SALC Decarbonisation Project 2021

We are delighted to announce that work on a multi-million pound project that will eliminate onsite CO2 emissions generated by

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Salt Ayre Leisure Centre has now begun in a bid to become the first such facilities in the UK to be carbon neutral.

This forms part of Lancaster City Council's ambitions to be net zero carbon by 2030.

The council has received £6.8million in funding from the government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) to replace our existing gas boilers with air source heat pumps, provide external LED lighting and upgrade glazing to reduce energy consumption. A solar farm is also being built on the adjacent disused landfill site at Salt Ayre to generate electricity, which will then be provided to the centre using a direct wire.

Due to funding requirements the project needs to be completed by the end of September 2021, meaning there will be lots of activity over the coming months.

Disruption to service

Construction work will be phased to minimise disruption, but there will be some short term changes to the facilities available to customers:

  • The contractors’ compound is now in place on the rear car park, reducing the number of spaces available.
  • There are partial closures to the swimming pool and the swimming timetable has been altered to reflect these closures. This distruption is to allow all of the windows on poolside - including the glazed roof panels - to be removed and replaced with a more energy efficient alternative. The work involved is too dangerous to take place whilst the area is still open, which is why partial closures are being implemented.
  • Monday 27th September - Due to the ongoing works around the de-carbonisation project, the Leisure Centre will be closed 6am - 10am. This is to allow time for Electricity North west to carry out some work on the new electricity supply.

Project overview