Race Course leaps into the modern era with help from DIMO
In 2013, the modernization of the Colonial relic known simply as the “Race Course” on Reid Avenue in Colombo 07 became a reality with a complete renovation that preserved the original architectural features of the building but with modern day facilities. In parallel, the adjoining area was re-developed as the “Colombo Race Course Sports Complex” in a bid to become the first International Rugby Union ground in Sri Lanka to host all the national rugby union sides home matches.
DIMO was awarded the arduous project of providing a total lighting and electrical solution for the grounds that would meet all local specific lighting standards. Additionally, the design of the lighting system conforms to the international standards set for Rugby Flood Lighting for tournaments with television broadcasting.
In approaching the project, careful planning by the DIMO lighting engineers of the location of the masts and the mounting height of the floodlights was essential. The mounting height of 32 meters for the four floodlights was optimised to minimise glare to both players and spectators, maximise uni-formity and minimise overspill. Each high mast has 48 numbers of Siteco fixtures comprising of Osram lamps with Switchgear from Siemens having been installed. The system can be centrally controlled with the consumed power monitored constantly. A challenging aspect of the project was the design of the Panel rooms which were required to be very compact and hidden behind the tiers. The team also installed a motorized man rider and a dual-powered navigation lamp system. The DIMO Building Technologies division was also contracted to install a fire protection and alarm system for the grand and mini stands building. This is the prominent area where the shopping center and restaurants are located. The engineers installed 16 fire hose reels and 13 sounders & manual call-points as per the standard criteria set by the Colombo Municipal Council’s s protection regulations against fire hazards.
The DIMO Lighting team of experienced engineers provided the perfect solution for players and spectators alike at this new cornerstone of Sri Lankan rugby. At night, the rugby field is filled with a spectacular wash of light as it stands out as one of the most dazzling displays of lighting in Colombo.