THE COOL POOL / 26 March 2024

The workhorse of a commercial pool

When Warwickshire-based Buckingham Pools installed an infinity pool and wellness suite in the UK’s first net-zero retirement community in Caddington, Bedfordshire, they naturally turned to their tried and trusted supplier, Certikin, for the all-important pumps and filtration. Buckingham Pools was commissioned to design and build a contemporary level-deck indoor swimming pool with an integrated spa […]

THE COOL POOL / 11 February 2024

Simplex – in the business of making dreams come true

When Sussi and Paul moved 170 miles from Leicester to the south coast in early 2023, they had one dream, and that was to have a swimming pool in the back garden of their new home. Primed to realise their vision was Hayling Island-based Simplex Pools. With Certikin as their fairy godmother, they waved their […]

THE COOL POOL / 27 January 2024

Stay in your lane with Certikin!

This stunning pool in Essex went through many design iterations before the customer settled on a lane pool complete with custom made fountains. Calling on the services of the Holland-on-Sea family run, SPS Swimming Pools & Spas, the owner is delighted that their execution of the brief has surpassed his expectations. “We were originally approached by the owner’s […]

THE COOL POOL / 20 January 2024

Pool bliss in Liss, courtesy of Simplex and Certikin

This 40-year-old tired pool had long since seen better days and was crying out for some much-needed TLC. Believing in the power of word of mouth, the owners took the recommendation of friends who had recently used Hayling Island pool company, Simplex Pools, for their award-winning pool refurbishment. Within a very short space of time, this old crumbling […]

THE COOL POOL / 7 January 2024

A gift of a make-over!

When Shrewsbury-based Salop Pool Services were called in to refurbish this tired old pool in Clun, South Shropshire, the race was on to get it completed in time for the owner’s special birthday celebrations. The original inground concrete pool was leaking and coated in a dark green paint that over time had begun to flake and degrade. Space […]

THE COOL POOL / 17 December 2023

A luxury hotel experience

With a little help from Certikin, Cheshire Pool Services re-creates the ‘luxury hotel experience’… …it was a request that topped the customer’s wish list, along with the pool being a model of efficiency. Given the brief, Cheshire Pool Services turned to its tried and trusted supplier Certikin, secure in the knowledge that it could amply […]

THE COOL POOL / 10 September 2023

Simplex flies the Gold Standard

It’s not hard to see why Simplex Pools scooped Gold for this beautiful pool in Guildford in the prestigious UK Pool & Spa awards. Ingeniously constructed on the side of a hill, to take full advantage of the stunning views, it is brimming top to bottom with the best equipment a pool can get – […]

THE COOL POOL / 1 August 2023

Buckingham Pools and Certikin – a class act

Tasked with constructing a new 20m by 8.5m swimming pool for the Astley Cooper School in Hertfordshire, the Buckingham Pools’ sales and design team turned to its trusty supplier, Certikin, to supply the filtration, heating, and chemical dosing. Completed in May, pupils and staff have been putting this impressive pool through its paces and have already […]

THE COOL POOL / 12 May 2023

Rising like a phoenix from the ashes …

…this stunning, refurbished pool in rural Warwickshire bears no resemblance to the dilapidated pool that greeted Gareth Lancaster of Simplex Pools when he was first given the task of transforming it into “a luxury family pool for use all year round.” In-depth planning meetings with the owners and much hard grafting by the Simplex team, […]

THE COOL POOL / 9 May 2023

Simplex thinks out of the AQ Box

Given the brief to construct a “budget-friendly, low maintenance pool, with an enclosure to extend the swimming season,” Hayling Island-based Simplex Pools chose Certikin’s on-site lining and an AQ Box enclosure. For the owner, the fabulous end result succeeded in ticking every box. “The owner requested the pool to be up and running as soon […]

THE COOL POOL / 10 April 2023

Aquascape to the Welsh Valleys!

Taking full advantage of the breath-taking views that the Monmouthshire countryside affords, this beautiful pool, constructed by Gloucestershire-based Aquascape Swimming Pools Ltd, required little adornment. Demonstrating that simple designs are the best, this hillside pool more than fulfilled the brief to keep it “pared-back and timeless.” “The client came to us on the recommendation of […]

THE COOL POOL / 26 November 2022

An elite treatment for award-winning swimming academy

Elite Swimming Academy Ltd was recently presented with the Small Business of the Year title in the prestigious Cambridgeshire Live Business Awards 2022. A key to its success was this once-derelict swimming pool which, with the help of local pool installer, Aqualeaf, and a host of Certikin equipment, was transformed into a smart all-year round […]

THE COOL POOL / 30 October 2022

“Quality needs no introduction, it speaks for itself…”

…says Steve Preece of Warwickshire-based Preece Pools. A long-term customer of Certikin and a fan of the one-stop shop approach to buying, he’s a great believer that you get what you pay for.  Nestled in the rolling Warwickshire countryside, this beautiful pool is a fine illustration of why Certikin is the company’s supplier of choice. […]

THE COOL POOL / 3 January 2022

Certikin puts the palace into Buckingham!

Warwickshire-based Buckingham Pools is no stranger to dealing with high-end water leisure projects. During its 50 plus years of trading, it has been at the centre of design and installation of some of the country’s most prestigious award-winning swimming pool, spa and wellness suites. With its unrivalled pool expertise and technical excellence, it provides turnkey […]

THE COOL POOL / 11 December 2021

Certikin is the perfect fit

The engine room of this striking pool and fitness suite, designed and built by Warwickshire-based Buckingham Pools for a luxury retirement development in Romsey, Hampshire, proudly boasts the Certikin name. The health and wellness complex is built with versatility and functionality in mind to provide the residents with a relaxing facility in which to unwind. […]

THE COOL POOL / 4 December 2021

A pool fit for King’s

Sitting on an 80-acre campus in the Cheshire heartland of Macclesfield, King’s School is renowned nationally for its excellence in sport.  When the governors of King’s made the decision to upgrade their sports facilities with a new 25m x 13m (1-2m depth) swimming pool for training, competitions and galas, Warwickshire-based Buckingham Pools quickly rose to […]

THE COOL POOL / 4 June 2021

Wickwoods reach for the stars

Displaying the brilliant craftmanship of West Sussex-based Fowler Swimming Pools, the multi-million-pound Spa Garden at Wickwoods Country Club, Hotel & Spa near Brighton was one of last summer’s success stories with the finished project exceeding all expectations. Set amongst 22 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland within the South Downs National Park, the beautiful Spa […]

THE COOL POOL / 28 May 2021

Turkish Delight

When homeowner, Mr Cullen, converted the family’s stunning swimming pool in a village near Fethiye, in southern Turkey, from sand filtration to the revolutionary OC-1 filtration media, there was no going back. There are beautiful pools and then there are really beautiful pools and this infinity edge pool, nestled in a backdrop of lush gorges […]

THE COOL POOL / 14 May 2021

The power behind the plant room

When the spotlight fell on the completion of the £25 million world-class Andersonstown Leisure Centre project in west Belfast last year, the focus was on its six-lane pool and its three huge water slides. Less glamorous, but nonetheless vital to its success, is the plant room – the workhorse which houses Certikin’s filtration and water […]

THE COOL POOL / 7 May 2021

Making the dream a reality

Huddersfield-based pool designer and builder, Concept Pools, prides itself on offering affordable tailor-made packages to make the dream of owning a piece of swimming pool heaven into a reality. It’s helped in its task by Certikin, whose equipment it frequently specifies. Here, we turn the spotlight on one of the company’s most recent installations. “We […]

THE COOL POOL / 30 April 2021

No ordinary pool

Now for some serious swimming. This spectacular residential pool demonstrates the prodigious talent of Wearside-based pool contractor, Whitewaters, in creating spectacular, technically-advanced swimming pools and the lengths it goes to, to achieve the desired result. Certikin takes a bow in being the supplier of the project’s filtration, environmental control and auto chemical dosing system. This […]

THE COOL POOL / 13 December 2020

A barnstorming transformation

Receiving the brief to convert this old dilapidated barn in Lutterworth into a state-of the-art swimming pool hall could have been regarded as a daunting task but not for Northampton pool builder, Mosaic Pools. For them, it was all in a day’s work or, rather… three years’ work! With four decades of working in the […]

THE COOL POOL / 6 December 2020

In at the deep end with Mermaid and NIVEKO

Given the brief to create a family sized pool with a deep end, the beautiful one-piece NIVEKO pool, with its many options and huge versatility, instantly came to mind for Kent pool dealer, Mermaid Pools. NIVEKO custom-built Monopools combine all the benefits of a concrete pool with those of a traditional one-piece pool, offering high-end […]

THE COOL POOL / 27 November 2020

From this to THIS!

We can do magic …well almost! Instructing Certikin’s on-site lining team is the closest thing to waving a magic wand. A fine case in point is this thirty-year old dilapidated swimming pool in Liss, Hampshire which, after the team had set to, bears no resemblance to its former self other than it’s a pool which […]

THE COOL POOL / 22 November 2020

NIVEKO – the pool that ticks every box

When this Hertfordshire homeowner first conceived the idea of installing a swimming pool, his starting point was local pool dealer, Chiswell Leisure. Aware of the logic of installing a one-piece pool, he was soon won over by the market leading NIVEKO monopool made, in the Czech Republic and supplied exclusively in the UK by Certikin. […]

THE COOL POOL / 16 November 2020

Pure and simple!

Pure delight was the reaction from these two pool owners on diving into their pools for the first time. They’re the craftsmanship of Stewart Skinner of Purepools in Somerset who knows a thing or two about building pools having been in the business over 30 years. Quality comes high on his list of priorities so […]

THE COOL POOL / 17 September 2020

The pool of dreams

This impressive pool and spa is the work of Surrey pool retailer, Falcon Pools. Even the concrete and tiled spa spectacularly transforms into a water feature, by way of a fountain installed within. Attention has been paid to every detail and the detail is Certikin. Creating a haven for peace and tranquillity, this pool fits […]

THE COOL POOL / 10 March 2020

A pool to make you green!

Tiled in beautiful Honister green slate, mined in the Lake District, this state-of-the-art swimming pool seamlessly merges into its hillside surroundings. Affording stunning views of the Edge Hill escarpment in Banbury, it’s the skilful work of Northamptonshire builder, Mosaic Pools. The client’s remit was to build a swimming pool into one of the tiers of their extensive […]

THE COOL POOL / 19 October 2019

The charm is in the detail

Surrounded by water on all four sides, this unique, stunning house on Hayling Island on the Hampshire south coast demanded an equally eye-catching swimming pool. Simplex Pools set about the task of designing and building a pool befitting its surroundings and from its solar cover to its LED lights and HDPE grating, the finished article […]

THE COOL POOL / 11 October 2019

Decked out in style with the Roldeck

This impressive deck level concrete pool, brimming with Certikin equipment, is the workmanship of Sunderland pool dealer Whitewaters Ltd. It certainly turned the heads of the SPATA judges this year when they awarded it a Silver in the Residential Indoor Pools category £125,000 to £150,000 category. The crowning glory of this beautiful pool is Certikin’s […]

THE COOL POOL / 4 October 2019

Mermaid love the one-piece NIVEKO

NIVEKO has long been regarded as the gold standard in one-piece pools, thanks to its  unique winning combination of craftmanship, style and durability. For a pool up and running within a matter of weeks, the NIVEKO wins hands down. That’s not all… in looks, it is easily the equal of the most luxurious tiled concrete […]

THE COOL POOL / 26 September 2019

The Walu – not just a safe option!

“A family hub for summer entertainment” – that’s how the Simpson family of St Ives describe their beautiful pool, designed and installed by Cambridgeshire pool dealer, Aqualeaf. However, with two young children they naturally didn’t want to compromise on safety so they chose Certikin’s highly versatile Walu safety cover. “We’ve always dreamed of having a […]

THE COOL POOL / 19 July 2019

It’s all in the design

When the Wilkinson family moved into their beautiful home in Saffron Walden they wanted a swimming pool that would enhance and not detract from the stunning house and landscaped gardens. This eye-catching pool, hallmarked with the Certikin stamp and built by Cambridgeshire pool builder, Aqualeaf, more than fitted the bill. We approached Aqualeaf with a […]

THE COOL POOL / 2 July 2019

Picture Perfect

“A swimming pool designed first and foremost for family use that will complement and not detract from the garden,” was the brief Gareth Gibbs of Wicken gave to Cambridgeshire pool builders Aqualeaf. “We have four children under 12 years of age who all love the water,” explains Gareth. “We felt the family fun that a […]

THE COOL POOL / 14 June 2019

The safety cover with a starring role

When early this spring the Hampshire pool retailer, Neptune pools were called out to valet a  pool and hot tub that they had installed last year, it gave them a chance to admire their handiwork. The family were celebrating their daughter’s sixth birthday with a pool party for family and friends and Neptune were on […]

THE COOL POOL / 6 June 2019

Certikin’s Fast Show

What do you do when space is limited but you love swimming and want a pool for exercising? You call in Certikin and install a serious bit of kit called the Fastlane. Kay Cunningham from Staffordshire based, West Midlands Swimming Pools takes up the story: “We were approached by a family who were looking at […]

THE COOL POOL / 21 June 2018

Trust Certikin to bring you the highlights

Perched on a hillside in the village of Claines, in the heart of Worcestershire, this striking swimming pool offers a jaw dropping view of the Malvern Hills. Thanks to the pool’s stunning colour change light system, which adds a beauty of its own, the view is one that can be appreciated both day and night. Refurbished last winter […]

THE COOL POOL / 11 May 2018

Stay in the black

The choice of pool fittings can make or break the overall impression of a pool, as this installation by Poolstore in Worcestershire graphically illustrates. Adding the finishing touch, Certikin’s beautiful Optimus range of black fittings blend seamlessly with the pool’s grey black vinyl liner to give a sleek black slate effect. Veering away from traditional blue, the owner of this stunning […]

THE COOL POOL / 27 April 2018

NIVEKO and Unipools more than make the grade!

The juxtaposition of a stunning Niveko monopool against the backdrop of this sensational Grade II listed home in North West London, makes for an arresting sight. The owner of this des res called upon the services of family-run, Mill Hill-based pool retailer, Unipools, to create a “top of the range swimming pool” to provide a […]

THE COOL POOL / 19 April 2018

Green is the order of the day

“This is probably the pool of my career… so far,” says SPATA award winning wet leisure expert, Richard Adams of New Dawn Pools about this envy-inducing pool in the Cotswolds. Given carte blanche by the owner to create the pool of her dreams, the only stipulation was that the project had to be environmentally friendly, […]

THE COOL POOL / 6 September 2017

The Certikin stamp:
on the former Royal Mail head office

Standing cheek by jowl with the soaring towers of London’s corporate strongholds, the majesty of St Paul’s Cathedral and the Thames, the new Montcalm Royal London House Hotel, lies in the heart of the City. An oasis of tranquility; beautiful styling combines with twenty-first century tech… from the striking lobby to the state-of-the-art spa, where […]

THE COOL POOL / 13 June 2017


Just how straightforward the beautiful Niveko one-piece pool is to install was recently demonstrated in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire when Paul Mortimer decided to add an impressive pool hall extension to his house. Within weeks of being ordered, the pool was installed and the extension was duly completed. “The first thing that attracted me to a […]

THE COOL POOL / 6 June 2017

A pool with a view
and the Midas touch

  Newton Abbot pool specialists, Westcountry Leisure, struck gold at the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards 2017, hosted by BISHTA and SPATA, with this magnificent pool in Devon. Built on the side of the cliff overlooking a bay in the Salcombe estuary, the pool is fully loaded with Certikin and Calorex equipment. Brief: The […]

THE COOL POOL / 5 April 2017

A pool complex that is
carbon negative

In a world where energy is finite, preserving valuable resources is the motivation behind every project and new product launch, which is why the SPATA Gold Award for Sustainability is such an important one. In 2016, this much-coveted award went to Sunderland pool builder, Whitewaters, for their technical expertise in building this beautiful pool, which […]

THE COOL POOL / 17 February 2017

The Pool For The 21st Century

  Concrete and liner methods of swimming pool construction, of course, have their rightful place but both can be time consuming. If it’s a pool you want, and right now, nothing is quicker than a one-piece pool. As Ian Dolan found out when local pool specialists IED Installations Ltd installed this beautiful Niveko pool at […]

THE COOL POOL / 7 February 2017

Newcastle Hydrotherapy Pool
Opens With OC-1

  When the Alan Shearer Activity Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne approached pool specialist, Whitewaters Ltd, to replace an old hydro pool with something bigger and better, naturally it was to Certikin that they turned and, in particular, their trailblazing new filter media: OC-1. Founded by the retired English footballer, the Alan Shearer Activity Centre […]

THE COOL POOL / 20 January 2017

The Evolution
of a pool hall

Once upon a time this pool hall in Witney, Oxfordshire, housed a 10m by 5m pool before it was boarded over by a retired train engineer to house his £100,000 train set. The house has been sold again and, wishing to resurrect the old pool hall, the current owner called in the services of Gloucestershire […]

THE COOL POOL / 7 November 2016

Landscape Designed
and Built to Perfection

Polly Nicholson, the owner of this stunning pool, knows a thing or two about gardens and landscape design being the highly respected flower grower and proprietor of Bayntun Flowers. So it’s little wonder that the pool in Blackland, at the foot of the Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire, blends so comfortably into its surroundings. Installed by […]

THE COOL POOL / 23 September 2016

Manchester’s First
Rooftop Infinity Spa Pool

  Making waves on the Manchester hotel scene is the King Street Townhouse. Owned by the Eclectic Hotel group and opened just this year, it has been shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Building of the Year award and made the Conde Nast 2016 hot list for best hotels in the world. Helping the hotel achieve […]

THE COOL POOL / 21 July 2016

Blue Pool Between
Red Walls

Today, we once again turn our attention to 1970s architecture, in particular the work of Ricardo Bofill, an architect whose emblematic designs include the Barcelona airport expansion, the W Barcelona hotel, the remodel of an old cement factory on the outskirts of Barcelona (which he turned into his headquarters, the Taller de Arquitectura), and the design […]

THE COOL POOL / 16 July 2016

Hanging Gardens
Ubud en Bali

TripAdvisor and Condé Nast Traveller have both placed this luxurioushotel, located in the heart of the Indonesian jungle, at the top of their World’s Best Swimming Pool 2014 ranking. The Hanging Gardens Ubud is located in Payangan, a village North of Ubud, and is surrounded by ancient trees, hanging gardens and jungle forest. The hotel […]

THE COOL POOL / 15 June 2016

Pool with a view
of the Great Barrier Reef

Just on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, between the 74 islands that make up the archipelago of Whitsunday, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be found Hamilton Island. Facing the coast of Queensland, Australia, it is the archipelago’s largest inhabited island, has its own commercial airport and is just a short boat […]

THE COOL POOL / 28 November 2014

Wood Used for
the Roof of a Pool

The triangulated cross-laminated roof trusses in wood that can be seen in the picture make up this spectacular space designed by the London-based practice, Duggan Morris Architects, as part of the refurbishment of the swimming pool in the 1980 building, Alfriston School in Buckinghamshire. The swimming area forms part of a complex made up of gyms, changing […]


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