Sports Facilities and Technologies by Peter Culley

By Peter Culley

Builders, designers and operators are more and more desiring to create flexible recreation and rest facilities which are of lasting price to neighborhood and wider groups. putting amenities layout and operation on the middle of activities improvement, this booklet adopts a holistic strategy, integrating event within the box with collective wisdom throughout many various makes use of and applied sciences. huge use of case reviews from world wide makes this booklet a definitive reference for practitioners and scholars in activities and rest, construction layout and amenities administration.

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A mechanically or hydraulically driven pool floor can be used to adjust the water depth to meet the needs of different sports and leisure functions. These types of movable floor have been popular in western Europe since the early 1970s. 5m deep for springboards up to 10m. Synchronised swimming events can be accommodated in the main pool, but are well suited to the diving pool, requiring a minimum volume of 12m × 12m × 3m deep (250m2 pool area preferred). Pool surrounds should be a minimum of 2m wide, non-slip and sloping away from the tank to drainage channels.

Modern alternatives to glass as the mirror material include boPET. Biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate (boPET) is the super-reflective material used in the Hubble Space Telescope. It is better known in the USA and UK by the trade names Mylar and Melinex. The polyester film has high tensile strength, chemical and dimensional stability, transparency, gas and aroma barrier and electrical insulation properties. Metallised boPET plastic film gives a brighter, sharper reflection than plate glass and is a safer material because it cannot shatter.

At some venues, slender corner columns are required but at others it is possible to suspend the ceiling structure from the roof of the spectator hall, allowing all-round clear vision into the court. The opaque pattern of dots on the Perspex wall material (white dots inside and black dots outside) creates one-way vision, whereby the inside of the court is illuminated and the outside is relatively dark – spectators and TV cameras can see in, but players cannot see out. This combination, together with a uniformly illuminated ceiling and 2000 lux (186 foot-candles) lighting to the court, optimises playing conditions and television coverage.

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