Bowled over by lighting

Abacus Lighting has completed the installation of floodlighting at Edgbaston Cricket Club as part of the ground’s £30 million redevelopment. The £1 million contract for Abacus to floodlight the newly developed ground comes in quick succession of its installations at the Oval and Lords.

Abacus has manufactured and installed five bespoke cantilever masts which will provide 320 Challenger 3 floodlights giving 2200 lux over the wicket and will fully comply with English Cricket Board (ECB) guidelines. The floodlights incorporate precision reflector systems to ensure tight beam control, reducing overspill and directing light into the cricket ground where it is needed, and away from the surrounding local residential area.

Colin Povey, Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club commented: “The new flood lighting and redevelopment of the ground will create opportunities for the Club and put Edgbaston and the city of Birmingham on the cricketing map, bringing supporters from all over the world to the city.

“Going forward Edgbaston will be able to host ECB domestic matches playing into the hours of darkness, as well as complying with ICC regulations for Twenty20 matches, which means we can host ICC World Twenty20 games at Edgbaston,”

Meeting challenges

Alan Jenvey, Engineering Manager for Abacus Lighting comments: “Our design is state of the art and manufactured here in the UK – it’s completely unique to Edgbaston.

“Dealing with the cantilever forces of self moment and twist provided us with previously unmet challenges. The usual tapering joints found in such a mast were replaced with a whole new internal bolting system and shear pins in order to withstand the forces of the cantilever design.

“The 45m mast has to withstand a dead load of six tonnes of cantilevered arm and a further two tonnes of floodlighting, and that’s before considering the forces of side wind which creates twist.

“The new design has been rigorously checked using finite element analysis (FEA) and we’re pleased that the installation is going well and on schedule.”

Phil Macdonald, Project Director for Warwickshire County Cricket Club commented: “Abacus has worked closely with Edgbaston to arrive at a design which is elegant and creates a specific identity for the ground. We have been particularly impressed with the diligence of the installation team who have worked in harsh weather conditions to ensure that the floodlights have been installed to the agreed schedule.”

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