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Helping to deliver the UK’s first Passivhaus leisure centre

16th Jan 2024

Building on our own commitment to sustainable construction, we are delighted to have supported the delivery of the UK’s first low carbon leisure facility and public pool.

St Sidwell’s Point in Exeter is the first project of its kind in the UK, and is only one of a handful of other leisure centres in the world to have been designed and built to meet the energy-efficiency targets of the Passivhaus standard. Designed by Gale & Snowden Architects and Space and Place Architects, St. Sidwell’s Point has been constructed by main contractor Kier. 

With a focus on improved energy-efficiency, air quality, natural lighting and ventilation, St. Sidwell’s Point has been designed to reduce energy consumption by 70% when compared with industry best practice standards for similar buildings.

CCF Exeter worked closely with supply chain partner New Barton Contracts Ltd to supply the interior product package which featured drylining and suspended ceiling systems by industry leading manufacturers British Gypsum and Zentia.

All of the products and materials selected needed to meet specific criteria to ensure the building achieved Passivhaus certification. This included offering exceptional energy-efficiency and contributing towards achieving the required airtightness targets, in addition to having low embodied carbon and being sustainably sourced. 

We met this brief owing to our ‘full basket’ solution and strong supply chain which gives our customers access to a wide range of high performance products from some of the industry’s leading product manufacturers.

CCF’s technical expertise also played a key part in the specification process, with our teams working closely with the wider project team and Passivhaus consultants. This was to ensure that all supplied products had had the necessary certifications and achieved full compliance with Passivhaus standards and design principles.

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