A new luxury £4 million touring and glamping resort which is being built near Shrewsbury, is to feature a stunning, state-of-the-art natural, chemical free, swimming pool at the heart of the development.
The Love2Stay resort is being developed by Salop Leisure, one of the UK’s premier caravan and leisure companies. Love2Stay, which is scheduled to open at Easter 2017, is situated on the edge of the market town of Shrewsbury in 22 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. It will offer visitors a luxurious natural retreat, with accommodation in either 20 glamping Safari style lodges or 120 touring caravan pitches, with panoramic views across to Wales from on one side and over to the Shropshire Hills from the other.
The 432 metre natural swimming pool at the centre of the resort is being designed and built by Poolscape Ltd in collaboration with multiple RHS Gold Medal winning landscape design practice, MOSAIC. The team are using the latest technology from Austrian natural pool specialists BIOTOP. The bespoke pool design will offer swimmers crystal clear, chemical free water, which is naturally filtered by BIOTOP’s market leading pumps and filtration technology.
The natural pool design also incorporates a stunning 230 metre square planted regeneration zone filled with water lilies and a naturalistic marginal zone, which will be planted with British native reeds and rushes to create the appearance of a natural lake at the centre of the resort. The pool will be flanked on three sides by spacious cedar decking edged with soft, textural herbaceous borders.
Creating a public space natural swimming pool requires considerable expertise to ensure the clarity of the water for a larger number of swimmers. BIOTOP was the company that invented the first commercial natural swimming pools in Austria more than 30 years ago. It is the world’s market leader, having built more than 5,000 private and public natural swimming pools around the world, including the UK’s first public natural swimming pool in 2015, at the King’s Cross Development in London.
Poolscape is a UK partner of BIOTOP and its team has been working with BIOTOP’s founder Peter Petrich to design a completely new, deep water chamber which is hidden at the side of pool, but which enables the swimming area to remain at a safe 1.4 metres deep.
Mark Bebb, Salop Leisure’s managing director said: “With Love2Stay we are keen to develop a resort that is at one with nature and will instill a feeling of well-being and tranquility in our visitors. Our lives have become dominated by technology, with our children glued to i-pads and the Internet. We want them to get back to nature and experience the grass between their toes. With our stunning centrepiece pool, they will be able to swim safely in pure, chemical free natural water and feel like they are wild swimming in a mountain lake.”
BIOTOP’s managing director Peter Petrich said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with Salop on this exciting and innovative glamping concept which has the environment and nature at its core. Our partner Poolscape is creating a stunning natural pool design. The pool technology is tailor-made for the water volume and the number of swimmers. They will be able to enjoy all the benefits of natural outdoor swimming.”