Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham

Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham

Client: Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Architect: Maber Architects of Nottingham
Type of works: installation of new floodlighting at Trent Bridge.

Abacus Lighting has completed work on the installation of new floodlighting at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge Cricket Ground as part of its £8.2million redevelopment project.

Trent Bridge is the home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and is a world famous cricketing landmark.

The ground’s development project will expand the capacity of Trent Bridge and improve facilities for both players and spectators. As well as building a new stand on the Bridgford Road side of the ground and adding seats elsewhere to raise capacity to more than 17,000, the Club has installed six permanent floodlights and is building a new office block for match day officials and administration staff.

Abacus has manufactured and installed six 40m high fixed masts carrying a total of 360 Challenger® 3 floodlights – all designed to International Cricket Council (ICC) One Day International Standards.

The masts feature iconic circular floodlight head frames, designed by Maber Architects of Nottingham, providing the stadium with a unique “signature” in world cricket. The masts have been manufactured to carry up to 64 floodlights for the present - with an additional 10% capacity in case of future ICC changes or the requirement for lighting levels suitable for TV match coverage.

The floodlighting levels will be 2,200 lux at the central wicket, reducing down to 1,000 lux on the outfield. Abacus has also secured the contract to maintain the lighting installation for the next 10 years.

Abacus’s Sports Lighting Manager, Neil Johnson, commented: “Abacus was chosen, not just because we were competitive on cost but because of our technical ability and local site knowledge. Our light control system is superior to that of our competitors and the fact that our products are manufactured Nottinghamshire also gave us a local advantage.

“We are thrilled to win the Trent Bridge contract as it is such a prestigious international venue, and it helps to further reinforce Abacus’s position as a worldwide sports lighting specialist. We hope our successes here will open doors with other international cricket grounds and sporting venues.”

Abacus already has an impressive track record in the provision of lighting solutions to the sport of cricket both in the UK and abroad including Stanford Park, Antigua; Green Park Stadium, Kanpur and, this Spring 2008, Abacus supplied lighting for two more Test Cricket Stadiums at Hyderabad and Indore. Its reputation in the field has recently helped to open up talks with other potential projects in UK and overseas.

Derek Brewer, Chief Executive of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, commented: “We are delighted to have forged a partnership with Abacus. At tender stage we were impressed by their technical expertise and also their approach to important issues such as Health and Safety. The project has progressed very well.”

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