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The modernization works of the heated pool will finish in the autumn (17/06/2020)

| The City Council will only pay 30% of the project, which exceeds 1.1 million euros, thanks to a European grant | Santomera will have a heated pool again next fall.

That is the scheduled date for the completion of the remodeling works that the City Council is carrying out to improve the energy efficiency of this installation and thus be able to recover in a sustainable way, both environmentally and economically, a service closed in 2011. The renovation work on the sports complex, with a six-month execution period, began last April.

It is, however, a project that started much earlier, in the summer of 2017, when, in order to carry it out, the City Council asked the European Union for a finalist grant of € 789,265.82.

In the first days of 2019, the granting of this aid was confirmed and, since then, efforts have focused on obtaining the necessary financing since most of the grant will be delivered once the works are completed, drafting the contracting specifications and tender the works. Competition between companies has facilitated that the cost of the operation is lower than initially planned.

The 1,259,262.38 euros set as the tender ceiling have finally been reduced to 1,115,076.84 euros, of which the City Council will only have to pay 325,820.02, just under 30% of the total.

Thanks to this significant investment, the company OEL Construcciones, the winner of the contract, is replacing the thermal envelope, modernizing the heating system and installing a photovoltaic plant. The most expensive part, a total of 896,855.81 euros, is the renovation of the technical envelope.

Operators have already removed the previous roof system, with a wooden and canvas skeleton, and are currently working on the foundation of the new enclosure, made up of polycarbonate plates that will open and close quickly on motorized rails.

These materials will prevent thermal leaks and at the same time capture solar heat, as a greenhouse, which will reduce energy consumption by around 10%. With the remaining 218,221.03 euros, two different actions are being carried out.

On the one hand, the modernization of the heating system by means of a biomass boiler, more efficient and with lower CO2 emissions than the gas boilers originally installed in 2005, which will remain to support a possible breakdown.

And, on the other hand, the installation, almost completed, of a 30 kilowatt photovoltaic plant that will take advantage of solar radiation to generate clean and free 18% of the electrical energy consumed in the entire sports complex. Three years of project The mayor, Inma Sánchez Roca, who visited the sports complex this morning, was pleased to see that the renovation work is going "very well, according to the planned pace?".

"We are aware that the current moment, with so many people having a hard time, may seem inappropriate to carry out such a work; however, it is a project that we started in the previous mandate, three years ago, which has finished to be resolved now and which we did not think it appropriate to resign because it will allow us to enjoy an exceptional installation at a very low cost to the City Council. Javier Campillo, Councilor for Sports and one of the main architects of the project to remodel the Municipal Pool, has accompanied the councilor during the visit to explain the details.

"We apologize to the residents that this summer they will not be able to enjoy the pool, it will remain closed for these works, although better than that this summer, when many other similar facilities are choosing not to open as a preventive measure against the coronavirus," he said.


Campillo has also defended the opportunity of this project, recalling that, "with the exception of Las Torres de Cotillas, all Murcian municipalities with more than 15,000 inhabitants have a heated pool."

Source: Ayuntamiento de Santomera

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