Staffordshire based zencontrol have just completed the final phase of a prestigious contract to install lighting control systems for the new Handball Arena that has been built for the 2012 Olympics to be held in London.

The 7,500 capacity sports arena situated within the Olympic Park will stage Handball and Modern Pentathlon Events during the Olympics and will also be used for Goalball during the subsequent Paralympics.

zencontrol whose reputation within the construction industry continues to grow fought off competition by providing a lighting control solution for the Olympic Handball Arena that covers the three fields of play, including HDTV Lighting, 18 scene combinations of 250 high pressure discharge lights and also the control of 52 Sunpipe aperture motors allowing natural daylight to supplement required event lighting. The contract was worth £220,000 and has taken 8 months from design to practical completion.

“We were of course delighted to secure this prestigious contract and due to the high specification and diverse control requirements we were one of the only companies in the UK that had the experience to deliver such a system catering for the bespoke Olympic requirements and thereafter when the arena will be adapted as a multi-use sports venue for community use. It will continue to host various classes of sports from amateur to international including Handball, Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball, Netball, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Rugby as well as incorporating a health and fitness club and cafe,” said James Hart, Project Director, zencontrol.

“Whilst there was a detailed specification for the Olympic event, which had to incorporate high levels of lighting for the TV cameras, we had to be ensure the arena would be energy efficient and fit for purpose post Olympics. Within the design the roof area has 88 vertical sun pipes with aperture motor control to allow natural light to enter the building, thus reducing the amount of artificial light needed, and providing energy efficient savings for the post Olympic legacy period.

“All of the lighting controls including the sun pipe motors are remotely controlled and monitored from a head-end PC that provides live status of system components to ensure everything runs smoothly at the arena with millions of people watching the Olympics throughout the world. We have also enabled the system to aid building maintenance on the Field of Play through the remote control of luxlifts that lower clusters of lights down from high level to waist height for ease of lamp changes. All the emergency luminaires throughout both the Field of Play and back-of house can be monitored by the system for correct operation and the results logged on the front end computer database. The 13,700sq m back-of-house area, includes facilities for catering, security, the worlds media and the temporary warm-up area of 1400sq m.
“It’s a remarkable achievement for the company and we are very proud to play a part in the legacy of the 2012 Olympics,” added James.

The Olympic Handball Arena is the latest in a long line of contract wins for zencontrol who were established in 2006 and is an approved system partner of zencontrol one of the country’s most innovative and respected manufacturers of lighting and heating control products.

The company continues to work on large construction projects in the public and private sector throughout the UK including, providing energy efficient lighting control systems for to a full range of Mechanical and Electrical contracts including commercial office blocks, universities, hospitals, fire stations, hotels and high street retailers.

zencontrol is a family run business employing 16 people from its head office operation at Sugnall in Staffordshire.

David Hart the co-founder and managing director has almost 40 years of experience working with the UK’s largest electrical consultants and contractors in the field of lighting control.