Brighton & Hove Albion may have finished the season in disappointing fashion having gone down 6-2 on aggregate to fellow Premier League almost-rans Derby County but, off the pitch, they enjoyed a tremendous season - at least as far as their ventilation was concerned.
System Hygienics is now in its third year, which saw it cleaning general toilet and kitchen extraction fans and carrying out fire-damper testing at the 30,750 capacity American Express (Amex) Community stadium in Brighton.
Brighton & Hove Albion became aware of System Hygienics, which is one of the UK’s leading hygiene specialists, through Hotchkiss – System Hygienics’ sister company, which carried out the installation of the stadium’s original ductwork.
Mark Hooper, the stadium’s maintenance manager, said: “I’m very happy with the service we’re getting. There’s a lot of ventilation infrastructure there and System Hygienics knows how it all works; it’s actually the reason [they] were awarded the contract.
“Hotchkiss installed all of the stadium’s ductwork. We were very happy with the job they did, and it was that good experience of working with them that made the choice an easy one. System Hygienics has not disappointed.”
On a yearly basis, engineers locate and test the fire dampers throughout the ground’s ventilation system to ensure they are within the fire containment areas and can be fully accessed for cleaning, testing and resetting to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the BS9999:2008 Annex W.1. During the fire-damper testing, System Hygienics assessed the internal conditions of the ductwork as part of the overall hygiene assessment of the ventilation systems.
The yearly maintenance work is carried out between June and August in the closed season to ensure minimal disruption to match days. The Amex Community Stadium does, however, run events and exhibitions throughout the year, and the greatest care was taken to ensure System Hygienics’ maintenance programme did not disturb any of these important events.
System Hygienics is looking forward to continuing their annual contract with Brighton & Hove Albion in 2015 and carrying on its good work at the stadium, with the possibility of the contract also including the club’s new state-of-the-art training ground.
The American Express Elite Football Performance Centre opened over the summer and comes complete with a medical centre, pool and fitness centre, as well as 15 pitches for teams to practice on.
To find out more about the maintenance packages available from System Hygienics, call us on 01323 481170 or visit our website www.systemhygienics.co.uk