At 40 years old, the Stratford Park Leisure Centre was in need of refurbishment. In 2015, Stratford District Council and Sports and Leisure Management Ltd invested £5 million to improve the centre’s facilities and create a first class building for the town.


  • Area of renovation included a 33 metre swimming pool and 1000 m2 of tiling in a shallow teaching pool
  • Pool tank was rough and uneven, needed a system for rendering, waterproofing and tiling
  • Tight time constraints required a fast track solution


In conjunction with Cheshire Wellness, specialist tiling contractor WB Simpson & Sons Ltd were appointed to carry out the renovation; and opted to use an extensive range of ARDEX products throughout the installation. Adam Willmott, Business Development Manager at ARDEX UK, specified the system of ARDEX products and said, “When we conducted our first site visit to assess the work required, we saw the pool tank…needed a system for rendering, waterproofing and tiling. In addition, due to the time constraints the contractors were under, a fast track solution was required, so our specification included products which minimised drying times and allowed the subsequent stages to commence as quickly as possible.”

Willmott added,“We also needed a separate system for installing the Bamberg Channels, which involved screeding the base of the channels and backfilling them. Using ARDEX S 21, the contractors were able to screed in shallow depths and quickly move on to fixing the channel blocks.”

Anthony Parrott, Director at WB Simpson & Sons Ltd, commented: “We have been using ARDEX products for 25 years, and have worked with them on a number of swimming pool projects. We have always had a good experience with both their products and their technical support and, as a result, we decided to choose them again for this project. In addition, the client requested a fast turnaround, so they could re-open the pool to the public as soon as possible – so we were under pressure to finish quickly. ARDEX fasttrack products helped us to do that.”

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