The completion of the state-of-the-art sports and community complex, associated with the world-renowned Accrington Stanley Football Club, promises to improve facilities for up to 20,000 users every year.
The hub stands as a multi-purpose site that provides indoor and outdoor facilities for many grassroots clubs, sports groups and local organisations. It is also home to the trust’s charity and a place of learning for around fifty 16,17 and 18-year-olds studying for a career in sport.
Says Accrington Stanley’s Community Trust Chief Executive Office, Martin Fearon: “The vision always for the Trust’s new Sports Hub was to demonstrate our commitment and investment not only in grassroots sports but also to creating an inclusive environment.
“We wanted to offer a great mix of facilities for all sectors of the general public to enjoy. The result is a massive step forward, one that is accessible to everyone and we hope a facility for our community as a whole to be proud of for many years and generations to come.”
The main building houses the trust and charity’s 12 full-time and 12 part-time staff along with the 50 BTEC students, many of whom will also volunteer at the hub.
The building has a 24-seat and 50-capacity cafeteria for evenings and weekends, two classrooms with a capacity for 24 in each one and a meeting room. There are two rooms for match officials and four large changing rooms.
GB Integrated Systems worked closely with the building teams from the early stages of the project, including a requirement to design, supply, install and commission the fire system.
Comelit-PAC’s LogiFire solution was selected for its simple installation capability with minimal disruption to the Hub operations, and comprehensive features, designed to ensure rapid and reliable fire detection and response.
Says Mike Gray of GB Integrated Systems: “It was an absolute pleasure to work at Accrington Stanley and separately for the Community Trust’s Sports Hub.
“The installation of the LogiFire fire safety system reflects the club’s and its associated hub, commitment to maintaining the highest safety standards. Its ease of installation and integration, together with advanced technology really meant the product virtually sold itself to give management control to monitor activity and respond accordingly as required.”
Logifire addressable system from Comelit-PAC has been designed to offer a simple-to-install, fire safety solution that is compliant with BS and EN standards. The addressable panel can be integrated with a building management system to ensure remote monitoring from anywhere, at any time. It is offered with built-in fault-finding features and award-winning devices.
Mandy Bowden, Comelit-PAC Fire Manager concluded: “The Community Sports Hub is a real state-of-the-art complex, standing as a separate entity but with the full support of the club. It’s been an absolute joy to see LogiFire specified, as a flexible system that can operate as required across a multi-purpose site and seamlessly blend with its surroundings. All whilst still offering remote management capability and overall maximum fire safety for all who come to experience the fantastic sports facilities now available.”