All pools require a place to locate the filtration and sterilization equipment.
This is usually greater than 3.5m from the pool but hopefully less than 10m from the pool.
If the equipment is required to be closer to the pool than 3.5m the electrical rules require a 1.8m high wall between the pool and the electrical power points and equipment.
Electrical power for the pump and other equipment is provided by an electrician to the pump and filter site.
Usually two double power points are required.
The filtration area or plant room requires a solid floor either brick paved or concreted to supply a solid base for the equipment.
A standard 700mm sand filter with a pool pump requires a minimum of one metre by 1.5m of floor space.
A slim line cartridge filter has a smaller base and requires approximately 1.0m x 0.7m.
If the pool has a filter, pump, water feature pump, salt water chlorinator or liquid chlorine sterilizer the area increase to 2.0m x 1.0m.
Add a heater either gas or electric and the area obviously increases further to 2.5m x 1.0m.
2 x swim jet pumps
1 x filter pump
1 x filter for pool
1 x circulation pump for the heater
1 x filter for heater line
1 x electric heater
1 x salt water chlorinator
2 x underwater lights
1 x automatic timer for the heater
Aqualink remote control system
The plant room area required was 3.0m x 1.5m
This is an area for professional filtration installers.
Most filtration suppliers have representatives to provide advice on layout and installation.
Diagrams of the best layouts are provided by manufacturers on request.
In most cases the companies have a sample filtration plant set up in their main offices to enable clients to see the actual product.
A visit to see the equipment before purchase should eliminate surprises when the equipment is delivered.
Your pool designer should be able to supply a detailed plan of the equipment layout prior to supplying pipework to your filtration area.
The layout of the equipment will assist you in ongoing pool maintenance.
The last thing a new owner wants is an untidy bundle of pipes and random distribution of equipment in the plant room.
Backwash facilities to enable easy cleaning and a space for chemical storage should also be part of the area layout consideration.
In summary modern slim line cartridge filters require less floor are than sand filters.
An electric heat pump will require less space than a gas heater.