Les Mélèzes Ice Rink – La Chaux-de-Fonds

Type of building:
Sports complex, ice rink
Owner:
Municipality of La Chaux-de-Fonds
Address:
Rue des Mélèzes 2, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Year (s) of the works:
2012-2013

Presentation of the building

The Mélèzes skating rink is located in the sports complex of the same name. In the summer, the inhabitants of La Chaux-de-Fonds enjoy the two swimming pools and in the winter, the two skating rinks. . The two playing surfaces meet Swiss standards, i.e. 60m by 30m. The main ice rink was built in 1953. Due to the success of HC La Chaux-de-Fonds and to mark the occasion, a roof was built in 1968 for the 50th anniversary of the club. Since then, the arena has undergone several partial renovations in order to meet the expectations of players and fans, but also to comply with certain safety measures. During the last works in 2012, a VIP area was installed and important works on the emergency lighting installations were undertaken.
Currently, the stadium offers 5600 seats, 1200 of which are seated to attend HCC games. It goes without saying that the club's junior movement also benefits from the facilities as do other field hockey and skating clubs. As soon as the temperatures warm up and the ice gives way to concrete, activities are sometimes organized in the arena.

Emergency lighting concept

For this upgrade of the emergency lighting installations of the ice rink, we have left some of the existing and still functional devices and we have added other elements. The existing devices are battery operated and therefore autonomous. The new ones are powered by two energy cabinets. These will continue to supply the installations in the event of a network failure. About 50 visible spotlights have been installed, their assembly is quite simple and the two LED lenses project a powerful light. The marking of the escape routes has been designed with a dozen large signalling blocks and fifteen flags with directional arrows. Portable lights have also been added to some strategic locations in the compound.
All of our devices use LED technology This allows for long life and low energy consumption, in line with the expectations of our time and the desire to provide environmentally friendly products.

Source photos : arcinfo.ch

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