 

Chris Hayes, Managing Director of both SPATA and BISHTA says, “This year was the 50th anniversary of SPATA and the 10th anniversary of BISHTA and the Awards once again benefitted from a large number of sponsors and we are very grateful for their support.  The Awards created tough competition for the judges with a shortlist of 114 entries across 28 categories. The awards profile some excellent work from our members and demonstrate the value of choosing a SPATA member to build or renovate your pool and a BISHTA member to purchase a hot tub or swim spa from.

 

“SPATA and BISHTA host their awards evening at the SPATEX exhibition, part of the Pool Spa and Lifestyle Show, the UK’s largest swimming pool and hot tub exhibition, which also held its 15thannual trade show at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Exhibition Centre over the weekend.   This event sees companies from across theUK gather to showcase their most innovative products.  We were delighted to recognise so many of the industry’s hard working companies, these award winners demonstrate that swimming pools,  spas and hot tubs bring more to the home than simply leisure; they can be a way to keep healthy, have fun with the children, as well as having relaxation time with family and friends.”

 

The 2011 SPATA award winners were:

 

Concrete pools up to £60,000 sponsored by OASE

Gold: Tanby Swimming Pools

Silver: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

Bronze:Neptune Swimming Pools

 

Concrete pools £60,000 and over sponsored by BAYROL UK

Gold: Tanby Swimming Pools

Silver: Tanby Swimming Pools

Bronze: Tanby Swimming Pools

 

Liner pools up to £30,000 sponsored by Aquaflex Ltd

Gold: Deep End Pools Ltd

Silver: Home Counties (Horsham) Ltd

Bronze: MClark Swimming Pools

 

Liner pools £30,000 and over sponsored by Plastica Ltd

Gold: Deep End Pools Ltd

Silver: Home Counties (Horsham) Ltd

Bronze: MClark Swimming Pools

 

Residential indoor pools up to £75,000 sponsored by Sprayed Concrete Services Ltd

Gold: Tanby Swimming Pools

Silver: Tanby Swimming Pools

Bronze: Ian Lewis Design

 

 

 

Residential indoor pools over £75,000 and up to £150,000 sponsored by Stretch Ceilings Ltd

Gold: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

Silver: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

Bronze: London Swimming Pool Company Ltd

 

Residential indoor pools over £150,000 sponsored by BAYROL UK

Gold: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

Silver: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

Bronze: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

 

Non traditional pool installations

Gold: Cheshire Wellnewss

Silver: Deep End Pools Ltd

Bronze: Home Counties (Horsham) Ltd

 

Special requirements pools sponsored by Heatstar Ltd

Gold: David Hallam Ltd

Silver: David Hallam Ltd

Bronze: Origin Leisure Ltd

 

Commercial pools sponsored by Astralpool UK Ltd

Gold:Cheshire Wellness

Silver: Beaver International Ltd

Bronze: David Hallam Ltd

 

Overseas Domestic Pools

Gold: Belhasa Projects LLC

Silver: Belhasa Projects LLC

Bronze: David Hallam Ltd

 

Refurbishments sponsored by Sprayed Concrete Services Ltd

Gold: Asher Swimpool Centre Ltd

Silver: Asher Swimpool Centre Ltd

Bronze: London Swimming Pool Company Ltd

 

Inground domestic spas and health pools sponsored by Golden Coast

Gold: London Swimming Pool Company Ltd

Silver: Tanby Swimming Pools

Bronze: Asher Swimpool Centre Ltd

 

Inground commercial spas and health

Gold:Cheshire Wellness

Silver: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

 

The Peter Geekie award for retail excellence sponsored by Certikin International

Gold: Oyster Pools & Leisure Ltd

 

Environmental award sponsored by Calorex Heat Pumps

Gold: Portrait Pools & Enclosures

 

The Dick Millward trophy for pool contractor of the year

Portrait Pools & Enclosures

 

Domestic Pool of the Year

Portrait Pools & Enclosures

 

Commercial Pool of the Year

CheshireWellness

 

The 2011 BISHTA award winners were:

 

Residential Portable Hot Tub Below £5,000

Winner: Deep End Pools
Runner up: Southern Spas and Saunas

 

Residential Portable Hot Tub Over £5,000 & Below £10,000

UK Winner: Riviera Hot Tubs

Overseas Winner: Sovereign Spas & Pools

 

 

 

 

 

Residential Portable Hot Tub above £10,000 (inc vat)

Winner: Euphoria Lifestyle
Runner up: Euphoria Lifestyle

 

Swimspas/Excercise Pools (All Sizes)

Winner: Hydropool Spas (UK)
Runner up: Southern Spas and Saunas

 

Best Innovative Spa

Winner: Southern Spas and Saunas
Runner up: East Midlands Spas

 

Best Showroom

Winner: Oyster Pools & Leisure

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Notes to editors:

1. For interviews with the winners, or representatives from SPATA please contact Anna Wrightand Kirsty Gilbride at BOTTLE PR on 01865 882988 or email pip@bottlepr.co.uk .

 

2. Images are available on request.

 

3. SPATA – The Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association, is a member of BSPF, the British Swimming Pool Federation

Tel. 01264 356210 www.spata.co.uk

 

4. BISHTA- The British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association, is a member of BSPF, the British Swimming Pool Federation.   Tel. +44 01264 356211 www.bishta.co.uk

 

5. For more information about the SPATEX exhibition visit www.spatex.co.uk.