Ice work by Star at new £16million leisure centre

Star Refrigeration has designed and installed an ice rink cooling system at a brand new £16million leisure centre in Nottinghamshire.

Cooling solutions specialist Star is the market leader in ice systems for the UK leisure industry. Star’s work at the new facility in Sutton-in-Ashfield is the latest in a long line of ice-based leisure projects spanning nearly 40 years.

The Lammas Leisure Centre is being provided by Ashfield District Council. The council has invested £16million in the community facility, which includes an ice skating rink, swimming pools, sports hall, indoor bowling and fitness suite.

Star worked in partnership with the project’s main building contractor. In a contract valued at around £400,000, Star supplied the refrigeration plant, pump system and specially designed ice rink flooring.

Rob Lamb, Sales Director of Star Refrigeration says: “Overall, the council was looking for an energy efficient refrigeration plant to minimise its carbon footprint in line with current environmental policy. Star is dedicated to developing environmentally conscious cooling solutions. To date we have designed refrigeration systems for over 80 per cent of the UK’s ice rinks.”

Star’s ice system for the Lammas Leisure Centre provides optimum coverage across the 32 x 18 metre ice rink. The refrigeration plant is designed to be reliable, efficient and easily maintained.

The system comprises a low charge ammonia refrigeration plant. This chills glycol to minus 10 degrees centigrade, prior to being pumped through a network of cooling pipes embedded in the ice rink floor.

Star’s ice system ensures that the temperature, quality and hardness of the ice remains even and constant. The refrigeration plant has a total a cooling capacity of 195kW. It features dual compressors, a plate and shell heat exchanger, external condensers and an ammonia gas detection system.

The environmentally conscious, low energy cooling solution also incorporates an innovative heat recovery system. Waste heat from the ice rink plant is captured and recycled to heat water for the two swimming pools on site.

The Lammas Leisure Centre project is another example of Star’s expertise in providing world class ice systems for sport and recreation. Star has nearly four decades of experience in ice rink design and installation. Star has also designed and built a range of ice-climbing walls and ice-based visitor attractions for leisure industry clients.

Star Refrigeration is the UK’s largest independent industrial refrigeration engineering company. Star focuses on the design, manufacture, installation, commissioning and aftercare of industrial refrigeration and HVAC systems.

Star provides total cooling solutions for refrigeration, air conditioning and process cooling. The company offers a turnkey supply and support package to all users of cooling equipment. Star continues to invest in the development of new products to provide energy conscious cooling systems for the benefit of customers and the
environment.

Ashfield District Council
Lammas Leisure Centre, Sutton in Ashfield, Notts
Leisure and Ice
Packaged ammonia chiller with two reciprocating compressors, plate and shell evaporator, air-cooled condenser and PLC controls
  • Local ice hockey team 'The Sutton Sting' in action at the new centre