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A leading Blackpool based building services engineering company has received a boost with the conversion of a £2.5 million contract for Aviva Premiership Rugby side Saracens.
Ameon Ltd who have their offices at Whitehills Business Park, has been appointed by main building contractor, Eric Wright Construction, to provide all mechanical and electrical services for Saracens £20 million revamp of Copthall Stadium, in the London borough of Barnet. The planned a 10,000 seat stadium will house an athletics track and will feature semi-permanent terracing areas, which are to be imported for Saracens' home fixtures and removed to enable the venue to be used by the wider community and by Shaftsbury Barnet Harriers Athletics Club, which will use the stadium as its home.
A key feature of Ameon's contract will be the design and installation of energy–saving renewable technology systems, including a ground source heat pump and heating system, which will also act as a pre-heater for domestic hot water. In addition, the stadium's east stand will benefit from the installation of a photovoltaic panel array to generate sufficient electricity from solar energy to offset Saracens' requirement from the National Grid. There will also be a large rainwater harvesting system, the water from which will be re-used to supply the toilet facilities throughout the stadium, plus VRF heating and cooling, and a central air handling unit for fresh air in the offices and hospitality areas.
A fully integrated, life safety system including fire alarm, public address/voice annunciation, CCTV, intruder alarm and door access will also be installed as part of the contract, and all services will be provided to the commercial kitchens and extensive internal and external catering facilities for supporters on match days.
The Saracens contract will run for 18 weeks and provides a unique set of challenges for Ameon. The company's managing director, Robin Lawson said: "With a four-storey, 7,000sqm stand on one side of the stadium, housing offices and luxury hospitality facilities, together with services to other parts of the stadium where semi-permanent stands will feature, this is an unusual contract, requiring not only our standard services but also our expertise in the area of renewable technologies. The stadium has been designed as a multi-use facility to provide sports facilities for a wide range of uses and also as a premium facility for private functions, so calls upon a range of our skills in building services design and installation. It's a great opportunity for us to work on such a high profile project in the South East to underpin our credentials as a national contractor.”