Kier wins £32.5m Manchester Aquatics Centre refurbishment

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Manchester Aquatics Centre refurbishment

Manchester City Council has appointed Kier to deliver the first phase of the £32.5m Manchester Aquatics Centre refurbishment scheme

As part of the Manchester Aquatics Centre refurbishment scheme, Kier will deliver a number of energy efficiency measures to support the council’s transition to becoming a zero-carbon city by 2038.

These measures include a full MEP replacement and the addition of two new air source heat pumps and 1006 rooftop solar panels – to achieve the 30% carbon reduction target set by the council.Manchester Aquatics Centre refurbishment

Ground, first and second floors will be refurbished

Following completion of the decarbonisation works, the ground, first and second floors will be refurbished including replacing mechanical, electrical and plumbing, pool filtration, movable floors and booms in the pools as well as reconfiguring the changing room and gym spaces.

The refurbishment stage will be delivered on a phased basis over two and a half years. Access to the basement pool will be available throughout the works and the basement changing rooms, para gym, medical physio rooms, office room, lift and accessible WC will remain open.

The project is due for completion by summer 2023, when the venue plans to host the World Paralympics Swimming Championships.

55% of the project spend to be within the Manchester region

Sean Fenner, regional director at Kier Construction North & Scotland, said: “Manchester City Council has ambitious objectives to reduce carbon emissions and we are delighted to be partnering with them in that aim through delivering essential decarbonisation works.

“Kier is committed to leaving lasting local legacies, and this project gives us the opportunity to give back to the communities we live and work in through the social value targets set across the duration of the refurbishment.

“These include procuring locally, with 55% of the project spend to be within the Manchester region, a 75% local labour charter and a pledge to create 15 new jobs throughout the duration of the project.”

Manchester Aquatics Centre refurbishment will use green technologies to reduce carbon footprint

Councillor John Hacking, executive member for skills, employment and leisure said: “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 using green technologies to reduce its carbon footprint and is part of the city’s drive to cut carbon emissions and saving on energy costs.”

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