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Corbould Park Racecourse

Situation:
Horse Racing
Contract Type:
Design & Construct
Lighting Level:
International TV Standard

Saturday the 21st February 2009 saw the spectacular opening race meeting under lights for the Sunshine Coast Turf Club's Corbould Park Racecourse. It is one of the country's finest thoroughbred racing and training facilities. It is located less than an hour north of Brisbane and just minutes from the Sunshine Coast's gorgeous City of Caloundra.

The facility consists of an outer grass track, and since April 2008, an inner synthetic cushion track; the first of its kind in Australia. The grass track is 1967 metres long and 20 - 25 metres wide with 5 starting chutes while the cushion track is 1760 metres long and 18 metres wide.

Designed over a three month period and then constructed over a six month period the project included;

  1. Illumination of both tracks with the largest single floodlighting installation ever completed in Australia. The lighting scheme meets the necessary brightness, colour rendition and uniformity required for international television coverage, safety and other considerations of riders, horses, spectators, officials and stewarding as well as photo finish requirements.
  2. Strict glare control measures were implemented (AS 4282 compliance) to limit discomfort glare for riders, stewards, patrons and surrounding residents as well as traffic on the adjoining Caloundra Road.
  3. The requirement for complex lighting controls using multiple scenarios was incorporated as well as energy efficiency considerations. This allows for training lighting, power failure, and different track configurations.
  4. Design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of 40 unique floodlighting towers and footings. The largest tower is 40m tall and supports 48x Philips ArenaVision fittings.
  5. Provision of adequate and safe electrical supply system incorporating on-site power generation.
  6. Upgrading of car park lights, viewing area lights, switchboards, and other existing infrastructure

The project was completed within an extremely tight time frame during Queensland's wet season and without interruption to the racing calendar and to the full satisfaction of Queensland Racing.

Pierlite Australia is proud to have received an Award of Commendation from the IES: The Lighting Society QLD Lighting Design Awards 2009 for the Corbould Park Race Course Floodlighting project.

Read the article published in the "Racing Queensland Magazine - Feb 2012" about this project.

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