Beating off competition from around the world and working to tight deadlines, a Nottinghamshire-based team of engineers designed, developed and installed a new flood lighting system for the Manuka Oval. For the first time in its history, the stadium burst into life thanks to a new sophisticated and iconic lighting system installed by UK lighting company, Abacus.
Abacus has used the latest technology to ensure that Manuka’s Oval stadium lighting is now the most sophisticated of any ground in Australia. 564 floodlights are attached to six bespoke 45 metre masts with a distinctive headframe. Each mast contains four different types of light – wide, medium, narrow and extra-narrow – which are fanned out to ensure an equal coverage on the playing surface.
Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green commented,
"Producing and designing sports lighting for an Australian stadium shows that Abacus is a world leader in this sector. This is a multi-million pound contract which has caused a real stir in Canberra, highlighted by all the positive media attention in the local press.
"And it’s a real testament to how far this Nottinghamshire business has come, having worked with UK Trade & Investment over the last nine years, building up an excellent relationship with the local trade advisor and now winning its biggest-ever contract.
“I was also delighted to hear that 40 per cent of Abacus contracts are won overseas. This sets a great example to other small and medium-sized businesses, not only in the East Midlands, but also around the UK.
“Once again this shows that on the back of the 2012 Olympics, British commercial sporting expertise is most certainly in demand."
This year is of particular significance to Canberra as the Australian capital city celebrates its Centenary. The game, attended by the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Ministers of the Australian Government is a highlight of the Canberra year. In her speech, in the famous Bradman Stand, the Prime Minister complimented the floodlights and said ‘The lights are a tribute to modern Canberra’.
The shipping of these impressive lighting structures was logistically complex for Abacus, with 180,000kgs of lighting travelling over land and sea to meet the installation deadline ahead of Tuesday’s switch on. The sea freight shipment alone included 20 containers whilst two large custom steel pallets were flown directly via Singapore Airlines airfreight from the UK to Sydney and on to Canberra in Australia.
Andrew Morris-Richardson, Group Managing Director of Abacus Lighting commented, “The Lights have brought a new vision and dimension to this great capital city. Abacus is delighted to have developed a completely unique and iconic design for the Manuka Oval, which is not only suitable for cricket matches but also Australian Rules Football. This will have a profoundly positive impact on all future teams competing at Manuka and will enable continued Manuka sporting success. This is a major bespoke solution from Abacus `World Leaders in Lighting`.”