Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire helps fund Cleethorpes Leisure Centre’s £700K energy saving project

L-R: Suzanne Burley, Customer Service Supervisor, Dr Vicky Dunn, Energy Manager, Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire, John Mountain, Operations Officer, Euan Gloyn, Operations Manager

Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire, a £9.2 million programme being led by North East Lincolnshire Council on behalf of the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, will help to fund a new £700k energy-saving project for Cleethorpes Leisure Centre.

The Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire programme aims to reduce carbon emissions within business and public buildings located in the Greater Lincolnshire area. The programme offers free advice and grants to help fund energy saving projects. Cleethorpes Leisure Centre is one of many public buildings that is set to benefit from the programme.

The £700K will go towards making improvements to the Cleethorpes Leisure Centre building with the aim to become more energy efficient.

The plan is to install new and improved lighting, an efficient heating system for the building and the pool area, plus a combined heat and power plant that could reduce carbon emissions by up to 30 per cent.

Alongside this, new glazing will be applied along the poolside and a new front entrance will be installed, both helping to conserve energy.

Furthermore, a new building management system will help to efficiently manage the building’s daily energy consumption through a number of methods such as improved ventilation, lighting and power systems.

Tony Neul, Assistant Director for Energy and Environmental Policy at North East Lincolnshire Council said: “This work is part of a long term programme and will not only make sure customers have a more comfortable and enjoyable experience, but also reduce the operating costs for the facility. It also makes a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions and meeting UK targets.”

The Smart Energy programme will cover up to 50 per cent of the project costs and will also be match funded by an interest free Salix loan which is assessable to councils. This is then paid back through the savings made from energy bills, to help cover the total cost of the project.

Cleethorpes Leisure Centre is managed by Lincs Inspire on behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council. Sue Wells, Chief Executive Lincs Inspire, said: “We welcome these improvements to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre. In an era where businesses need to do as much as they can to reduce their environmental impact, taking advantage of more energy efficient technologies will help us to reduce energy consumption and operate a cleaner and more efficient building.

“Throughout the improvements we will keep our customers updated and, whilst they are significant, many of the works will take place in areas not open to the public. Any disruption and impact to our services will be shared with our customers and we will work with contractors to keep these to a minimum.”

Paul Thorpe, Head of Operations, ENGIE Services, said: “We’re excited to be working with Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire to deliver a programme of Energy Conservation Measures to buildings across North East Lincolnshire.

“Works are set to start in October and will be completed in December 2019. We’re continuing to work closely with Lincs Inspire and the contractor, Lindums Group Ltd, to reduce the impact to centre users during the works.”

Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire was awarded £5.4 million funding from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the programme alongside private sector investment.