Westbad, Ulm: a bright new look and first-class hygiene in the swimming baths

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For over 50 years, Westbad Ulm has been a big part of swimming and spa activities for this city in Baden-Württemberg, with a wide choice of courses, club training and school swimming lessons available, alongside day-to-day operation as public swimming baths.

Highlights for visitors include steam baths and a baby-and-toddler pool, the main pool in stainless steel with six 25-metre lanes, and much more besides. Westbad has also been the perfect venue for hosting events such as youth try-outs for the Olympics. Such a varied programme of sporting activities requires high standards – particularly in terms of the sanitary facilities.

Making the most of the shutdown

Ulm’s Central Building Management team decided on a renovation project that would target the outdated fittings used in the public baths. Positive experiences with SCHELL products in other properties they managed meant it was easy for the team to make their decision: SCHELL solutions would again be used for the Westbad project.

LINUS Inox: robust, low-maintenance – and premium

SCHELL’s LINUS Inox DP-C-T, an exposed stainless steel shower panel with CVD touch electronics, met all of the City of Ulm’s requirements. Thanks to its highly corrosion-resistant design, featuring brushed premium stainless steel in the material grade 1.4404, this panel is ideally suited for use in swimming baths with a lot of ambient chlorine. Another argument in favour of this shower panel is the ease of cleaning, thanks to its robust, low-maintenance surface.

Clever networking with SCHELL SWS

The management team was also looking for an intelligent system and had already been very impressed by the SWS solution from SCHELL. Accordingly, the team lost no time in picking SCHELL’s SWS Water Management System for use in Ulm, to ensure specified normal operation and help maintain drinking water hygiene. At the heart of the system is the SWS Server. At the periphery, all LINUS Inox shower panels are networked using the SWS BE-K wired bus extender. Thanks to this setup, regular stagnation flushes can now be carried out and logged at the Westbad swimming baths. These flushes are essential to ensure specified normal operation. Beyond this, SWS can also be used for the central and convenient adjustment of flow times, actuation force and many other kinds of settings. This not only improves user comfort for visitors but also improves the efficiency of building operations. All in all, a win-win situation for swimmers and swimming in Ulm.