Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre

REL Building Services delivered the electrical works for Romford’s £28m Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre.
  • The challenge:

    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.

    This complex project was one of only a small number in the UK to feature an ice rink above a swimming pool.

  • Project summary:

    • Involvement in the electrical design from the pre-construction stage
    • Development of the design concepts as the project progressed to ensure maximum efficiency and performance
    • Installation of all electrical services, including high-bay LED luminaires coordinated with AV equipment gantries to ensure uniform lighting over the rink and minimise glare
    • Use of LED uplighters to ensure compliance with Sports England and reduce maintenance.
    • Installation of lighting on the building’s exterior to emphasis the architectural cladding, including a vertical ribbon of light at specific points, comprising a watertight LED strip just 16mm wide
    • Advice on the use of cool-white LED lights to set off the blue panelling on the exterior and give maximum impact
    • Stringent programming to ensure delivery of the electrical items at strict times given the site’s town centre location and lack of storage space


  • Kershaw Mechanical

Main Contractor:

  • Willmott Dixon


  • Saunders Boston Architects
  • £2m
“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.”
Simon Cook, Senior Operations Manager at Willmott Dixon

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