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Moseley RFC kicks off with new facilities and indoor bowls arena

Over £3.5m of funding has created a sports hub that will be used by Midlands sporting teams and members of the local community

Greene King IPA Championship side, Moseley Rugby Football Club, has unveiled its new first-class facilities at Billesley Common. The sports facility now boasts state-of-the-art lighting throughout its newly-built grandstand, hospitality complex and indoor bowls rink.

Over £3.5m of funding was raised for the project from a combination of public money and private investors. Birmingham City Council generated most of the funding through the sale of Moseley RFC’s former ground and the old Birmingham Indoor Bowls Centre, with community fundraising initiatives helping to cover the final costs of fitting out the building’s interior.

The investment has created a sports hub that will be used by Midlands sporting teams and members of the local community. Designed to a high-specification, the expanded new facilities are expected to bring considerable revenue to the club by attracting high-profile clientele for corporate, private and other sports-related events.

In partnership with RMD Electrical, Dextra Lighting was appointed to design a solution with a strong focus on quality, performance, aesthetics and reliability. The challenge of combining these key factors was met by utilising LED technology for the majority of the project, with some cost-effective fluorescent lighting also featuring.

The indoor bowls rink was built to host national level competitions and the lighting had to meet the highest standards expected for European sports environments, providing an optimal light level of 500 lux whilst minimising glare, to enhance player and spectator experience. To meet these design criteria, one hundred 8700lm Graduate LED luminaires were suspended at approximately 3 metres from the ceiling, to provide uniform coverage and consistent light quality.

The Duet LED was utilised in the large conference and dining rooms combining efficiency, flexibility and a contemporary and appealing aesthetic. A total of 50 luminaires were suspended from the ceiling in continuous runs, which were separated by complementary blind units to facilitate installation, optimise luminaire spacings and provide aesthetic continuity.

The luminaire was installed in a 8800 lumen package in a cool-white C84 light temperature to achieve the desired light levels and create an inviting atmosphere.

High-quality and cost-effective fluorescent lighting also featured in this project. The Hydra T5 luminaire was used extensively for both the grandstand and the changing rooms. For the partially-outdoor seating area, the Hydra’s resistance to temperatures as low as -20C will allow the luminaire to operate smoothly in all seasons.

 The Opus HID floodlight was also installed across the perimeter of the stand to light the visitor walkway. An efficient asymmetrical light distribution and precise optics minimise light pollution, preventing unwanted spillage into the pitch and spectator seating area.

Elsewhere, the Amenity Exterior bulkhead features in the clubhouse’s main stairwell and the Protec downlight is used in a number of circulation areas at the club. Other products featured in this project include the Dex T5 recessed luminaire and the Solution Flush and Surface for the facility’s medical and office space.