John Townsend Trust, Margate – Hydrotherapy Pool

A two storey building incorporating a hydrotherapy pool, treatment rooms and cafe at school for deaf children.

The John Townsend Trust is a charity that cares for deaf children and young people and was formerly known as the Royal School for Deaf Children Margate. The Margate based school was established in 1863 and is the oldest specialist deaf school in the country. Pinelog were approached due to their specialist knowledge and experience in the design and construction of hydrotherapy pools for special schools and a negotiated contract was awarded to them for the complete project, including submitting a detailed planning application with an array of 3D visuals. The ambitious new hydrotherapy pool is the first in Thanet and will be available for use by the wider disabled community.

  • Constructed using a glulam structural frame
  • External brick facing with feature Trespa fascias
  • Roof covering in Trocal standing seam lead effect
  • Insulated 12m x 6m main hydrotherapy pool with hoist, sensory bubble pool and viewing area and integrated splash pool
  • Upper floor with gymnasium, treatments rooms, therapy area and roof terrace
  • Entrance cafeteria and relaxation area
  • Large areas surrounding pool provides space for helpers
  • Pool operates at 33o C – air temperature of 34o C
  • Water features include deluxe curtain jet, canon water jet, half bubble ring, swim jets and back jets.
  • Colour changing underwater lighting and pool hall sensory lighting
  • Specialist hoist and tracks
  • Ultra-violet water treatment
  • Ground source heat pump and solar panel arrays provide heating to water and building