Electrical Contracting News (ECN) March 2017 - Page 24

PROJECT FOCUS LIGHTS OF LEISURE Workington’s brand new leisure centre opened in September 2016. Russell Drury discovers how precision engineered LED luminaires and digital lighting controls from Dextra Lighting helped to provide a sustainable and safe sports environment for the people of Allerdale. Directional downlighting was provided in the gym studio. With the development plans and new location approved, £1.5m from Sport England and £1.5m from Allerdale Borough Council were poured into creating a state-of-the-art leisure centre to replace the Brow Top facilities in Moorclose, Cumbria. With a total budget of £11.3m, the design for the new building was set to a high specification, with the lighting expected to deliver future proof standards of energy efficiency and performance. LED systems and advanced lighting controls offer the simplest and most immediate solution to achieve these objectives, with potential savings of up to 60 per cent compared to conventional fluorescent lighting, and an extra 30 per cent when sensor controlled. With significant reductions in energy consumption, buildings inevitably become more sustainable and their reduced carbon footprint can also result in financial benefits from government sponsored programmes such as the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and offer access to funding channels promoting the use of energy efficient technology. Nationwide supplier Edmundson Electrical selected Dextra Lighting for its extensive range of LED luminaires designed specifically for sports applications, offering beyond compliance levels of energy efficiency. Over the years, Dextra Lighting has built a strong reputation catering for sports establishments across the country, which has allowed its in-house design team to develop products and understand the exact requirements of this sector. Visibility and comfort The lighting had to ensure that all sports and activities could be performed safely with maximum visibility and comfort. Luminaires and controls were to be installed in a wide range of locations including: • 90-station gym • Studios • Sports hall • Changing rooms BS EN12193 lighting class 2 lighting requirements (for national to county level standard or below?) had to be observed, concerning sport specific light levels, glare control, uniformity of light and high colour rendering for an optimal sporting or training experience. Luminiares and visible control gear would need to offer suitable protection depending on the sports activity and environment. 24 | March 2017