The Dome Leisure
Centre in Doncaster

The Dome Leisure Centre is a spectacular arena leisure centre for the people of Doncaster and surrounding area. It is the region's premier sports, leisure & entertainment destination.

Installation of 2 DanX 16/32 XKS air handling units gave the Dome immediate saving in operating costs, and a product life time with an expected operational life in excess of 20 years.

The Dome opened in November 1989, and is one of the Doncaster region's premier sports, leisure & entertainment destinations. It is operated by Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust on behalf of Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. The Centre comprises of seven free form interlinked pools with a children’s area and flume water rides. Other features include two whirlpool spas, eighteen ‘Water Bubble Beds’, two artificial geysers, four water cannons, three massage channels, four water gargoyles and a mushroom drench shower. This high level of activity in such a large number of pools requires substantial ventilation & dehumidification equipment.

Doncaster_459In the 23 years since The Dome opened, the swimming pool ventilation and humidity control equipment had failed and been replaced twice. High moisture loads and aggressive chemicals caused the poorly designed equipment to fail proved by the average lifetime of just 11½yrs. Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council required a solution with a much increased lifetime (upwards of 20 years), with reduced operational costs and importantly, giving a pleasant environment for bathers and effective protection for the building. 

Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT) choose Dantherm Ltd., Clevedon as supplier of their new air handling solution. Here is a summary of the Dantherm solution:

  • Transport Of DanxDantherm provided a swimming pool ventilation and dehumidification solution DanX XKS with an expected operational life in excess of 20 years.
  • The energy efficient products will provide an immediate saving in operating costs for the customer.
  • Dantherm dismantled both of the DanX air handling units and transported them safely into position within a very restricted plantroom and then reassembled them to factory standards.
  • Dantherm’s project management team were responsible for the on-time delivery of a high quality installation working with particular focus on Health and Safety.
  • The Dome Leisure Centre was operational and open to the public throughout the installation period and the new units provided temporary ventilation until final commissioning, after phase II.
  • Dantherm’s commissioning package included customer training and a detailed handover.

Customer Comments: Terry Parker, Head of Facilities, DCLT (Doncaster Culture Leisure Trust):

DCLT had a clear remit from the start. We could not close the pool other than for a 4 week closure to decommission the old AHU’s and commission the new AHU’s. With this in mind the only way to do this was to split the project into two Phases. Phase 1 involved the creation of a new plant room and the delivery and installation of the two AHU’s. This part of the project was very well coordinated and allowed the pool to remain open. The second phase of the project was very challenging for all parties. It involved a team of engineers from a number of companies working together to remove the old plant, adapt the Mezz floor, install the new ductwork, install a new BMS and commission the plant all within 4 weeks. Everyone pulled together to ensure that the project was delivered on schedule and within budget. Dantherm were a key part of this team and I would not hesitate in using them again on future projects”.  Head of Facilities, Mr Terry Parker, DCLT.

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