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he spotlight was on Heart of Midlothian Football Club in July when they returned to the Scottish Premier League after a season away,


but that was partly thanks to the work of Gary Meechan and his team at SPIE UK who managed the installation of new LED floodlights at the Tynecastle ground. The famous old stadium had undergone a £400,000 renovation programme to welcome Jambos fans back to the new season and a large part of that included the essential replacement of the halogen floodlights. SPIE UK, a technical engineering solutions provider for the built environment and subsidiary of SPIE, the independent European leader for multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, was invited to tender for the contract to replace the floodlights as it already provided facilities management (FM) services to the Edinburgh club. Glasgow-based SPIE UK Design

Manager Gary explained: “In addition

Te new LED lights will cut costs and carbon emissions

SPIE UK BASED: Glasgow PHONE: 0141 613 7400 WEB:

to providing mechanical and electrical (M&E) services, our company has a facilities management arm which does a lot of work with schools in Scotland and other organisations, one of which was managing the Hearts stadium for more than five years. “At Tynecastle, we provide planned and reactive maintenance to the M&E assets within the stadium as well as providing an electrician on standby for each of the games to deal with any emergencies, and a back-up generator for UEFA regulation games. “More recently, our Asset Condition team has worked with the Hearts Stadium Manager to carry out surveys throughout the ground covering M&E assets as well as fabric-related areas such as steelwork, roofing and internal finishes, to help provide the football club with budgetary and cash flow projections.

“Thanks to our successful relationship with the football club and the technical expertise we have provided them, Hearts also asked us to tender for the pitch floodlights that needed to be replaced.”

SPIE UK also has a long working

Halogen lamps have been replaced with new LEDs

relationship with Signify (formerly known as Philips Lighting) so they partnered with this world leader in lighting solutions on the Tynecastle contract to replace the old halogen lamps with an energy efficient LED lighting system. The new lighting system comprises

14 Philips ArenaVision LED gen3.5* 800 lux luminaires mounted on the headframe of each of the floodlight


National and international football governing bodies provide floodlighting regulations to clubs to ensure pitch lighting meets the standards for safety and performance. However, for clubs playing in the

English Football League, Premier League, Scottish Premier League and Cymru Premier, the floodlighting standards are set by UEFA so that additional considerations for broadcasting can be taken into account. In addition, European standard BS EN 12193:2018 also presents recommendations and requirements

for sports lighting. Source:


* 800 lux Average Eh, 0.5 Uo (U2), 0.4 Min/Max (U1) MF = 0.90

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