THE LION Sports Club

The Lion Sports Club in Richlands in Brisbane’s south-west is undergoing a significant redevelopment. DMA Engineers assisted with building services design for the first phase of the redevelopment which involved a total refurbishment of their restaurant, café, lounge spaces, entry way and sports bar, as well as the development of a new two storey carpark.
Creating an updated venue with a high impact first impression

Upon approach, the Lion Sports Club is now unmissable. The first stage redevelopment has created a dramatic experience on arrival, with an illuminated cast bronze lion statue, extensive water feature and a bright concrete feature wall embedded with 72 puck lights greeting patrons at the front of the club. Complementing this, an impressive range of up-lights, spotlights, bollard and bunker lights illuminating the entire precinct.

Inside, natural light interplays with unique lighting solutions to take advantage of the view from the restaurant, café and lounge space, with a state-of-the-art virtual sports stadium creating a unique viewing experience. DMA Engineers was engaged by the architects, CAYAS, to complete the Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulics and Dry Fire services design for the redevelopment.

Creating ambience through lighting solutions

The overall lighting concept was designed to create a welcoming environment at the club and a striking vibrant atmosphere.  With feature lighting such a critical component of this, one of the challenges of the project was concealing the drivers and wiring for feature lighting that was incorporated into the design.

There was a strong focus on ensuring natural light and lighting solutions worked together to create a warm and natural ambience in both the internal and external space. One way this was achieved was by using skylights with concealed LED downlights in the rim of each skylight in the driveway porte-cochere.

Standard light fittings were used in a variety of ways to produce a dramatic but inviting environment. For example, in the sports bar standard up down lights were placed on the wall at a variety of different angles, creating a unique effect. In the foyer, two stunning inset pendants were incorporated into the design that used downlights and a unique mesh curtain cloth, while a large green wall was illuminated using concealed pelmet lighting.

To allow the client to theme the venue for events like the annual Rugby League State of Origin series, RGBW light fittings were incorporated into features such as the 72 puck lights inset into inverse pyramids in the entrance concrete feature wall. Inground uplights in the garden bed illuminate the façade and lion statue, while in the water feature and surrounds, a variety of water proof spotlights, bunker lights and bollard lights were used to create the dramatic entrance effect.

All functional lighting is on timers and PE cell to maximise sustainability, and switching zone control was used throughout the building to enable the client to switch off zones of lighting at different times of day to incorporate natural light.

3D modelling enabled client ‘walk throughs’, aided coordination and quickly addressed space issues

All electrical, mechanical and hydraulic design for the project was documented in 3D Revit. This enabled the client to ‘walk through’ the conceptual model, with renders presented throughout the design and construction period to ensure the concept was achievable and properly coordinated. As a result, the renders were remarkably accurate to the final product.

The use of Revit ensured issues in on-site coordination were minimised, as all the space considerations were factored in before the project was in the construction phase. This upfront planning meant that the strict timeframe could be followed, and the project was delivered on time.

Client: CAYAS Architects

Location: Richlands, QLD

Sector: Hospitality & Sports Clubs

Services: Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulics, Fire Protection, Virtual Design & Construction

Status: Complete

Project value: $12 M

Year completed: 2017

Imagery: Toby Scott

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