Energy-saving improvements made by Epping Forest leisure centres

Loughton Leisure Centre, Ongar Leisure Centre and Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre have cut energy use by investing in various efficiency measures.

Together with Epping Forest District Council, Places Leisure identified ways to reduce energy consumption at the leisure facilities and invested in the following improvements:

  • Pool covers at Ongar Leisure Centre and Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre
  • LED lighting conversions at Loughton Leisure and Ongar Leisure Centre
  • Variable speed drives at Loughton Leisure Centre
  • New Building Management System (BMS) at Loughton Leisure Centre.

Since their installation in May this year, the improvements have already reduced gas usage by almost 25%.

The General Manager at Ongar Leisure Centre, Jackie Pearce, said:

I am pleased that we now have a major resource to aid our challenge to reduce energy consumption at the Epping Forest leisure centres. This comes at a time when prices have risen dramatically, and businesses are finding it hard to sustain their place in the industry. We have already recorded in the month of June a 37% reduction in our gas usage at Ongar Leisure Centre, which these improvements are definitely a contributing factor, along with the good weather we have had.

We have full confidence in the measures we are taking to aid both business growth and lowering our carbon footprint. The fact that our customers have noticed and felt the benefits from this is the absolute icing on the cake, and it further cements that the investment has made a positive difference.

Councillor Raymond Balcombe, Portfolio Holder for Contracts, Service Delivery and Improvement, said:

Our leisure centres continue to prove popular, and remains a huge asset for the district and residents of Epping Forest.

Not only do the leisure centres help people keep fit, but it’s also great to see that it’s now doing its bit to improve the local environment. These investments are a clever way of keeping district green and saving money during these difficult times.

Decarbonising our leisure centres is an important step to achieving the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan, in support of the Council’s declaration to become carbon neutral by 2030, and also support improved health and wellbeing for our communities.