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Work Starts On Two Energy Efficient Leisure Developments In Yorkshire Thanks to a multi-million-pound investment by Harrogate Borough Council, Alliance Leisure has begun work on the delivery of two extensive leisure developments that will transform leisure provision for the communities of Harrogate and Knaresborough whilst also supporting the Council’s Net Zero Carbon ambitions. In Harrogate, The Hydro will benefit from an extension and refurbishment of existing facilities to include a fitness suite, a new sauna and steam suite, plus an overhaul of the existing pool and leisure facilities. The diving structure will also be replaced so it can continue to support and nurture young talent in the way that it has done for Olympians, such as Jack Laugher MBE and Oliver Dingley. Energy efficient, air source heat pumps will replace the existing gas boilers and 250 solar panels are already in the process of being installed along with new energy monitoring and control systems. The project will be carried out in phases with the refurbished pool hall and changing village re-opening in January 2023. In Knaresborough, a new-build leisure and wellness centre will provide a six-lane 25 metre pool, activity pool with flume, sauna and steam room, fitness suite and other facilities.
The centre will be built to a BREEAM standard of ‘excellent’ and will incorporate high efficiency building materials, air source heat pumps and solar panels to reduce the carbon footprint. Work starts on Knaresborough on 26 April
and is due to be completed by July 2023. Both projects will be delivered by Alliance Leisure, working with ISG Construction and GT3 architects through the UK Leisure Framework which is owned and managed by Denbighshire Leisure.
Ocea UK Are Making A Splash With A New Look And Website For over 20 years, Ocea UK have been one of the market leaders in automatic pool covers, but they are evolving. At the 2022 SPATEX event in February, they unveiled the newest additions to their product range – Starline’s sleek one-piece pools and Binder’s hi-tech countercurrent systems, HydroStar and EasyStar. To highlight their focus on the UK market, Ocea UK have updated their logo with a sleeker, more contemporary feel which will also help them to differentiate their company name from their Ocea automatic pool cover brand. Alan Thorne, Ocea UK’s Director said: “This is a really exciting time for Ocea UK. We are expanding our offering to the UK market, adding more high quality and luxury swimming pool products to our existing
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range. Every product will go through a thorough process to achieve Ocea UK approval to ensure it meets our standards.” To showcase Ocea UK’s range of products, a new company website has also been launched and features a handy ‘Dealer Finder’ helping customers to locate their local dealership quickly. Ocea UK are actively growing their UK dealer network – companies that are interested in being part of the new look Ocea UK (or for those who want to take a closer peek at the updated logo, new online presence and product range) should visit the new company website URL as listed below. Ocea UK 01993 707910 www.oceauk.com
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