Covering 2.5 square kilometres of Doha Qatar, Aspire Zone is an awe-inspiring multi use sports area consisting of sports training facilities, a sports medicine division and an educational facility. Consistently expanding and building on the current infrastructure, Aspire Logistics, strategic business unit of Aspire Zone, continued to move forwards and introduce a BMX track to sit alongside the large list of sports already catered for.
Working with installation contractors Al Ghorairi & Partners, Abacus put together a lighting design to meet the high international sporting standards already set by Aspire Zone. To ensure that the new BMX race track met the international standards for high definition (HD) broadcast quality televised events, Abacus worked with Aspire Logistics from design and supply to installation, to ultimately testing and commissioning the high mast lighting system. Due to the nature of the sport, riders require a suitable amount of light to plan out their route and landings, without being blinded by the light, ensuring a run is completed as safely as possible. Optically precise Challenger 3 floodlights were the ideal solution, with 231 of these high performance fittings being installed on base-hinged masts across the track.
The Challenger 3 is designed with an internal baffle which improves light efficiency, ensuring minimal light loss whilst reducing glare to those under the lights. The excellent light control and precision lighting resulted in a low number of masts being required, increasing safety on the ground by keeping the number of steel structures near to the track at a minimum.
To extend the life of the lamp and electrical components, the housing is an IP66 high pressure die cast aluminium body with toughened front glass to further protect the fitting from the outdoor environment.
Access for floodlight maintenance is quick and simple with the Challenger series, the lamp and integral gear can be accessed via a rear panel. Ease of maintenance is vital on the track where there are hills and drops and visibility is key; this easy access allows as little downtime to be taken for any maintenance or lamp changes so that safe use of the track is promptly available.
Combining the maintenance capabilities of the Challenger range with the base-hinged mast provides a solution ideal for the tracks mountain like terrain. The uneven ground in this area can be problematic when it comes to maintenance, the implementation of the base-hinged mast overcomes the associated issues. Base-hinged masts can be installed with the consideration of dropping the mast body and fittings in a set direction. This planning in design and installation later allows for maintenance to be undertaken at ground level on an even surface. No cherry pickers or machine hire is required and time taken to drop these masts is minimal, this increases the level of safety to those undertaking maintenance or in the near vicinity and reduces costs with the need for machine hire removed. Only seven of Abacus’ proven base-hinged raise and lower masts were needed for this lighting solution.
The lighting system was commissioned, with Average Horizontal maintained lux level of 2500lux, Minimum vertical lux level of 1400 lux. The use of Challenger 3 floodlights provided excellent uniformity of over 0.7 and minimal glare across the track. With Aspire Zone holding a BMX contest earlier this year, the track can expect to see a number of visitors and growing support from those using the facilities.