BREEAM ‘Very Good’ Swimming Pool Complex uses Remeha Biomass Heating

A Remeha 195 kW biomass boiler HPK-IK 195 has helped a £9.2m, state-of-the-art Oxford swimming pool complex achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.

The newly-opened Leys Pools and Leisure Centre offers an eight lane, 25m, competition-standard swimming pool with moveable floor, a teaching pool, toddlers’ splash pool, changing facilities, sauna, café, and soft play area.

In keeping with Oxford City Council’s commitment to sustainable design and operation, a low-carbon biomass boiler was specified in conjunction with an energy-efficient boiler to provide reliable heating throughout the new complex with a reduced carbon footprint.

Keith Reynolds, Senior Building Services Engineer at the Council commented: “Our brief needed to comply both with Building Regulations and the Council’s primary consideration to generate reliable low carbon, energy efficient heating for the complex. The Remeha products met those requirements. We were pleased with the service offered by Remeha.”

Fusion Lifestyle manages Leys Pool and Leisure Centre on behalf of the Council.

Andy Maidment, Energy and Environmental Manager from Fusion Lifestyle, explained: “Although we operate and maintain other sources of on-site renewable energy across our building portfolio, biomass technology is new territory for us. The biomass boiler at Leys Pools and Leisure Centre had been expected to deliver a third of the anticipated heat load of the building but at times it has exceeded that expectation. It has proved to be a reliable source of renewable energy and the day-to-day operation of the boiler has been trouble free.”

M&E Contractors F.G Alden Ltd for Willmott Dixon carried out the design and build of the heating system for main Contractors Willmott Dixon.



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