Cornwall’s New State-of-the-Art Sports Centre uses CP’s Rapid Control

Truro School CP Electronics Rapid control system with scene setting has been used to great effect at a new multi-million pound sports centre at Truro School in Cornwall.  

Specified by E3 Consulting Engineers of Bath, Rapid was chosen as the system offers easy installation with simple control via standard light switches, handsets or from a central computerised source.

The new facility, named the ‘Sir Ben Ainslie Sports Centre’, is one of the biggest of its kind in the county and is to be officially opened by Ben Ainslie, a former Truro School pupil.  The sport centre cost £4.2 million to build and accommodates eight badminton courts, two squash courts, a dance studio and a fitness suite, in addition to providing accommodation for the schools existing swimming pool.  The new facilities will not only benefit the school but will also be open to the public.

The planning process started with E3’s Consultant Michael Freke, who downloaded the CP App, an online specification creator that enables users to browse energy-saving control ‘apps’ and download specifications to suit their particular project.  The system facilitates compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations and the ability to score the maximum number of BREEAM points available for each design. Within each project type a number of typical lighting control specifications are described, so that users can select the one that best suits the area they are working on. CP’s Rapid System was chosen for the sports facility as it enables a wide selection of devices to be fitted and configured, which suited this project perfectly.  The system chosen for this project includes lighting control modules, interfaces, presence detectors and photocells.  

The Truro sports facility required specific lighting requirements for areas such as the sports hall, which was divided up into four quarter sections.  CP’s wall mounted sensors were installed into each of the four areas so that, should any particular quarter of the hall not be in use for more than 20 minutes, the lights would switch off automatically.   A scene setting facility has also been installed in the main hall area to provide complete flexibility so that lights can be dimmed in accordance with the relevant function such as concerts, exams and various social events.

Other areas using CP’s absence detectors are changing rooms, classrooms and the dance studio, whilst long range detectors have been installed in all corridors at the facility.

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