As we have said before, we have installed our swim spas in some very unique places. Take the 88.5 Meter Mega Yacht, Illusion Plus for example (you can read that blog here) but it’s not always the really creative instillations that get our hearts racing, sometimes it’s the “easy” ones that really challenge us.
Early this year we were asked to build and install a 12m x 3m bespoke Cleopatra swim spa for a local client. Yes that’s right 12m or 66ft in pre-Brexit money for all you Remainders. That’s a lot of swim spa. Thank the spa gods this Swim Spa wasn’t commissioned for an off island client otherwise freight would have been a big issue. Don’t get us wrong, we would have got it off island and there are some tricks we have up our sleeve that would enable us to do so but like the original recipe for Coca-Cola that we will remain a secret. Unless you want us to commission one this big for you that is?
Building a Swim Spa this big wasn’t the problem. As we’ve said we can build any client any Swim Spa to any specification they wish. We don’t have problems at Spa de la Mare we have challenges and challenges can be overcome. Quite literally in this case. So we don’t just undertake a bespoke build or any build for that matter, blind. As you would expect we do our homework, site visits and liaise with the architects, builders, electricians, plumbers, freight forwarders and most importantly the clients themselves through every step of the process. We really are a fully inclusive company.
Challenge 1: Transporting the Swim Spa
As our local clientele will know Guernsey has very small roads and there are strict width and length restrictions for heavy goods and freight vehicles. The solution to this challenge was simple enough and was overcome with an escort vehicle ensuring the roads ahead were clear and safe.
Challenge 2: Safely Moving the Swim Spa off the flatbed truck
We got it on there no problem. Getting it off the flatbed truck and in place ready for instillation was challenge on a whole other level. Remember when I said challenges could be “overcome”? You see, there was no access to the rear of the property from the front and it would have been a challenge fitting a standard portable spa let alone this 12m monster.
We had to go over the roof and one crane wasn’t going to do it safely. We needed two cranes and the faith of the neighbours that they weren’t going to come home and find they were sharing a communal loft pool! Please note that what we were about to attempt had never been done in Guernsey and it took a lot of planning with Health and Safety and with Insurance companies on all fronts.
It was time to lift the swim spa with the two cranes slowly raising in unison. Inch by inch up she went. A little bit to the left, and inch or two the right, the two crane operators taking it slowly, talking to each other over the radio and then taking instruction from the ground crew. Soon this 12m Cleopatra Swim Spa was hovering above the roof of our clients house like a giant UFO casting a dark shadow on everyone below (stood a safe distance away I might add). The neighbours held their breath. The clients held their breath. We did a little more than hold our breath…..in fact the only people not to hold their breath were the amazing crane operators to remained professionally calm throughout.
Challenge 3: Lowering the Swim Spa
If lifting this swim spa above the roof wasn’t challenging enough the crane operators now had to lower into place blind as they were stationed on the opposite sides of the property. Words can’t describe the tension. I’m breaking into a sweat and becoming anxious just writing about it, so all I will say is that it made it. This isn’t the type of blog where we can convey what was going through our minds at this point. It was simply an amazing feat of technical skill…!
The relief seeing this beautiful, big monster of a swim spa land safely in place is indescribable…..Job Well Done!
Thank you to everyone involved, you help cement the notion that Spa de la Mare really is the best Swim Spa company in Europe!