Willmott Dixon to decarbonise Oxford leisure centres in UK

WCN Editorial Team 12 Oct 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Oxford City Council has appointed Willmott Dixon to deliver a leisure decarbonisation programme in Oxford, the UK.

The extensive decarbonisation programme aims to reduce carbon emissions from four public leisure centres around the city.

Work on the project involves conversion of the leisure centres from fossil fuels to water and air source heat pumps.

The project is an important part of the council’s aim to become Zero Carbon across its own estate and operations by 2030.

According to the company, the leisure centres in the city are responsible for approximately 40% of building carbon emissions in the council.

The scope of work on the project is to install water and air source heat pumps at four leisure facilities that include Barton Leisure Centre, Leys Pool and Leisure Centre, Ferry Leisure Centre, and Hinksey Outdoor Pool.

Willmott Dixon Central South region managing director Richard Poulter said: “We are proud to be working alongside Oxford City Council on this exciting carbon reduction project, which will deliver a step change in the mitigation of fossil fuels in the local community.

“The programme is close to our heart and through our own 2030 ‘Now or Never’ Sustainability strategy, we have committed to achieving net zero operational carbon on all our new buildings and major refurbishments within the next decade. We look forward to assisting our customer on their own journey to Net Zero.”

Last month, the company commenced work on the £10.9m project to redevelop the former Lucy Faithfull House site in Oxford as part of the ‘Oxford Needs Homes’ development programme.


Willmott Dixon deliver a leisure decarbonisation programme in Oxford. Credit: Willmott Dixon.

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