Kippax Heat Pump Visit
Representatives from Leeds City Council, EQUANS and Cenergist visited the new heat pumps installed at Kippax Leisure Centre.
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Council’s building decarbonisation programme hits major milestone with more than half of upgrades complete

A major programme to install £25.3m of green upgrades across 40 public buildings has hit a significant milestone with Leeds City Council confirming that installation work has now completed at more than half of the sites.

Eight leisure centres, twelve primary schools, four homes for older people, two popular attractions, four civic buildings, a children’s centre, a community hub, and six other council-owned buildings across the city are all receiving upgrades. When work completes in June the scheme is expected to have reduced the city’s carbon footprint by more than 4,000 tonnes each year.

To mark this milestone, representatives of Leeds City Council including leader Councillor James Lewis, and council partners Cenergist and Equans visited Kippax and Rothwell leisure centres where work is well underway. Significant upgrades are taking place at both sites, with the installation of 809 solar photovoltaic panels and 4 heating pumps across the two leisure centres. These upgrades will reduce the carbon footprint across the two sites by 480 tonnes annually once completed.

The work complements the internal refurbishment to the centres including work taking place to improve facilities for users such as renovating changing rooms and the pool side areas. In total more than 7,500 solar photovoltaic panels are being installed as part of the programme. The panels mean that dozens of council buildings will soon become part—or on good days fully—powered by local renewable electricity, helping to reduce the council’s reliance on increasingly expensive and less clean energy imported from the national networks.

61 new heat pumps and 4 new connections to the low carbon Leeds PIPES district heating network will also reduce the council’s use of gas combustion boilers, helping the authority save money and improve local air quality. Leeds City Council successfully bid for the funding last year as part of the ‘Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme’ from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The programme has helped to stimulate and create skilled local jobs in Leeds’ growing green economy. Because of the council’s investment in sustainable heating, Cenergist, a key private sector partner recruited 27 new staff in Leeds and opened its first office in the city last year.

Speaking on site Councillor James Lewis, Leader of Leeds City Council said:

“Leisure centres play a key role in Leeds’s sporting life, we are proud of their track record of inspiring and training the next generation of sporting stars, as well as helping residents to live healthier, more active lifestyles.

“It is really pleasing to see the progress being made across the city through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and I look forward to seeing the schemes impact on tackling the climate emergency.”

Full list of buildings and key work taking place as part of Leeds City Council’s PSDS1 programme:

  Key upgrades Planned completion of install Annual carbon saving
(tonnes per year)
Adel Primary School 122 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
Already completed 36
Bardsey Primary School (Upper and Lower) 282 solar PV panels;
3 air source heat pumps;
June 2022 60
Churwell Primary School 219 solar panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
Already completed 50
Farsley Farfield School (Infant and Junior) 348 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
June 2022 47
Hollybush Primary School 703 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
LED lighting;
Already completed 69
Kerr Mackie Primary School 218 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
LED lighting;
June 2022 46
Rosebank Primary School 54 solar PV panels;
3 VRF heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
Already completed 89
Manston Primary School 131 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
Already completed 29
Moortown Primary School LED lighting; Already completed 4
Seacroft Grange Primary School 240 solar PV panels;
3 VRF heat pumps;
2 split system heat pumps;
June 2022 28
St James’ CofE Primary School 119 solar PV panels;
1 air source heat pump;
Upgraded BMS;
LED lighting;
Already completed 31
Valley View Primary School 252 solar panels;
2 VRF heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
Already completed 49
Hawksworth Wood Children’s Centre 2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
LED lighting;
Already completed 75
Aireborough Leisure Centre 2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 166
Kirkstall Leisure Centre 544 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 166
John Smeaton Leisure Centre 340 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
LED lighting;
June 2022 145
Kippax Leisure Centre 209 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 190
John Charles Centre for Sport – Bowls and Athletics Centre 880 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
Already completed 72
John Charles Centre for Sport – Tennis Centre 568 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Already completed 568
John Charles Centre for Sport – Aquatics Centre 4 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
Already completed 399
Rothwell Leisure Centre 600 solar panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 290
Scott Hall Leisure Centre 2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
Already completed 179
Wetherby Leisure Centre 2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 186
Spring Gardens (HOP) 76 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 71
Knowle Manor (HOP) 116 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 77
Recovery Hub at South Leeds (HOP) 119 solar PV panels;
2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
Already completed 67
Recovery Hub at North West Leeds (HOP) 2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
Already completed 68
Tropical World 2 air source heat pumps;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 260
Temple Newsam 240 solar PV panels;
1 ground source heat pump;
LED lighting;
June 2022 211
Killingbeck Court Units 1&2 (council building) 128 solar PV panels;
LED lighting;
Already completed 5
Leeds Building Services Seacroft Depot (council building) 300 solar PV panels;
VRF heat pumps (exact number tbd);
April 2022 30
Tribeca House (council building) 48 solar PV panels;
LED lighting;
Already completed 6
Waterside (council building) 278 solar PV panels; Already completed 6
Westland Rd (council building) 232 solar PV panels ; Already completed 5
Waste Depot  (council building) Solar PV panels (exact number tbd); June 2022 4
St George’s Centre Community Hub/Library 228 solar PV panels; Already completed 4
Civic Hall Connection to Leeds PIPES network ;
LED lighting;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 93
Town Hall Connection to Leeds PIPES network;
LED lighting;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 69
City Museum Connection to Leeds PIPES network;
LED lighting;
Upgraded BMS;
June 2022 45
Central Library/ Gallery Connection to Leeds PIPES network;
Upgraded BMS;
March 2022 39
TOTAL 7594 solar PV panels;
61 heat pumps;
12 LED lighting retrofits;
26 BMS upgrades;
4 connections to the Leeds PIPES network;
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