Abacus light up The University of Kent
As part of the University’s commitment to extend the services on offer to its students and the local community, the University has invested a further £1.5 million in a new synthetic pitch complex.
The complex includes a full-size Third Generation artificial grass football pitch, and a full-size football / hockey pitch, both floodlit by Abacus Lighting. In addition, the investment includes refurbished tennis and netball courts (which now includes two recreational basketball rings), a beach volleyball pitch and spectator seating.
Both floodlit pitches utilised Abacus’ new flat glass Challenger® 1 floodlight, a high performance floodlight with double asymmetric beam distribution ensuring zero upward light, tight control of overspill and minimal glare to onlookers.
To ensure ease of mainenance, the tried and trusted HL250 base hinged raising and lowering mast was specified. The HL250 uses a hydraulic counterbalance which attaches to the base of the mast and safely lowers the mast to ground level providing hassle-free maintenance.
The complex was officially opened by Neale Cooper, Manager of Gillingham FC, at a well attended event on 2 October. The new pitches have already proved to be extremely popular, with over 1,000 public users on the piches in the first week after the £1.5 million development was completed. Mike Wilkins, the Sports Centre’s Director of Sport, said “The facilities are now some of the best in the country and it really is tremendous to see so many people from the local community using them.”