Castle Leisure

Falkirk- Leisure

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Castle Leisure

Client Overview

Established in 1981 by brothers Paul and Stephen Smith, Castle Leisure Group is the longest existing independent multiple licensed trade operator in Scotland. CLG operate pubs, clubs and disco venues all over Scotland in Stirling, Edinburgh, Perth, Dunfermline and Dumbarton. Many of the team have evolved with the company from the early days and still hold key roles within the organisation, they are seen as vital components of its remarkable success.

Committed to creating and maintaining high-quality venues, the indigenous group welcome their customers with a combination of excellent food, great entertainment and sophisticated audio-visual technology.

Project Brief

Having already worked successfully with the Castle Leisure Group at both the Perth and award-winning Edinburgh sites, PAI was invited to provide our specialist design and installation expertise to the newly-acquired Falkirk venue. Undergoing a complete refurbishment, the 3000-capacity building - which boasts seven floors with five entertainment rooms and bars - required integrated audio-visual and sound systems, along with dynamic architectural and mood lighting.

Technical Solutions

This was a complex, ambitious design and installation project, with PAI working as an integral part of the team from day one. PAI’s Technical Director, Andy Bonehill said: “The scale of the project was a huge challenge, with the design process taking place over a two-year period, concluding with six months on site – I think the result was certainly worth the effort.”

Castle Leisure were clear in their need for an automated and sustainable building, that through the use of cutting edge technology would be geared towards people and interaction. Above all, they wanted a technical solution that would be easy to maintain and provide a more enjoyable, efficient and cost-effective work environment.

Interpreting the client’s brief, PAI explored in depth the building’s existing systems and identified an opportunity to integrate and link applications together, coordinating a solution for the entire venue. Subsequently, a unique integrated building technologies scheme utilising Crestron control components was devised. The infrastructure was selected to provide employees with the simplicity to operate all systems from a common interface, ultimately saving time. This touchscreen solution managed systems through presets, switching appliances on and off as required.

A centrally-controlled audio system extending throughout the large-scale building was also established. Adjustable via an interface at both the tills and mobile devices, the adaptable network allows for various areas to cater for different crowds, with the individual selection of sound routing and musical content.

The trademark Sportsters Bar and Diner benefitted from energy-efficient LED accent lighting, along with carefully positioned video screens showing the latest sports events and also offering Internet facilities.

Acknowledging the client’s desire to offer customers a unique experience, the City nightclub received state-of-the-art effect lighting, including an innovative RGB LED mediascape that spectacularly illuminates the ceiling.


Enhancing the space with cutting edge sound, lighting and visuals, PAI exceeded expectations and was congratulated on the cost-effective and fantastic results. At the time this impressive installation was completed Castle Leisure’s Falkirk venue was easily the most technologically advanced club in the UK.


We wanted to offer our customers an atmospheric, vibrant and modern environment that was comfortable for day and night use. The PAI team were able to take our brief and using their expertise successfully transformed our ideas into a reality.” - Stephen Smith (Managing Director, Castle Leisure)

Key Products

  • 1065 individually controlled LED node ceiling
  • Crestron control
  • Panasonic projection
  • Arkaos digital media servers
  • Media Technologies Brick-2 video wall processors
  • Avolites Azure lighting console
  • Logic System PA
  • EV Evid speakers
  • Cirrect Super 7S diode lasers
  • Pioneer DJ equipment
  • BSS digital sound processing
  • QSC & MC2 amplification