FAQs & Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you require?

Building Consent

Every swimming pool under 35,000 ltrs requires a Territorial Building Consent.
This consent may be applied for by:

  • Your Architect
  • Yourself
  • Your Pool Builder

Requirements for a Building Consent:

  • Lot and D.P details
  • Recent copy of Certificate of Title
  • Site plan showing – location of pool, location of pool fencing distance from boundaries and location of gully trap for backwash.
  • Details of pool fence
  • Engineer’s structural design and producer statement for the pool.
  • Should the dwelling form part of the pool fence, elevations of the dwelling.
How do i choose a pool that suits my requirements?

Things you should think about include:
Purpose – Determine the intended use of your pool. Is it primarily for?

  • Exercise
  • Fun for the family
  • Both exercise and fun

If it’s for exercise generally the pool will require length for laps. This does Not preclude the ability to have shape and size to enhance aesthetics and use for other activities. Should length be a problem there are other ways with a shorter pool that can still offer an ‘exercise’ option, such as swim jets.


An advantage of having a purpose-built concrete pool is that it can be any shape and size you desire.

Water Depths

Generally a pool will have a shallow end (1.1m water) and a deep end (1.8m water) with a transition area between the two.

In reality you can have what you want.

What Sort of pool surrounds do i need?


Regulation in NZ require you to have a suitable pool fence.
Basically these regulations refer to “immediate pool area” and defined as “the land in or which the pool is situated and so much of the surrounding area as is used for activities or purposes carried on in conjunction with the use of the pool.”

Suitable Fencing types

  • Glass
  • Purpose built anodized products
  • Timber
Can we have it for summer?

Yes providing we get the go ahead ASAP

See what some of our clients have to say about our work


“We have worked with Glenn on two occasions: in 2005 for a complete pool renovation and again in 2011 for a new build for our second project. On both occasions, the process went extremely smoothly, fully met our expectations, and was stress free. Glenn came in on budget and on time, and was a pleasure to work with. He also took the time to show us many others of his projects during our design stage, to help us decide on what finishes to use etc. Glenn’s advice was invaluable and I have no hesitation in recommending him to others.”

Ann & Peter

“Glenn Jillings and Watchman Developments came recommended. Glenn’s pool design and use of the area was spot on. Glenn and the team were great to deal with. The build was quoted and invoiced as per quote. No unexpected surprises. The whole process went very smoothly. We have a fabulous pool and entertainment area. Having not built a swimming pool before I was nervous and had to put my trust in Glenn. I asked Glenn to ‘build me a pool to die for’. That is exactly what I got. Truly magnificent.”

Rob Lund

“Glenn Jillings constructed a complex infinity weir edge pool for my client on a very difficult clifftop site in Herne Bay in 2010. I was project manager. The geometry of the pool meant that detailing of the concrete structure was critical. There were many tricky corners. The reinforcing steel was not straight forward to install and access on site was a challenge. Glenn and his team were straight up, well organized and made the whole process look simple. They got on with the job and delivered an excellent result. They delivered on time and within budget. Their pool equipment was well chosen and well laid out in the plant room. The equipment and the pool has been a pleasure to maintain. I would be happy to use them again on another pool project.”

Ian Kuperus

“We were delighted with the pool project that Glenn Jillings and the team at Watchman Pools completed for us. Glenn provided helpful planning advice, prompt quoting and a focussed build project within their time estimates. Glenn and the team were very responsive throughout the project and managed the interfaces with the council and sub-contractors and builders very smoothly. They achieved an outstanding result and I have no hesitation in recommending them.”

Greg Byers

“Working with the team from Watchman Pools has been fantastic, from the initial quoting process right through to project completetion. The process was clearly laid out up front and we were involved in all decisions and kept up to date with each phase of the construction schedule. Our numerious variations were dealt with professionally and all fitted into the original schedule to keep to the agreed timeframe. Costs for variations were kept to a minimum and the team thankfully accommodated our various changes (indecisiveness!) with good humor. The site was kept spotless and the guys were always great to have on the property. Overall, the job was completed on time, on budget and to an incedibly high standard. We couldn’t recommend the team highly enough.”

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