Electricity and telecoms for a world-class sporting facility
We provided telecommunications, electrical design and construction services to help transform the oldest international rugby venue in the world into a state-of-the-art 50,000+ seat stadium. Home to the Irish rugby union team and the Republic of Ireland national football team, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin meets all the needs of participants and spectators while also featuring impressive green credentials. It is the first stadium in the world that operates to the Energy Management standard ISO 50001, which allows the owners to follow a systematic approach that continually improves the efficiency, usage and consumption of energy.
Rising to the technical challenges
Sports stadia present a range of complex multi-dimensional challenges for the teams involved in the electrical and telecoms systems. The major challenges on the Aviva Stadium included:
System Scope and Diversity – telecoms systems form the nervous system of a modern stadium and touch every visitor, from the welcome message in the VIP box to the HD TV broadcast at home. A huge number of system interactions are required to deliver a smooth event experience.
Design - the Aviva is a conferencing centre and concert venue as well as a sports arena, which means that all systems must be flexible enough to handle requirements on any given day, from a conference for 50 people to a concert for 50,000.
Integration – integrating the site systems via the telecoms network allows many stakeholders to profit from the infrastructure. Event management companies, catering contractors, retail outlets, reporters, photographers and ticket sellers all rely on the data network.
Integrating the safety systems helps safeguard more than 50,000 lives on an average event day and supports the safety objective to enable a complete evacuation in under eight minutes. Many of the fire safety processes are driven by the telecoms systems, including sounding the alarm, isolating the threat, opening safe evacuation paths and providing remote monitoring and communications for security and rescue staff.
Future-proofing – in a technology heavy environment such as this, it is important to mitigate the effects of progress. For example, the installation of premium CAT6+ FTP structured cabling points and a well-designed fiber optic backbone ensures that the cable infrastructure will not be a limiting factor in any future development.
We were awarded the EPC contract in 2008, with practical completion delivered on schedule in 2010. Our teams provided continuity throughout the project and remain on-site fulfilling the facilities maintenance contract. These professionals have been with the project from the outset and our client benefits greatly from their knowledge and experience.