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Bristol pool and leisure complex is already being acclaimed as a model on
how to save energy, recycle heat and water and limit carbon footprints –
and run a commercially successful pool and spa complex
fter nearly two during cold and windy days.
decades lying empty Solar tubes produce very
and decaying, Clifton large volumes of so called
Lido in Bristol will low-grade heat, meaning not
open in October as a uniquely very hot water, but a
modern leisure facility, bathing temperature perfect for
in the glory days of the heating swimming pools.
Victorian public baths. The ventilation air from the
It will be a model for the restaurant, kitchen, heating
rest of Britain on how to plant and changing rooms will
design and run a “green” be passed through a state of
energy efficient pool. the art air-handling unit with a
The Clifton Victoria Baths is heat pump aimed at
the oldest Grade II listed recovering 80% of all extract
swimming pool in the UK and heat for re-use. No amount of
was the first electrically heated insulation in a building will
pool in the UK. help if the ventilation system
The ‘green ‘Lido will have one of the largest
Its developers, the Glass pumps all heat out through the
solar heating systems in the west of England
Boat Company, have taken into roof vents.
account the cultural history The large south facing
and architectural importance of restaurant terrace will be The new Lido will be open stories behind the sourcing of
the Lido by turning it back into glazed for maximum heat gain all year around and offer a 24 the oils and other ingredients
a subscription pool, but with a and rather than running energy metre heated outdoor pool, came across with great
21st century twist. hungry air-conditioning units sauna, steam room, sundeck, honesty,” said General
The Clifton Lido will have the heat will be extracted and hot tub, a poolside lounge and Manager Mark Thwaites.
one of the largest solar hot re-used it to heat the pool. a separate restaurant. A While the pool, spa and
water heating systems in the Water from the roofs will be wellbeing spa will offer food operation are all under
west of England which will collected in a separate tank massages and other the banner of Clifton Lido,
include setting itself a target of and after it has been treated it restorative remedies. each element is independent.
obtaining 75% of heated water will be re-used in the pool. The spa will focus on health An annual subscription buys
requirement using the latest The Lido is situated in the and vitality rather than beauty access to the pool at peak
solar vacuum tube collectors. midst of a very large city and will be accessible for busy times but there will be public
Each vacuum tube consists population and is the only workers looking for a sessions too.
of two glass tubes made of opportunity for open-air restorative massage as well as Mark is confident that it
boro-silicate glass through swimming within the city centre. offering pampering packages will fill a leisure niche, saying:
which the sun’s rays pass. The pre-swim shower units for people with more time on “We have already sold a
The inside tube is covered are being supplied with warm their hands. third of the available
with a layer of absorbent and filtered overflow water “We made a conscious subscriptions to the pool to
material. from the pool thus saving vast decision to go for a give unlimited access to a
All air is evacuated to form a volumes of water. natural/organic product which core following. Members of
vacuum, which minimises the All buildings are insulated had a very personal feel to it. the public will be able to
heat loss through radiation. and double glazed. When we met Denise, the swim on weekday afternoons,
This very effective insulation Low energy lights and founder of ILA, her passion so we are making it as
effect allows the tubes to appliances are used wherever about the products and accessible as we can. The
function efficiently even possible. treatments and the great same goes for the spa; we
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