FläktGroup helps to reduce Harrow Leisure Centres Energy Use. Harrow Leisure Centre is set to benefit from significant energy savings for three decades to come, following the refurbishment of its air conditioning and ventilation system, which was carried out by FläktGroup.
Customer: Harrow Leisure Centre
Need: To reduce energy consumption
Solution: Plug Fan - AHU upgrades
The centre, part of the Everyone Active group, is a large-scale facility that provides a wide range of activities to the local community. The centre is open seven days a week and runs fitness classes and incorporates a gym, two swimming pools and dance studios.
On reviewing the site’s energy consumption as part of the company’s wider environmental strategy, Everyone Active identified there was potential to make vast energy savings by upgrading the air handling units (AHUs).
The existing system included several FläktGroups’ AHUs that had been operational for over 30 years. Though they had stood the test of time, the reality is that the performance and energy efficiency capabilities of HVAC systems have progressed, so savings could be made.
On surveying the plant room with partners Heasalls Mechanical, the leisure centre group’s M&E contractor, FläktGroup found that a plug fan retrofit would offer cost and energy savings for the site. Following a successful trial in the ‘changing village’, all of the existing fans were also upgraded with new FläktGroups’ models, in tandem with the existing ABB ACH550 inverter drives.
Stephen Shipman, maintenance manager at Everyone Active, said: “The quality of work and the energy savings have already proven to be outstanding. The fans are also significantly quieter than the models that were previously installed, demonstrating the technological advancement in FläktGroups’ products since the original system and plant room were installed.”