Myrtha Pools delivered their biggest year in sales last year in the face of overseas factory shutdowns with thoughtful planning and strategic execution.
Defined by devastating pandemic, global travel restrictions and economic uncertainty; the year 2020 tested the mettle of companies across the world with a simple question: How do we get through this?
With public works being greenlit as an essential service and work from home culture becoming the new normal, the answer was clear for global manufacturing leader Myrtha Pools: keep moving forward. Business development manager David Bennison shares the winning strategy that led to the company’s best year on record for pool installations in Australia and New Zealand.
With our head office and manufacturing plant based in the Lombary region of North Italy, our offices and production facility were forced to close for an extended period through the middle of 2020. Meanwhile construction remained operational in Australia as an essential service, so ensuring we were able to meet our obligations on several major projects was severely tested.
Fortunately, one of the great advantages of Myrtha technology is that it requires only a small team to construct so we were able to progress most projects within the social distancing and site restrictions. We remained flexible when it came to the construction programme so many sites were able to continue to progress works while waiting for materials to be sent from Italy resulting in minimal delays to the construction programme.
The plan, according to Bennison, was to leverage the fast build time of using Myrtha’s modular pool technology to continue site progress and synchronise with factory reopen dates so that builders could hit the ground running once materials became immediately accessible.
A Snapshot of Success
Between Australia and New Zealand, the challenges of Covid-19 proved formidable but not unbeatable. Myrtha Pools succeeded in completing a slate of new build projects including the Griffith Aquatic Centre, a 50m pool facility in NSW, along with asset restorations such as the Temuka Community Pool south of Christchurch through their innovative RenovAction pool refurbishment technology, with many more on the way.
A Brand New Shine, Delivered on Time – Temuka Community Pool RenovAction, NZL – Complete
Once an old concrete 33-meter community pool, Myrtha technology was used to reconfigure the facility offering a 6 lane 25-meter lap pool with accessible ramp and a separate learn to swim pool both completed with modern wet edge technology to replace the older style scum gutters, all constructed within the concrete shell of the old pool.
To do so, a strategic decision was made: place the order for materials despite production facilities remaining closed, continue to progress works on site, and have everything ready for assembly once factories reopen.
Upon arrival of the materials, and a completion deadline set for mid-November, a marathon effort from Myrtha’s New Zealand team would successfully deliver the remaining elements of the project together in the final weeks.
Griffith Aquatic Centre 50m Pool, NSW – Complete
At the height of the pandemic, Myrtha’s design team worked remotely from their homes to complete the entire design of the 50-meter outdoor pool and deliver one of their first projects put into production once factory doors reopened and materials arrived.
The Swimplex Aquatics installation team then put in a great effort to complete the construction of the pool in time for Griffith Aquatic Centre’s official opening at the beginning of March 2021.
The collaborative execution of the Griffith Aquatic Centre even outpaced two other pools being constructed in the region around the same time, both of which had started construction sooner than Griffith Aquatic Centre while finishing later.
‘21 and Beyond – East Keilor Aquatic Centre, VIC – In Progress
Already scheduled for completion in mid 2021 is the East Keilor Aquatic Centre in Victoria, a massive aquatics facility sporting a new 50m competition pool, a 25-meter training pool, a learn-to-swim pool, and warm water hydrotherapy facilities.
Seemingly marred by the temporary closure of Myrtha’s Italian factory, the pools for this facility were already in production and the construction site had been well advanced in preparation for the arrival of the construction materials.
Myrtha’s install team, working with Commercial Aquatics Australia, then worked around a lot of items that would normally be installed after the pools are already in place demonstrating how flexible the system can be when it comes to construction programming. Bennison writes:
This project is a great example of how to adapt and adjust when situations outside of our control require a rethink of how to execute a plan.
2020 was one of our biggest years on record for the installation of pools in Australia so it is a real testament to the people in our wider network that pulled together to ensure each project was adequately resourced and still installed to the high standard demanded by Myrtha Pools.
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The contents for this article was originally published on Australian Leisure Magazine 2021