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New 50m pool for
Surrey University
A new 50m pool is being built for
the University which will form the
focal point of the university’s new Sunburst, an efficient solar
Sports Park complex. The energy system for heating
construction work at the site is the swimming pools – capturing free
start of a wider project to deliver a energy from the sun – has been
new sports centre. Commenting on launched by Golden Coast.
the project, Mark Tant, Managing Using the latest evacuated
Director of Willmott Dixon, said the solar tube collector technology,
pool would be a “star attraction”. the ‘Sunburst’ system is made
“If you located the ten nearest up of a series of Pyrex glass
internationally-sized 50m vacuum tubes within which are
swimming pools from London, closed copper heat pipes.
seven would be in Paris,” he said: These pipes protrude into a
”That’s why this is so important manifold through which the
and we are proud that Surrey water is pumped, heating it as
University has made us it passes.
responsible for delivering it.” The insulating effect of
evacuated tube technology, placed on an east or west facing pool water temperature of 28°C
which creates a vacuum around roof, or a combination of both. from June to September and
Paddling pools also the heat pipe, means that the Optional frames can be supplied also to extend the swimming
need to be made safe system is so efficient to achieve the correct angle season, with acceptable bathing
A South Wales council has been temperatures of up to 250°C required if the system is to be temperatures, without any other
told that 18in deep pools should be can be reached inside the installed on a flat roof or at source of heating, being
subject to the same level of safety copper pipe, far more than ground level. potentially achieved as early as
as public swimming pools. The traditional black solar panels. “The system is most effective April,” said Shaun Adams, of
pools have been supervised by park Simple to install, the on clear, still and warm summer Golden Coast.
attendants with life-saving training, collectors are ideally placed on a days but will still heat up even on
but now officials say the paddling south-facing sloping roof to gain overcast and windy days. If
pools should be patrolled by trained maximum exposure to the sun’s installed in a south-facing
lifeguards. Officials have ordered trajectory but will also work if position, it is possible to maintain
that eight paddling pools in
Carmarthenshire, should have fully
trained lifeguards. The council said
it could not afford to employ
lifeguards, and the pools may
have to be drained. Clive A five-star swimming pool relocated to a new extension impact on guests inside the
Scourfield, Carmarthenshire solution has been delivered with a treatment suite. main pool hall, which is flooded
county council’s Executive Board for the Lucknam Park luxury This extension features three with natural light by virtue of
Member for Leisure Services, said: hotel at Colerne near Bath. quite different new roofs: a both the roof and a fully glazed
“The audit called for supervision in One dramatic feature and small glass-beamed link facade that opens onto
the same way that our swimming part of the Holder Mathias between the original and new outdoor pools and parkland.
pools are permanently attended Architects development, is a facilities; the suspended glazed Like the pool roof, the link
by lifeguards.” glass roof arching over its new roof over the pool hall and a presented heat loss/solar gain
deluxe swimming pool. The sedum roof over the adjacent issues. The solution was a
pool is part of an £14m treatment rooms. combination of underfloor
Swimming boom in the refurbishment and extension Little of this is evident from heating and ventilation, plus
Borders of the hotel’s spa facilities, in the outside, planning the use of glass with solar
Swimming pools across the Borders the grounds of the 18th considerations meant that the control coatings and a fine
region of Scotland have seen a century manor. The eighties’ new building could not exceed dotted frit to give a low solar
huge upturn in the number of spa building, which the height of the existing gain performance.
children attending swimming incorporated part of the grade garden wall, so the curve of the Holder Mathias and Buro
lessons over the year. With schools II listed garden walls, has been roof is cleverly concealed. Happold were keen to design a
struggling to meet swimming reworked, with the pool The glass roof has plenty of glazed roof to span the 17m
demands of previous years due to wide pool hall to maximise light.
increasing costs, the Borders Sport The Solaglas panels are
and Leisure Trust launched a triple-glazed, with Coltlite
programme designed to encourage Solarfin aluminium louvres
more children into lessons and across the whole of the roof to
ensure the number of youngsters give shading when required.
who could not swim decreased in Three metal grid walkways are
the region. The ‘Swim Borders’ included across the roof for
Learn to Swim scheme has since cleaners to use when brushing
witnessed an increase of 61% in the off the leaves through the
number of children attending 300mm x 50mm aluminum
swimming tuition in the past year. blades.
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