New Zealand to get world-class cycling venue in early 2014

New Zealand to get world-class cycling venue in early 2014

The National Cycling Centre of Excellence Avantidrome promises to be New Zealand's world-class cycling venue when it opens its doors in Cambridge early next year. 

The Avantidrome, which will be the new headquarters of BikeNZ, a not-for-profit organisation that helps develop high-performance athletes and foster cycling at grassroots level, will get cutting-edge lighting technology provided by Philips Lighting. The company has also come on board as a supporting sponsor of the Home of Cycling Charitable Trust, which is developing, and will operate, the Avantidrome.

“We are thrilled to be part of such a great project and to have an ongoing relationship with the Home of Cycling. It provides an outstanding facility not only for community use but also for meeting the specific needs of high performing athletes," says David Procter of Philips Lighting New Zealand.

To assist in delivering the project, Philips Lighting New Zealand called on the expertise of colleagues at Philips France, who are world experts in flood lighting, having advised on complex projects such as the Olympic Velodromes in Athens and London. Specialised Philips ArenaVision floodlights are being used for the track lighting. This range of floodlights use around 10% less energy than conventional stadium lighting systems and require less maintenance, meaning a significant reduction in overall running costs.

A complete LED solution was also selected for the other sections of the new Avantidrome complex. Additional energy efficiency gains can potentially come from the use of the Philips Dynalite intelligent lighting control system. Philips and Feissts Electrical are also providing and installing a Cylon building management system, which enables energy consumption in the complex to be monitored and managed in real time.

“We engage Philips Lighting because we needed a complete lighting solution that complied with our specific requirements. We are very pleased with the solution being provided, which will not only provide great visibility and safety for our cyclists, but triple bottom line benefits through cost savings from greater energy efficiency and a reduced carbon footprint," says chief executive of Home of Cycling Charitable Trust, Geoff Balme.

The National Cycling Centre of Excellence will be a fully enclosed indoor track cycling facility, with connecting facilities for BMX, road and mountain biking. It will not only host high performance training and competitions, but also be used for sport development including access for schools, communities and specialised programmes for disabled cyclists.