Derby Velodrome

Derby Velodrome

Installing Twin Package Substations at the Derby Velodrome

AF Switchgear supplied several twin package substations for the Derby Arena and Velodrome, one of the largest projects undertaken in the East Midlands.

The 5,000-seat arena features a 12-court sports hall, a gym, group exercise space and a cafe. As well as cycling, the venue hosts sports including basketball and doubles up as a concert venue. The indoor Velodrome is one of only five in the UK. The others include the:

  • National Cycle Centre in Manchester
  • Wales National Velodrome in Newport, South Wales
  • London Olympic Velodrome in Stratford City
  • Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow

The project at the Derby Arena and Velodrome required fast-track manufacturing to enable a quick ‘power-on’ date. The substation needed to facilitate the heating and ventilation aspect during construction, purely to maintain a controlled ambient temperature to allow the wooden track to be laid and then settled.

In addition to manufacturing the numerous substations for Derby Arena and Velodrome, AF Switchgear also supplied substations and final circuit distribution boards for the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, the host venue for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The indoor arena section features a hydraulically operated 200m running track, jumping and throwing areas, and sports halls. The Velodrome houses a 250m high-banked cycle track with a multi-use infill area. The scheme also includes a community sports centre, four floodlit outdoor sports pitches and a 1km outdoor cycle track.

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Harry Potter studio tour

Harry Potter

AF Switchgear supplied multiple switchboards, panel boards and distribution equipment for the official ‘Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London – The Making of Harry Potter’, which is based at Warner Bros Studios, London.

To honour the best-selling book and film series (the biggest grossing film series of all time), a new attraction was built at the former Leavesden Film Studios. It was acquired by the Warner Brothers in 2010, who invested £110,000,000 to give the plot a complete refurbishment.

The former 1940’s aerodrome, which is spread over a 200-acre site, offers flexible filming space in addition to the experience. The facility allows the public to go ‘behind the scenes’ and showcases a huge array of sets and props from the film series amounting to over ten-years’-worth of Harry Potter memorabilia.

The experience reveals some of the closely guarded secrets, special effects and breath-taking animatronics that made Harry Potter the global phenomenon it is today. The attraction, which was opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2013, regularly attracts over 40,000 weekly visitors.

The LV switchgear manufactured by AF Switchgear enabled power throughout the studio.

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