Tile Africa Contracts recently supplied tiles for the new competition swimming and diving pool at St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, as well as tiles for the learn-to-swim pool and for the change rooms.
The school’s new aquatic activity complex incorporates a state-of-the-art FINA regulation short course competition pool, which can be used for any level of gala – from inter-house and inter-schools to international events such as the short course world championships.
Neil Fourie, sports facility design consultant at Platinum Sport Consulting, the firm that was responsible for the design and structural engineering of the pool, says, “With high water quality, the floor and walls of the pool are clearly visible from the surface. It was therefore important that the construction, and especially the tiling, had to be of the highest standard, as the water appears to magnify any blemishes or irregularities.”
The tiling specification called for swimming pool tiles, with virtually zero water absorption, to be laid by specialist pool tilers.
Tile Africa Contracts met the specification with Interbau-Blink swimming pool tiles, imported from Germany. The structure of the pores inside the tile body is obtained through a process of extrusion and results in a tile that is frost resistant and has an unmatched bonding strength with the adhesive.
“The Interbau-Blink swimming pool tile is specifically developed for pools and has a very low porosity and water absorption,” says Leigh McCarthy, regional sales consultant at Tile Africa Contracts.
The St Dominic’s pool was tiled in white with sapphire blue lines and markings as well as a sapphire blue scum-line at the water surface. The rim-flow channels and raised ends were tiled with ivory coloured grooved non-slip tiles with sapphire blue rounded edges. Tile Africa Contracts also supplied foothold coping tiles with safety markings for the side of the pool and grooved slip-resistant tiles for the pool walkway.
Primer, adhesive and grout from sister company TAL were used for the installation of the swimming pool tiles. And in the change rooms, Tile Africa Contracts also specified and supplied the floor tiles – as well as wall tiles from another sister company, Johnson Tiles.