Leisure centre goes green - energy wise

Joseph Bulmer

The Torbay Leisure Centre is going green - energy wise

Torbay Council has secured £1.9 million in grant funding via the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme for the Clennon Valley leisure centre to upgrade its heating plant, improve energy efficiency, and reduce the centre’s carbon emissions by 60 per cent.

The project will play a major part in accelerating progress towards the local authority's ambitions of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Torbay Leisure Centre is managed by Parkwood Leisure who have supported the grant application, and will oversee the delivery of the project.

Central to the proposed scheme will be the replacement of the existing gas boiler system at the complex with an air source heat pump. Air source heat pumps are identified as the most favourable decarbonisation heat technology in the market at present. However they are comparatively expensive to run.

In order to mitigate against the increased running costs, the proposal also includes the installation of secondary technologies within the leisure centre, to either generate renewable electricity or improve the efficiency of other plant operations.

Cllr Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Environment and Culture, Torbay Council, said: “Reducing carbon emissions within the Torbay area remains a high priority of ours and I am pleased to hear of the success of our decarbonisation grant application. We aim to be carbon neutral by 2030 and this project will play a vital role in achieving that objective.”

Glen Hall, Managing Director of Parkwood Leisure, shared his thoughts.

He said: “Torbay Leisure Centre is an iconic facility and I am pleased £1.9m of grant funding has been approved to be spent on improvements at the site. The project will save 318 tonnes of CO2 which will play a significant role in the government's national objective of being carbon neutral by 2050, and we are proud to play our part.”

Parkwood Leisure is one of the UK’s leading leisure facilities operators, working in partnership with local authorities to increase participation in sport and physical activity and improve the quality of service delivered to communities nationwide.

For more information visit www.parkwoodleisure.co.uk.