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The lighting was another technically


challenging element of the project. Due to the nature of the pool, which is eligible for competitions as well as general leisure use, two different levels of lighting were required to fulfil each scenario. This demanded a very detailed lighting design, which would meet the requirements set by Sport England. To achieve this, computer- aided light simulation modelling was carried out by REL. The design had to achieve not only a high level of lighting for competitions but also ensure that there was minimal glare on the pool surface. As part of this, specialist light fittings had to be sourced from throughout Europe. More technically-challenging projects


will often require M&E consultation at an early stage to help develop the design. This input and engagement is vital in terms of establishing costs and identifying potential issues from the outset. Given the risk, challenges and complexity of leisure developments, the need for this consultation is increasing, which means that many main contractors are now seeking M&E partners that not only have the right experience, knowledge and resources, but also internal design-and- build capabilities. This is one of the main reasons why ISG


appointed REL to deliver the £2.5m mechanical services at Waltham Forest Leisure Centre, which has been designed by AFLS+P Architects. This design-and-build mechanical


services package includes the installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) system, gas boiler plant, ventilation systems and air conditioning. We are also responsible for the mechanical works for the centre’s swimming facilities, such as installing pool ventilation plant together with the associated ductwork and controls. By using the same M&E contractor to


both design and install a solution, the client benefits from a more unified approach throughout the process. Importantly, they benefit from one point of contact, which leads to a better working relationship and in turn, improves the efficiency of the project. With private investment in leisure


centres increasing, the opportunities for M&E contractors will also grow, but taking advantage of them isn’t easy. Leisure facilities are complex and each one presents a new set of challenges which means that contractors, architects and suppliers all need the assurance that the M&E works will be both comprehensive and compliant to suit the vast range of facilities on offer. A strong track record, specialist in-house skills and the ability to engage with all members of a project team, will play a vital role in the successful delivery of these projects.


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