projectYork Sport Village



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Desco delivered the M&E services and pool water design on the new York Sport Village, a new £9million sports facility recently opened in August. Built on the University of York’s Heslington East campus, the development was funded jointly by the university, the City of York Council and Sport England’s Olympic legacy fund and welcomes users from the student and business communities as well as local residents.

The two storey development features a competition-standard eight lane 25 metre pool, learner pool, full size 3G artificial pitch and three further five-a-side pitches and associated changing facilities. Other indoor facilities include a 100-station computerised fitness suite, floor space for classes such as spinning and yoga, three specialist treatment rooms, sauna and steam rooms and social space including a cafeteria.

The Heslington East Campus is an area undergoing extensive development. One of the particular challenges we have had to address is that of working on a site where a number of projects are under construction. We have therefore had to employ careful coordination and sensitive interfacing with the site infrastructure to minimise disruption to adjacent sites.

The building was required to meet Part L (2006) of the Building Regulations in terms of energy efficiency and as well as the client’s target of achieving a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Very Good rating. In achieving the most energy efficient solution, building form, façade and glazing ratios we made extensive use of computer modelling techniques. Our in-house modelling specialists were involved from the earliest possible stage of the project enabling us to explore a number of alternative options at conceptual stage before reaching the most appropriate and efficient orientation, façade and glazing ratios; the scheme also incorporates biomass-fuelled boilers, air source heat pumps, ventilation heat recovery, low-energy lighting and low water-use sanitary ware and fittings.

Our design proposals have resulted in a building that complies with the local Planning Authority condition that requires a minimum of 10% of the building energy to be generated through LZC technologies. The building betters the CO2  emission requirements of ADL2A by 38% using LZC technologies which reduce CO2 emissions and provide 43% of the building’s energy demand.

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