Inspiring Facilities in Salford
the London 2012 Legacy.
England: December 2012
Abacus recently completed an innovative refurbishment project under the Sport England Inspired Facilities programme, which will provide much improved sports facilities for the local community in Albert Park, Salford.
Albert Park is run by Albert’s of Salford Community Interest Company, a not-for-profit organisation, who commercially trade as a sports facility, providing the local community with a social dividend. By hiring out the facilities in the evenings, revenue is generated and enabling the dividend in the form of free use of the facility by the community during “down times” and subsidising the youth club.
Abacus Maintenance Manager, Rob Eadson, commented “It was really rewarding to be able to work with Albert’s and the local council and be able to help them deliver such an important community project”.
Abacus’ maintenance department investigated the options with the existing outdated lighting and worked with all parties to deliver a high performing, energy efficient new floodlighting system.
Rob added “We were able to provide a complete turnkey solution, including fitting new columns and electrical system. The new lighting is very impressive and importantly by utilising Abacus Raise and Lower columns, future maintenance costs and any disruption for bulb changes, are reduced to an absolute minimum. This will result in greater availability of the facility for the community”.
The venue was successful in securing a grant from the London 2012 Olympic Legacy under the Sport England Inspired Facilities programme, where National lottery funding is available to help refurbish or upgrade tired or worn out sports facilities. The aim is to make it easier for people to undertake local sports and make the facility accessible for the whole community.
A community launch event was held in September, hosted by the Assistant Mayor, Anne-Marie Humphreys, to celebrate the new lighting scheme.