Client: Freshwater Holiday Park , Bridport
Freshwater Holiday Park contacted us with the challenge of transforming their pool, which had no pre-existing play features. Our team turned it into a highly interactive water play area suitable for children of all ages and ability groups.
The main objective was to provide a range of water play features aimed at increasing water confidence in toddlers and young children, using a unique combination of high and low-level water play features.
Our team provided features which will allow children to develop their water confidence and explore and discover their watery environment. At the same time, the features teach them how to manipulate the flow of water through channels and interactive jets:
- Included are ‘fill n spill’ buckets, water cannons and water squirts
- The waterball is topped with an interactive mast joined to a second mast. Both masts have a range of high-level features, including shark showers tipping buckets and water wheels.
- This slide was designed with an under the sea theme and included tactile surface/moving parts.
Four fish showers
- A fun water feature, this is made up of varying shapes and sizes and will gently squirt water onto people playing in the pool below.
Two tipping channels
We provided bright and colourful designs to capture the imaginations of young minds while providing learning through play scenarios.
Fun, immersive, and interactive, the new features gave the holiday park a major visitor attraction that has helped increase confidence in toddlers and young children.
Published 7th June 2022
Client: Active Living Centre , Bloxwich
Bloxwich Active Living Centre approached us to transform the poolside of their teaching pool and turn it into a water play area for children of all ages and ability groups. With no pre-existing water play features, our customer required the main pool to be free from play equipment. This would ensure that children can play within the teaching area while the main pool is used for more traditional and advanced swimming lessons.
Our team recommended a range of water play features which are well-suited to being installed poolside. This is all whilst aiming to increase water confidence in toddlers and young children using a combination of low-level water play features, suitable for those who don’t want lots of water splashing onto them from high levels.
When coming up with the design, we made sure our features were bright and colourful to capture the imaginations of young minds while providing learning through play scenarios.
Interactive wall panel (4m long)
The panel features a bright underwater design with a series of moving parts providing tactile, visual, and auditory stimulation. The panel is double-sided to encourage play on both sides and features several small water jets to bring water play to the area.
There is also a panel touch play package. With two sensors and two speakers, when a sensor is pressed an instruction will be heard via the speaker with a range of commands such as "blow bubbles".
Under the sea themed toddler slide
The slide features:
· A bright and colourful design
· A tactile surface
· Moving elements
All these features bring an additional element of play and excitement to a traditional toddler slide.
The snake features a series of moving water jets along its detailed body, allowing children the enjoyment of manipulating the flow of water to the jets by covering different jets. It is a fantastic feature to help children who are starting to get confident with water.
The old poolside has been transformed into a bright and colourful interactive water play area, with new life injected into it. Through a wide variety of tactile, auditory and visual interactive features, the transformed play area keeps children and families entertained; all whilst allowing the centre to run additional play sessions on the poolside.
‘Although Bloxwich Active Living Centre was only eighteen months old, we recognised that the traditional teaching pool was not attracting young families for recreational swimming to the levels that it should have, given the local demographics. The team at Hippo were extremely helpful during the design stages, and the installation was done in such a way that disruption to the operation of the pools was minimal.
Hippo’s product quality and aftercare is excellent, and the impact in the first year was a 32% increase in usage by under five’s and a 22% income increase for pay as you swim sessions in that pool alone.’
Stuart Webb, Acting Service Manager.
Published 5th May 2022
Client: Braywick Leisure Centre , Braywick
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Having worked with the Royal Bough of Windsor and Maidenhead at both Magnet Leisure Centre and Windsor Leisure Centre, the client asked if Hippo could create some ideas for leisure and teaching at a new site in Braywick.
We worked closely with the council and their design team over the course of 12 months to come up with several options before being asked if we could carry out a full design of our layouts.
- The project included features that could be used as a typical teaching pool during the week before expanding to become a leisure pool at other times. We also included a small water confidence area off the teaching pool – a great space for parent and toddler sessions.
- As Braywick was a new centre located in parkland, the council were keen for us to include this in our design. As a result, we used a woodland theme.
- The raised platform has a range of fun features, and the overhang out over the pool integrates them into the teaching pool but allows the pool to be used as a teaching area when they are switched off.
- A wide slide off the platform to the pool side was based on a small wide slide we installed at Windsor Leisure Centre for the RBWM. Although only 5m long, it proved to be so popular across the age groups (even though they also had two large waterslides) that we had to feature a similar version at Braywick.
Braywick, a new centre constructed in parkland on the outskirts of Maidenhead opened to the public at the end of September 2020. The final project value was £295K, which was well within their budget.
Published 10th April 2022
Client: Windsor Leisure Centre , Windsor
Our customer had two existing flume slides with dated hanging systems which needed replacing with a modern system. One of the challenges was that a modern hanging system would only allow one slide to be operated off the platform, whereas their current system allows both slides to be operated off one platform.
They asked us to create a solution that would enable them to have two slides to entertain the pool’s maximum capacity of visitors during busy times. They also had a plunge pool used during teaching sessions and housed an aquacatch for one of the existing flumes. The customer did not want us to install the aquacatch of a new slide in the plunge pool. Instead, they wanted to add some play features into the pool to make their teaching sessions more exciting and encourage toddlers and children with low water confidence or a fear of the water to have fun in the pool.
- Two slides were removed from the existing start platform and a new one was installed. The twin lane slide was installed in an old café area with its own staircase and start platform.
- Our team also recommended adding a selection of fish squirts to the side of the plunge pool. With bright and colourful imagery, they gently squirt water onto children inside the pool; perfect for children who are just starting to get confident with water.
- Finally, we recommended a large interactive wall panel for the inner wall of the plunge pool. This play panel was installed for use during fun sessions and teaching sessions. The interactive panels will help develop confidence and have an underwater theme plus a series of moving parts and mirrors. These are perfect for providing tactile, visual, and auditory stimulation.
The slides now appeal to a wider audience than the old flumes, including both children and adults, increasing footfall to the centre at weekends.
The new multi-slide allows children to slide and have fun together, with the lanes now wide enough to allow parents to slide with their toddlers. Play features in the plunge pool have added a fun element to teaching sessions whilst providing sensory play and development for those less confident. Also, the commands on the touch and sound game are fully customizable and can be updated regularly.
Published 7th March 2022
Client: Arc Leisure , Matlock
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Our customer, Arc Leisure Matlock, approached us with the challenge of increasing the number of people who use the toddler splash pad, by replacing the existing water spray features and providing play features to help increase water confidence in toddlers and children.
They were keen to help develop water confidence in all age and ability groups.
Our team replaced the existing water spray features that were in the splash pad with the following water features:
- Several water jets shower and splash water on the children
- Children can have fun manipulating the flow of water with their hands to vary the flow of water in terms of quantity and speed.
Interactive wall panel
- The wall has a bright and colourful underwater design with a series of moving parts and mirrors. This creates a great visual impact and tactile stimulation for toddlers and young children; particularly those with minimal water confidence.
- The panels are great for allowing parents to play together with their toddlers, helping them get involved with increasing their child’s water confidence.
- They also encourage small groups of toddlers/children to play together and enhance their social skills.
The splash pad we installed is perfect for confidence building due to the zero water level; making it the perfect introduction to water.
We transformed the old poolside water features into a bright and colourful interactive water play area, with a water wall and regenerated water jets in the floor. By making it visually appealing, we injected new life into the area. Various tactile, auditory and visual interactive features keep children and families entertained and allow the centre to run additional play sessions on poolside.
Published 15th February 2022
Client: Basingstoke Aquadrome , Basingstoke
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Hippo Leisure worked in collaboration with Cresta Leisure to transform the spectator area at Basingstoke Aquadrome into an ‘Under the Sea Splash and Play Zone’, aimed at increasing the fun appeal for toddlers and young children. The new children’s pool constructed by Cresta Leisure has been furnished by Hippo Leisure with a range of eye-catching, interactive water play features. The features are designed to encourage children to learn through play and increase their water confidence as they explore and discover their aquatic environment.
The interactive waterball centre piece features a variety of water jets and is the first ever waterball to include internal lights which constantly change colour and can be seen
through round windows that have an underwater fishy theme. The lights are powered by a low voltage supply. The waterball has a variety of low level water features which are popular with toddlers and less water confident children. These include fill ‘n’ spill buckets, interactive hand wheels and cannon jets. One of the cannon jets feeds two interactive water channels which feature paddles, allowing children to control the water flow through them and let it cascade back into the pool.
The waterball is connected to the pool hall wall via a span pipe which houses four tipping buckets which create exciting, anticipatory play as they tip in a random
sequence and splash children playing underneath them. Two waterwheels spray children with water as they constantly spin around. The waterball also has a tipping bucket arm, a shark shower arm and a waterwheel arm which provide extra excitement! Finally, a pelican perched on one of the arms squirts water from its beak into the pool.
A variety of fish water squirts create a bright, fun and vibrant visual impact while gently squirting water into the pool. The fish are part of a handrail on the open side of the new pool.
Finally, a set of interactive wall panels make up the wall of the water play area. The panels are themed with a bright underwater design and have a selection of moving parts and mirrors which provide tactile, visuals and auditory stimulation. The panels incorporate two sensors and two speakers. When a child presses the sensor, they are given a randomly selected instruction from the speaker to find objects on the panels. The sensors and speakers work independently to allow multiple instructions to be given at the same time, enabling several children to play with the panels together. The panels are perfect for encouraging water confidence.
Hazel Tilbury, Chair of the Basingstoke and Deane Community Leisure Trust told The Basingstoke Gazette: “The Trust is proud of its new investments with the new ‘Under the Sea Splash and Play’. This new water feature is designed to enable younger children to gain confidence in the water whilst enjoying its stimulating and eye-catching design that’s educational, interactive and most importantly, fun. Along with the gym improvements at the Aquadrome we hope visitors and members enjoy using these new facilities”.
Cllr Simon Bound, Cabinet member for communities and community safety told The Basingstoke Gazette: “We hope that the ongoing improvements we are making will encourage more families and individuals to make the most of these fantastic local leisure facilities. This is a great example of the council’s commitments to partnership working to improve leisure opportunities across the borough”.
Published 27th September 2018
Client: Bath Sports and Leisure Centre , Bath
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Hippo Leisure have transformed the beach area of the leisure pool at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre into a highly interactive water play area aimed at children
of all ages and abilities. This was just one part of a £1million refurbishment programme at the Centre. The play features include a water factory, splash toys and wide slide, which have been installed to help encourage children and their families in the community to become increasingly active on a regular basis. A
variety of high and low-level features allows children to increase their water confidence through play as they explore and discover their aquatic environment.
The water factory creates fun and excitement for both toddlers and older children. A waterball which includes low level features will enable less water confident children to
play with a variety of fill ‘n’ spill buckets, handwheels and cannon jets as they control and manipulate the flow of water in various ways. The waterball also has an interactive mast which features three arms, each with a high-level surprise or anticipatory play feature. More water confident children, and even adults will love getting splashed and sprayed by the waterwheel, tipping bucket and shark shower. The mast connects to a second mast via a span pipe. The span pipe holds two small waterwheels, four tipping buckets and a pelican squirt. The second mast has replaced an old mushroom fountain and includes three interactive arms which feature a spray rail, large tipping bucket and shark shower.
Toddlers will enjoy playing with the two interactive water channels which are filled via one of the cannon jets on the waterball. Children can use the paddles on the channels to manipulate the flow of the water through them and back into the pool.
Two new slides have been installed. There is a bright and colourful aquatic themed toddler slide which has moving fish and a domed mirror to provide tactile play. There is also a custom built wide ramp slide which older children will enjoy as they enter the slide at the poolside and splash into the pool on exit.
On the poolside there are four large fish squirts of assorted designs and colours which create a bright and vibrant visual impact while gently squirting water onto bathers in the pool.
Finally, there are 2 interactive wall panels which feature a colourful underwater design and a large number of moving parts and mirrors to provide tactile, visual and auditory stimulation. One panel is fixed to the wall in the beach area and the other at the deeper end of the pool.
Hippo Leisure worked in collaboration with Bath Sports and Leisure Centre to ensure that the play features were installed and ready for children to enjoy over the summer holidays. Hippo's play features are designed to allow easy updates or expansion in the future. This will give Bath Sports and Leisure Centre the opportunity to ensure the pool is kept fresh and appealing to help to maintain high regular visitor numbers in the long-term.
Barnaby Rich, General Manager at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre told Somerset Live: “This comprehensive refurbishment programme will allow us to provide outstanding, accessible and affordable facilities for the entire community, to get more people, more active, more often”.
Published 27th September 2018
Client: Leisure at Cheltehnam , Cheltenham
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Hippo Leisure collaborated with Alliance Leisure to create a new interactive water play area at Leisure at Cheltenham. Hippo worked with Cresta Leisure who built the new children’s splash pool and Hippo Leisure furnished the pool with water play equipment. This project was just one part of a £2.5million redevelopment programme at the Centre.
The new water play area brings a fresh kid appeal to the wet leisure facilities at the centre and encourages regular visits from an increased number of children of all ages and abilities as well as their families.
A unique combination of bright and vibrant high and lowlevel water play features capture the imaginations of young minds while providing learning through play scenarios to
encourage water confidence as they explore and discover their aquatic environment.
The 70 square metre splash pool provides fun for up to 32 people at any one time and includes over 50 active water points.
The centre piece is a colourful water factory themed interactive waterball. It houses a manifold and control system which is accessed via a removable panel on the side of the waterball to allow set up and maintenance. The waterball features a variety of low-level features which will create excitement for toddlers. These jets include fill ‘n’ spill buckets which are filled via water jets before children can tip the water back into the pool, interactive hand wheels which can be turned by children to manipulate the flow of
the water to the waterball jets, and finally cannon jets which create a gentle flow of water into the pool.
The waterball is topped with an interactive mast which houses 4 themed arms which provides high-level surprise and anticipatory play for older and more water confident children. The arms feature a tipping bucket, shark shower, water wheel and a pipefalls arm.
The pool features a wide range of children’s splash toys including a spray hoop and water web. A water cascades feature made up of a short mast and four interactive water channels of varying heights brings excitement to young children as they use the paddles to control the flow of the water passing through them.
An under the sea toddler themed slide with a tactile surface, moving fish elements and mirrors brings a fresh and fun element of play to a traditional toddler slide. The wall around the splash pool is made up of a selection of underwater themed interactive play panels which include moving parts and mirrors. This helps children to develop their tactile, visual and auditory stimulation. The pool’s central column is also surrounded in interactive play panels for extra interactivity.
Hippo Leisure worked hard to ensure that the play features were installed in time for the summer holidays.
Julie Finch, chief executive at The CheltenhamTrust told Gloucester Live: “We’re very excited to see the project come to life after a significant amount of planning and hope that it brings a lot of fun and enjoyment. As a not for profit organisation, we can continue to reinvest money back into our sites across Cheltenham, continually improving the customer experience and offering the best in health and fitness space and equipment. The trust is particularly keen to ensure any customers with special needs are properly catered for, which has shaped some of the new features”.
Published 27th September 2018
Client: The Metrodome Complex , Barnsley
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Hippo Leisure has transformed the toddler pool at The Metrodome Complex in Barnsley into an interactive parent and toddler zone which has been named ‘Barnacle Bay’. The pool features a water factory and range of splash toys. The bright and colourful play features aim to encourage families to visit the pools regularly and help toddlers and young children of all abilities to develop their water confidence. The Hippo play features are just one part of a £500,000 pools upgrade programme at the Complex.
An interactive waterball makes a visually appealing centrepiece and includes a mast with a tipping bucket arm, a waterwheel arm and a shark shower arm. These play features tip and spray water onto children playing below. For less water confident children, the waterball has a range of low-level features including water jets and fill ‘n’ spill buckets which are filled by the water jets before toddlers can tip the water from the buckets back into the pool. Toddlers also have fun turning two interactive handwheels to control the flow of water to the waterball jets. Two cannon jets create a gentle flow of water into the pool and feed water to an interactive water channel which then cascades to a second water channel. The water channels have paddles which enable children to control the speed and direction of the water flow.
A span pipe connects the waterball mast to a second mast and is also the home of a range of high-level surprise and anticipatory features including four tipping buckets, two waterwheels and a resident pelican water squirt which squirts water from its beak into the pool. The mast features three interactive arms: a shark shower, a waterwheel and a pipefalls. A large tipping bucket and splash board sits on top of the mast and provides a great surprise for children as it fills with water and soaks children below as it tips litres of water into the pool below at regular intervals.
The pool includes a range of splash toys including a spray hoop which encourages children’s water confidence to grow as they are gently showered with a gentle water curtain effect as they pass under it. A colourful water web post jets out water to create a web effect. Children can cover up holes on both the water web and the spray hoop to manipulate the flow of the water. The pool wall is covered in aquatic themed interactive play panels which have a bright and tactile design and feature several games and activities to captivate young minds. Finally, an under the sea themed interactive toddlers slide is popular with toddlers who can play with the spinning fish and see their own reflection in the submarine mirror on the side of the slide as they wait their turn to climb the steps and slide back into the pool.
The play features were installed in a timely manner to ensure only minimal disruption to access to the pools at the complex. The installation was completed in time for the summer holidays and has been enjoyed by both local families as well as those on holiday. The water factory has the potential to be easily updated or expanded in the future if required to keep the pool fresh and appealing to visitors.
Simon Potter, Manager at Barnsley Metrodome commented to the Barnsley Chronicle: “The addition of a new teaching pool and the creation of a new interactive parent and toddler zone is going to be a major enhancement to our pool offering”.
Published 27th September 2018
Client: Triangle Leisure Centre , Burgess Hill
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The paddling pool in the Beach Area at The Triangle Leisure Centre in Burgess Hill has been rejuvenated with a new Hippo water factory. This project is one part of a £600,000 improvement programme at the centre.
The toddler pool has been transformed into a highly interactive water play area for children of all age and ability groups. A wide range of water play features has been provided, aimed at increasing water confidence in toddlers and young children, using a unique combination of high and low-level water play features. The bright and colourful design captures the imaginations of young minds while providing learning through play scenarios.
A bright and colourful waterball is the centrepiece for the water factory. It is topped with a mast housing a variety of interactive features - a waterwheel, a shark shower and a tipping bucket which will splash children playing below at varying time intervals. The waterball is joined by a span pipe to a further mast located on the poolside which provides the water supply for the waterball features. The span pipe has two waterwheels and four small tipping buckets which all create extra anticipatory fun. The span pipe is also home to a pelican water squirt.
The waterball provides a range of low-level features for toddlers and less water confident children including waterball jets, fill ‘n’ spill buckets, handwheels and cannon
jets. Toddlers have fun emptying the water from the fill ‘n’ spill buckets into the pool once they have been filled up by the water jets. They also enjoy controlling the flow of the water to the eight waterball jets by turning the handwheels. One of the waterball’s cannon jets provides the water for three interactive water channels of varying levels which cascade water into the pool. The water that flows into the channels can be manipulated by children as then turn the paddles.
Further excitement is provided by a set of three interactive masts located on the poolside and joined together with two span pipes. The centre mast is topped with a colourful giant fish which squirts jets of water at children in the pool. The other two masts feature large tipping buckets with splash boards which soak children standing below at surprise intervals.
Finally, the tiles surrounding the pool have been replaced with a non-slip wet pour flooring which has be laid from the entrance to the changing room and around the beach area.
Hippo also removed the existing falling rapids slide and refurbished some artificial rocks around the pool.
Traffic light sensors and an LED display sign timing system have been installed on the flumes to improve safety and control access. The timing system allows riders to race in several categories which they can choose by pushing a button at the start of the ride!
After six weeks of refurbishment work which started at the beginning of June 2018, the leisure pool was opened just in time for the summer holidays.
Neil Williams Sports and Service Manager at Places Leisure commented on the Places Leisure website: “Initial feedback has been positive, with the new interactive features being a big hit with families and young children”. Tom Carter, Contracts Manager for Places Leisure commented on the Places Leisure website: “We want to thank all our customers, members and swim lesson participants for their patience during these works. It was a hugely important project for us to update the 19-year-old facility and give it a new lease of life. We want The Triangle to remain at the forefront of leisure activities and offer our customers the best experience when they come to the centre, the recent works will ensure we can do that”.