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Thorn lights up Derby Arena

Thorn Lighting floodlights and luminaires have been used to light up Derby’s Multi-Sports Arena.

Derby Arena is a state-of-the-art, 14,500m² multi-use arena and velodrome situated next to Pride Park Stadium.

It includes a national standard 250m indoor cycling track, a sports infield the size of 12 badminton courts and a fitness centre, café and meeting and conferencing rooms.

The track is encircled by a lower tier of 3,000 spectator seating with two additional banks of 1,500 seats that form the upper seating tiers which face the two straight sections of track.

The main concourse separates the upper and lower seating tiers. This futuristic arena boasts the fifth national standard 250m indoor cycling track in the UK and can host a variety of sports including badminton, basketball, netball, volleyball and martial arts (all which can be played by wheelchair users). It is also used for events ranging from family pantomimes to classic car shows, whilst the 250m velodrome track is the Midlands’ brand new hub for track cycling.

Thorn’s team worked closely with M&E contractor Derry Building Services, from the outset to final commissioning, to ensure that the Arena provides a striking, inviting and motivating place to participate in sport and also to visit as a spectator.

Compliance with illuminance levels and uniformity over the track and infield areas according to the specification were key objectives. Separate switching levels for the track and multi-use sports areas within the Arena were also important requirements.

Chris Pilkington of Derry Building Services, said:

Set up and completion was carried out in a very professional and considered manner. The lighting is extremely well suited to the particular challenges of lighting a modern world class velodrome and sporting facility.

Thorn’s Mundial 1KW and Troika 400W floodlights illuminate the velodrome track, which also benefits from three light switching levels of 600 lux, 300 lux and 100 lux to efficiently meet the lighting requirements for its varying uses, which range from competition to training.

Mundial is a high power floodlight for sport and large area illumination applications while Troika is an asymmetric ‘flat glass’ floodlight with four different light distributions for each lamp option and a broad selection of attachments.  Thorn’s luminaires provide the required colour temperature of 5600K, a colour rendering index of 90 and uniformity level of 0.76 and all of the track floodlights are tilted no higher than 65 degrees for good glare control.

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Thorn Lighting will be exhibiting at the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference, which is taking place in the Yokohama Arena, City of Yokohama, Japan, from 26-28 September 2016. For more information visit them on stand E03.