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Thorn Lighting rose to the challenge when asked to supply the lighting for a full size floodlit “3rd generation FieldTurf” football pitch at Marley Activities and Coaching Centre in Keighley in West Yorkshire. A good relationship between Thorn and Bradford Metropolitan Council was established around 18 months prior to this, whilst working on a lighting scheme for their Head Office site at Britannia House, which delivered a POE lighting solution with over 200 high grade LED panels.

The refurbishment of Marley Activities and Coaching Centre was instigated following a report into the district’s sports facilities released last year, which shone a critical light on the declining state of public pitches and fields, with sports clubs pointing to poor maintenance. The Centre includes eight grass football pitches, a junior size football grass pitch and mini soccer grass pitch, a synthetic cricket wicket, an indoor sports hall, a 3rd generation FieldTurf” football pitch, and 25 changing rooms. The overall project upgrade was completed at a cost of £280,000, with funding secured by Bradford Council.

For the lighting, utilising the arrangement of the existing columnswith a wider than average pitch was challenging to calculate, but Thorn’s team suggested a winning combination of optics with Champion LED high performance floodlights. These were chosen for the upgrade to replace the outdated fluorescent solution with the latest LED technology, thus improving the quality of illumination and increasing energy savings. Champion floodlights deliver 65° asymmetrical light distribution from 264 LEDs, with an IP66 and an impact strength of IK08. Ideal for sports fields and stadium or area lighting, Champion floodlights have low flicker operation (<1%), making them suitable for HDTV broadcasting and utilising 4000K LED with a colour rendering index of 70 minimum.

The high quality luminaires and sensible pricing has cemented a trusting relationship with Bradford Metropolitan District Council that is based on integrity, cutting-edge solutions and delivering beyond expectation.

Adam Brian, Energy Management Officer, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council commented “The project is fantastic. The whole scheme has had a massive impact on the local area, attracting so many sports, the pitch is now booked up for the foreseeable. The lighting is spectacular given the constraints we had with the dual carriageway. We use quite a lot of thorn products within the council, but these top the lot. The new LED luminaires are a great addition to the refurbishment of this popular and well-used sports facility. We are delighted with results which fit in with our aims to find effective, energy-efficient and more environmentally friendly solutions to replace outdated energy and lighting.”

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