The partnership approach of Gilmore Engineering Services Ltd helped to ensure the Down Leisure Centre project remained right on track. The £15.5m facility for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is a state-of-the-art centre. Facilities in the flagship centre include an 85-station Wellness Technogym with cutting-edge technology,luxury Vitality Health Suite, a spin studio, and a four-court sports hall alongside a six-lane swimming pool and learner pool with moveable floor, which can be adjusted for different agesand abilities.
It replaces the existing Down Leisure Centre which is onan adjacent site and is being demolished to create additional car parking for the new centre. While this was one of the largest projects completed by Gilmore Engineering Services, the experienced team played an integral part in the successful planning and installation of the mechanical systems at this state-of-the-art leisure centre.
Andy Gilmore, Managing Director, explained, “Co- ordination proved the biggest challenge on this project, butwe worked closely with main contractor, Felix O’Hare,and electrical contractor, JD McGeown Ltd, to put the necessary planning in place.”
An important part of this planning process was working closely with Phoenix Natural Gas on the co-ordination of the new supply line to the site.
“Phoenix Gas had only just become available in the area so this was the first-evergas commercial project in Downpatrick,” added Andy.
“We had to work very closely with Phoenix to co-ordinate this whole process and ensure that their plans corresponded with ours. The timing had to be exact to keep our work on track.” With a strict deadline to meet, Gilmore Engineering Services utilised BIM to ensure the project remained on schedule.
“BIM is essential on projects of this nature and I’d say we were able to iron out about 95% of potential issues using this technology,” added Andy. “That makes a significant difference when you start work on site and are up against a strict timescale.”
The mechanical services installed by Gilmore Engineering Services ranged from the gas- fired central heating, chilled water system, supply and extract solutions, rainwater harvesting, pool filtration and the sanitary ware package.
One of the central aspects of the work also included the installation of the ventilation ductwork system. Instead of the traditional-style sheet metal systems, Gilmore Engineering Services used the pre-insulated ductwork system, Kingspan KoolDuct System. This advanced and innovative pre-insulated, rectangular HVAC ductwork system is installed in a single fix, eliminating virtually all of the problems associated with galvanised sheet steel lagged with mineral fibre.
Wilo showcased the high quality systems the company offers at Down Leisure Centre, with a wide range of products from its diverse portfolio being supplied by Intelligent Heating Supplies for this prestigious project.
As a premium manufacturer of pumps and pump systems for ventilation and cooling, heating and water management, Wilo is able to meet the most technically advanced demands to help create a truly sustainable, energy- efficient project.
At the impressive Down Leisure Centre, the Wilo products installed ranged from Crono Twin glanded double pumps with in-line design for pipe installation or installation on a base and Vero Twin inline double pumps with two single glanded centrifugal pumps in the same housing through to 750l expansion vessels and a 200l vessel.
Also included in the project are the Wilo-Stratos high- efficiency pumps with electronically controlled, glandless double pumps with minimum operating costs, for pipe installation; SiBoost Smart 3 Helix VE compact pressure boosting systems; and the Wilo RainSystem AF400 rainwater harvesting solution. All the products were supplied to mechanical contractor, Gilmore Engineering Services, by HIS – a specialist Belfast-based team providing a wide range of specification and supply services to consultants and contractors.
Every project requires a reliable supply chain and Glenhill Merchants fulfilled this role at Down Leisure Centre for mechanical contractor, Gilmore Engineering Services.
The leading plumbers’ merchant sourced and supplied a wide range of plumbing materials and sanitary ware for the £15.5m flagship facility for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
Glenhill Merchants has extensive experience of working alongside mechanical contractors on projects of this size and complexity, with the partnership approach ensuring that products where delivered on time and as scheduled.
With over 30 years’ experience, Glenhill Merchants has developed a diverse product range that includes recognised brands as well as the latest innovations. This makes the company the ideal supply partner when sourcing cost-effective solutions for both residential and commercial projects.
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