Moveable floors within indoor pools and the impact on the climate control system.

Moveable floors are becoming increasingly popular. Notwithstanding the considerable capital outlay in sites where space is confined or where a dual use has substantial benefits they clearly confer significant advantage. One topic that is overlooked with moveable floors on an indoor pool installation is the air handling requirements for the different uses of space in the raised position.

In 2015, for example, we undertook a school pool refurbishment and the brief from the head was to be able to use the space when the floor is raised for both teaching in exam mode and separately as a gymnasium. Toggling between these conditions requires a careful analysis of both the requirement for the pupils in different modes and the duration between each mode to enable site based staff to properly plan any transitions. The attached pdf spreadsheet shows the potential complexity.

This switching between modes is easily overlooked and must be planned as part of any detailed design process.

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