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Building work has officially started on a £13.5m sports and swimming complex in Blackburn, Lancashire, which will replace the area’s ageing Waves Water Fun Centre. The development is part of a partnership between the local council and Blackburn College. As well as various sports and fitness facilities, the new complex will feature a six-lane swimming pool and existing leisure facility – the Waves Water Fun Centre – will be demolished. Work on the new complex is expected to be completed by 2015.

PLANS UNVEILED FOR NEW SHEFFIELD LEISURE CENTRE Sheffield has moved closer to realising its Olympic legacy programme after plans were unveiled for a £7m sports centre and swimming pool. The proposed centre would help fill the gap left by a £50m programme of cuts which has seen many existing facilities close, including Stocksbridge swimming pool.

The new facility is expected to feature a 25m six-lane pool, community gym, dance studio and specialist health consultation rooms, bringing together physical activity and health services under one roof for the first time in the city. The plan is to develop a

National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM), and would mean that Sheffield is one of only three cities in the UK – alongside Loughborough and London – to create such a centre, with the goal of promoting sport and exercise medicine across the country in the wake of the London 2012 Olympics. Sheffield City Council hopes detailed plans can be drawn up in early spring with a view to opening during the second half of 2015.

Marilyn Wakefield, Company

Secretary and Howard Dryden,

Managing Director of Dryden Aqua with their VIBES Hydro Nation and

Circular Economy Awards

A Glass Act By Dryden Aqua

A Scottish firm has been recognised for its commitment to environmental excellence at Scotland’s leading sustainable business awards. Dryden Aqua in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, won the Hydro Nation Award as well as the Circular Economy Award at this year’s VIBES Awards ceremony which was held at The Hub in Edinburgh on 26 November. The VIBES Hydro Nation Award, sponsored by the Scottish Government, recognises businesses who have proven expertise in protecting the aquatic environment, improving water quality and the protection of public health. The awards were for Dryden Aqua AFM, which is manufactured from glass as a raw material to replace sand in all types of sand filter for the treatment of drinking water, swimming pool, process water and waste water. AFM not only replaces sand, it makes the filters perform much better. Drinking water quality and air quality in swimming pools improves, and less chemicals are consumed. AFM not only makes public health and environmental sense, there are also huge economic benefits as experienced by over 100,000 systems through the world. Dryden Aqua is also involved with environmental technology verification and AFM is one of the first products to go through the process, which confirms a much higher performance than sand or any other type of filter media used by the pool and water industry. For drinking water we can eliminate the use of anthracite, and activated carbon in most cases. Chlorine demand will drop by 50% and flocculent requirements by 25%. They are also working on shaping the nano-structure of AFM to remove priority substances and have already succeeded with a number of chemicals. Dryden Aqua has two in-house PhD students working on the technology and they hope to have a solution for most priority substances over the next two years. The VIBES Circular Economy Award is an

additional award for the best entry to any category that demonstrates the advantage of a closed loop approach (cradle to cradle) to material use. The new Dryden Aqua factory in Edinburgh can process 40,000 tonnes per year of green container glass for AFM or mixed glass culet to make DGS (Dryden Glass Sand). The second factory proposed by Dryden Aqua in two years will have the potential to use all of the container glass in Scotland. Howard Dryden, Managing Director of Dryden Aqua said: “As a marine biologist, I am completely driven by two things: keeping aquatic environments safe and minimising chemical use wherever possible.

“Our AFM media, which is made from green glass, was designed as a water filtration solution for the aquaculture sector as well as for waste water and drinking water. We basically turn glass into a molecular sieve to take very nasty things out of water. “After ten years of R&D, AFM®

is now recognised

as a sustainable and significantly more effective replacement for sand. This means we can help industry in Scotland and overseas look after water, by utilising waste green glass which can be used again and again. “We were absolutely delighted to win the very prestigious VIBES Hydro Nation and Circular Economy Awards. My sincere thanks to the VIBES team for all their hard work and for this recognition of our efforts and commitment to sustainability.” Gillian Bruce, VIBES chair, said: “We were delighted by the standard of entries to this year’s VIBES Awards. The effort and dedication shown by Dryden Aqua can help Scotland to make strides in achieving its 2020 carbon reduction targets.”

Dryden Aqua Ltd 01875 822 222

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