City’s solar installation lights up Gymnastics Centre

To improve energy efficiency and reduce the city’s carbon footprint a solar PV installation has been mounted on Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre’s rooftop.

The 180 panel system is expected to generate 48,000 kWh a year, offsetting in the region of fifteen tonnes of carbon.

This is Portsmouth City Council’s second solar PV installation which has recently been commissioned in partnership with the venue’s operators BH Live. A 120 panel system has also been operating at Mountbatten Leisure Centre since May 2016 and has already generated enough energy to power thirty standard three bedroom houses for a year; offsetting twenty seven and a half tonnes of carbon.

The system at Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre has been designed by Kent based Solar Advanced Systems.

Rob Cunningham, BH Live’s Divisional General Manager said,

Working with the council, the recent solar installations, alongside LED lighting schemes and Building Management System installations are already having a really positive impact. We are simultaneously reducing our carbon footprint and energy costs which means we are operating more responsibly and sustainably.”

Councillor Dave Ashmore, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety added,

“The installation at Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre is one of several projects being carried out across the city by the council’s energy services team to improve our green credentials. The council’s energy projects ensure our carbon footprint is kept as low as possible to help slow down the impact of climate change.  The council’s PV installations offset over 1,600 tonnes of carbon per year.”

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Solar PV panels on the Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre roof

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About BH Live

BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

With more than five million visits a year and £42 million turnover we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

In 2017/18 we had 4.5 million leisure centre attendances, hosted more than 500 events and sold over half a million cultural, sporting and entertainment event tickets. We also welcomed 59,000 conference and exhibition delegates.

This generated an estimated £53 million in local economic benefit.

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BH Live operates the following venues in partnership with Portsmouth City Council:

  • Mountbatten Leisure Centre – Portsmouth’s flagship leisure and event venue with a national-class 50m swimming pool, 150 station gym, eight-court sports hall, squash, spin and dance studios, a cycle velodrome, athletics track, function suites with bars, a café and soft play facility. It is also home to a Clip ‘N Climb leisure attraction which opened in 2018.

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  • Pyramids Centre – one of Portsmouth’s leading entertainment and leisure venues overlooking Southsea beach and the Solent. It has fun pools, flumes, a wave machine and a three-level soft play adventure world. There is also a multipurpose gym, 70+ weekly group exercise classes and a spa.

It also hosts regular live music events, conferences, exhibitions.

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  • Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre – state-of-the-art gymnastics hall, physiotherapy room and meeting room.

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  • Portsmouth Tennis Centre – A 10 court tennis facility in the north of Portsmouth consisting of four indoor courts and six floodlit outdoor courts. A comprehensive tennis coaching programme caters for all ages and abilities and is the area’s hub of accessible tennis. The programme runs sessions for tots, juniors, adults and also includes variations of the sport such as cardio tennis and touch tennis.

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  • Eastney Swimming Pool – 20m swimming pool and a spectators’ area.

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  • Wimbledon Park Sports Centre – 20 station gym, five badminton courts, basketball court and sports hall.

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  • Charter Community Sports Centre – 20m swimming pool, 20 station gym, sports hall and an outdoor multi-use games area.

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