Case Study: Powerstar Makes a Splash in Teesside

Last month, Powerstar showcased its latest case study for the diverse leisure facility, Billingham Forum, which was the first in a series of successful installations for Tees Active Ltd. Following on from the success at Billingham Forum, Powerstar has now published the case study for the second in the series of Tees Active Ltd installations, this time covering savings achieved at the leisure centre, Splash Stockton.

Tees Active Ltd is a charitable social enterprise established in 2004 that actively seeks ways to reduce energy consumption and generate cost savings across its portfolio. Tees Active Ltd operates and maintains a range of leisure facilities spanning across Teesside.

Powerstar worked closely with Tees Active Ltd to identify which sites in its portfolio would provide maximum savings with the shortest payback period to allow the company to operate sustainably whilst generating savings that could be reinvested into key areas, such as customer experience.

Splash Stockton is a modern leisure facility in central Stockton which first opened in 2001 after being transformed from the old Stockton Swimming Pool. In 2008-2009 Splash Stockton underwent a large refurbishment resulting in the centre doubling in size to cope with the increased demand from the surrounding community.

Opening its doors to the public 7 days a week, Splash Stockton operates a range of different equipment and activities, including a swimming pool with waves and jets, a two storey Activ8 gym, a large sports hall, and food and drink facilities.

Due to this diverse range of activities on offer at Splash Stockton, as well as its extended operating hours, the Powerstar team identified the site as a potential candidate for voltage optimisation technology. A series of site surveys and a thorough examination of the facility’s site profile confirmed that Splash Stockton suffered from a significant amount of overvoltage preventing the majority of the on-site equipment from operating at optimum efficiency.

As investment was prioritised for core activities such site maintenance and improving customer experience, it was crucial that the energy saving solution Powerstar provided be cost-effective with a short payback period, as well as seamlessly implemented to avoid disruption being caused to the daily operations of the facility or the enjoyment of its customers. Powerstar found the incoming voltage to be stable but higher than required for the requirements of the on-site equipment, meaning that fixed voltage optimisation was an ideal solution to reduce Splash Stockton’s energy consumption and electricity costs.

To help Splash Stockton achieve its energy goals, Powerstar recommended the installation of a 250kVA Powerstar LITE system with a fixed 20V reduction on the supply. The project was delivered as a concept to completion, fully supported turnkey solution which is delivering significant savings to the site’s energy consumption and electricity costs.

Commenting on the implementation of the project, Dennis Smith, Project Manager for Tees Active Ltd, said: “We found working with Powerstar to be very easy as they did everything they could to accommodate our requirements not only in which unit was best suited to deliver the greatest efficiency, but also in ensuring minimum disruption.

“Work was carried out overnight which meant there was no disruption to our operational hours and our customers. This is one of the simplest ways to achieve instant cost-effective energy savings and would highly recommend Powerstar.”

The full case study for Splash Stockton can be viewed on Powerstar’s website by clicking here.

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