The Brit Oval, UK
February 2009 saw the south London skyline change as the first of 4 telescopic floodlighting masts was raised into the air under its own steam. Or in this case, by means of a sophisticated hydraulic mechanism lifting 200kW of lighting power above The Brit Oval’s OCS stand.
The 20 tonne structure was delivered by road from our factory in Nottinghamshire, before the 3 principal sections were assembled on site behind the stand. The mast had been internally pre-wired before leaving the factory, allowing the installation to proceed more swiftly than a standard fixed mast of 48m height.
The mast was put through its paces, raising the headframe and its 80+ Challenger® 3 stadium floodlights from its lowered height of 29m to just under 50m, its full operating height. Heads were turned at the Kennington Oval as the headframe gracefully raised high into the air.
The full installation was completed and commissioned in time for the ICC World Twenty20 championships in June, which was held at The Brit Oval, Lord’s and Trent Bridge. Floodlighting was a key element of the venues’ successful bids to co-host this summer’s ICC World Twenty20.
The new floodlights at Lord’s and The Brit Oval will replace the temporary solution of previous years that had seen masts brought in on a game-by-game basis.
Abacus have already installed systems at other cricket grounds around the world including Stanford Park in Antigua, the Kensington Oval in Barbados and Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.