Month: March 2017
Trampoline parks have become really popular over the last few years, and their numbers are growing rapidly across the UK. They’re a great way for both children and adults to burn off energy while having fun in a safe and controlled environment.
Over the past couple of months, we’ve been working on the electrical elements of two new trampoline parks: Jump 360 in Hartlepool and Jump Arena in Cardiff. Both businesses are expanding rapidly and launching new venues in response to the rising demand.
Jump 360 opened in Hartlepool last month and features activities for all the family, including more than 100 trampolines, climbing walls, tumble tracks, giant foam pits and a soft-play area for preschool children.
The 30,000 sq ft venue at Sovereign Park near the Tees Bay Retail Park is the second Jump 360 site to be opened in the region by the Fun Shack Group. The group has plans to open a further five in the North East over the next two years.
Jump Arena is due to open its Cardiff venue on April 6 following the success of sites in Luton and Leeds. Jump Arena offers a range of activities for all ages and abilities, from open jumps and toddler jumps to foam pits and wall bouncing. The franchise business is also hoping to launch a further dozen sites in the near future, including in Southend, Gateshead and Leicester.
DRF has been involved in developing the electrical aspects of both projects. This included designing the fire alarm systems and carrying out the electrical installation work. Both sites feature open trampoline arenas as well as a café, toilets and back-of-house areas.
We worked with both the client and main contractor on each scheme to ensure the lighting and other electrical elements were suitable for the business’s needs. In our experience, collaboration and communication between the team of contractors is essential on any project, and results in a scheme where all elements work together perfectly and are delivered on time.
We have a wealth of experience in a number of sectors, and many of the same principles apply to each project, whatever the business. These include the purpose of the lighting (does it need to highlight certain areas of the site, does it need to enhance the customer experience, does it need to be more practical and focused to benefit employees?), and the size of the venue. We considered a number of factors when developing the electrical scheme for the trampoline park projects. Not only did the lighting need to highlight certain areas of the venue and lead visitors from one part of the arena to the next, but it also needed to serve a more practical purpose in some sections, for example in the cafés and staff areas.
Another consideration for large sites such as trampoline parks is the lighting technology used. LEDs can be a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly option, as well as offering flexibility and variety. Read more about LED lighting here.
To find out more about our electrical contracting work and to discuss a project with a member of our team, call 0113 257 8212.