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Our Expert Team Ensure All Aspects Of Your Inground Pool Installation Go Smoothly

If you have always dreamed of having an inground swimming pool installed, Compass Pools can help make it a reality. We are a dedicated swimming pool specialist with more than 30 years of experience in designing and installing stunning pools in homes across the UK. We’ve carried out construction of both indoor and outdoor pools and we would be delighted to bring our expertise to your home. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Inground pools – a fantastic investment

Many people fantasise about having their own swimming pool, but a large number of homeowners believe it will be impractical or too costly to take the steps to actually have a pool created. However, we are happy to tell you that an in-ground swimming pool is actually a fantastic investment. It will be less expensive than you think, and your amazing new pool will add significant value to your property. Not to mention all of the quality time you can enjoy with friends and family around your beautiful pool.

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How we install your inground pool

We understand the importance of all of the different facets of the construction process, so we offer a bespoke design and installation service. This means that we can provide you with an in ground pool that is perfect for your requirements.

The first step in the process is the excavation of the site of the pool – this is carried out by experienced groundwork contractors with many years of expertise in all aspects of structural and stabilisation work. Once the hole has been excavated, your one piece ceramic pool is delivered to the site and then lowered into place.

We follow this up by installing the plumbing and wiring from the plant room before adding the additional features inside the pool, including the heaters, lighting and filtration system. Finally, we build the area surrounding the pool, dealing with everything from tiling and paving to decking.

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Whether you’re still gathering information about the kind of pool that you might like to have constructed or if you would like to get a quote on a stylish new built in swimming pool, we are happy to help. You can get in contact with us today by calling 0333 4567 111 where a friendly member of the team will be able to help you with any queries.

We have swimming pool experts across the country, working everywhere from Sussex and the South East to the Midlands, Manchester and Scotland. No matter your needs and requirements, we can help you create the perfect inground swimming pool for your home.

Frequently asked questions

The price of any swimming pool will vary on a number of factors, including its size, whether it’s going indoors or outdoors and the amount of labour involved in its installation. With an inground pool, the price will be in the region of £50,000 to £120,000.

To understand the breakdown of these costs and to obtain a more accurate figure for your specific requirements, we recommend talking to a member of our team or visiting our showroom in West Sussex where we will be happy to go through everything with you.


Inground pools are more complex to install than above ground styles due to the excavation and groundworks. The soil quality, draining requirements and access to dig the hole and remove the soil will all vary from location to location. For more detailed information, take a look at our pool installation page


With an inground pool, construction is greatly affected by the groundworks process, due to the quality of your soil and the ease of access and removal. There is also the preparation work that you will need to complete, whether that is clearing your garden or building the foundations of a new outbuilding.

Once the ground is prepared, it takes very little time for us to actually install the pool. This is because our ceramic-fibreglass shells arrive prefabricated, meaning they just need to be lowered into place. For a typical inground pool, the process takes 4 to 6 weeks.


Creating a high-quality pool area requires an experienced designer, as well as an interior designer and architect if the pool is going indoors. If you have already arranged a building team to carry out the work, we are more than happy to work alongside them in order to deliver the best possible result, although the earlier we are brought on board, the easier this will be.


At Compass Pools, our ceramic composite pools are prefabricated to order in a range of styles and sizes. Don’t worry about having a limited choice – our 9 different models are available in a total of 27 sizes, including plunge pools and lap pools. Contact our experienced team to discuss the dimensions you’re looking for and we’ll help you make the best decision for your home, garden or business.

We also offer a large variety of customisation options for your swimming pool, including a range of material colours and features including down lighting, waterfalls and much more.


If you are looking for a pool that is only partly built into the ground, you may be thinking of an infinity pool. These are commonly installed on a hillside or slope, so partial excavation is required. Contact our team to discuss your ideas and we can confirm whether they are possible and provide a free quote.


Outdoor pools usually do not require planning permission as they are considered ‘garden projects’, but there are some limitations. For example, listed buildings, national parks and conservation areas will have stricter rules. We always recommend checking with your local planning authority before investing in a pool project.

Indoor pools have slightly different regulations, particularly if you are intending to build an extension onto your home to house the pool. Freestanding buildings of certain dimensions will fall under Permitted Development, but again, checking with your local authority is a good idea.


A conventional pool will require constant disinfectant chemicals, surface skimming and filter cleansing. The amount of maintenance will vary according to the pool’s size, usage, location and water type. For example, outdoor pools will require more frequent skimming than an indoor pool to keep the surface free of leaves and bugs (although a pool cover will reduce this).

At Compass Pools, the ceramic fibreglass we use to build our pools actually makes them more hygienic than a concrete pool. This is because the material is smooth and non-porous, preventing bacteria build-up. Read a more in-depth comparison between ceramic pools and concrete pools here.


In addition to a filter, conventional pools primarily rely on chlorine (available in a liquid, powder or tablet form) to disinfect the water. There are also various additives you can put into your pool, such as chlorine stabilisers, algaecides and shock treatments.

The precise combination and quantity of chemicals will vary to the specific circumstances of each pool, based on its size, location and usage. Our specialists can assist you with a specific recommendation.


Installing a fence around the perimeter of the pool is a good idea (and a legal requirement in many areas), with a lockable gate so that children and pets cannot get into the area unsupervised. Solid pool covers are also practical, giving you the opportunity to reclaim the surface area when the pool is not in use.

For more safety steps, read our top tips here.


At Compass Pools, we have a nationwide installation network so that you can have one of our contemporary ceramic pools at your home or business, wherever you’re based. Our headquarters and showroom is in Sussex, but our teams work across the south coast, in and around London, into the Midlands and East Anglia as well as in Scotland and Wales.

Visit our contact page to see more locations and to submit an enquiry with any questions you may have and to talk about where we can offer installations.

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Carbon Ceramic Technology

Compass Pools are constructed using Carbon Fibre & Ceramic for Stength and Insulation

20 Year Warranty

Supported by the best guarantees in the industry, Compass Pools Carbon Ceramic Shells have a 20 Year Warranty

Green Swimming

Compass Pools are the most energy efficient pool construction type, with ceramic insulators and variable speed pumps

What our clients say about us…

  • Peter Williams - Eastbourne, Sussex testimonial - featured imageCompass were great throughout the whole process of choosing a pool, ordering it, installing it and tweaking any slight changes since it was finished. It has now been in for a year and I swim every day before breakfast regardless of the weather, snow on the ground etc. We have recently had a pool house finished so I can go straight from the pool into the shower without having to dry first! I would thoroughly recommend Compass for the products they sell and for the service that they provide.

    Peter Williams / West Sussex /

  • There are two aspects to the company, the people and the product. I can't fault either of them. The people are friendly, expert and very helpful. Theirs is a premium product but worth it. The build quality is first rate and the operating system options can give you a package as sophisticated as you wish.

    David Clifford / Wales /