WORK has now started on installing a new heat pump at the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre as part of a £5m refurbishment of the former Sherwood Baths in Mansfield Woodhouse.
Council chiefs says the pump will help to dramatically cut the building's carbon emissions at the revamped centre, which will also feature a biomass boiler using wood pellets as fuel –– with the two new technologies reducing carbon emissions by as much as 4,000 tonnes in the next 10 years.
Says Coun Eddie Smith, Mansfield District Council's portfolio holder for the environment: "I am proud that the new Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre will feature the ground source heat pump and biomass technology to heat the water in the pools and warm the air for ventilation.
"As a district council, it is fitting that we should set an example and using this innovative technology will significantly reduce the facility's carbon footprint."
A ground source heat pump uses the constant heat within the upper surface of the earth by drilling a series of bore holes into the ground, which are linked to a heat pump.
G. F. Tomlinson is the main contractor for the refurbishment of the centre, which will see the number of lanes increase from four to six, new changing facilities, an enlarged fitness suite and a new multi-purpose room on the first floor.
The revamped centre is expected to re-open in January.
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