Latchmere Leisure Centre is a large community sports and leisure site based in Battersea London. The existing audio system for this site was over 20 years old, with failing system components, our client required a new system installation. Working directly with the management team from the leisure centre, the scope of this project required audio coverage throughout (training studios, gyms, main gym hall, cafe, pool side, dry side and staff).
A multi-zone sound system was designed and installed to provide targeted audio capability as follows:
- Pool Side (the main swimming pool and associated ‘wet’ areas)
- Dry Side (pool related ‘dry’ areas)
- Public (most of the public areas inc the cafe)
- Studios (spinning and dance)
- Gym Studio (fitness machines and weights)
- Gym Hall
- Public Address (PA) / Tannoy
- Mass Notification
Audio Specification & Technologies
- 100v line, high impedance
- Specialist ingress protected ‘IP rated’ speakers for pool and ‘wet side’ areas
- Audio Zone Matrix
This project presented a number of installation challenges. In the main, all of the installation works were to take place during normal opening hours without any alteration to the leisure centre activity schedules. To meet this requirement, we worked with the local site maintenance team to plan access, cabling and speaker installation works in-between activity schedules, linking areas and speaker zones as and when access was available.
To simplify cabling installation works and to ensure service over particularly long cable routes, our system and distribution design for this project was based on 100v line, high impedance audio. Centralised audio system equipment was installed behind the leisure centre customer services desk – convenient location for staff volume and routing control (via the audio matrix). A multi-zone paging microphone was installed to provide user targeted audio to the various defined speaker output zones.