REL helps bring Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre to Romford

Sapphire-IceREL Building Services has completed the electrical works for Romford's £28m Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre.

Constructed by Willmott Dixon for The London Borough of Havering, the facility includes an eight-lane swimming pool, fitness suite with 100 stations and a 56m x 26m ice rink with a 900-seated spectator area. Built in the heart of the town centre, it is also home to ice hockey team the London Raiders.

Appointed by Kershaw Mechanical Services, REL was responsible for the £2m electrical elements of the project, which took 12 months to complete.

Both the ice rink and swimming pool were in a double height space, so the lighting had to be installed seven metres high. In the ice-rink, REL used high-bay LED luminaires coordinated with AV equipment gantries to ensure uniform lighting over the rink and minimise glare, which is essential for sports events.

Outside of the building, REL was responsible for delivering the lighting which emphasises the architectural cladding. The team had to create a vertical ribbon of light at specific points, comprising a watertight LED strip just 16mm wide. REL also advised on the use of cool-white LED lights to set off the blue panelling and give maximum impact.

Toby Buckley, Managing Director of REL Building Services said: "This was a complex project as it is only one of three in the UK to have an ice rink above a swimming pool and the outside of the building has a very unique appearance.

"The facility's location in the town centre was another major challenge. As there was limited space and no car parking, very accurate programming was required to ensure that the electrical items were delivered at exactly the right time to enable us to install them straight away as there was no storage space.

"We're proud to have played a part in bringing this fantastic new facility to Romford, which is set to have a huge impact on the local economy."

Simon Cook, Senior Operations Manager at Willmott Dixon said: "REL was involved in the electrical design from the very early stages of this project. The team's experience of the leisure sector and technical knowledge enabled us to refine and evolve the design, ensuring we met the requirements of the customer and maximised efficiency as well as performance."

The Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre is one of several leisure projects which have been completed by REL Building Services in the last 12 months. The team has also helped to deliver leisure complexes in Waltham Forest in London, High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and Flitwick in Bedfordshire.

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