New Worthing pool system gets green light

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THE go-ahead for Worthing’s new swimming pool hi-tech heating/cooling system was given by planning councillors last Wednesday.

Ground source heat pumps will power the system, made possible by driving 32 piles to tap into the underground energy source.

It was originally planned to locate the 100-150metre deep piles under the pool itself, but now they will be on land to the west in Beach House Grounds.

The site is currently a grassed amenity area, and it will be returned to this state after the pool is completed in early 2013.

As a renewable source of energy, the ground source pumps will provide 100 per cent of the new pool’s building cooling load. And as the cooling demand is decreased, the system will also reduce the load on the building heating system. The system will reduce the building’s CO2 emissions by 10-12 per cent.