Hippo Bring the 'WOW' Factor to Flumes at Grangemouth
Hippo Leisure has recently refurbished two existing flumes at Grangemouth Sports Complex in Falkirk. The rejuvenated flumes have been enhanced to appeal to and stimulate an expanded customer base comprising a wide range of ages and abilities, and compliment the overall leisure swim experience. Both flumes incorporate the latest interactive technologies.
The 60m Blue Tube Flume Slide (Cruiser) provides a fast thrill seeking ride for adventurous children and adults. A fully interactive and exciting ride experience is created by a sound and lighting system which has been custom themed just for Grangemouth. The sound selection includes everything from thunder and lightning to rainbow lights. The lights are fully programmable across the colour spectrum. The other exhilarating feature is the Speed Timer Game which sets a challenge for flume riders to compete again each other to see who can get the fastest time! A display at the bottom of the flume shows the riders their individual times as well as the top time that day.
The 45m Red Translucent Tube Flume Slide (Bruiser) is aimed at fun-seeking younger children and families. Features include an interactive Touch Pad Scoring Game where the rider touches a number of LED illuminated pads on their journey down the slide which ring and switch off once they have been swiped. The riders score is displayed on a screen at the end of the ride, enabling users to compete against each other to get the best score and also beat their personal best! A music system provides further entertainment and riders can choose their own choice of track from Frozen to Kylie and even Gloria Gayner!
The sound and lighting systems on both flumes have been designed to require zero input on a day to day basis and can be updated and modernised in the future.
As well as the installation of the latest technology, the flumes have also had a full refurbishment to ensure an exceptional standard of safety and enhanced visual appeal. This has included replacement of all seams, bolts, nuts, repair of all existing defects and providing a seamless ride surface. Both flume aquacatches have been re-coated and non-slip surfaces have been applied on the flume start ramps, stair cases and exit baths.
After the initial refurbishment, Hippo Leisure came to the rescue by carrying out additional lining works to the Brusier Flume aquacatch to correct issues that had occurred due to flooding, which was beyond the control of the leisure centre and Hippo Leisure.