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[ Project focus: The Amex Community Stadium]


Brighton & Hove Albion FC played their fi rst league game at the Amex Community Stadium on 6 August 2011


We were also able to reduce maintenance costs and use the latest products and systems to reduce its carbon footprint


and power on standard Ethernet infrastructure, providing a range of new options for power distribution. It allows devices such as IP phones, wireless LAN access points, surveillance cameras and other embedded devices to receive power, as well as data, over existing cabling. Commenting on the benefi ts of this technology, White


explains: ‘PoE eliminates the need for separate data and power cables and signifi cantly simplifi es the installation and maintenance of networked devices.’ The project involved a high level of collaboration from all


the various parties on-site, and any major decisions involved getting together and thrashing out ideas. White says: ‘One of the reasons the project ran so


smoothly was due to the collaborative attitude from all the team on-site. It allowed us to use our combined knowledge to thrash out the best solution. Also, working through a selection process with the entire NG Bailey project team meant that the right contractor or supplier could be selected at the earliest opportunity, thereby ensuring that we had the right product and the right person for the job.’


Final whistle The sixth of August 2011 marked the end of a long journey for Brighton & Hove Albion. Their opening game of the 2011- 12 Football League Championship season saw the club emerge victorious against Doncaster Rovers – coincidentally the very opponents they faced when they played their fi nal game at the Goldstone Ground in 1997. Commenting on the reception that the new stadium has


received from the fans, the Club’s chief executive, Martin Perry, concludes: ‘We are delighted with what NG Bailey and BGCL have achieved here, and they have pulled together to deliver a fantastic stadium. After all they have been through, Brighton & Hove Albion fans deserve it and we are delighted to have made this happen for them.’


Who’s who


NG Bailey used a diverse range of products at the AMEX Community Stadium: Switchgear – Merlin Gerin, E&I Cables – Cleveland External lighting – Abacus Lighting General and architectural lighting – Dextra, Whitecroft, Fagerhult, Deltalight, Ecophon, Artimede, La Conch Lighting controls – Simmtronic Security and access control – Paxton, Ateis, Axis, Baldwin Boxall Fire detection – Apollo Emergency lighting – EPS Structured cabling – Excel Air source heat pumps – Mitsubishi Electric Electric water heaters – Heatrae Sadia Fans – Flakt Woods Underfl oor busbar – Powerplan Lightning and surge protection – Best


About the author


Rob Shepherd Rob Shepherd is a freelance journalist, and regular contributor to ECA Today, who has worked in the electrical contracting industry for more than 10 years.


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