Britain’s Award Winning Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs Revealed

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BISHTA and SPATA announce the 2016 British Pool & Hot Tub Award Winners

Pool of the Year - Aqua-Blue Designs and David Hallam Ltd

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Winners of the 2016 British Pool & Hot Tub Awards have been revealed at the industry gala evening, held during SPATEX at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry (on 31st January 2016). Rebranded in 2015 and first awarded in 1978, these well-established awards, are the UK’s number one wet leisure industry accolades.

Hosted by the British and Irish Spa and Hot Tub Association (BISHTA) and the Swimming Pool and Allied Trades Association (SPATA) this awards evening brings together the two UK industry trade associations as a joint event, showcasing the wet leisure industry with the best examples of design, construction, installation and innovation.

Big winners of the night were Cresta Leisure, who won ‘The Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contactor of the Year.' Also celebrating were Hydropool UK, who picked up seven BISHTA awards and Tanby Pools who won seven SPATA awards including Pool Star of the year won by Anita McArthur. Oyster Pools & Leisure won eight awards across BISHTA and SPATA including the Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence. Aqua-Blue Designs and David Hallam submitted a joint entry and won the SPATA award for Pool of the Year.

Chris Hayes, Managing Director of both BISHTA and SPATA, says, “We congratulate all of the winners of this year’s British Pool & Hot Tub Awards. BISHTA represents 111 specialist hot tub companies, and SPATA represents 173 companies. We set a high standard for our judging criteria inviting judges to score each entry on both visual impression and technical merit. This means that an award won at the British Pool & Hot Tub Awards is very well deserved, and ownership of an award stands as a strong endorsement to consumers of the standard of work a winning company offers. Each year the outstanding quality of submissions creates stiff competition. The high quality of the entries provides a fantastic opportunity for showcasing what our members can do for their customers and why it is so important to choose a BISHTA or SPATA member to turn a dream into a winning project.”

The awards evening is held alongside SPATEX, the UK’s biggest Pool, Spa and Wellness Show, an event that sees companies from across the UK and overseas, gather to exhibit their finest products and services, along with promoting themselves and networking with colleagues. SPATEX is the UK’s largest and longest running dedicated swimming pool, spa and wellness exhibition, holding its 20th-anniversary annual trade show at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from 31st January to 2nd February 2016.

Chris Hayes commented further, “This year SPATEX has exceeded our expectations, having sold out much earlier than expected. Once again, this has led to the show expanding its size and in only the third year of being in Coventry, this is an amazing achievement by the SPATEX team. The Ricoh Arena offers purpose-built facilities, which have given us the opportunity to make the show even bigger and better for our exhibitors and visitors and our plan is to continue with this expansion in the coming years.”

The 2016 BISHTA award winners were:

Residential Hot Tub Below £7,000
Gold: Oyster Pools & Leisure
Silver: Hydropool UK
Bronze: North Spas

Residential Hot Tub £7,000 to £14,000
Gold: Euphoria Lifestyle
Joint Silver: Oyster Pools & Leisure
Joint Silver: Complete Spas
Bronze: Oyster Pools & Leisure

Residential Hot Tubs £14,000 and Over
Gold: North Spas
Silver: Euphoria Lifestyle
Bronze: Complete Spas

Residential Hot Tubs in an Overseas Setting
Gold: Hydropool UK

Swim Spas and Exercise Pools
Gold: Castle Hot Tubs
Silver: Hydropool UK
Bronze: Oyster Pools & Leisure

Hot Tubs Change Lives
Gold: Hot Tub Suppliers

Best Hot Tub in a Holiday Setting
Gold: Castle Hot Tubs
Joint Silver: Oyster Pools & Leisure
Joint Silver: North Spas

Best Showroom
Gold: Hydropool UK
Silver: Oyster Pools & Leisure
Bronze: Complete Spas

Best Website
Gold: Euphoria Lifestyle
Silver: Hydropool UK
Bronze: Hot Tub Suppliers

The 2016 SPATA award winners were:

Residential Above Ground Pools under £15,000 (sponsored by Plastica)
Gold: Spruce Pools

Residential Outdoor Pools up to £40,000 (sponsored by Plastica)
Gold: New Dawn Pools
Silver: Oyster Pools and Leisure

Residential Pools over £40,000 & under £75,000 (sponsored by OASE)
Gold: Cresta Leisure
Silver: Spruce Pools
Bronze: Cresta Leisure

Residential Pools over £75,000 & under £125,000 (sponsored by Pollet Pool Group)
Gold: XL Pools
Silver: Spruce Pools
Bronze: Tanby Pools

Residential Pools over £125,000 (sponsored by Fi-Clor)
Gold: Origin Leisure
Silver: Tanby Pools
Bronze: Tanby Pools

Residential Indoor Pools up to £100,000 (no sponsor)
Joint Gold: Origin Leisure
Joint Gold: Jetform Swimming Pools
Joint Silver: Origin Leisure
Joint Silver: Rigo Spa
Bronze: XL Pools

Residential Indoor Pools between £100,000 and £200,000
(sponsored by Astralpool UK)
Gold: Rockingham Swimming Pools
Silver: Whitewaters
Joint Bronze: Origin Leisure
Joint Bronze: Tanby Pools

Residential Indoor Pools over £200,000 (sponsored by Golden Coast)
Gold: (joint entry) Aqua-Blue Designs & David Hallam
Silver: Rio Pool Construction Co.
Bronze: New Dawn Pools

Special Requirements Pools (sponsored by Heatstar)
Gold: Cheshire Wellness
Silver: XL Pools
Bronze: Cheshire Wellness

Commercial Pools (sponsored by Astralpool UK)
Gold: Alba SB Pools
Silver: Cresta Leisure
Bronze: Pinelog

Overseas Commercial Pools (no sponsor)
Gold: Belhasa Projects

Overseas Residential Pools (no sponsor)
Gold: Belhasa Projects
Silver: Belhasa Projects
Bronze: Belhasa Projects

Refurbishment Pools (sponsored by Golden Coast)
Joint Gold: Grayfox Swimming Pools
Joint Gold: Tanby Pools
Silver: Tanby Pools
Bronze: Cresta Leisure

Inground Residential Spa (sponsored by Fi-Clor)
Gold: Rigo Spa
Silver: Cheshire Wellness

Inground Commercial Spa (no sponsor)
Gold: Cresta Leisure
Silver: Cheshire Wellness
Bronze: Centurion Leisure Ltd

Sustainability Award (sponsored by Calorex Heat Pumps)
Gold: Whitewaters
Silver: Rigo Spa
Bronze: Waterstream

The Peter Geekie Award for Retail Excellence (sponsored by Certikin International)
Gold: Oyster Pools & Leisure

Paul Kite Award for the Pool Star of the Year (sponsored by Nsure)
Winner: Anita McArthur (Tanby Pools)

The Dick Millward Trophy for Pool Contractor of the Year
Winner: Cresta Leisure

Pool of the Year
Winner: (joint entry) Aqua-Blue Designs & David Hallam


Full gallery of images from the awards and the winning projects available on request.

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