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Chas BESA - British Education Suppliers Association

Brook Leisure Centre

Dunmurry, Northern Ireland

Brook Leisure Centre is a brand new £15 million activity centre that opened in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland on 4th December 2019.  The centre boasts a 4-lane swimming pool, complete with sensory lighting enabling children and young adults with autism and other disabilities, to swim in an interactive, calming and peaceful environment.  This is the largest sensory pool in the UK and Ireland and Clarity were delighted to provide the design and installation of the pool sensory LED lighting system.

A swimming pool presents its own problem to electronic equipment. There is very little, if any, equipment that is manufactured to work in the adverse conditions that a pool presents, however, by using the good quality equipment that Clarity recommends it will provide the best chance of long equipment life

Clarity installed two 12 metre-long, internally wired lighting bars suspended from the ceiling along the length of one side of the pool.  On these were installed a totally LED, colour-changing lighting system mainly aimed towards the water and the walls, including remotely controlled intelligent moving lights, various disco lighting effects, rotating mirror balls, LED ultra-violet lighting, image (gobo) projectors and various other effects.  On the opposite wall thirteen 1 metre LED battens were fitted at high level and angled onto the walls and ceiling to wash them with a multitude of colours.

A remote wall panel was installed in a side room, to allow anyone to access some of the pre-programmed scenes for the lights, using a very simple push button panel that can select numerous pre-programmed lighting scenes.  The lighting system can also be operated wirelessly from the pool area, or even from in the water, using an iPad in a waterproof case.   The iPad display was customised to the centre’s requirements with easy to use touch controls to change the effects in use.  In addition, three waterproof floating switches were included that can be used to change the colour of the LED on the walls or operate some of the other lighting.