The Evolution of Modular Technology in the Aquatic Industry

The use of modular technology is increasing exponentially across all sectors of the construction industry.  Pre-manufactured, modular components often offer cost & construction programme savings, at the same improving quality control, due to the manufacturing process being completed within a controlled environment.  In terms of modular technology, the aquatic industry is no exception. A&T Europe with their Myrtha Pools brand, have been the market leader in modular technology for swimming pools for decades. Between Australia and New Zealand there are now in excess of two hundred individual Myrtha Pool installations and literally thousands of Myrtha Pools spread throughout over seventy countries.

A & T Europe Spa was established in 1962 as a family owned company, as it is today.  After steady growth over the first 15 years of the business, A&T acquired the Myrtha technologies German patent in 1977.  This technology, which is the process of laminating thin low plasticizer PVC material to stainless steel sheet, was the technology that started a revolution in how commercial modular swimming pools were to be manufactured and installed.

Through steady growth and modernisation of the manufacturing process, based on a CAD/CAM process, Myrtha Pools went on to construct their first major competition pool for the 1987 European Championships and in 1996 Myrtha Pools supplied and installed their first Olympic Games swimming pool, which was a water polo pool at the Atlanta Olympics. These initial high profile installations, have been followed by many more Olympics Games and FINA World Swimming Championships. Innovation and product development have been key to the success of Myrtha Pools and the product that is manufactured today, while still similar in many ways, is greatly evolved from the early pools that the company produced.

Today the Myrtha wall panels and gutters are manufactured from AISI441 grade stainless steel that is factory laminated with a hard PVC material, with a shore hardness of A97 and low plasticiser content. All structural supports including the base frame are formed from AISI470 Stainless Steel.  All panels are folded & punched in accordance with the CAD design specific to each project. Welding is excluded from the manufacturing and installation process, due to the risk of localised corrosion in the weld area. The materials are then assembled on site by Myrtha trained installers.  Every component of a Myrtha Pool is mechanically secured, making for a very fast assembly and a high-quality finish.  Water proofing is achieved through a combination of liquid PVC sealing to panel joins and flexible PVC bandages.  The floor is finished with a 2.2mm thick reinforced PVC membrane, which is heat welded to the wall panels ensuring a fully watertight pool structure.

The result is a light weight and durable pool structure that is, in most cases, cheaper and faster to construct than traditional concrete construction methods.  Maintenance, is minimal and when maintenance is required this can often be carried out without the need to empty the pool.  Although best practice would indicate emptying pools every five years or so, there are many examples of Myrtha Pools that haven’t been emptied for 15 to 20 years.  With a structural warranty of 25 years (expected operational life of 50+ years) and a water tight guarantee of 10 years (extended to 15 years when an annual maintenance inspection is carried out) a Myrtha Pool offers a modern alternative to traditional construction methods.


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