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Due to the high specification and diverse control requirements, we were one of the only companies in the UK that had the experience to deliver such a system catering for the bespoke Olympic requirements


fields of play, including HDTV Lighting, 18 scene combinations of 250 high pressure discharge lights and also the control of 52 Sunpipe aperture motors allowing natural daylight to supplement required event lighting. The contract was worth £220,000 and has taken the company 8 months from design to practical completion. “We were of course delighted to secure this prestigious contract. Due to the high specification and diverse control requirements, we were one of the only companies in the UK that had the experience to deliver such a system catering for the bespoke Olympic requirements and thereafter when the arena will be adapted as a multi-use sports venue for community use” said James Hart, Project Director, CP Northern. As well


James Hart, Project Director, CP Northern.


as thinking of the usual requirements of a sporting arena, the lighting control system had to cater for the specific requirements of a high profile event like the Olympics; “Whilst there was a detailed specification for the Olympic event, which had to incorporate high levels of lighting for the TV cameras, we had to be ensure the arena would be energy efficient and fit for purpose post Olympics” explains Hart. One of the key aspects of the Olympic bid for London was the ability to create an environmentally friendly design concept. In order to improve the energy efficiency of the Handball Arena building, the ability to incorporate the use of natural light was taken into consideration during the design of the arena’s roof. CP Northern therefore developed 52 vertical sun pipes with


aperture motor control to allow natural light to enter the building, thus reducing the amount of artificial light needed, and providing energy efficient savings for the post-Olympic legacy period. Because there will be millions of people watching the Olympics, the pressure is on for everything to go according to plan. Luckily for the organisers, all of the lighting controls including the sun pipe motors are remotely controlled and monitored from a head-end PC that provides live status of system components, ensuring that in the unlikely event of any issues, problems can be identified and dealt with as quickly as possible. Not far from the Olympic Park, the London Borough of Hackney and London Development Agency have backed building


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