Implementing the Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), Forest Green Rovers have been named by the world governing body FIFA as “football’s greenest club”, with an organic pitch, solar panels and charging points for electric cars, among other things. The works carried out had to be in line with their sustainable culture.

No other football club in the world has put the environment at the heart of what it does, embedded it into its DNA. Forest Green Rovers are the only club in the world to have EMAS accreditation – the gold standard of environmental management – and are the first and only vegan football club in the world.

The Solution

Working in partnership with installers EESI Group Services Ltd, who were under time pressures to have a solution in place for the pre-season friendlies ahead of the start of the EFL in August, Oprema supplied an IP CCTV system and Control Room which surpasses even the FA’s stringent requirements.

A total of 30 IP cameras were installed in and around the stadium. This number included 27 static and three PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) cameras which satisfied the FA’s requirements. Specialist lifting equipment to install the CCTV cameras was brought in to avoid damaging the pitch. Given that the Forest Green Rovers players have become the first outside of Europe’s top divisions to be face captured for FIFA 18 – the best-selling football game on the planet – it seems fitting that their supporters and opposition should also see the benefits that face capture brings in terms of safety

The Control Room – which continues the sustainable ethos of the club and features energy saving LED lights and an energy efficient heat pump air conditioning unit – was fitted with three PCs, two of which are used by CCTV operators during match days and one to provide a CCTV overview on two high level monitors

The Result

The works were delivered on time and within budget, in a professional and efficient manner, with minimal disruption to the Club’s preparations for the upcoming season. The Control Room has a view of the stadium to satisfy security regulations, which stipulate that fans and stadium occupants have to be visible from the room by security staf

The Installer

Based in Stonehouse, EESI Group Services is a leading provider of specialist building services, including electrical installations, fire and security systems, air conditioning, heating and ventilation, data cable networking, technical testing and 24/7 support.

          “ For this particular project, it was vital that the recommended solution met with the FA’s security and safety regulations, that it could be installed with minimum disruption to the Club’s busy schedule and that it could operate within the Club’s sustainability policy.”

Gareth Williams – Sales Director Oprema

          “ When working with Oprema on this project, we found them quick to respond and very helpful when we had any questions. Tight timescales were identified due to upcoming pre-season friendlies taking place at the stadium, and Oprema were able to supply what we needed by the required deadlines to ensure that works could be completed without disrupting the team’s training and play schedules. Regular pre-works consultations and great communication between EESI, Oprema and the club’s management allowed for identification of any potential problems prior to the works taking place, which resulting in the smooth delivery of this project.”

Justin McEvoy – Senior Technical Engineer, EESI Group Services Ltd

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