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.

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.