The Côte D’Or sports complex in Mauritius consists of four stadiums, a gymnasium, an aquatic center, a football stadium and an athletics track. In February 2018, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth laid the foundation stone of the complex, which he called the "future jewel of the sports landscape of Mauritius". The goal was for the complex to become an essential destination in the Indian Ocean and a sports hub of the region for international meetings. This complex also needed to be in line with the country's "green" ambitions, leveraging solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system. The project was also aimed at making sports more accessible to the greatest number of people possible, especially young people, enhancing the elite sporting scene in the country and producing world-class athletes. The project is the first of its kind in Mauritius, featuring multiple stadiums and a gym area in a single location. The government wanted to have a sports facility that met international standards to allow Mauritius to host international sports and cultural events in the future.
With more than 25 years of experience in the market and a strong reputation for providing quality products and services, systems integrator SKR was the best choice to execute this major project and were responsible for the audio and PA portions of the project. There were several project challenges including time constraints, climatic conditions and a final budget that was one tenth what was originally expected. The Bose Professional team met delivery needs for the newly introduced ArenaMatch loudspeakers and the SKR project team worked through the weather, which is mainly cold and very windy between April and June each year. There was no acoustical room model supplied, only an architectural drawing, so an acoustical room model needed to be created by relying on the engineer’s experience designing other sports complexes in the Bose Modeler software. ArenaMatch loudspeakers allowed for the projection of sound to the listening areas in the venue, as they behave like a modular custom loudspeaker. This avoided reflections from the sidewalls, ceilings, and other hard surfaces.
Bose is an international brand well known for its quality sound systems, and, in Mauritius, SKR has built a strong reputation for providing quality products and services to its clients with a well-trained technical team and a fleet of vehicles to provide maintenance and after-sale service. The combination of Bose engineers' system expertise and SKR's experience in this market created a winning team, which enabled SKR to deliver to a quality audio system throughout the athletic complex. All stadiums are now open and in full use ensuring the National Sports Complex at Côte d'Or, St. Pierre, its position as an international sports destination.
“The system has been fully operational in the Aquatic Centre and the Multipurpose Gymnasium for the Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) 2019, held between July 19-29th, 2019, and has provided a vibrant environment with clear audible and high-quality sound effects.”
Côte d'Or Case Study