Technical innovation plays a key role at Villa Park


rada-sense-aston-villa-exterior-2The changing rooms and shower rooms were overhauled and extended in the 2008 close season and the decision to install the state-of-the-art Rada Sense equipment was a direct consequence of good experience of the units in the club’s Bodymore Heath training ground in Kingsbury, Warwickshire.

“Bodymore Heath was completely re-developed at a cost of £8M two years ago and Aston Villa were one of the pioneers in installing Rada Sense in sporting environments at that time,” explains Tony Diffley, the Stadium Manager with responsibility for both facilities.

“The home and visitor changing rooms are located in the main Trinity Road Stand at Villa Park and in the past summer it was decided that layout changes and upgrades were necessary. The players and management staff were very appreciative of the changes and the fact that we installed Rada Sense showers with their no-touch flow and temperature control features,” he adds.

A key part of the players post game muscle conditioning ‘warm down’ is a two minute ice bath. In order to offset the ‘shock’ of the cold water the players adjust the showers to their coolest setting before plunging into the ice cold brine.

The showers bring a very modern look to the washrooms with their chrome plated control panels which are supported by a range of high quality flexible head Rada BSR-S/300 shower fittings.

In order to comply with legislative guidelines (L8), Rada Sense also offers a range of features that ensure the hot water supply systems in the wet room is maintained to the very highest standards.

rada-senxe-aston-villa-shower-wall-2If the showers have not been used, after 24 hours Rada Sense automatically flushes through at a blended temperature, clearing stagnant water from the supply pipe work, the thermostatic digital mixing valve and the fittings. This is particularly important as the stadium showers are less frequently used than those in the training ground, although they too are programmed for regular flushing.

Regular (safe) flushing of the showers is a process that can be both time consuming and labour intensive if undertaken manually. The process is necessary to prevent potentially harmful bacteria such as legionella developing within the system.

Rada Sense is not an ordinary ‘no-touch’ control, because it allows the user to initiate water flow and also select the water temperature without touching the panel. For safety and economy, precise temperature control and flow times can be pre-set by the stadium team using a remote hand held computer and these settings are maintained even if there are water pressure or temperature fluctuations.  Flow times at Villa Park are pre-programmed for 5 minutes.

The wet room re-furbishing contract at Villa Park was undertaken by Aston Villa’s in house maintenance team.

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