Monday, 15 June 2009

Bristol Lido - A Solar Hot Spot

In sharp contrast to Readings disintegrating Kings Meadow Pool, Bristol Lido, the oldest lido in the country, has been transformed into a model of energy efficiency following a two-year restoration.

The complex, including a 24-metre open-air swimming pool, now features Thermomax, one of the highest performing solar thermal collectors in the world, which generate up to 70 per cent of the lido's annual hot water needs. They are also responsible for simultaneously reducing energy bills as well as the overall carbon footprint of the

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Bristol Lido specified 720 Kingspan Solar Thermomax HP200 vacuum tubes, which cover 80 square metres of the south-facing roof. Specifically designed and manufactured to operate in Northern European climates, they use vacuum tube technology to deliver an unrivalled transfer of solar energy into heat. They are up to 30 per cent more effective than traditional flat
plate panels and allow energy from the sun to be captured efficiently and effectively. The vacuum inside each tube not only provides perfect insulation, it also suppresses heat loss by protecting the system from outside influences, such as cold, wet and windy weather. The result is optimum performance levels all year round.

As well as refurbishing the swimming pool, the restored Victorian lido now has three brand new features including a restaurant, spa and poolside bar. Its newly installed solar vacuum tube systems were not the only energy efficient addition. The kitchen boasts an Italian wood-fired oven; ambient heat pumps create additional heat by
extracting and redistributing warm air from the restaurant, café and kitchen; and wall-to-ceiling glass doors reduce heat loss.


Red Green Nick said...

Hi Adrian,

Bristol(Clifton)Lido is indeed lovely and utilises plenty of good Green technology, although it has the air of a Country Club and is priced beyond most Bristolians, and only open to the public from 1 to 4 during the week.
Still King's Meadow could learn from this and also the Guildford Lido which is council owned, cheap and free for over 60's (although the Bristol one is more cutting edge in Green Technology)

Adrian Windisch said...

So we want the solar techniques from Bristol, and the price of Guildford. Are you listening RBC?