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Essex University’s enhanced sports centre is open to wider community


ANIEL Connal Partnership has recently been involved as consultants in a project which is

likely to have a significant impact on students in Essex and the wider community. The University of Essex, based in

Colchester, wanted to provide new and enhanced sports and teaching facilities at their Wivenhoe Park campus and the result is the Essex Sports Arena, a 12 badminton court sports hall, including competition level basketball show court and retractable bleacher seating for up to 1,800 spectators. In addition there is a three-storey

ancillary area accommodating a fitness suite, changing rooms, flexible classroom spaces, toilets, offices, reception, plant room, sports therapy suite, kitchen, sports social space and bar. The £12m new sports hall, which was

built by Kier, necessitated the relocation of the existing tennis courts to an adjacent site, but also offered the opportunity for improvement. The replacement courts benefit from an inflatable dome allowing all-weather play. With over 2,000 sqm of floor space and

seating for up to 1,655 people, the Arena’s sports elastic sprung flooring was

installed by DYNAMIK Sport. Director of Sport at the University of

Essex Dr Dave Parry said the facility would be the home of the newly-formed academic School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences at the University but that the benefit of having such extensive sports facilities would not just be felt by students. “The Essex Sport Arena will be a

significant regional and national sport competition and spectator venue as well as an important contributor to local and regional strategies linked to sport

participation and physical activity initiatives,” he added. In addition to sporting activities, the

innovative, multi-purpose space will be available for conferences, exhibitions, trade and craft shows and other large- scale events.

New lighting with high lumen output for sports centres


ITZGERALD Lighting has developed the LED Hi Sport for high lumen output and maximum energy savings.

Compared with a traditional 400W discharge lamp luminaire, a 126W LED luminaire saves 70% in energy cost. The LED Hi Sport is a purpose-built,

durable luminaire designed for indoor sports environments. Manufactured from mild steel and powder coated white, it has a stylish curved body shape which minimises the chance of sports balls and equipment getting trapped. A diffuser shields the LEDs to reduce glare distraction during high performance sports events and the luminaire also features a wire guard as standard. Designed for surface or suspension mounting, the Hi Sport luminaire features swivel adjustment and has a shock resistant gear tray. Optional features can be specified including 1–10V dimming, DALI dimming and integral 3-hour maintained emergency lighting.

36 highereducationestates The LED Hi Sport is ideal for all indoor

sports applications, including sports halls, leisure centres, squash courts and indoor training areas. Made to IP20 and carrying a five year

warranty, the LED Hi Sport comes in a 126W, 13000 lumen version and a 96W, 9730 lumen version. Both luminaires are quite compact, being just 145mm deep, 340mm wide and 835mm long. Other wattage options are also available. At Augher Central Primary School in

Northern Ireland the luminaire was required to provide both energy saving and excellent illuminance levels throughout the sports hall. And at Fowey River Academy in Cornwall, the client was looking for a robust luminaire that could provide a high light output without glare, as well as saving energy and reducing carbon footprint.

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