Refurbishing the University of Chester
24 September 2018
  • academy, titan

Luceco LED lighting refurbishment at University of Chester.

  • Successfully met lighting design brief requiring reduction of energy consumption with a payback of within 5 years.
  • Energy consumption and carbon footprint reduced by over 66% as a result of LED lighting refurbishment.

Luceco has provided a cost effective, energy saving LED lighting solution for three major buildings at the Parkgate Road Campus at the University of Chester. The University has six campuses, the 32-acre Parkgate Road Campus features a mix of buildings dating back to 1839. Many of the University’s central services and facilities are located here as well as sports facilities, science and language laboratories.

Luceco has recently relit the public areas of the Al Jazira Club, a football club from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, playing in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. Al Jazira Club was founded in 1974 through a merger between the Al Khalidiya Club, with the Al Butain Club.

The University of Chester was founded by pioneers including William Gladstone and the Earl of Derby. It is one of the oldest English higher education establishments, pre-dating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham.

An impressive selection of fittings has been employed including over 750 LuxPanel luminaires installed into many areas including seminar rooms and lecture theatres, offices, and laboratories. Supplied with remote ‘plug and play’ drivers, available in standard fixed output, dimmable and emergency options, high efficiency LuxPanels boasts a market leading efficacy of 152 Lm/cW.

Movement around the university requires a good uniformity of light and careful luminaire choice is important when lighting confined spaces such as corridors. The use of LED flat panels prevent intrusion from the luminaire into what is often a small space enduring large amounts of traffic. Over 200 Circular LuxPanels were installed, mainly in circulation areas and rest room facilities. Featuring slim framed panels, Circular LuxPanels offer excellent luminous uniformity and can be supplied as

Other luminaires installed in transit areas included the Atlas Bulkhead, providing an alternative to traditional 28 and 38 watt 2D compact fluorescent fittings. Selected Atlas luminaires installed were fitted with an integral microwave sensor to further reduce energy consumption. With the corridor function selected, the sensor adjusts the light level to 10% of the normal level when the space is unoccupied. Platinum LED Downlights were also installed in breakout areas and landings offering running cost savings of up to 80%.

Further circulation areas, corridors and offices were lit with the Academy luminaire. Academy is as an ideal replacement for linear fluorescent fittings in classrooms and circulation areas and boasts an impressive 50,000 hours of maintenance free operation along with the LuxPanel, Platinum and Atlas fittings. As with the Atlas, some of the Academy luminaires were also fitted with an integral microwave sensor to adjust the light level to 10% of the normal level when the corridors were not being used, to further improve energy efficiency. Titan High Bays, complete with prismatic diffusers, were installed in atrium areas also offering high efficacy and instant light unlike traditional HID fittings.

Large spaces within education environments often serve many functions such as assembly areas, dining halls and interior sports facilities. LED lighting technology delivers significant cost savings compared to traditional light sources and with no maintenance required throughout the lifetime of the luminaires, cost and inconvenience of lamp replacement, often requiring expensive equipment to gain access, can avoided. Replacement lighting for the Sports Hall required compliance to Sport England guidelines and LuxBay luminaires from Luceco were selected. LED LuxBay is environmentally friendly with no warm up time to produce 100% light output. Options include integrated presence and daylight sensors for use with fixed output or DALI dimmable control as well as integral emergency variants.

Replacement lighting for the Sports Hall required compliance to Sport England guidelines and LuxBay luminaires from Luceco were selected. LED LuxBay is environmentally friendly with no warm up time to produce 100% light output. Options include integrated presence and daylight sensors for use with fixed output or DALI dimmable control as well as integral emergency variants.

The Best Building, Westminster Building, and Chritchley Building now demonstrates a substantial reduction in energy consumption and carbon footprint by over 66% as a result of the LED lighting refurbishment programme. Moreover, maintenance on lighting provision has been substantially reduced due to re-lamping of luminaries being completely eliminated.

Due to the success of these first three buildings, further refurbishments have followed including buildings at the Riverside Campus housing the Faculty of Health and Social Care. Other sites include the Warrington Campus, originally a camp for Canadian officers in WW2, now the home of the North-West Media Centre and the training ground for the rugby league team The Warrington Wolves.

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