Derby Velodrome

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

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 along with the National Cycle Centre in Manchester, the Wales National Velodrome in Newport, South Wales, the London Olympic Velodrome in Stratford City and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

The project called for fast track manufacturing to enable a quick ‘power-on’ date 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 the numerous substations at Derby, AF Switchgear also supplied over 60no. sub and final circuit distribution boards for the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow that acted as a host venue for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The indoor arena section features a hydraulically operated 200m running track, jumping and throwing areas, warm up straight 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.

Harry Potter

AF Switchgear supplied multiple switchboards, panel boards and distribution equipment to the officially named ‘Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter’, based at Warner Bros Studios Leavesden situated in the county of Hertfordshire.

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 which was acquired by Warner Brothers in 2010 investing £110,000,000 to give the plot a complete refurbishment.

The former 1940’s aerodrome, 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 opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2013, regularly attracts over 40,000 visitors every week.