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Four pool centre comes
out tops
A council-run complex in Surrey, SOLAR SUCCESS
which has four swimming pools,
has won top marks in a rating A new luxury infinity pool at a
Solar thermal system delivers
scheme. Guildford council said the large house in Essex has been 12kW of heating energy
Spectrum Leisure Complex had fitted with one of the most
received a 94% rating from Quest, modern and efficent solar
which rates quality of sports and systems on the market.
leisure facilities. MHS Boilers supplied 10
The council said it was the square metres of evacuated
highest score given to any of the tube solar collectors and a wall
965 UK leisure facilities assessed by mounted 30kW condensing
Quest. Council leader Andrew boiler, along with a controls
Hodges said the authority would package, to heat the new pool.
now “market-test” options to The solar thermal system –
maintain and build on standards at which delivers around 12kW of
Guildford Spectrum, Guildford Lido heating energy – was designed
and Ash Manor Sports Centre. to maximise the use of solar
energy to keep the temperature of hours early in the morning to Technology, Essex.
of the pool at a comfortable bring the pool up to 29°C. At The direct flow vacuum tube
Pools upgrade 29°C. Grant Davis from sunrise the solar thermal system solar collectors have a flexible
Plans to upgrade swimming Clearwater Marine Technology, starts to contribute, and on a mounting system to make
facilities across Aberdeenshire will who designed and specified the sunny day tends to increase the installation and alignment
rely on local business system, explained why the solar water temperature to a balmy towards the sun simple. By
partnerships. Unable to pay for all thermal was chosen. He said: 33°C, or maintain the 29°C on an rotating the tubes (between +/-
of the necessary work, the local “We could have reduced the overcast day. The solar system 30°) the absorber plate can be
authority expects to enter into heat loss with a pool cover, but heats the pool water via a aligned so that an optimal angle
partnerships with commercial a thermal cover would have cost separate heat exchanger which is to the solar orbit can be
organisations and community twice as much, as well as limiting in series with, and upstream of, achieved. The absorber plate is
groups to see the facilities built. the scope to have an interesting the heat exchanger served by the made of aluminium and has a
Sport and Leisure Manager Tim shaped pool. Also a cover boiler. In this way, the boiler is highly selective coating. This
Stephen said: “We have to cannot save energy whilst the required to do little during the surface is metallically bonded to
recognise expectations in relation pool is in use. By using solar daylight hours whenever there is a coaxial copper-tube system
to sports facilities are extremely thermal, not only is the reasonable solar energy available. allowing the absorbed heat to
high. The council needs to installation and capital cost less The daytime losses of the be carried directly and almost
balance these expectations with than a pool cover, it is also using pool are approximately without loss to the heat-carrying
the need to achieve affordability free energy from the sun and balanced by the output of the fluid of the solar energy system.
and sustainability.” Plans are in has a much longer lifespan, so well matched solar system, EURON
is available in three
place to seek support from a wide the homeowner can recoup which not only makes the most models 24kW and 30kW System
range of businesses offering their costs more quickly.” of the sun’s free energy but also Boilers plus a 30kW
partnership deals. The 12.5m x 7.5m infinity pool avoids over-temperature Combination Boiler.
has an average heat loss of 2°C shutdown and stagnation of the
overnight, so the Euron solar system. The 19,000 gallon
New course aims for condensing boiler is infinity pool was designed and
safety in water programmed to run for a couple installed by Clearwater Marine
A new initiative, called ‘Get Safe
this Summa’ has been launched as
a water safety course where young
people are given advice about the
Freddie opts
England cricket all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is paying £6,000 to have
dangers of being in and around
for urn mosaic
two giant mosaics of the Ashes urn built into the bottom of his
water. They also get the chance Cheshire swimming pools.
to learn the necessary survival
in the pool
The England all-rounder is including two pools in the basement of
skills to ensure that if they get in the £4m mansion he’s having built.
to difficulty they have a better He was so bowled over by his Ashes triumphs against the Aussies
chance of rescue. The course will that he hired craftsmen to create 6ft tile mosaics of the coveted old
also make them better equipped trophy to go on the pool bottoms.
to help others should an Freddie, 31, planned the works before England clinched their
emergency situation occur. latest Ashes triumph at The Oval in August.
The scheme comes from, “Freddie wanted the urn mosaics because that 2005 Ashes win
Barnsley Premier Leisure who have was so special to him. Then when he and the lads took the Ashes
teamed up with Royston again he decided to have the dates added as well,” a pal of the
Lifesaving Club to launch Lancashire star revealed.
lifesaving lessons at Royston “Every time he takes a dip he’ll be able to savour the glory once
Leisure Centre. Swimming more. And if he ever puts the house on the market it’ll be a great
instructors and lifeguards from investment – unless the buyer’s an Aussie!”
both organisations will be involved Freddie, who has just retired from Test cricket, is over-seeing
in the course. construction of the house in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire.
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