Interior view of the Derbyshire swimming pool after a £1.5m refurbishment

A swimming pool in a Derbyshire town has reopened after a £1.5million refurbishment to make the facility warmer and more sustainable.

The pool at Eckington Swimming Pool and Fitness Center had been closed while major improvements were made to reduce carbon emissions and enjoy a more sustainable facility for the local community.

New air source heat pumps powered by rooftop solar panels and 100% renewable electricity sources make the project one of the most efficient leisure centers in the area.

Improvements include:

  • Installation of energy efficient pumps and controls to reduce our carbon emissions
  • Installation of a new ventilation system with heat exchanger to improve the pool temperature and prevent heat loss
  • Installation of 90 solar panels to generate electricity on site, running a number of air source heat pumps
  • Reline pool
  • Refreshing the decor and walls
  • Install new windows and frames
  • Retiling of the pool dock with new, more comfortable tiles
  • Replacement of the balcony railings

Cllr Jeremy Kenyon, Leisure Cabinet Member at North East Derbyshire District Council said: “We are incredibly proud of the work that has gone into modernizing and improving our center to make it warmer, nicer and better for our environment.

“It’s like a brand new pool and this investment will ensure a long bright future for this great community.”

A total of £1.5m has been spent on the pool and surrounding area, including £1m from the government’s public sector decarbonisation programme.

It is estimated that the improvements made will reduce the center’s annual CO2 emissions by two-thirds, the equivalent of taking 134 cars off the road or heating an average of 129 homes.

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Mike is the owner of the local pool shop. He's been in the business for over 20 years and knows everything there is to know about pools. He's always happy to help his customers with whatever they need, whether it's advice on pool maintenance or choosing the right chemicals. He's also a bit of a pool expert, and is always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who's interested.

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