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Sports Lighting


the recently developed South Marsh Community Hub, aimed at increasing visitors to the Hackney Marshes, and encouraging people to keep the famous Marshes at the grass roots of British football. The Hackney Marshes location has a reputation as the spiritual home of Sunday league football, with 82 outdoor pitches serving football, rugby and cricket. The creation of the South Marsh Community Hub is part of a multi-million pound improvement plan for the area. Lighting was a huge part of the Hub’s design, and the architects Stanton Williams were keen to use a lighting design consultant from the outset to enhance the overall effect of their strong design concept.


“Mindseye are known for their rigorous approach to architectural lighting design. Stanton Williams recognised that, through working with Mindseye, they would achieve


a scheme where the architectural and lighting concepts were fully integrated” reports Mindseye Associate Admir Jukanovic. In keeping with the industrial feel of natural concrete finishes and complementary timber ceilings of the buildings design, Mindseye were asked to provide a cost efficient lighting scheme that would be flexible for sports and leisure use, but that also provided practical lighting levels for educational visits and teaching to suit all uses of the building. Solid concrete and timber ceilings meant that no recessed fittings were possible, and trying to achieve a slick, modern looking lighting concept using surface mounted fittings was certainly a challenge for the team at Mindseye.


The budget was also very restricted, and some value engineering had to be completed throughout the project. Despite this, Mindseye managed to hold onto the


majority of their original design intentions, thanks to the full support and strong design input from the architects at Stanton Williams. As Douglas James, Director of Mindseye points out “Good design transcends technology and budgets. It is possible to achieve great results with simple equipment if you maintain focus on both the overall design and the details”. The resulting design will hopefully ensure that the Hackney Marshes retain their reputation as a key location for British football, and will ensure that the much-needed location for community sports will stay in use for years to come. Energy efficient and attractive lighting systems provide sports facilities with an excellent way to provide light during the cold months, and help to deal with the increased energy bills over the winter. An attractive lighting scheme can help encourage visitors to keep up their gym visits despite the dark nights. So, although the evenings are drawing in, with sports lighting improving across the country, we’ve got no excuse for staying at home in our slippers I’m afraid…lets get out there and get those heart rates pumping!


Contact


Mindseye T: 020 7923 0508 W: www.mindseye3d.com


CP Northern T: 01785 859 900 W: www.cpnorthern.co.uk


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