Abacus hits a six with cricket projects
Building on our impressive cricket lighting track record.
Kent / Birmingham: April 2011
Abacus already has an impressive track record in the provision of lighting solutions to the sport of cricket both in the UK and abroad. In the last two years, they have installed floodlights at The Oval, Lord’s and Trent Bridge; won a contract to light Edgbaston and seen their lights used at the Cricket World Cup in Mumbai.
Now, Kent County Cricket Club in Canterbury have confirmed a £1.4 million contract which will see Abacus install five of its unique state-of-the-art telescopic masts at the ground allowing floodlit cricket games, the possibility of television coverage for matches and ultimately attracting bigger crowds to the ground.
Abacus signed a contract with Cardy Construction to supply and install the Kent CCC floodlights, which are being manufactured in the UK and assembled and fitted out prior to their delivery in time for testing and installation ahead of Kent CCC’s first floodlit game in June.
“We see floodlighting as a big opportunity for Kent CCC - not least in terms of televising matches due to the high quality of the floodlights, but also in terms of attracting big crowds,” comments Jamie Clifford, Chief Executive, Kent CCC.
“We can now look forward to hosting evening matches that will help encourage a different audience such as families - as well as bigger crowds than we expect with earlier match start times.”
Abacus has already begun manufacturing the masts each with 60 Challenger® 3 floodlights to provide 2000 lux over the wicket maintained lighting level. When in situ, the masts will fully extend to 38 metres and retract to 23 metres maximising the light within the ground for floodlit cricket matches.
The telescopic masts are unique to Abacus, comply with ECB guidelines and have been instrumental in helping Kent CCC gain important planning applications. When not in use, the masts will retract to a lower height which ensures that they have less visual impact on the surrounding residential area – an enormous plus-point for the city council when considering the planning application.
Over in Birmingham, Abacus has now completed the installation of floodlighting at Edgbaston Cricket Club as part of the ground’s £30 million redevelopment.
Colin Povey, Chief Executive, Warwickshire County Cricket Club commented: “The new flood lighting and redevelopment of the ground will create opportunities for the Club and put Edgbaston and the city of Birmingham on the cricketing map, bringing supporters from all over the world to the city.
Going forward Edgbaston will be able to host ECB domestic matches playing into the hours of darkness, as well as complying with ICC regulations for Twenty20 matches, which means ICC World Twenty20 games can be hosted at Edgbaston.
Alan Jenvey, Engineering Manager, Abacus Lighting comments: “Our design is state of the art and manufactured here in the UK - it’s completely unique to Edgbaston. Dealing with the cantilever forces of self-movement and twist provided us with previously unmet challenges. The usual tapering joints found in such a mast were replaced with a whole new internal bolting system and shear pins in order to withstand the forces of the cantilever design. The 45m mast has to withstand a dead load of six tonnes of cantilevered arm and a further two tonnes of floodlighting– and that’s before considering the forces of side wind which creates twist.”
Edgbaston’s new floodlights will be tested in Spring, ready for the first floodlit match on July 15, 2011.