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NEWS IN BRIEF


£4.7M LOTTERY FUNDING FOR SALTDEAN LIDO A £4.7m application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (Enterprise Programme) from Saltdean Lido CIC has been successful.


This is a major milestone for the Art Deco Lido which is based just outside Brighton and follows the recent success of securing £2.5m from the Coastal Communities Fund. Rebecca Crook, Director, Saltdean Lido CIC said: “The backing of HLF has always been central to the success of our project and we are delighted that all our hard work on behalf of the community is coming to fruition. The lido project will be creating new jobs and bringing new revenue and much needed investment to the area.” Ben Greener, HLF’s Historic Environment Advisor, said “When it was built, Saltdean Lido was the beating heart of a successful seaside resort. Sadly, as the lido declined, so did Saltdean. Yet local people never forgot how important this heritage icon was to their town. Now, through Heritage Enterprise, the Heritage Lottery Fund is enabling the community to find a sustainable solution for this precious local landmark, signalling Saltdean’s return to prosperity whilst saving one of the most significant lidos in the UK.”


F T LEISURE’S NEWARK POOL PROJECT Work has begun on a new £13m leisure centre to replace an ‘outdated’ facility in Newark. The centre in Bowbridge Road, Balderton on the outskirts of Newark, will replace Grove Leisure Centre which was built in 1968. The 4,260m² two-storey building will include a four- court sports hall, a 25-metre swimming pool and a 20-metre teaching pool and other facilities. F T Leisure has been appointed to provide the water treatment and filtration systems, as well as two Poolpod access systems.


www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk BTU Group Celebrate Landmark Anniversaries


2014 was a milestone year for BTU (Installation and Maintenance) Ltd and BTU (Pool Services) Ltd. The family owned businesses celebrated 50 and 40 years respectively, by dedicating the year as a charity fundraiser for their chosen charity Oakleaf Enterprise (www.oakleaf- Enterprise.org), the only charity in Surrey working as a social Enterprise to provide vocational training for those suffering from mental health issues.


The BTU Group of companies, based in Guildford employs over 100 people and covers the installation and maintenance of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical, building management systems and environmental and sustainable engineering systems. BTU (Pool Services) Ltd, based in Woking provide complete swimming pool solutions, including builds, maintenance, refurbishment and supplies. With clients and contracts across London and the South


of England, award-winning BTU is also incumbent contractor for Guildford Borough Council’s public buildings and sheltered housing facilities contract. The BTU Group Golden Anniversary year of fundraising was concluded with a cocktail party hosted by Britten’s restaurant in Sydenham Road Guildford, who are celebrating their 1st Anniversary this year. Standing out as an independent, it offers diners modern British cuisine at its very best. Paul Merritt, the Chairman of The BTU Group was joined by the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr. David Elms to present a cheque for £10,000 to Nick Powell and Clive Stone of Oakleaf Enterprise. Speaking about the celebrations, Paul Merritt, Chairman of BTU Group of Companies said: “I would like to extend a big thank you to all our customers and friends in the industry, who supported our milestone year by playing in our golf day at the Royal Automobile


Paul Merritt (right) was joined by the Mayor of Guildford, Cllr. David Elms to present a cheque for £10,000 to Nick Powell and Clive Stone of Oakleaf Enterprise


Club in Epsom, and those who generously donated through sponsorship and prizes.” Nick Powell, Chairman of Oakleaf Enterprise added: “We are so grateful to have the support of The BTU Group in this special year of celebration. Not only have we had the opportunity to work with a local business, but together have raised awareness of mental health in the community. Thank you again to Chairman Paul Merritt and his wonderful team.”


BTU Group 01483 590600 www.btu-group.com


New LED Lighting System Enhances Facilities And Reduces Costs


A new lighting installation is brightening the prospects of aspiring sports stars thanks to a revolutionary LED solution from MHA Lighting. Hyndburn Leisure Centre is the largest leisure facility in the borough of Hyndburn in Lancashire and offers 80,000 local residents a huge range of sport and leisure activities.


Following National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Improvement Fund, Hyndburn Borough Council identified a number of ways to enhance the leisure centre’s facilities, including improving the quality of lighting for its users.


After researching various options, the Council was bowled over by MHA Lighting’s new LED technology – which offered the highest quality light uniformity and colour rendering for their busy leisure facility, as well as being extremely low glare. With the beginning of a New Year beckoning, leisure centre bosses needed to complete improvement works before January 2015, which would see centre visitor numbers double. The team at MHA


sprung into action and designed a bespoke solution for the sports hall, installing 40 LightStar 205 LED luminaires into the pre-existing high bay infrastructure.


In doing so overall lighting energy consumption was reduced by 64% – providing a lifetime saving of £76,700 and a 266 tonne reduction in CO2


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At the same time Lux levels in the area were improved, with the LightStar’s delivering 500 Lux to the floor.


MHA has also installed a further 21 LED luminaires in the swimming pool area, reducing overall lighting energy consumption by 71%, making an annual energy bill saving of £5,200 in the pool area alone.


MHA Lighting Managing Director Tom Harrison said: “Good lighting is paramount in most sports and leisure facilities and our unique technology provides an extremely low glare rating. “MHA Lighting is the only known LED manufacturer to shine light sideways into an encapsulation creating Total Internal Reflection. This avoids direct eye-contact and provides a safe and efficient light output that we can direct precisely to any task area, which is essential for clients like Hyndburn Leisure Centre that need to provide the best environment possible for their members.”


MHA Lighting 01942 887400 www.mhalighting.co.uk


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