Myrtha Pools' expertise at Knaresborough Leisure Centre

Myrtha Pools’ Expertise Adds Value To New Multi-Million Pound Leisure Centre

The newly-built Knaresborough Leisure and Wellness Centre is an energy-efficient facility – complete with a precision-engineered six-lane 25 metre pool and a learn to swim pool – for the residents of North Yorkshire market town Knaresborough.

With a range of wet and dry facilities to appeal to all ages – including a pool pod, a leisure pool with flume and a 60-station fitness suite – the centre has been developed by leading leisure development specialists Alliance Leisure working in partnership with ISG Construction, GT3 Architects

The technology selected for this ambitious project is the modular stainless steel by Myrtha Pools, a breakthrough technology to pioneer a sustainable approach to each of its projects.

The leisure industry is facing huge financial pressures and energy efficiency today is even more a crucial factor in ensuring a financially viable and sustainable future for swimming pools across the UK.

Industry expert Richard Lamburn, head of facilities at Swim England, has said that new technologies will help to reduce operational costs and cut carbon emissions: “We must adopt sustainable solutions with a low cost, low carbon element and using different methods of construction, such as Passivhaus principles and the use of steel tanks, as used by Myrtha.”


Low maintenance technology

The six-lane pool and leisure pool with flume at Knaresborough’s leisure and wellness centre benefits from Mythra’s precision-engineered stainless-steel panels, renowned for its strength and resistance to chemicals and corrosion, which is vital in a pool environment. It streamlines the overall process and reduces ongoing maintenance and sustainability costs.

Kevin Burns, UK business development manager at Myrtha Pools, said: “The centre has been a wonderful addition to the local community, supporting modern wellness needs and ensuring access to the important activity of swimming, which we know is highly beneficial to people.

“Working on this landmark project has been a joy and we’re very proud to have been part of it, particularly in the use of sustainable technology which actively supports local authority net zero targets.”

The new centre has been designed to a BREEAM excellent standard, with efficient air source heat pumps – instead of old-school gas boilers – and roof-mounted solar panels to provide an ongoing source of renewable energy.  Achieving the ‘excellent’ standard places the development among the top-performing leisure facilities in the UK when it comes to energy efficiency, said Alliance Leisure.

Sean Nolan, business development manager at Alliance Leisure, said: “It has been a real pleasure working with the team to support the council’s ambitions. We set out to meet these ambitions head-on and, working in partnership with our colleagues in North Yorkshire, have delivered regeneration that will secure the health and wellbeing of communities for decades to come.”


Photo credits: Alliance Leisure