From Pool to Party in Surrey

Transforming a stunning annex into an elegant event space

The client needed a solution to cover his swimming pool for a party later on that year. Pool-dek were there to help.

Transforming spaces for private events

The setting is a beautiful new build Georgian style property in leafy Surrey.  The swimming pool is situated in a stunning annex at the rear of the house, looking out over the landscaped gardens.  With light streaming in through the patio doors and the pitched glass apex, it is a perfect place to hold a private celebration.

The pool is a tiled construction approximately 10m x 5m x 2.1m deep.  As the depth of the pool is over 1.5m, for safety reasons, we had to factor in the use of a qualified diving team to assist with the install.

The client provided detailed drawings of the pool and the location on which to base a quotation.  A survey and consultation visit was arranged and took place once the building works were complete.

What we did

We presented the client with a range of finish options in order to match the beautiful interior design of the property.  Samples were taken to demonstrate the quality and finish of the product.

The client chose a 30mm birch PFC/FSC plywood deck with 2.5mm Foamex to the underside and a maple edging to match the neutral stain of the timber decks.  This complimented the interior décor of whites, blues and neutral colours.  As an added design feature, five acrylic panels were chosen to sit along the centre of the Pool-dek, and these special decks consisted of a transparent acrylic in order to be able to see the pool underneath.

The storage of the product was discussed as part of the consultation and the client decided that the best solution was to build a special housing for the equipment at the side of the house, with access to the pool area when required.

After the consultation, the client received a proposal based on the survey and finish specification.

The proposal was signed off and agreed, and installation was planned for summer 2016.  Full access to the pool was organised for the installation and MMC Diving Services, were procured to assist with the deep framework.

The party had been planned and with other trades working in the same area, the challenge to install the pool floor was set.  We successfully worked alongside the lighting, event and catering teams to transform a swimming pool room into a temporary event space.

The initial installation involved pre-checks such as assessing the pool’s water level and temperature, checking all equipment and briefing the team.  Construction began in the deepest part of the pool which involved the divers working to fit the frames together.

The framework is built up in sections until it reaches the required height in order to place the decks on top.  Constant measurements are taken to ensure that the floor is secure, solid and level.  Each deck has been fully tested to take a load of 7.5kN/m2.

All parts are labelled during the install process to build up a set of instructions for future installations should the client not require our services to build or dismantle the system for future events.

The floor was completed that afternoon, inspected and cleaned ready for the client to sign off the works.

A happy client

The client was very happy with the installation and the party was a resounding success.  Chairs and tables were placed on the Pool-dek for the guests and removed later on for dancing.  A DJ was situated on the Jacuzzi with a sophisticated sound and integrated lighting system to finish off the atmosphere.  The whole room was transformed into a party area in just one day.

The client will receive a courtesy call every year to ensure they are still happy with their Pool-dek.