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Article Date: 21st August 2013

Munters - Refurbishment goes Swimmingly at Manchester Aquatics Centre

De Humidifiers - Dehumidifier Units - Humidity Products - Condensation Control

Munters Swimming Pool

Munters has recently completed a refurbishment project for the dehumidifiers at Manchester Aquatics Centre. The three MX series desiccant dehumidifiers have now been retrofitted with Munters Energy Recovery Purge (ERP) technology in order to reduce running costs by approximately 20% per year while preserving the building fabric and optimising comfort.

Purpose built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Manchester Aquatics Centre attracts 1.2 million visitors per year. Managed by Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust and maintained by Serco Leisure Ltd, the main pool area (pictured) boasts a 50m swimming pool, a 25m diving pool and a leisure pool with two water flumes.

This substantial pool area is home to the City of Manchester Swim team and the GB water polo team.

In the basement, there is an additional 50m training pool used by the GB disability team, which played host to teams from Australia and Brazil during the London 2012 Olympic Games. The need to refurbish and upgrade the current system arose during discussions around routine maintenance.

"We noticed that the dehumidifiers could not continue to operate at their most effective because Munters technology has moved on since their initial installation in 2000" says Andy Dove, Munters Service Area Manager.

"Ensuring humidity is maintained correctly helps to protect the building from costly damage and ensures a comfortable environment for swimmers."

The refurbishment has ensured a comfortable environment for swimmers and predicted energy costs are reduced by 20% compared to the previous solution. By precisely controlling relative humidity to 55% all year round, the building is protected and maintenance costs are reduced.

"Without this work taking place, we would not have been able to invest in new equipment" says Paul Rogers. "I was also impressed by the refurbishment process and Munters Service team, who carried out the installation faster than I expected."

Refurbishment and upgrade of Munters MX dehumidifiers will:

  • Ensure long term protection against humidity related damage
  • Reduce running costs and energy by 20%
  • Ensure consistent control of relative humidity levels year round
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