Leisure and Competition
Manchester Aquatic Centre

The Commonwealth Games in 2002 was the biggest multi-sport event ever to be seen in the UK, with more than 5000 athletes and officials from 72 nations coming to Manchester to take part.
Accommodating this event required a massive investment in the sporting infrastructure of the area, with many new sports facilities being constructed.
The first of these new venues to be completed was The Manchester Aquatics Centre, which opened to the public in September 2000 and was opened officially by Her Majesty the Queen in October. The centre, cost £32 million and is the only complex in this country to feature two 50 metre pools.
It was funded with a lottery grant of £22 million, the balance being provided by a consortium comprised of the Manchester City Council, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and is managed by Serco Leisure.
Main features:
Competition Pool – 50 metres x 8 lanes x 2 metres deep with two floating floors and two submersible bulkheads.
Training Pool – 50 metres x 4 lanes x 1.8 metres deep with one floating floor and one laterally moving bulkhead.
Diving Pool – 25 metres x 16 metres (6 lanes) with floating floor and nine boards.
Leisure Pool – with palm trees, spa, water jets, children’s slides and two white knuckle flume rides.

For spectators there are 1000 seats provided on a permanent basis but as for the Commonwealth Games (or other really large events) there is the capacity to increase the capacity to 2,500 using temporary seating, part of which will be built over the leisure pool.
The ventilation system serving all pool areas incorporates three ESG pool ventilation packages each comprising of gas fired dehumidifiers and controls systems to accurately maintain temperature and humidity levels in the pool hall.
The ESG packages control three separate systems, which have a massive total ventilation requirement of 176,400 m3/h. The fully automatic controls meet the very wide range of ventilation demands of the pool.
The ESG ventilation equipment package, with the low cost gas fired dehumidifier and Trend based digital control system will reduce gas and electricity cost by 70% compared to a full fresh air system. Also the reduction in energy cuts the annual emissions of C02 which is a major contribution to reducing global warming.