Abacus fields off competition to win Trent Bridge
Abacus bowled over the procurement panel to field off four of its competitors and will manufacture and install six 40 metre high fixed masts at the cricket ground carrying a total of 360 Challenger® 3 floodlights - all designed to International Cricket Council (ICC) International Standards, suitable for HD transmission and Super Slo-Mo replays. The masts will be manufactured to carry up to 64 floodlights for the present - with an additional 10% capacity in case of future ICC changes or the requirement for lighting levels suitable for TV match coverage. The first foundations are currently being laid with the installation to be completed by Clegg Construction.
The floodlighting levels will be 2,200 lux vertical at the central wicket, reducing down to 1,000 lux on the outfield. Daylight lamps provide the highest colour rendition available for HD. Expressed as Ra=90, where daylight is Ra=100. Competitor systems offer poorer colour rendition (1.5kW/Ra=65). Abacus has also secured the contract to maintain the lighting installation for the next 10 years.
Abacus’ Sports Lighting Manager, Neil Johnson, commented: "Abacus was chosen, not just because we were competitive on cost but because of our technical ability and local site knowledge. Our light control system is superior to that of our competitors and the fact that our products are manufactured Nottinghamshire also gave us a local advantage - the competitors we were up against manufacture and ship their products from the USA."
Trent Bridge is the home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and a world famous cricketing landmark. Recognised as one of the finest cricket venues across the globe, it has acted as host for County and Test cricket since 1838 and is the world’s third oldest Test ground. Trent Bridge held its first international cricket match in 1899 between England and Australia - which finished in a draw!
The development project, which is scheduled to be completed in time for next season’s major matches, will expand the capacity of Trent Bridge and improve facilities for both players and spectators. The floodlights will be in use for the first time for the second NatWest Series International against South Africa on August 26th 2008.
Neil added: "We are thrilled to win the Trent Bridge contract as it is such a prestigious international venue, and it helps to further reinforce Abacus’ position as a worldwide sports lighting specialist. We hope our successes here will open doors with other international cricket grounds and sporting venues."
Abacus already has an impressive track record in the provision of lighting solutions to the sport of cricket. Its reputation in the field has recently helped to open up talks with other potential projects in UK and overseas.