Public Address system for Bedford Athletics Stadium
PEL Services, one of the UK’s foremost providers of sound and communication systems, was selected to upgrade the public address system of Bedford Athletics Stadium, to complement its refurbishment.
PEL’s solution was to provide a central control rack that offers digital signal processing and flexible programming to drive new amplification units serving six existing loudspeaker zones. This arrangement allows for local control of input sources to serve a local areas or zones, but still allows the public address operator to group any combination of zones to broadcast site-wide when necessary.
Control of the public address system is from six-zone microphone paging consoles situated at reception and within the commentary box, where further provision is made for two commentators hand-held microphones. Utilising existing antenna, provision is also made for radio microphones for commentary and interviews out on the track or field. Provision for music is made, primarily for the lounge bar area, from CD or MP3 located within the rack with localised controls for music selection and volume.
Also known as Newnham Athletics, Bedford Athletics Stadium boasts a range of facilities including an international standard eight lane floodlit track, athletics fields, a weights room and two rugby pitches, one of which is floodlit. In addition, a variety of activities are also on offer such as football, athletics and a range of general fitness sessions.
Future-proofing Public Address needs with PEL Services' expertise
The existing public address arrangements had grown over a number of years and this had resulted in several disparate systems, which were no longer fit for purpose. PEL’s task was to assess and utilise the existing equipment as far as possible, working with the stadium’s management to propose and deliver a sophisticated solution to fulfil their needs into the future.
Being kind enough to write to PEL’s Managing Director, Brian Cottrell the Stadium Manager stated:
“I am pleased to have this opportunity of writing this brief note to you to acknowledge the professional manner in which your company carried out the recent upgrade to our public address system. In particular, I would like to say a big thank you to Peter Saunders, whose conduct from start to finish has been exemplary. Throughout the project he kept in regular contact to ensure everything ran smoothly and was always available to deal with any queries.”