Kier have been appointed by Manchester City Council to deliver the first phase of the Manchester Aquatics Centre refurbishment.
The main focus of the project will be on reducing energy bills for the Commonwealth Games Swimming and Diving Venue with the aim of becoming zero carbon by 2038.
Kier are to deliver a combination of energy efficient measures by replacing all mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) fitments and renewable energy systems.
They will install two air source heat pumps together with 1,006 solar panels on the roof. The 450kWh solar panels are complete with battery storage capacity of 300kWh. This will then achieve the 30% carbon reduction target set by the council.
Following this Kier will then begin the refurbishment of the venue by replacing mechanical, electrical and plumbing, pool filtration, movable floors and booms in the pool together with refiguring the changing rooms and gym spaces.
The refurbishment part of the project will be delivered in phases over two and half years in order to minimise disruption and ensure access to the basement pool throughout the work. Kier must be off site during the World Paralympics Swimming Championships in the summer of 2023.
“This investment will improve and protect the future of the Manchester Aquatics Centre for years to come. The refurbishment and modernisation of the centre will be of the highest standards and use green technologies to reduce the carbon footprint” said executive member for skills, employment and leisure Councillor John Hacking.