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Theme Design: Themed Swimming Pool Still Looks Perfect 10 Years On using ITW Irathane Futura!


The Preston Palace Hotel in Alemo, Holland used polyurethane theming products from ITW Irathane Futura ten years ago to surround a 43, 000 sq. ft. swimming pool with a very unusual mock tropical rainforest, rocky coves and exotic animals. 

Earlier this year, the installation was inspected and was found to be as good as the day it was built.

The indoor park was the brainchild of Henry van der Most and this Polynesian-style tropical paradise is complete with erupting volcano, tropical fish, exotic animals foundations and striking pre-recorded jungle sounds.

The products used to create this state-of-the-art swimming pool were the Futura Rock range of products together with a special Styrothane hard-coat.  These high performance two-part polyurethane materials are from the company’s well proven ranges and give exceptional performance.  The Futura Rock products are fast-setting, and combine a balance of stiffness with high impact resistance and rapid de-mould time for fast turnaround. They give excellent reproduction of rock, coral and other textures.

The spray application is such that multiple coats can be applied in rapid succession to build up structure as required.

The special hard-coat Styrothane 5321FR is an aromatic polyurethane specifically designed to provide high impact damage resistance for exposed polystyrene (EPS) and polyurethane foam. The reactivity is controlled to avoid large exotherm and damage to EPS. Various systems can meet the following French NFP 92-501 Class M2 and BS476 Part 7 Class 1 635 test criteria.  

The Project Manager commented “this project is a major accomplishment in hotel theming in Europe using Irathane Futura systems. Every year more and more resort hotels in Europe are recognizing the value of creating a unique environment for their guests. Irathane Futura provides us with the technology and support we need to create diverse projects like this one.” 

ITW Irathane Futura specialises in the design and manufacture of sprayable coating systems and structural urethanes used for speciality fabrications requiring high performance reliability in large theming and architectural projects worldwide.  The company is a division of ITW Performance Polymers Europe (ITWPPE), headquartered in Rushden, England (

For more information contact ITWPPE on 0870 458 7336 and visit the new website at

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