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Investing In The Future Of Manchester Aquatics Centre A £31m fund has been agreed by councillors to save Manchester Aquatic Centre from closure. The Aquatics Centre was built in 1999 and opened in 2000, playing a key role in the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It has since gone on to welcome more than ten million users, making it one of the busiest swimming centres in the country and it meets the equivalent demand of six community swimming pools. Prior to the pandemic, the centre had run at a profit, generating revenue which has been reinvested in supporting leisure facilities for Manchester people and having an overall economic impact for the city of more than £4m a year. After two decades of intensive use though, a number of mechanical and electrical failures started to occur as parts of the building’s fabric began reaching the end of their natural lifespans. Without significant investment, an increasing number of unplanned closures were likely and would have made permanent closure of the flagship facility a serious threat. Detailed survey and investigation works over the past year established that almost £31m was needed to address these issues, refurbish the building and incorporate green technologies. The pool treatment plant and pool lighting both need replacing, as do

the moveable floors. Heating and electrical systems must be upgraded, lifts require refurbishing and the spa facility also needs to be replaced. Under the plans, carbon reduction technologies will be used wherever possible

to replace worn-out elements of the building. These include ground source and air source heat pumps, LED lights and the use of solar PVs on the roof and will together deliver an estimated carbon saving of at least 750,000kg a year.

Devin Consulting Ensures Water Quality At England Rugby Favourite Pennyhill Park, the luxury 5-star hotel and spa located at Bagshot in Surrey, has been a favourite training camp for England’s Rugby Union squad for a number of years. While guests may not be so interested in the 100m x 70m pitch or the fact that it is an exact replica of the pitch at Twickenham Stadium, they will be in the spa and its extensive facilities. With its six pools and ten heat experience cabins, it is a huge attraction for leisure travellers interested in health and wellness, and it has recently had a major upgrade. North Shields-based specialists Devin Consulting were appointed to audit the spa and to benchmark the condition of the heat experience cabins

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so that the right level of upgrade could be carried out. In addition, Devin engineers completed an audit of the water treatment systems and developed a tailored design and tender specification for the upgrade – this included major equipment renewal and installation of ultraviolet treatment to provide enhanced bather water quality. Outstanding water quality is a key element of every Devin designed system – guests may be blown away by the stunning surroundings and the exquisite design of the hotel and spa, but it is the specialist engineering that completes the bathers’ wellness experience. Devin Consulting 0191 258 1653 www.devin-consulting.com

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Informing the pool and spa industry since 1959. Covering the UK's wet leisure market, SPN (Swimming Pool News) is the UK's longest running a...